Hack: You're right. Tiger is happy. He's married and has two kids. Sometimes I've been surprised how well he's handled the losses. Maybe Tiger realizes he's on a bit of a journey, like a redshirt injury season.
Shipnuck: Maybe we simply write off '09 as an aberration. If Tiger doesn't play well in the majors next year, it is definitely time to panic. The thing is, he has played well at times. Why can't he do that in a major? I don't think it's the knee; I think it's the head. And that has always been Tiger's greatest asset. Maybe he's realizing for the first time how hard this game really is.
Van Sickle: What if one of the Open champions, Stewart Cink or Lucas Glover, wins the PGA? Do we look at them differently?
Bamberger: Sure, we have to. It's an elite group of players who have won two majors in a year.
Hack: With all due respect, Cink and Glover aren't Shaun Micheel and Ben Curtis. They already had street cred, especially Cink.
Shipnuck: Cink has a very solid résumé. Glover, with only one victory, is no doubt a solid player, but he might have won his major a few years earlier than expected. A win by either would help define the year, but interest wouldn't be off the charts.
Van Sickle: Cink is a rising personality. He read a Top 10 list on David Letterman's show, and his tweets have become must-read material. He had a funny one from Turnberry about how cool it was that you could get anything from the vending machine at the resort—even condoms. After the Open he wrote about sitting at breakfast deciding if he should drink his orange juice out of a glass or the claret jug.
Shipnuck: It was great—he attached a photo of some glasses and the jug lined up. Stewart is rarely funny in press conferences, so it's nice that he's found a venue to express himself.
Van Sickle: What would Tiger write if he Twittered? "You lose again."