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WHAT IT MEANS: January 2nd, 2011

Posted By Jeremy Schilling On Jan 2 2011 @ 11:54 pm In PGA | 1 Comment

2011 is here, the PGA Tour season is about to begin in Hawaii, and all of our burning questions are about to be answered. Here’s a couple things to watch for in this week’s What It Means:

What Will Tiger Woods Do: I see big things for TW in 2011. His play from the PGA Championship onward was very encouraging, getting better and better every week to the point of nearly winning the Chevron World Challenge in early December.

The other thing about Tiger right now: he’s hungry and probably feels like he has a lot to prove to the rest of the sports world. That, my friends, is a dangerous combination.

Is Phil Mickelson Healthy: Dogged for much of the second half of the 2010 season by psoriatic arthritis, Mickelson’s magic which he showed at Augusta was nowhere to be seen as the FedEx Cup concluded. He’s also had a chance to become number one in the world every single week since winning the Masters, and has failed to do convert.

Phil tends to love the West Coast Swing and has racked up a lot of his career victories in the early part of the season. How he plays there will tell me a lot about how 2011 may turn out for Lefty.

Dustin Johnson & Lee Westwood: Both have had major disappointments in recent years and both will be looking to pick up their first Grand Slam title in 2011. I’d look for Westwood, the current world number one, to possibly win at Augusta, where he’s come so close in recent years.

Will Rickie Fowler and the Rest of the Young Guns Have Fun? I’ve read so much about International players vs Americans and 20somethings and this and that — which are all valid storylines. But what I love about Fowler is that he has FUN and reminds us all of why we fell in love with this game in the first place. If he continues to play that way in 2011, watch out everyone else.

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