Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 1/7/13
As the Hyundai Tournament of Champions tees off this weekend, so does the PGA Tour season. With that comes a brand new season and some questions that are soon to be answered. Here are the key questions and predictions leading into the 2013 PGA Tour season. Will Rory McIlroy retain his number one ranking throughout the entire season? No, because Tiger Woods will take over as number one in the world when he puts on the green jacket after his Masters victory in April. Will Tiger move closer to Jack Nicklaus’s record 18 majors? Ok, so I just gave away my answer, but he will only move one closer, as the Masters will be his only major of 2013. Photo Credit: Reuters How will the anchor putter ban forthcoming in 2016 affect players in 2013? It will affect some but not others. Key players, such as Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, and Ernie Els, will continue to use their belly/long putters. Will Rory win a major for the third straight year? No, but he will be in the hunt in three out of the four, missing the cut at the British Open. Will Phil finally end his major drought? I hate to be Mr. Negative, but Phil will also go major-less in 2013. He will contend in the Masters, finishing in the top five, but will miss the cut at the U.S. Open and finish outside the top ten in both the British Open and the PGA Championship. Will Lee Westwood and/or Luke Donald finally win a major? This is another no, but for good reason since both just never get it done in golf’s biggest events. The U.S. Open favors Luke Donald this year as it is only 6800 yards, but the pressure of a major will get to him. They will also both falter at the British Open due to the country’s pressure on them to end the drought of an Englishman winning it. Who will be the darkhorse in 2013? Ian Poulter. He finished in the top ten in three of the four majors in 2012 and helped lead the comeback for the Europeans in the Ryder Cup. He’s only won twice on the PGA Tour and he’s never won a major. I believe he will win a major in 2013 at the British Open since he finished in the top ten last year and an American hasn’t won The Open since 2009. Also, he will double his PGA Tour victories in 2013 by winning twice on tour. Who will win the other two majors, the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship? With the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club only being 6800 yards in length, Zach Johnson, the King of the Wedge, will be crowned champion. The PGA Championship will go to Graeme McDowell, who contended in all four majors in 2012, finishing in the top twelve, including an eleventh place finish at the PGA Championship. Who will win the FedEx Cup? Since the points reset going into the Tour Championship, this question really is: Who will win the Tour Championship? Rory McIlroy, who got robbed of the FedEx Cup in 2012 because of the points reset, will get revenge this year as he will make up for a major-less year by winning the FedEx Cup and the Tour Championship. via CNN Who will be the 2013 Player of the Year? Tiger Woods. By winning the Masters, he will pretty much have it wrapped up, but with two other victories, at The Honda Classic and the BMW Championship, he will seal it. These are some of the many questions heading into the 2013 golf season. I can’t wait for it to begin and build on the great momentum it built during the FedEx Cup Playoffs and the Ryder Cup in 2012. All I can say is: Enjoy your golf, America. -O’Shea
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