What's in store for Tiger in '07?
He owns 12 career major championships and 54 PGA Tour titles. He's coming off a year in which he won eight times, including his last six tour starts in a row. He earned not only Player of the Year honors, he took home the AP Male Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time.
Yup, there's not much left to say about what Tiger Woods already has accomplished. So instead, let's look at what he might accomplish this season.
We asked our experts to effort their best guesses on Tiger's upcoming year in this week's edition of Fact or Fiction.
Bob Harig, contributor, ESPN.com: FICTION. It is too much to ask for him to even duplicate the feat, let alone surpass it.
Jason Sobel, golf editor, ESPN.com: FACT. Last year, Woods teed it up in 15 PGA Tour events and won eight of 'em. By my count, he'll play 19-20 tournaments in the revamped schedule, so the laws of probability suggest more starts equals more wins. Crazy as it sounds, book him for nine or 10.
Ron Sirak, executive editor, Golf World: FICTION. I'll take the under. Tiger's more interested in FedEx Cup points than victories. OK, have you stopped laughing yet? Actually, I have him at a half-dozen trophies in 2007. Still pretty good.
Brian Wacker, associate editor, GolfDigest.com: FICTION. Even as great as Tiger Woods is, and as well as he's been playing, it's hard to imagine that he'll surpass one of the greatest seasons in the history of golf. You never say never when it comes to Tiger -- he's won at least five tour events a year every year except one since 1998 -- but surpassing the eight he won in '06 is a lot to ask given his short schedule.
Harig: FICTION. If Woods wins even one major title in 2007, he will consider his year a success. Anything more than that is a bonus.
Sobel: FICTION. He'll equal that total. I'll even tell you where: Woods wins at Augusta National and Carnoustie this year to cut Jack Nicklaus' all-time lead to four. Give the U.S. Open to another well-established player (our Spidey-sense says Jim Furyk) and the PGA Championship to a deserving first-timer (Stewart Cink's name will get plenty of ink).
Sirak: FICTION. Tiger is more interested in FedEx Cup points than he is with major championships. That even made me laugh. Give him another deuce on the majors, putting him at 14, four behind Nicklaus.
Wacker: FICTION. Saying Tiger Woods won't do something is usually about the time he does it, but Carnoustie, host of the '07 British Open, and Southern Hills, site of the PGA Championship are not nearly as safe a bet as the Masters at Augusta National and the U.S. Open at Oakmont are when it comes to where Tiger will play his best in the majors. He'll win a green jacket and another trophy from the USGA, but will fail to close out the second half of the Grand Slam.
Bob Harig, contributor, ESPN.com: SEVEN. Woods will defend his title at the Buick Invitational, then be denied at the Nissan Open, where he has never won.
Jason Sobel, golf editor, ESPN.com: SIX. It's gotta end sometime, right? Since Woods himself doesn't consider it an official streak (he lost the HSBC Match Play, Ryder Cup, HSBC Champions and Dunlop Phoenix during the stretch), here's saying he lets himself off the hook in his next PGA Tour start.
Ron Sirak, executive editor, Golf World: SIX. The streak is not as important as the majors are for Tiger. His mind is on peaking at Augusta.
Brian Wacker, associate editor, GolfDigest.com: SEVEN. Woods owns the Buick Invitational, winning three of the last four. His hometown Nissan Open, however, has been a personal jinx and that won't change in '07.
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