Pardon me if I sound smug, but I predicted that Tiger Woods would lose in 2008. When others were going wild over Tiger's seven-tournament winning streak, I quietly reminded them that sooner or later Woods would lip out some putts or drop an anvil on his toe. I didn't pick the tournament he'd lose (the CA Championship at Doral), the fellow he'd lose to (Geoff Ogilvy) or the margin of his defeat (2 strokes), but I got it right.
Here's a few other predictions I made back in January:
• Dennis Kucinich will fail in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
• Britney Spears will screw up.
• Humpback whales will be spotted off the California coast.
Some will dismiss these as easy calls, but I never claimed to be Nostradamus.
That being said, I'm willing to take my crystal ball out on a limb to predict that Tiger will not win the rest of his starts in 2008. He might win half of them, but not all of them.
I figure he'll have to be satisfied with winning the Grand Slam.
Don't tell me I'm wrong. Tiger proved he could win the Grand Slam back in 2000 and 2001, when he won the Grand Slam. We called it the Tiger Slam because the ball dropped in Times Square between his PGA and Masters victories, but you can't deny that Tiger owned all four major championship trophies at the same time. I've argued for years that there is no qualitative difference between the Tiger Slam and the calendar-year Slam. If anything, the Tiger Slam was a greater achievement, since Woods had to keep his game at a super-high level for nine long months. (Bobby Jones knocked off the original Grand Slam of Open and Amateur titles in a mere four months.)
I'm also picking Tiger to win the FedEx Cup, the Vardon Trophy, and Player of the Year honors. And just to show that I'm a fearless prognosticator, I'll throw in a free forecast: At year's end, he'll still be ranked No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking.
But don't ask me to predict Geoff Ogilvy's future. I'm not a psychic.