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Bamberger: Alan is dead on. I would not want to see anything but an 18-hole playoff. I wouldn't want to give back that Tiger versus Rocco Mediate playoff, would you?
Van Sickle: That was an anomaly. You're not going to have the best player of all time versus the Cinderella figure of all time. Usually you get Mark Brooks and Retief Goosen.
Anonymous Pro: I think the USGA needs to get up with the times. Nothing is more anticlimactic than a Monday finish. Our society wants instant gratification. That's why there's sudden death in the Super Bowl and extra innings in baseball. A three- or four-hole playoff would be fantastic. At Pebble they could play 16, 17 and 18.
Garrity: I've always hated it, but that Tiger-Rocco playoff was something special. People watched it in airports and offices, anywhere that folks gathered. It was truly a shared experience for the whole nation, a little like the World Series was a million years ago when they played day games.
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Van Sickle: What's the best Open you've watched or been a part of?
Shipnuck: Tiger versus Rocco. There was the whole David-and-Goliath thing, plus the intrigue with Tiger's mysterious leg injury.
Van Sickle: Tiger's Saturday highlights were ridiculous.
Shipnuck: It was like a skins game. Then to have it come down to one putt on Sunday, make it or go home. I was standing by the 18th green when Payne Stewart made his winning putt at Pinehurst in '99. That was awesome, and now because Payne wasn't around for much longer, that finish carries more gravity. But I'd still have to go with Tiger in 2008.
Bamberger: I caddied for a qualifier in the '85 Open, Larry Rentz. It made me realize that the U.S. Open is unlike anything else. It requires so much game—more game that probably all but maybe 50 players in the world have. I didn't fully appreciate that until then.