Monday, August 12, 2002


What we've learned so far this year is that Tiger Woods is the only golfer who can beat Tiger Woods. He did so with that miserable monsoon Saturday round (81!) at Muirfield. He did not do so at Augusta and Bethpage Black. Most everyone thinks he will blow through Hazeltine National Golf Club (site of this year's PGA).

And for good reason. Woods has always played well on big, long, windy Midwestern courses. That's what Hazeltine is. It's Medinah. It's the Firestone. It's Memorial. It's the Western. These are all courses where Tiger has all but run away from the field.

Two guys to watch here are Tim Herron and Tom Lehman, both Minnesotans. They know the course very well. In the pool (in which everyone chooses six golfers), I went with long ballers and straight hitters. Woods, Mickelson, Garcia, Goosen, Els and Nick Price. I think Tiger will win and I hope that he does.