As Tiger Woods makes his 2012 PGA Tour debut Thursday in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, golf's unquestioned leading man and top draw once again is at the epicenter of the game's buzz, the central figure in a debate roiling in golf circles, in cyberspace and 19th holes across the land.
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On one side are those who think Woods will, after a two-year hiatus, reclaim his seat at the top of the game from where he ruled for more than a decade.
On the other side are those who deem the former No. 1's best days are behind him, that the scandal which broke in late 2009 has left irreversible harm and sent him into an abyss in which he will not return.
The debate is taking place on the PGA Tour, too.
"I honestly don't think there is a reason why he won't get back to No. 1 and being the best again," says Keegan Bradley, reigning PGA Championship winner and 2011 PGA Tour rookie of the year. "He's going to find a way."
Others aren't so sure.
"I don't know if he will rule the roost anymore," Dustin Johnson says. "He has struggled, but he's been injured. And he's had a few incidents that have thrown him for a loop. But I think he has everything back on track. He will be a force, I'm sure. He is one guy you are going to have to beat out here.
"But there are a lot of other guys you're going to have to beat, as well."
Here are nine reasons why Woods will return to his dominating ways. And nine reasons why he wouldn't.
SOURCE: Steve DiMeglio, USA TODAY