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Michael Bamberger
December 16, 2008
What's ahead in 2009? We convened a meeting of SI senior writers Michael Bamberger, John Garrity, Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle, plus a PGA Tour player (who participated on the condition that he remain anonymous), and analyzed next season
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December 16, 2008

Pga Tour

What's ahead in 2009? We convened a meeting of SI senior writers Michael Bamberger, John Garrity, Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle, plus a PGA Tour player (who participated on the condition that he remain anonymous), and analyzed next season

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Shipnuck: Tiger likes being Tiger. He knows when he's creating a Tiger moment, even as it's happening. If he blows into Magnolia Lane for his return, it'll be the golf event of all time.

Van Sickle: Didn't Mark O'Meara say Tiger could be back by Torrey Pines?

Shipnuck: No one knows, but Elin's due date is around February. So that could be a factor.

Garrity: I'll take March 3 at 7:30 a.m.

Van Sickle: Are you starting a pool on the baby's birth or on Tiger's return?

Garrity: Both. I remember Johnny Miller saying that the most difficult thing for him was having his second-youngest son, Andy, bawling at the end of the driveway when he was leaving to go back on Tour. It'll be interesting to see whether having a second child makes a difference for Tiger, although I doubt it. Don't forget, Charlie Chan solved a lot of his cases with honorable Number Two son at his side.

Anonymous Pro: I don't care that Tiger hasn't won 18 majors yet, he's the best player of all time. Tiger won five of seven last year all while his leg was a mess? The only person who's going to beat Tiger is Tiger, and I don't see that happening.

Shipnuck: Give him Augusta this year, and then he has a home field advantage at Bethpage, where he won before. Tiger could go from question mark to exclamation point in a hurry. I think he'll win Augusta. It's one of those things that's fated. All the questions about whether he can come back? Augusta will be his answer.

IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID

Van Sickle: These are scary times. Wall Street has spiraled down. Buick quit supplying courtesy cars and dumped Tiger as spokesman. What's going on? Is this 1929 in golf terms?

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