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Van Sickle: Jhonattan Vegas proved you can create a new star in two weeks. Still, does the Tour need Tiger to perform well this year?
Henry: I think it's important that Tiger comes back and wins. Life is about second chances. People still want to see him play golf. So do I.
Flesch: There are probably some players who enjoy watching Tiger flounder—not that they'd admit it. I think they're amazed by his fall from grace and by what he has done to his swing in the last four years compared with where it was in 2000.
Love: Look, if you like golf, you can't watch only one guy, whether it's Greg Norman or Fred or David Duval or Tiger. Because eventually, that guy is going to go away. Michael Jordan did. Someday, so will Tiger Woods.
My Favorite Tournament
Van Sickle: What's your favorite regular Tour stop, the one you never miss if you can help it?
Henry: Actually, I have two. I grew up in Connecticut, so Hartford is big for me. Hartford was the Phoenix Open before the Phoenix Open. I played that event in college, and there were 120,000 fans. It was amazing. When I went to Texas Christian, I lived in an apartment that looked right down Colonial Country Club's 18th fairway, so Colonial is a special place for me. Plus, now I live in Fort Worth [Texas].
Purdy: Phoenix has grown way beyond what Hartford once was. There's not a golf event in the world like Phoenix, with the crowds and the atmosphere and the excitement.
Van Sickle: Phoenix has the world's loudest hole—the par-3 16th on Saturday.
Purdy: When the Cardinals were in the Super Bowl [in 2009], I hit a shot there to half an inch. I grabbed a Cardinals flag and waved it all the way to the green. The fans went crazy. I was playing late on Saturday, so it was amazingly loud. I only wish the shot had gone in.