Coming Soon Oh Seven


Ten things Id like to see in golf in 2007:
1. Lorena Ochoa win a major.
Will it happen? Yes. At which point a new debate will begin. What woman is the best player never to have won a major? Paula? Morgan?...Natalie?
2. Sergio Garcia win a major.
Will it happen? Not unless Tiger Woods takes up lacrosse.
3. The Ryder Cup point standings change.
Will it happen? Not unless the PGA of America publicly recognizes the strength of field at the Players Championship and the Tour Championship. As it stands now, players only will earn points at the four major championships in 2007.
4. The USGA set up a 280-yard par 3 at Oakmont for the U.S. Open.
Will it happen? Yes. And J.B. Holmes will reach the green with a 5-iron.
5. Michelle Wie win a tournament.
Will it happen? Only if she improves her short game. And only if her schedule allows her to have more of a rhythm. Best bet is the Kraft Nabisco. Wie is familiar with the golf course and it sets up for her game.
6. Michelle Wie take a year off from the PGA TOUR.
Will it happen? No. The Sony Open is an almost certainty and a home game for Wie. But, hey, shes still only 17. Maybe she should wait a few years and re-visit her dream to play in the Masters when she gets out of college.
7. Tiger Woods win 12 straight and break Byron Nelsons record.
Will it happen? If I didnt know better (never say never with Tiger), Id say no. But from a greedy standpoint Id love to see him at least get close. It would be the story of the year in golf and it would bring even more positive attention to the sport.
8. John Daly stay the same.
Will it happen? Everybody wants golfs Paul Bunyan to clean up his act. Fact is, Dalys act is about as cleaned up as its going to get.
9. Butch Harmon and Hank Haney in the same place at the same time doing three hours of live television on Tigers swing.
Will it happen? No.
10. A playoff at The Masters.
Will it happen? We can dream, cant we? Would Tiger vs. Phil be any good? And, by the way, The Masters could turn out to be, if the scheduling works out, the same event at which Woods breaks Nelsons record.
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