It's that time of the year again, folks, so here's a rundown of what I would like to see happen in 2014 by way of ChicagoDuffer.com's Annual Golf Christmas List! As a reminder, these are simply items or events I would like to own or see happen in the following year. Nothing is off-limits as long as it is related to golf in some way.
1) Tiger Woods to win a Major -- Next year will feature four "Tiger Friendly" venues for the Major championship roster, including Pinehurst No. 2 (US Open), Royal Liverpool Golf Club (British Open), Valhalla Golf Club (PGA Championship) and, of course, Augusta National (The Masters). Tiger has fared well on all of those courses in the past, so here's hoping he breaks his Major-skid in 2014.
2) Callaway Big Bertha Driver -- I've been saying this for the past month, but I've never been more excited for a golf club release than for the newest Big Bertha from Callaway. Not only would I like to review the club for this site soon, but this sucker will undoubtedly be my driver of choice for next golf season.
3) Watch the United States (Finally) Win the Ryder Cup -- I still have a horrible taste in my mouth after witnessing the Meltdown at Medinah in 2012, so nothing would make me happier than to see the US Team finally reclaim the Ryder Cup from the European Team in 2014. The matches will take place on foreign soil in Scotland, but hopefully US Captain Tom Watson will lead our guys to victory this time around.
4) Phil Mickelson Wins the Player of the Year Award -- I still can't believe Lefty has never won this year-end award in his career, but then again, he's had to compete with Tiger. Mickelson is slated to play a shortened season in 2014, but that doesn't mean he can't make a run at winning the POY for the first time. Heck, Steve Stricker did pretty well on a shorter season this year.
5) No anchored putters winning any Major in 2014 -- While the anchored putting stroke is still legal on the PGA Tour until 2016, wouldn't it be great if every major winner next year used a traditional putter? Supporters of the anchored ban will say "See? You don't need the belly-putter!" while those opposed will claim "See? The putter doesn't matter!". It would be a splendid argument to watch.