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Shipnuck: After that '99 PGA, Tiger won a bunch of tournaments to end the year and then launched the greatest season of all time. If he does that again, it could change everything really quickly. If not, 2009 will go down as a year of missed opportunities. If Phil had won at Bethpage with Amy fighting cancer or if Watson had pulled off the British, they're on the covers of TIME and Newsweek, never mind SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
Hack: The Watson story was so deflating. We're golf writers and golf fans. I felt like, doggone it, that was a moment for golf to be up there with football and baseball and Kobe and LeBron. When Tiger wins, golf is above the fold on the front page. If Watson wins, it would've been the same. That's why I felt a sense of loss.
Shipnuck: All this heartbreak underlines how difficult tournament golf is and why it's so compelling. The pressure on the final holes of a major is excruciating. Watching these great players not get it done time after time is like watching a car accident. You can't take your eyes off it. It's a reminder how cruel tournament golf can be.
Van Sickle: So does that make the PGA more important than usual, or less?
Bamberger: If Tiger wins, it's huge. If Steve Stricker wins, it's nice for Stricker but not so big.
Garrity: To answer Gary's first question, the best story would be if Robert Karlsson comes back to win the PGA.
Van Sickle: You mean your pick to win the last three majors who hasn't played in the last two? What's your second-best scenario?
Garrity: It would have to be Tiger knocking off another thing from his to-do list. Every year we talk about whether Tiger can win the Grand Slam or do this or that. Fact is, all he has to do is win one major a year for four years, and he matches Jack's 18. How hard can that be?
Van Sickle: I'll be blunt. What's up with Tiger?