In golf terms, the first half of 2012 has been a little cuckoo. The PGA Tour alone has been rife with wild finishes, unfathomable collapses and 21 different winners, including rookies, journeymen, rising stars and old stalwarts ranging from Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker to Jason Dufner and John Huh. On the LPGA someone missed a 12-inch putt to win a major, while the first senior major of the year was a runaway by an unknown. All of which raises the question: What does the second half hold in store? The writers of the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Golf Group—GOLF MAGAZINE, SIGolf+ and GOLF.com—came up with a list of predictions based on what they've seen so far. A summary? Expect the craziness to continue.
EACH TROPHY WILL DEPICT A TREE LYING IN A FOREST.
Yani Tseng (right) will win 10 LPGA tour events.
BUT CAN HE HIT A FOREHAND VOLLEY?
Luke Donald will finish 2012 as the No. 1 player in the world.
AT LEAST HE'LL BE AHEAD OF LUKE AT SOMETHING.
The short game of Lee Westwood (left) will keep him from winning a major, and he'll drive up Magnolia Lane next year on the verge of 40 as the Best Player Without a Major.
SET ASIDE THE SILVER MEDAL.
Ernie Els will finish the season in the top 50 to earn an invitation to the 2013 Masters.