Thursday, January 5, 2012

New season

Among all the hoopla of the start of the NFL playoffs the PGA Tour season quietly starts in Hawaii on Friday.  This could be a very interesting season on the PGA Tour.  Will we see the resurgence of Tiger Woods...will Rory McIlroy step up and become the next big thing on tour...will prodigy Rickie Fowler break through and win a tournament?  What about the rookies.  Last year's crop of 1st year players turned out to be exceptional with Keegan Bradley winning the PGA Championship in Atlanta.  How about some of the old guys like Lancaster's Jim Furyk or Steve Stricker...can they return to form.

Tiger Woods is the biggest question mark.  Woods played very well in Australia at the President's Cup and won his small field tournament around Thanksgiving.  Woods seems to be completely healthy for the first time in over a year and has been able to finally groove his new swing.  In addition Woods is back to putting well.  Everyone bombs it on the tour but putting separates the top players from the grinders.  I look for Woods to win a couple of tournaments and wouldn't be surprised to see him win at the Masters.  He knows every nuck and cranny of Augusta National.  Not sure for the other major venues...Royal Lytham (British), Olympic Club (U-S Open) and PGA Championship (Kiawah Island).  Woods has not fared that well at previous majors at Royal Lytham with a tied for 12th in 2001 and tied for 18th at Olympic Club in 1998.  Kiawah is hosting a major for the first time but it is a very quirky tract that calls for pinpoint accuracy off the tee and that is not one of Tiger's strengths.  I'm excited to see how Woods does this season.  We might not get a look at him in the U-S until the Match Play tournament in late February.  However, rumors are swirling that he will play with Cowboys Q-B Tony Romo in the AT&T at Pebble the 2nd week of February.  FORE!

Picks

Bengals over the Texans
Saints over the Lions
Falcons over the Giants
Steelers beat the Broncos
#1 LSU over #2 Alabama   (Mon 7:30 on ESPN Radio 1440)


Last Week 2-2  Overall 60-32



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