Press Pass Give Him 5 A Major Sweep in 08

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Press PassEach week, GOLF CHANNEL experts and analysts offer their thoughts and opinions on hot topics in the world of golf with the Press Pass.
 
Hot Topic
Next years major venues are Augusta, Torrey Pines, Royal Birkdale and Oakland Hills. Can Tiger Woods complete another Tiger Slam or possibly the seasonal Grand Slam?
 
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Columnist, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
First of all I don't believe in the so-called 'Tiger Slam.' It was grand and it was a slam but it was not a Grand Slam. Having said that, I think the venues suit him with the possible exception of Oakland Hills. Tiger played wonderfully at Birkdale in '98. And he feasts regularly at both Augusta National and Torrey Pines South.
 
Steve Sands Steve Sands - Reporter, GOLF CHANNEL:
Can he, yes. The venues suit him well. Will he, no. I don't think anyone in our lifetime will ever again win four consecutive majors. Not even Tiger Woods.
 
Mercer Baggs Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
It would certainly seem possible, given that line-up, but I don't think he will do it. If he's off by just a little bit at any of those, someone else will steal away the title. I do, however, expect him to be in contention Sunday at both the '08 Masters and U.S. Open.
 
Mark Rolfing Mark Rolfing - Analyst, GOLF CHANNEL:
First of all Tiger has one leg up on a new Tiger Slam having won the PGA Championship. He certainly will be the favorite at Augusta but as we saw this year he is not a lock. At Torrey Pines Tiger will be an overwhelming favorite because of his past record there. Royal Birkdale could be a stumbling block as that course is a little quirky. Any slam would be an incredible achievement.
 
Hot Topic
With how many major titles will Tiger end his career?
 
Hewitt:
He will have 20 by the time he's 40. I don't see him getting past 30.
 
Sands:
Tiger will end his career with 25 majors. He'll surpass Jack's 18 in 2014. He'll win No. 25 when he's 46 years old, the same age Jack won his last.
 
Baggs:
Seven green jackets, five U.S. Open trophies, six claret jugs and six Wanamaker trophies. That equals 24. I have no idea how many he will win, but this sounds like as good a number as any. I'm sure he wants to push that total as high as possible, but the only number that really matters is 19. And barring a career-ending injury, that should be a breeze to obtain.
 
Rolfing:
I think 25 is a reachable number for Tiger. Keep in mind the fact that he is only half way through the prime of his career. I think only a career-ending injury could stop him.
 
Did you agree with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Players captains selections for the Presidents Cup?
 
Hewitt:
I love the Weir pick. A Presidents Cup in Canada without Mike Weir would be like a hockey Hall of Fame without Gretzky. Plus, sometimes the guys that get in when they weren't playing well feel like they have the most to prove when they get there. There are now three Sunday singles match-ups I'd like to see: Woods vs. Weir (the crowd would be wired); Woods vs. Sabbatini (Woods would be wired) and Woods vs. O'Hern (O'Hern loves to play Tiger). So, yes, I like the O'Hern pick. He's a very underrated player. As for the American picks: Mahan earned his way on. Glover has a lot of game. Too bad Nicklaus couldn't find a way to get DiMarco on his squad.
 
Sands:
I think both made the right choices. Nick O'Hern and Lucas Glover, both 11th in points, deserve to be on their teams. Hunter Mahan is hot and if he keeps up his stellar play the next few weeks he will help the U.S. team. Mike Weir, as Canada's biggest golfing draw, should definitely, no matter how he's currently playing, be on the International team. The atmosphere will be awesome when he's on the course.
 
Baggs:
I think so. There weren't any players on either side, based on their recent play, about whom you could have said, 'It would be criminal if they didn't make it.' Mahan has been playing well of late, but who knows what his form will be like in five weeks. The best thing was that Jack selected two rookies, which could prove beneficial for future U.S. Ryder Cup teams. And Player picked Weir, which will give his team a huge home advantage - something he might not have had without him.
 
Rolfing:
Yes, I dont think Gary Player had any choice but to pick Mike Weir. The event and golf in Canada needed that. Both Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan deserved to be on the American team.
 
Which is more difficult: playing in temperatures over 100 degrees or under 50?
 
Hewitt:
It all depends on the wind. Fifty can be nasty if the wind's howling and the rain is spitting. One-hundred can be equally bad if there is no breeze. Humidity's a factor, too. Bottom line, I'll take the hundy.
 
Sands:
Playing in temperatures under 50. Playing golf in the cold is extremely difficult. It's tough on the hands. And tough to get or stay loose.
 
Baggs:
I recently played in 95-degree heat with high humidity, and I'll take that over 45 degrees every day of the week -- even with the gnats.
 
Rolfing:
Under 50 degrees, no doubt. When it is cold you need more clothing and the outside factors have a greater influence on the golf ball. When its hot a golfer may be more uncomfortable but the ball flies longer and straighter.
 
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