10 predictions ahead of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season
Tiger Woods will win but Rory McIlroy will win a lot more. Also, Rickie Fowler will capture his second tournament title (and probably more).
Talking about the season that just happened is a pretty easy task -- one we've been doing (and having fun with) all year.
But what's next? What can we expect from the next 50 weeks in golf? We already discussed a few questions I have for this next season, but I also have a couple of predictions...
...10 of them to be exact, and you can bet at least one has to do with that 14-time major winner who's never far from the conversation.
Let's take a look.
1. Tiger Woods will win two tournaments: I'm a believer. He has something left in the tank. Here's the thing. He either wins multiple times or it goes really, really bad, like it did in 2014. I don't see a middle ground.
2. Rory McIlroy will win two majors (again): McIlroy is going to get the career slam at Augusta in April. He'll fail to get the McIlslam at the US Open in June but rebound to go back-to-back at the British Open at St. Andrews. Then, the talk of catching Tiger will officially be on.
3. Rickie Fowler wins the money list: The season Fowler just posted was more a harbinger than an anomaly. He'll have to win multiple times and either win a major or contend in all of them again to surpass what McIlroy will do, but he's certainly capable.
4. Nobody takes the No. 1 ranking from Rory McIlroy: Since Tiger Woods held the top spot from 2005 to the end of 2010, nobody has held it for a full calendar year starting and ending on January 1. McIlroy is about to do that.
5. Somebody gets popped for PEDs: Golf has become too competitive and there's too much money involved for this to not happen soon. It's only a matter of time.
6. Dustin Johnson returns before the Masters (and wins): Since Phil Mickelson went winless in 2013-14, Johnson now owns the longest current streak of consecutive seasons with a win at seven. That will continue and extend to eight in 2015.
7. Brandt Snedeker returns to the top 10 in the world: He's too good of a putter and too young to not still be in the conversation. Snedeker's rank in strokes gained putting fell from 1st in 2012 to 4th in 2013 to 27th last season. He'll re-emerge in 2015.
8. Blayne Barber wins PGA Tour rookie of the year: The hot pick here will be Justin Thomas but don't sleep on what Barber did on the Web.com Tour last season. Six top-10 finishes in 19 tournaments, including a win, is no joke. He'll be a consistent tour performer for the next decade.
9. Sergio Garcia (finally) wins that major: Just trust me on this one. I promise I won't lead you astray.
10. Advanced stats will become part of the dialogue: It's already started to creep into the lexicon as we saw a new strokes gained tee-to-green stat introduced in 2014. With golfers like Snedeker, Jason Day and Zach Johnson pushing things forward, the trend will only continue.
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