5 bold predictions for the 2017-18 PGA Tour season

There's no time off for the PGA Tour, with the 2017 FedEx Cup playoffs finishing just two weeks ago, the 2017-18 campaign launched this week at the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.

Here are five bold predictions for the upcoming season:

Career grand slam

Jordan Spieth missed his initial opportunity at the career grand slam in August at the PGA Championship, but he's not the only player with a chance in 2017-18. Rory McIlroy will have the first chance to join the exclusive club at The Masters in early April, while Phil Mickelson is next up at the United States Open at Shinnecock Hills. McIlroy has finished in the top 10 at Augusta National the last four years, while Mickelson has a T4 and a solo third in both trips to Shinnecock.

U.S. finally wins in Europe

It hasn't happened since 1993 at the Belfry in England. That was the last time a U.S. Ryder Cup team claimed the biennial event on European soil, when captain Tom Watson led the Americans to a 15-13 victory over the European squad. The new, young American crop absolutely annihilated the Internationals last Sunday in New Jersey, and will only be better when the event takes place in Paris.

Multiple 1st-time major winners

These 11 players have never won a major championship, but all have the skill, mental game, and experience to claim one of the big four trophies this season.

Player World Rank Age
Jon Rahm 5 22
Rickie Fowler 8 28
Matt Kuchar 12 39
Alex Noren 14 35
Paul Casey 15 40
Marc Leishman 16 33
Tommy Fleetwood 17 26
Patrick Reed 20 27
Kevin Kisner 24 33
Daniel Berger 25 24
Thomas Pieters 33 25

A sub-60 round

The "perfect round" in golf occurred five times in the last two seasons between the PGA and Web.com Tours. Jim Furyk and Stephan Jager each shot 58 in 2016, while Justin Thomas, Adam Hadwin, and Sam Saunders achieved the feat in 2017.

Tiger Woods plays a full schedule

This could be a stretch, but after the 41-year-old posted a video of a full swing on Saturday, Woods is certainly progressing since undergoing back surgery in April. The last time Woods entered more than 10 events in a season was 2015, but hasn't played a full PGA Tour season since 2013 when he won PGA Tour Player of the Year.

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5 bold predictions for the 2017-18 PGA Tour season
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McIlroy holes out with long birdie putt on 18
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DeChambeau drops eagle on 16th hole
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McIlroy extends lead with 3rd-straight birdie
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Tiger's chip takes nice bounce to set up another birdie
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