Monday, April 11, 2011

Bold Predictions.

I am going to go out on a limb here and make two predictions:

1) Tiger Woods will not break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors in his career.


2) Rory McIlroy will win a major this year.

Let me preface my first prediction with the fact that I am not a Tiger fan, however that only plays a small part in my projection of Tiger's future career. I do not think he will win 5 more majors for a number of reasons. The first reason being all of the young talent in the game of golf right now. Rory, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Francesco Molinari, Martin Laird, and on and on the list goes. From the previous list only Martin Kaymer has won a major and I am willing to bet just about every guy on that list will get at least one at some point in their career. Another reason Tiger won't win 5 more: he is 35 is not getting younger (but the game of golf is). That isn't very old however he's got a bum knee and we know that always plays a part in his game now. Also, bear in mind that Tiger has not won a major since June 16, 2008. He is in a serious drought and I do not see him getting on a streak and even winning multiple championships in a year. He has way too much on his mind: two kids, an estranged ex-wife, a continually changing golf game and the fact that the endorsement deals are not just falling in his lap anymore. Let's face it Tiger, you aren't who you used to be and I don't think you will get back there.

Now for my second prediction: Rory will win a major this year. That may be a bold prediction but he is a great golfer. Yes, he had a major meltdown, no disastrous, but he showed character and graciousness in his defeat. And don't forget he led the tournament for 63 holes. He also played 3 great days of golf (that were erased during one hole) but he will be able to put together 4 days of good golf. Now he knows what it takes. He will be back.

These are bold predictions, and they could be wrong, but that's what makes watching so great.

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