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.
2 of 9Gary Locke
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.
3 of 9Gary Locke
LPGA moves to Korea and Supreme Leader Carolyn Bivens
announces that by 2010 all players must
4 of 9Gary Locke
Johnny Miller goes ballistic when Roger Maltbie says a putt "breaks the
other way, Johnny." Miller curses Maltbie and
storms out of the booth.
5 of 9Gary Locke
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.
6 of 9Gary Locke
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.
7 of 9Gary Locke
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.
8 of 9Gary Locke
Hank Haney rules the golf guru roost, names two new assistants.
9 of 9Gary Locke
Tiger Woods struggles at the Masters, finishing second after his leg
falls off. He goes on to win the U.S. Open while
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