As the 08 European tour finishes i would like to pen, my greatest moments from the season, and then express my wishs/predictions for the new 2009 season.
08 - Magnificent performances -
Tiger Woods winning start to the season, and culminating in his 1 legged victory at Torrey Pines.
Padraig Harrington back to back opens and his back to back majors.
Robert Karlsson for his exemplary consistency finishing up with his first O.O.M. title.
Trevor Immellmans win at Augusta [ i backed him at 125/1] !
Other moments that thrilled me personally were, Darren Clarke back in the winners circle,a succession of other Irish wins, Mcgrane,Lawrie,Mcdowell x 2 and of course Harrington.
Richard Finch's 2 wins,Martin Kaymer winning in Germany,Ross Fishers wins and the resurgence of David Howell and Michael Campbell.
Disappointments - Sergio once again just coming up short in a major,The failure of Westwood to win, did everything but and is unlucky not to be in the top paragraph of this article.
Henrik Stenson - needs to maintain his early season dessert form for an entire season to show everyone how good he is.
My hopes and predictions for 2009 -
Another European to win at least 1 major [ Stenson, Westwood or Garcia being the likely lads] but don't rule out a host of others like Fisher,Poulter,Karlsson.....
Tournament wins for Rory McIlroy,Howell,Campbell,Dyson [ this guy should be in Europes top 15 every year,more dedication perhaps?]Darren Clarke,Marcus Brier and Felipe Aguilar also.
A return to regular tournamnet success for Goosen, Els and Scott.
My 4 for the majors in no particular order are [ on the proviso that Tiger doesn't return to his previous form till 2010]
Phil Mickelson,Anthony Kim,Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els.
So go on, tell us your thoughts of 08 and hopes for 09 ?!