Well, I'm going way out on a limb and saying it: Tiger won't win (Look at all the people down there. They look like ants.)
All right, no big deal, taking the field is easy. But all the pundits act as if you're crazy to say Tiger probably won't win, or even that the odds are against him. It's blasphemy, or at least a sign you've had one too many bowls of loudmouth soup. But the truth is, he shouldn't be the odds on favorite this week. His game is rusty from a lack of competition (other than emptying M.J.'s wallet during an Olympia Fields practice round), while his surgically repaired knee is sore from too much play. And the word's out that he hasn't been using a Nike driver for quite some time, although he still flies the swoosh headcover all over his clothing. Sounds to me like "I've been busy," "I've been hurt," and "My equipment stinks." Excuse making, in other words. Not the frame of mind needed to prevail on a tough track against an increasingly confident field.
So who will win, Mr. Bigshot. Three names:
Ernie Els - won it before, hand's had time to heal, can hit every shotBut I'd still rather take the field.
Rich Beem - starting to play well after playing in too many silly season events earlier this year, Olympia Fields is not that different from Hazeltine where he took the PGA last year
Stewart Cink - keeps popping up on major leaderboards, this dark horse could steal one from the private jet crowd