Last year's romp gave Tiger a blueprint to draw on for years. On Augusta's extra-wide fairways, Woods is the best driver by a mile. He never hits more than an eight-iron to any par-4 and hardly more to the par-5s. Just as important, his rivals believe he has an edge. Nicklaus and Palmer weren't kidding when they said Woods will win 10 green jackets.
His mugging of Augusta last year was masterly, but before Woods plans his champions' menu for '99, he must regain the composure he lost last summer. In the hunt seven times in his last 13 starts, he hasn't won since July. Plus, despite Tiger's length, it was his putting that iced it last year, and lately he's been shaky on the greens. Get the tape measure for a new jacket.