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PGA TOUR CONFIDENTIAL
MICHAEL BAMBERGER
August 08, 2011
What can we expect from Tiger Woods after a 12-week hiatus? Why did he fire his caddie? Is pro golf entering a new era? Who's the player of the year? What's the deal with the Atlanta Athletic Club? And who will win the final major of 2011?
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August 08, 2011

Pga Tour Confidential

What can we expect from Tiger Woods after a 12-week hiatus? Why did he fire his caddie? Is pro golf entering a new era? Who's the player of the year? What's the deal with the Atlanta Athletic Club? And who will win the final major of 2011?

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Hack: I'd like to see Rickie Fowler do it so we have matching 22-year-olds with major victories. In the last roundtable we talked about a possible Luke Donald--Rory rivalry. I'd much rather see a Rickie-Rory rivalry. They have a history going back to the Walker Cup. It would be great for U.S. golf, a tremendous return of serve to Northern Ireland. Imagine the buildup to Augusta.

The Winner Is...

Bamberger: I'd really like to pick David Toms, who won the last time the PGA was in Atlanta 10 years ago and hasn't seemed to age. He has played beautifully at times this year but also has had nagging injuries. So by default I'll go with his modern equivalent, Luke Donald. Like Toms, Luke plots his way around a course and putts out of a golf dream.

Van Sickle: Way to go out on a limb, Michael, and pick the Number 1--ranked player in the world. Gutsy.

Garrity: I'm officially off the Robert Karlsson bandwagon. Rory McIlroy is your winner. We know he likes soft, target-golf setups.

Shipnuck: The course is a great setup for Dustin Johnson, who can play pedal-to-the-metal golf. I'd love to see DJ snag a major and let him and Rory go at it for the next decade and a half.

Van Sickle: I like Dustin's chances too. This is a big-hitter's course, and Dustin is the biggest hitter out there.

Anonymous Pro: Along with Rory, Dustin has the best chance to do something crazy-good in this game. He is a high-ball hitter on a big course. It's a good match. I'd just like to see him seem more motivated. Sometimes he looks like he's in a hurry to finish so he can go boating or something.

Hack: Phil Mickelson is my pick. That front-nine 30 at Royal St. George's opened my eyes. Phil unlocked something there. I think he brought that good mojo home with him.

Van Sickle: You have a loose definition of "good mojo."

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