KAPALUA  - Tiger Woods should have a strong 2012 season, one that will help secure US PGA finances and lift golf globally ahead of its 2016 Olympic return, US PGA commissioner Tim Finchem said on Sunday.

At the season-opening Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, Finchem said that strong showings by Woods last year in Australia and by ending a two-year win drought at last month's World Challenge are a good omen for the new season.

"I know how hard his work ethic has been the last year and a half," Finchem said. "I sense that his confidence is coming back on greens -- not that he's ever said there's any problem with his confidence, but he's putting better and striking the ball well. "So I would look for him to have a very solid year this year and that's a good thing for us."