December 25, 2006

Lorena Ochoa will win more times on the LPGA tour than Tiger Woods does on the PGA Tour. But Woods will take two majors (Masters, U.S. Open) to Ochoa's one (Kraft Nabisco).

The FedEx Cup will absolutely, positively be a dud. The PGA Tour's new four-event finish is supposed to have the drama of a sudden-death playoff, but a confounding points system and bloated fields will do little to gain fan interest.

Ryan Moore will emerge as the best U.S. player under 30. Unfortunately, there isn't much competition for the honor, which foreshadows more drubbings in the Ryder Cup.

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger will create an international incident with his mouth. We can't wait.

The Golf Channel will be a pleasant surprise. Still, not enough viewers will tune in to the exclusive (and obscure) cable home of the PGA Tour to broaden the Tour's popularity. Leaving ESPN while Tiger is in his prime will doom golf to boutique-sport status.

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