Anonymous Pro: Like Jack Nicklaus said, "You only have so many majors left." Tiger has had great success at three of this year's major sites. My gut feeling is that he'll surface in Florida in March. If he doesn't, then the Masters is 50-50 at best.
Hack: I think he might come back for the Masters, a tournament that isn't going to have tabloids and tmz.com on the credential list. Golf has been the one constant in his life, bridging his TV-star toddler years, his thick-glasses teenage years and his amateur and professional iconic years. He will come back to its familiar embrace.
Bamberger: People ask, Why is he in hiding, why is he not playing? I think it's because he really is concerned about his kids.
Shipnuck: The stories out of Mississippi would explain Tiger's vanishing act. If he's willing to open up about such deep problems, you have to assume that he's sincere about trying to heal himself and his marriage. So I think he may be out of action longer than we thought. I originally predicted a return for the U.S. Open, but now it could easily be 2011.
Daly Show Redux
Van Sickle: John Daly is surprisingly relevant. He pulled out some old Ping wedges in Hawaii, complained when the Hope didn't give him a sponsor's exemption, has another reality show on Golf Channel and said he was quitting golf after he missed the cut at Torrey Pines.
Shipnuck: Every beat-down pro thinks about quitting at some point. Daly is crazy enough to do it.
Bamberger: Daly will play another PGA Tour event before Tiger does. He's not quitting golf. He's going to wake up and realize, What else can I possibly do? And if he is quitting, he should be cool about it and not tell anyone he's quitting—like Ben Hogan did.
Garrity: I won't hold Daly to his postround comments. He's never been particularly rational after a bad performance. That aside, he can't quit golf. Not unless he's brushed up on his singer-songwriter skills. He is addicted to attention, can't stand to be alone, and without celebrity and the money that comes with it, he won't be able to attract babes and support his family ... uh, families.
Van Sickle: If Daly is going to quit wasting all the sponsor's exemptions he gets, I don't have a problem with him retiring.