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Predicting If Golf's Top Stars Will Improve or Regress in 2014
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As strange as it might seem, the 2014 PGA Tour season is quietly under way, and we've already seen stars such as Dustin Johnson get off to strong starts.

The majority of the game’s top players, however, really won’t compete in earnest until January, and that’s when we’ll begin to see whose game is ready to take a step forward and whose will slip from the 2013 campaign.

Can Tiger Woods improve and finally win a 15th major? Will Phil build off his Open Championship and complete the career Grand Slam with a U.S. Open title? Can Adam Scott raise the bar even further after a career year in 2013?

Those are just a few of the questions surrounding the game’s top stars, some of whom are looking to carry momentum forward from a season ago; others are seeking to rebound from uneven efforts. There’s certainly no science to predicting who among them will rise and who will fall, but we're taking a stab at it nonetheless.

Every PGA Tour season offers surprising performances, both good and bad, and 2014 will be no exception. That means some of our predictions will hit and others will flounder. Either way, it’s fun to look ahead at what we might expect from the game’s most significant talent.

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