2009 PGA Tour Preview: The Crystal Golf Ball

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The Crystal Golf Ball From a cloister in the Time & Life Building, we foresee next year's top stories in golf and foretell the headlines of 2009. Behold our fearless forecast! By Kevin Cook Obama tabs Azinger as Secretary of Homeland Security, while Boo Weekley joins the Broadway cast of Wicked.
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The Tour shrinks as sponsors cut back or go bankrupt. New events like the FreeCreditReport.com Classic and the Family Dollar Open lead to the season-ending Spam Cup.
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LPGA moves to Korea and Supreme Leader Carolyn Bivens announces that by 2010 all players must speak Korean.
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Johnny Miller goes ballistic when Roger Maltbie says a putt "breaks the other way, Johnny." Miller curses Maltbie and storms out of the booth.
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John Daly doubles up after a member of his posse found him wide-eyed drunk in a Hooters parking lot in 2008. ("When I'm stressed, I sleep with my eyes open," Daly said.) Big John turns his life around and wins the British Open — his second claret jug — by learning to drink with his mouth closed.
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Phil Mickelson rebounds from a down year, as his stretching exercises ("they're making me taller") pay off in a big way — a tryout with the Suns.
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Nobody carries a four-iron or even a five, six or seven. The Tour's brand-new bag looks more like this: driver, five hybrids, seven wedges, putter.
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Hank Haney rules the golf guru roost, names two new assistants.
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Tiger Woods struggles at the Masters, finishing second after his leg falls off. He goes on to win the U.S. Open while hopping on one foot.More from GOLF.com • 2009 PGA Tour Preview • 2008 Year in Review