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Alan Shipnuck
December 12, 2005
1] Will the U.S. ever win another Ryder Cup?
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December 12, 2005

10 Questions For 2006

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1] Will the U.S. ever win another Ryder Cup?

Yes, but if the boys (winless since 1999) can't do it in Ireland, it could be awhile. The U.S. team that won the Presidents Cup had only two players under 35-- Justin Leonard and Tiger Woods.

2] One full season into his latest swing overhaul, can Woods get even better?

Definitely. Imagine if he were to hit 71.2% of his fairways, as he did in 2000, rather than the 54.6% of last year.

3] Will Michelle Wie finally win a professional tournament?

No, not yet. As a full-time high school student making only cameos on various tours, consistency will be a problem.

4] What about Chris DiMarco--will he win another freakin' tournament already?

Yes. DiMarco's big-game heroics have led to a rep as a clutch player even as he has continued to kick away Tour events. All he needs is a few breaks on any given Sunday to get his first win since 2002.

5] Will the winning score at the Masters be over par?

Depends on the weather. The 1999 Masters was the last time Augusta National played the way it's supposed to--brick hard and frighteningly fast--and only 13 players broke par. Since then the course has added rough and a forest of trees, and after yet another retrofit this year it's now a 7,445-yard monster. If it is dry in Georgia in April, the Masters will be a bloodbath.

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