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January 3, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Michael Collins

Michael Collins
  (3:02 PM)

First Chat of 2013!! Here we go...

Josh (Iowa)

Wondering what your thoughts and expectations are for YE Yang and Gary Woodland this year. Yang's dropoff seemed incredible while I'm not sure we fully know the type of player Woodland is yet.

Michael Collins
  (3:05 PM)

Y.E. has never been the same player since splitting with his caddie AJ Montencino. Flashes here and there but no consistency. I do not expect him to win again on US soil this year. As for Gary Woodland, he was hut and then went to hitting a fade, he's got the potential to be a top 50 golfer in the world but getting there now will be a tough climb.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What is the Coldest PGA Tour Event Each Year?

Michael Collins
  (3:07 PM)

Usually in the desert, Humana (Bob Hope) or the WGC Match Play will always have a frost delay.

Dan (CA)

Is Rory's Nike deal official yet? Any idea on when he changes over?

Michael Collins
  (3:08 PM)

Not yet. It's supposed to come the week he starts 2013 in Dubai.

pat (chicago)

Does Tiger win a major or 2 in 2013? if so, where at? if not, why not?

Michael Collins
  (3:08 PM)

I say he wins the US Open at Merion but that's his only major win this year.

Steve (Nashville)

Michael, any idea how much Kaymer and Colsaerts will be playing in early part of PGA Tour season?

Michael Collins
  (3:11 PM)

I can't say exactly how many starts they'll have by the time the FL swing happens but I'd bet 3-4 starts is a fair number.

John (So Cal)

Happy New Year Michael!! I know that you have Rory winning multiple times, including a major and you also feel that Tiger will have multiple wins, but will fall short of what Rory does, but I think that is exactly the reason Tiger will bounce back...I kind of liken it to when Vijay went crazy, which also coincided with a Tiger swing change.

Michael Collins
  (3:14 PM)

Happy New Year to you as well John!Tiger "bounce back"? From a 3 win season? I didn't know guys needed to bounce back from that. Tiger winning one major this year would huge but not a bounce back. Remember Tiger cannot control what others do on the course.

Nick (Washington DC)

Happy New Year Michael. Do you think Rory will have some bumps in the road in his game switching to Nike?

Michael Collins
  (3:16 PM)

Yes and no. Equipment no, golf ball yes. Will it keep him from winning a major (or two) this year? No. But it will cost him a tournament early.

Bruce (Newport Beach)

Hi Michael. Happy New Year.You have never seemed to be much of a Snedeker fan/believer. Do you think 2012 will be his peak or do you see him building on this season and becoming a premier player?

Michael Collins
  (3:19 PM)

I am a big fan of Snedeker. Do I think he over achieved in 2012? Not really. His first win was a "back door" type at the Farmers, but his win at the Tour Championship was legit. Can he have another two win season? Absolutely. Another FedEx Cup? Doubtful.

-Colin (Toledo)

How will McIlroy, Watney, and Stanley's move to Nike affect their performance the first quarter of the season?

Michael Collins
  (3:21 PM)

We're gonna find out this week... and I picked Nick Watney to win if that's any indication. Stanley is an enigma to me. He's one I'm anxious to see with the new stuff.

John (Minneapolis)

After missing out on the Ryder Cup, do you think Hunter Mahan will come out this week with something to prove? Or do you think his rough play at the end of 2012 will continue?

Michael Collins
  (3:23 PM)

I think now that the pressure of trying to make the Ryder Cup is gone and the letdown after not making it is over, he has a monster year. 2-3 wins

Bruce (Newport Beach)

Did Rory switch equipment?

Michael Collins
  (3:24 PM)

Yes, but the official announcement of his new company has yet to happen... even though it's the worst kept secret in the history of golf. haha

tdiddy (winnipeg) [via mobile]

First off ..Happy New Year. Second. I hope you remember our "Ricky Fowler won't win a major in 3 years" bet we had. You have two years lft and then you owe me dinner. And third, is THIS the year Lee Westwood wins a major? Such a likeable guy and reminds me of Monty a bit in the fact that he is an assasin on the European tour and just can't seem to get it done in the US. Thanks for your chats Mike, I do enjoy them.

Michael Collins
  (3:26 PM)

First, thank you. Second, the steak dinner you're buying is gonna be costly within the next two years cause I ain't coming back to Winnipeg so you gotta fly to me! And third, no for Westwood. I like the guy too, but this will not be his major year.

Zach (The 19th Hole)

Is Anthony Kim still playing golf?

Michael Collins
  (3:28 PM)

Sure, and you can still be him on EA Sports Tiger Woods '13! HAHAHe's on a major medical but as for his return to playing tournament golf... when he does return, not many will notice.

Andrew (Chicago)

I know you have said you think Tiger can win at Merion this year, but which other major this year will he possibly contend for the win?

Michael Collins
  (3:29 PM)

He'll contend at the Masters this year and maybe at The Open but he won't win those.

Keith H (Seattle)

Glad to see you back! Who are the rookie/ grads we should be keeping an eye on?

Michael Collins
  (3:31 PM)

Great to be back!Check it out... AFTER the chat! haha

JeffS (Duluth, MN)

will Stricker play more than 10 events? Hope he changes his mind and plays more.

Michael Collins
  (3:33 PM)

I doubt it. And this is gonna sound strange but I'm fine with him going out on his own terms. He can be our generations Bruce Lietzke

Brent (MO)

Does Ian Poulter win this year on the PGA tour?

