Garrity: I don't think Tiger is going to be his dominant self again until he gives up on the Hank Haney swing changes. I remember Brandel Chamblee saying at the PGA last year that Tiger is the best player who ever lived, that he works harder than anybody else, yet he still can't get this swing down? No swing change should be that difficult for Tiger.
Van Sickle: It's only been five or six years, John. Give the man some time.
Bamberger: Before this scandal Tiger was in a bubble. No matter what Peter Kostis or Johnny Miller or PGA Tour Confidential said about him, it didn't matter. I don't know how part of his psyche couldn't be cracked by now. He has to know that every Tour player imitates his swing—pick it up outside, take it straight up and hit a little cut shot—and kind of laughs. They're still envious of the scores he shoots, but at some point it has to interfere with the Haney message.
Van Sickle: So are you saying that Tiger has won despite his swing, not because of it?
Anonymous Pro: I'll go down that path. You know Tiger will never admit he was swinging better in 2000, but what he and Butch Harmon worked on then kept him from getting stuck in his swing. This move he has now—the left arm comes away from the body and flattens out the swing plane—is killing him. The more he tries to get his arms back in front of him, the more stuck he gets.
Hack: John is completely right about Tiger's swing. I think Tiger is vulnerable. Look at his results.
Shipnuck: No one can question that his ball striking is erratic.
Anonymous Pro: I've never seen him give a poorer exhibition of driving than he did at Augusta. He needed a compass to find his way back to the fairways and a flare gun so the TV people could spot him. Now that Butch is working with Phil, Tiger would sooner get tips from Donald Duck than go back to Butch. Let's be honest—Tiger has gotten worse over the last five years, not better.
Shipnuck: Don't forget the final round of last year's Masters, prescandal. Phil totally outplayed Tiger. And Tiger's first tee shot last year on Sunday was a mile left too. Tiger's ball striking was exposed.
Anonymous Pro: Realistically, there are only two majors that Tiger can still win playing like this—the British Open, where he can tool around with long irons if the course is right, like St. Andrews, and the Masters. But he has no chance at the U.S. Open. Half those drives he hit at Augusta would be floating on a buoy out in Monterey Bay.