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Comment from: stone [Visitor]
Couldn't disagree more. With all due respect Tim, Tiger should be primed for an even better year in '06. His swing is grooved, the changes he made a couple of years ago are set. He was just a couple of shots/putts away from winning all four majors last year and there is no reason to think he can't make a run again this year. You have to remember that Ernie Els was having a terrible year(by his standards) prior to his injury and his victory post injury against a weak field tells us little about his chances against a real tournamnent with Tiger in the mix. As far as the young guns go, O'Hair, Moore, Garcia will have their time, but they are not yet ready to take the King's crown let alone seriously slow him down. My prediction for Tiger is 7 wins, two majors. Annika was even more dominant winning half her starts last year. the only player of the group you mentioned who has learned to win on the LPGA stage is Paula and i consider her to be Annika's chief rival, but she is not there yet. Morgan and Michelle have tremendous talent, but one win from them this year would make a succsesful season and in neither of them to date have shown that they can close the deal on the LPGA stage. Conclusion: More Annika wins.
01/03/06 @ 12:18
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Many thanks Tim, prediction time is always fun.

I predict:
* Tiger Woods will probably win as many on the pga tour as this year, but it will be considered a less successful year, because he won't do so well in the majors. I predict 1 Major for him, and not so many high finishes like this year.

* Ernie Els will win 1 if not 2 majors.

* A European will win a major, for the first time in 7 seasons, and it will most likely be Padraig Harrington.

* Annika won't win 10 titles, but she will win 7+. She will win 2 majors again.

* Paula Creamer will win 3-4 titles but her Majors form will disappoint.

* Pressel will win 1 run of the mill tournament, and give interviews to magazines where she says MW isn't as good as her because she knows how to win on the lpga.

* Wie will contend in an lpga major on the back nine, but lose out in a close battle to Annika or a veteran.

* Wie will make the cut in a mens event.

* Colin Montgomerie will win in the USA for the first time in his career.

* Padraig Harrington will finish the year, ranked in the top 5.

* Greg Norman will play well and contend in a pga or epga tournament.

* Chris Baldwin will propose to Paula Creamer, but she will say "lets just be friends".
01/03/06 @ 13:04
Comment from: Paul W [Visitor]
My 2 cents:

* Tiger will at least as much as last year including 2 majors. He ended the season strong and appears to be on a 2 or 3 year roll.

* I agree that Els will do well winning a major.

* Vijay will find his putting stroke mid season and win some non-majors

* Creamer will do about as well as last year and consider it a dissapointment.

* Annika will win 1 major and 5 or 6 smaller tournaments, but cut her schedule back a bit and lose some of her edge choosing to spend more time with her new boyfriend.

* Miyazato will win ROY and next year at this time we will be talking about the possible asian domination of the LPGA between Miyazato, Wie and the South Koreans.

* Wie will win a non major and make a cut on a men's tournament, probably overseas.
01/03/06 @ 13:50
Comment from: Asia_Guy [Visitor]
Is Hawaii considered overseas for Michelle Paul W.?

Michelle has now used her new Nike clubs in enough practice rounds to handle them well and get adjustments from Nike Golf. I predict she will not only make the cut in the Sony, she also will not finish in last place after weekend play is over.

Michelle will win the Weetabix and one US LPGA tour event, possibly the Kraft after they decide it makes good business sense to invite her.

Look for Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald to rise up on the PGA tour list this year and finish high in the Majors.

01/04/06 @ 04:09
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
Asia_Guy, I am pretty sure, that by "overseas", Paula means, non US pga, therefore Hawaii is not overseas.

If Michelle won the Weebabix, and the Kraft, that would be 2 majors, which is very optimistic, but I doubt it will happen.
01/04/06 @ 08:53
Comment from: Paul W [Visitor]
Asia_Guy, Norman is right, I meant non US PGA. The Sony is a possibility though, they said on the Golf channel that she hit 64 in a practice round there last week.
01/04/06 @ 12:25
Comment from: Norman [Visitor]
64 ouch.
Just one round though.
If she hits a 69 and a 70 it should be enough.
01/04/06 @ 13:36

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