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Garrity: It's the Masters. We had the great story line with Amy [Mickelson], the complete role reversal with Tiger, the fan adulation, Phil's shot from the trees at 13. We'll be writing about the 2010 Masters a decade from now.
Shipnuck: The most memorable win is going to be Phil's Masters, all the emotions that surrounded him, the stretch on Saturday where he went eagle-eagle-birdie. You have to say he's the king of Augusta now; he's won three of the last seven. That hug with Amy is the year's defining moment.
Hack: It's not even close. It's Phil. His fourth major title separated Phil from Vijay Singh, Ernie Els and Paddy Harrington as the best player of the era not named Tiger.
Van Sickle: Phil played the signature shot through the trees at the 13th, although he missed that short eagle putt. That shot, which I called the dumb-ass shot of the year at the time, will long be remembered. I still think it was a bad play, but hey, he pulled it off. He's good.
Anonymous Pro: Seriously, describe one shot that Graeme or King Louis played in their victories. I can't. Phil's win was the best major of the year ... so far.
Van Sickle: It is obligatory to discuss Tiger Woods. Does this year's failure mean he may not surpass the 18 major championships of Jack Nicklaus?
Shipnuck: If he doesn't win at Whistling Straits, he'll be almost three years removed from his last major victory when he goes to Augusta next year. That's stunning. Every major that passes that he doesn't win, Mount Nicklaus gets steeper and steeper.
Anonymous Pro: Could Tiger have had three better chances? They were all courses he's won and dominated on. His putting is a big concern. His swing at St. Andrews looked the best I've seen it in a few years, but I don't care how well you hit it, you can't hit it well enough to win if you aren't making putts.
Van Sickle: I couldn't agree more. If he's got issues with the putter, all bets are off.