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Nick Faldo: PGA Tour is tough but good
Even without the dominance of Tiger Woods, these are exciting times for pro golf, says Sir Nick Faldo.

The six-time major winner, now a TV golf analyst for CBS and the Golf Channel, believes the PGA Tour is "quite good."

"Tiger was obviously the most dominant player for 15odd years, while Phil (Mickelson) and Ernie (Els) have had very good careers but they're overshadowed by Tiger," said Faldo, who spoke at length to the Montreal Gazette.

"There are a good 20 guys - which is probably more than there was before when they always talked about the big five - and there are 10 or so very good golfers and another 10 or so who are really good.

Out of that (bottom group of 20), there's another 10 who can really win as well. (In total) there are about 40 guys who have a chance to win most of the time."

Faldo named some of the players he thought would move on to the next level.

"Adam Scott has obviously got a bit of fire in his belly now. Maybe Dustin Johnson will figure it out how to keep it going to win a major. Rory (McIlroy) will probably come back. There's a shock to the system when you win one major - there takes a little bit of settling down. Rory is very talented.

The new shocks might be Jason Day, people like that. This Keegan Bradley, when he can hit 350 yards off the tee, that becomes very useful.

And if you can hole-putt from the side of the green like he did on No. 17 (in the PGA championship at Atlanta), that was impossible. Just about everybody else three-putted and he holes it. Hey, maybe he's got a little something special."

"I think it's a really good time. The Tour is actually pretty interesting."

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