Predicting who will win 2014 majors

Brandt Snedeker, Adam Scott, Hunter Mahan, and Tiger Woods will win big in 2014. (USATSI)
Brandt Snedeker, Adam Scott, Hunter Mahan, and Tiger Woods will win big in 2014. (USATSI)

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Predictions are a fool's errand. You know this, I know this, and yet that doesn't keep us from making them or eating them up. You could blindly pick from the OWGR top 50 for every major and, well, squirrels and nuts and such.

I think I correctly predicted two tournaments (of 40+) in 2013 and, strangely, neither was a Tiger Woods win.

Neither was a major, either. But I did sort of get two of the winners correct.

This time last year I predicted the 2013 major winners and got two of the four correct (Justin Rose and Adam Scott), albeit at the wrong tournaments.

But I decided since it was one of the few successful prediction pieces I did that we should bring it back for 2014.

Without further ado here are your four 2014 major championship winners.


Brandt Snedeker -- If Snedeker and Jason Day never win at least one Masters, I will be stunned. Those two have seemingly combined for the last five runners-up at Augusta (I know that's not true, but it feels like it).

I believed Snedeker last year when he said the moment was no longer too big for him, I just think he just had a bad day at a time when you really, really don't want to have a bad day (Masters Sunday). Put him in that position again and I think he can take home green.

US Open

Hunter Mahan -- It's going to be another good year for Sean Foley pupils. Mahan had two of his five best finishes in majors in 2013 and put together only the second season of his career in which he finished in the top 10 in multiple majors. 

The only thing left for him now is an elite closing round. His last six final rounds at majors are not pretty: 71-75-75-70-74-74. 

Phil Mickelson will be Americas' darling this week at Pinehurst but another American Ryder Cup candidate will steal the show.

British Open

Adam Scott -- I'm going to keep picking Scott to win the Open until he does it. Could pretty easily have held the last two Claret Jugs and last time this tournament was at Royal Liverpool (site of the 2014 edition) Scott finished T8 to Woods.

Additionally, he's finished in the top 10 in seven of the last nine majors excluding US Opens. That's absurd and it includes a second place finish and a T3 at the last two British Opens. He'll add a jug to that this year.

PGA Championship

Tiger Woods -- By the time this tournament rolls around the whispers will be borderline screams. "He'll never win another one!!"

And then he will.

Valhalla is a special place (how many times am I going to post this GIF in the next nine months?) and Woods has some great memories there.

I hope his 15th (whenever it comes) is in style, too. A dual against another great champion (or Sergio Garcia!), a 20-foot winner that rocks the golf world, something elite to end what looks to be another awesome golf season.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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