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Brandon TuckerThis Week at Dec. 19, 2007

Tiger Woods wins golf's Grand Slam now


As sure as grandpa is going to fall asleep in front of the TV sitting on the remote control Christmas night, Tiger Woods is set to have his best year ever in 2008.

The stars seem to be aligned perfectly for Tiger's most dominant year yet. It will be a year that will bring him the unthinkable - yet seemingly inevitable - Grand Slam.

The Slam, all four major titles in the same season, has never been done in modern golf but this is the one record that will cement Tiger as golf's best ever and among the most dominant athletes of all time.

It doesn't take a cover story in Golf Digest this month to realize that Tiger has never been more secure, composed, at peace with his life on and off the course.

If that's not enough, the major venues for 2008 stack up well for Woods: He's won his last three Buick Invitationals at Torrey Pines, host of the U.S. Open this year, and he finished a stroke out of a playoff at Royal Birkdale at the Open Championship in 1998.

So long as Augusta National doesn't set itself up to be an entirely different golf course like in 2007, it's safe to say Woods will arrive at Oakland Hills for the PGA Championship one win away from the slam, and two majors behind Jack Nicklaus' 18.

Keep in mind the Golden Bear came his closest to a Grand Slam at the age of 32, winning the year's first two majors. Nicklaus is the benchmark for which Woods seems to compare himself. It's only fitting he follows suit in his 32nd year, his personal life in place and swing on plane.

Woods in 2007 was complicated. It's like a round of golf where you're hungover and checking your Blackberry between shots on a course you've never seen, versus a perfect Sunday morning at your home club and you've had just enough warm up shots before the round.

That will be Woods' mindset in 2008, only he'll be playing for millions and looking to change the record books forever.

Look out, world.

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Palmetto Dunes' Hills Course - 17thThe Hills course at Palmetto Dunes: Try the Hilton Head course that tamed Tiger

Golfers at Palmetto Dunes love to talk about Tiger Woods' infamous mishap on the Arthur Hills golf course, one of three layouts at the resort Woods played at a collegiate tournament during his days at Stanford. Woods scored a quadruple bogey eight on the diabolical par-4 17th hole - one of the toughest golf holes on Hilton Head Island - in one of the few lowlights in his illustrious two-year college career.

Also: Reader rates Palmetto Dunes' Hills course a great value

Srixon Z-RW DriverSrixon's Z-RW driver will make a lot more golfers familiar with the brand

If you are familiar at all with the Srixon brand name, it's likely because of their golf balls. But the company makes a full line of golf clubs as well. Their newest driver, the Z-RW, is a red-and-black number that is visually striking. The macho colors hide what truly makes this driver noteworthy, though, namely the clubface technology, Equipment Editor Kiel Christianson writes.

Also: Visit's new Equipment Room!

Lisselan Golf ClubU.S. Open, Irish links, quipster Phil Mickelson: One golf writer's "Best of 2007" awards

Tiger Woods and I really are quite a lot alike. Right now, we're both taking some time off the golf course, reflecting on a 2007 golf season worth remembering, Brandon Tucker writes in his latest column. Before the 2008 season tees off and Tiger and I are back on the road again, it's time for me to usher up some "Best Of" awards from my travels in the world of golf for 2007.

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