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June 14, 2010
Is a Mickelslam in the offing? Can Tiger find his game? What are the best—and worst—holes at Pebble Beach? Is the 18-hole playoff an anachronism? And who is going to win America's most important championship?
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June 14, 2010

Pga Tour Confidential

Is a Mickelslam in the offing? Can Tiger find his game? What are the best—and worst—holes at Pebble Beach? Is the 18-hole playoff an anachronism? And who is going to win America's most important championship?

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Hack: It reminds me of when Superman goes to the Fortress of Solitude and loses all his powers, and the next thing you know Clark Kent has a bloody lip and can't fight back. Tiger is bloodied and everybody, including his peers, knows he's not the same dude.

Anonymous Pro: What's going on with Tiger's life will eat him up from the inside. You have to have a clear mind to play this game. He has the strongest mind in the game, but his will is going to be tested more than ever before. Way more.

Shipnuck: His game is at a crossroads. Everything is loose—his swing, his day-to-day existence. There's also the karma of coming back to Pebble Beach, site of his greatest week ever, in 2000. That's the measuring stick. It's an impossible standard. Everything he does is going to be framed against 2000, and now it's a reminder of how far he's fallen.

Bamberger: That's right, Alan. What we saw from Tiger at Augusta was unbelievable, given where he was hitting it. Augusta lets you get away with a lot more than a U.S. Open course will. Things have only gotten more chaotic for him since then.

Anonymous Pro: He's not driving it in the same ballpark as he was in 2000. Maybe he can get by with three-wood off the tee, but if he pulls out driver, Stillwater Cove is going to get peppered.

Bamberger: The thing about Tiger at the 2000 Open was, he had new toys to play with. For Tiger it was the 135-yard eight-iron shot that goes about 100 feet in the air, bounces once and stops on a dime. That's when he started using the word traj all the time, talking trajectory. He was ruthless with those short irons all week. He had that new sawed-off swing down pat. It must be different when he doesn't have anything really exciting to work on. What's he going to do, learn how to hit the draw shot? He could do that at 19, and do it beautifully.

Hack: Until Tiger shows us otherwise, he is damaged goods. He's not finished, but he has to win again first.

Van Sickle: He has to start his comeback somewhere.

Hack: Sure he does, but the U.S. Open is just too big of an ask. I don't think that Stillwater Cove is where he starts back up again.

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