Michael Collins
  (3:35 PM)

Man I hope so. I love that guy. We need more Americans like him. Brash and unapologetic for speaking his mind.

g.p. (nd)

Michael, I know he's too inconsistently crazy to know, but do you feel Phil could pull of a major this season? And how many tour wins this year?

Michael Collins
  (3:35 PM)

A major? No, but he will get a win this year.

DB (Philly)

I thought Tiger's intimidation factor was controlling what others do on the course!

Michael Collins
  (3:36 PM)

It used to, but Y.E. Yang changed that forever.

Patrick (Philadelphia, PA)

First off, very excited to have the chat back! What's more likely: Rory wins two majors, or a totally off the radar major winner (see: Hamilton, Todd)?

Michael Collins
  (3:37 PM)

Well the way history has played out it's more likely and unknown will win a major BUT I'll still bet Rory over that this year.

Jhooks (NC)

Is Nike going to buy Titleist?? If not Titleist needs some new reps.

Michael Collins
  (3:39 PM)

No but think of how it's worked out for the Yankees and my Phillies when you try to "buy" championships. Titleiest will have it's fair share of trophy holders at the end of the year and the general public will still buy the golf balls.

braden (so fla)

Have you ever interviewed/interacted with Michael Thompson? Still not a big name even with the runner-up at the U.S. Open, and I feel like he is gaining some momentum as a player. Thoughts?

Michael Collins
  (3:40 PM)

I caddied for him at the Barclay's two years ago on Friday and saw his action up close. He is going to win within the next two years and be on tour for years to come. He isn't a bomber off the tee, but he has a great attitude on the course and can ROLL THE ROCK!

Doug (GA)

Happy New Year big Mike! Do you think Rory will get the "Tiger treatment" by Nike and be allowed to play with non-Nike equipment (including the ball) until they develop something he's comfortable using in competition? Or is he all Nike from the jump?

Michael Collins
  (3:43 PM)

Since the report of Oakley filling a lawsuit against him I'm going to figure it's an "all-in" deal, but we're not allowed to officially report anything until the announcement is made.

Nick (Washington DC)

Do you think the masters is tigers least favorite major? Do you think Augusta will be the hardest for him to win at of the four? A miss left at Augusta is danger zone for sure, and that is his miss..

Michael Collins
  (3:44 PM)

I think it's his favorite, and it's the course he knows the best.

John (So Cal)

Let me re-phrase: Get back to being #1. I think that the motivation factor that Rory gives him as well as the swing changes finally taking hold will be a huge for him.

Michael Collins
  (3:45 PM)

I think he does not overtake Rory this year for the #1 ranking. Even as motivated as he will be.

John (Denver)

Happy New Year, looking forward to another year of your great chats. Odd office pool we have- who will win the most money on the PGA tour this year without actually winning a tournament? Bubba? Looking for your expert analysis.

Michael Collins
  (3:46 PM)

Jim Furyk will do it again this year!

Chris (Chicago)

Hi Michael, hope you had a nice holiday season! In regards to Tiger, if he goes 2013 without another major, to me that is it for his Jack pursuit - would that mean an end to his relationship with Sean Foley?

Michael Collins
  (3:48 PM)

Great question. I say he sticks with Foley thru the year even if he goes without a major. Cause who else is out there? And he ain't going to Leadbetter.

Robert (Memphis)

So will Rory be under the TW division of Nike, or have his own thing?

Michael Collins
  (3:49 PM)

I would think he'll start TW line but will have his own line out by fall of 2014.

Tony (Missoula)

Do you think Fredrik Jacobson gets a win this year? Yes, he's on my fantasy team.

Michael Collins
  (3:49 PM)

No, he won't. Sorry

Tony (Missoula)

What's with the Friday start this week? Am I missing something?

Michael Collins
  (3:51 PM)

Monday primetime finish so as to not compete with the NFL playoffs

Shoshana (Boston)

Tiger's problem at the masters is that he wants to hit a cut, and they've massively turned that into a drawing golf course. Which I can't believe is what Bobby Jones wanted

Michael Collins
  (3:52 PM)

And a very happy new year to you too! hahaWas wondering if you were gonna be here. Silly of me to even wonder.

Mike (Jasper, Ga)

Sir Caddie, Who do you making an impact from the tour? I like the big hitting Luke List.

Michael Collins
  (3:54 PM)

I agree, keep an eye on Ben Kohles and Morgan Hoffman too. Young, hungry and not scared

Patrick (Philadelphia, PA)

Will Furyk win a tournament this year? I don't know if I could handle watching him blow another one. Painful.

Michael Collins
  (3:56 PM)

Nope. He's done winning on the PGA Tour.

Matt (Chicago)

Re: Kapalua - So instead the PGA Tour competes with the college football national title game? Wouldn't a final round finish on Sunday evening make more sense?

Michael Collins
  (3:57 PM)

You and I obviously need to be in charge of stuff over there!

Shoshana (Boston)

Your take on Rory saying he might skip Olympics? Think this is what happens when you turn a complicated and controversial topic into a no-win situation. See Tiger and race

Michael Collins
  (4:00 PM)

I say he doesn't play. Give everyone else a chance!Seriously though, he has to go with his heart and he says he feels more English. Which made me say wow, but I don't hate on him for that.

Michael Collins
  (4:02 PM)

Well that was a fun and really fast way to start off the year!!Guess what... we'll do it again Monday the 7th AND Friday the 11th!!Stay in touch.@ESPNCaddie on on email!