Shipnuck: Condoleezza Rice has to be a front-runner. She's up for membership at Cypress Point, and that will help. Plus, she's from the South. And there's Darla Moore—she's a buddy of Hootie Johnson's, and she's been on the cover of Fortune. She's married to a billionaire investor, and with any female member, you have to deal with the husband too. She has the right significant other.
Bamberger: I have a nominee in mind—Christine Bamberger. [Laughter.]
The Big Letdown
Van Sickle: What's going to be the biggest Masters disappointment?
Anonymous Pro: It could be Phil Mickelson, although I hope I'm wrong. I expected him to blow us away after his hot stretch at the end of last season, but his suddenly magical putting touch has pretty much disappeared. Using that heel-shafted putter makes it hard for him to be consistent because there's so much face rotation required, among other variables. Phil isn't driving it well, either. He even went back to his old two-driver experiment at Doral. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
Shipnuck: The people expecting a circus are going to be disappointed. Sure, there may be some TV trucks on Washington Road and some paparazzi lurking, but on the grounds you'll have no idea that any media firestorm is raging around Tiger. Fans will be polite; there won't be any streakers. It'll look like any other Masters.
Hack: Tiger was leading the evening news and entertainment news shows some nights. This story has surprised me by how much people care. Tiger, Tiger, Tiger—it's all anyone wants to talk about.
Shipnuck: No question the Masters will be the highest-rated golf tournament ever, but it will provide closure in some ways. Tiger will get back into a golf routine. I didn't even read the last batch of text messages he allegedly sent one mistress. They were morbidly interesting, but I'm ready to move on.
The Tiger Fallout
Van Sickle: Is it disappointing that no one else stepped up during the prolonged absence of Tiger Woods?