By Anup Shah
By abandoning his job, he summed it up perfectly.
the 17th hole of the Dubai Desert Classic, the greenside marshal -
instead of holding up his "Quiet Please" sign and facing the crowd -
subconsciously lowered the warning and turned his head to watch the
Tiger Woods putt for the lead.
And when it went in, the supposed-to-be-impartial marshal pumped his fist in a familiar Tiger-like way.
Expect to see that all year long.
know people have been saying it for the last 11 years: Tiger could very
easily win the Grand Slam - that is, win the Masters, the U.S. Open,
the Open Championship and the PGA Championship all in the same season.
But for the first time ever, Tiger himself has admitted he has a good shot.
"I think it's easily within reason," Woods said on his Web site, www.tigerwoods.com, before the 2008 season began.
I'm actually going to take it a step further and say that he will win every tournament he plays in this year.
mean let's face it, this isn't some Igor Olshansky or Anthony Johnson
guarantee. This is the most dominant athlete in the world we're
And every week he gives more and more hints that
send the other professional golfers - nowadays known simply as "the
field" - back into their own little corner.
"For most of my
career, I've won more than four tournaments per year, and all I have to
do is win the right four," Woods said before the Buick Open, his first
tournament of the year.
Two wins later and Woods is getting his game geared up for the Masters.
is no question about Tiger winning all the majors. Nick Faldo - a
six-time major winner himself - practically guaranteed it as well.
a look at the schedule.The WGC Accenture Match Play is next, followed
by the WGC at Doral. Both of these tournaments he has won before.
Then there's the Masters - no surprise there.
The U.S. Open at Torrey Pines follows, where Tiger has more than 10 wins as both an amateur and a professional.
Then there's his own tournament, the AT&T
National, which I know Tiger won't be able to stand losing this time.
He'll know how to handle the role of host and be far more prepared this
the Open Championship at Birkdale where Tiger can succumb to his one
"weakness:" poor driving. Birkdale's wide and hard fairways will
definitely play into his favor.
Then on to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where Tiger has had a measly six wins.
you have the PGA championship at Oakland Hills which, if he wins all
the others, he'll conquer on sheer confidence. Remember Oakland Hills
was where Tiger made the cut as an amateur in 1996.
three-month hibernation and Tiger will be back for the Target World
Challenge - which he won by only seven shots two months ago.
based on the schedule, not only does Tiger have a shot to win every
tournament, but at the end of the year, he will be two wins and one
major from Jack Nicklaus on the all-time list.
The only scary part about it all is Tiger thinks he's just getting started.
"My career is not done yet," Woods said two weeks ago at the Buick. "Hopefully my good years are still ahead of me."
So, for now, don't blame the marshal for shirking his duties to watch Tiger. I know I won't.