6] Can Paula Creamer bump Annika Sorenstam from atop the LPGA money list?
Yes, because of the disparity in starts. Creamer finished second on the money list by a little more than $1 million. Sorenstam, 35, has continued to consolidate her schedule, playing in only 20 events in '05 compared with 25 for Creamer.
7] Can a surgically repaired Ernie Els finally have a monster year?
He had better, because the onetime boy wonder will never come into a season more rested.
8] Is Jay Haas tough enough to rule the Champions tour?
Doubtful. He could have asserted his dominance at the Champions tour's season finale with a third straight triumph, but instead he blew a big lead on Sunday, his longtime bugaboo.
9] Will Medinah, the site of the PGA Championship, inspire Sergio Garc�a to finally claim his first major--or, for that matter, can another of the underachieving twentysomethings finally get it done?
Now that Woods is about to hit the big three-oh, Garc�a, Adam Scott and Luke Donald need to sort out who is the best young player. Unfortunately, they all have serious afflictions: Garc�a and Scott wield shaky putters, while Donald has yet to prove he can take the Sunday heat.
10] Will there be a throttled-back ball for pro competition?
A definite maybe. Woods has been talking as if such a ball is inevitable, and he always seems to be the first to know.