Bamberger: Look, if Tiger can get to five, he can certainly get to six. If he gets to five, it means he has recovered enough game to win a Masters. Then his confidence takes over, and there's no reason not to get to six.
Shipnuck: Phil has won three of the last seven Masters. That's an unbelievable run. To get to six, he'd have to do the same thing after turning 40—with arthritis. That's a huge ask.
Garrity: We're all looking at it like there's a consistent decline in a player's game. We're discounting the Jack Nicklaus scenario where someone picks up a major or two deep into his 40s, years after you thought he was finished. These are the type of guys who could do that.
Shipnuck: I agree, John, but the whole story of last year was the emergence of this wave of talented, young, hungry players. It's hard to think Martin Kaymer and Dustin Johnson and some others aren't going to start picking off green jackets too.
Hack: We've been talking about players who are supposed to win the Masters for years. I want to see these young cats actually do it first. Put on a green jacket, Rory or Dustin, and then we can talk about how good you are. Until then, I'm betting the chalk.
Bamberger: Seriously, which of these young guys is really ready to win a Masters? I don't think Rory is. I don't think Dustin is. Kaymer probably is. I'm inclined to say Tiger and Phil are still more ready to win a Masters again than any of them.
Shipnuck: Come on, Phil has had like 20 chances to pass Tiger in the World Ranking and he can't do it. It's as if he has Stockholm syndrome.
Anonymous Pro: Phil is hitting it 50 yards past Tiger these days. He's hitting it good, but you can't hit it good enough to overcome poor putting. One thing I don't get is that Phil still uses one of the most difficult putters to putt with, that heel-shafted thing that he opens like a gate. He hits a lot of pushes and pulls with it because he's trying to time the release. I think he needs a change.
Van Sickle: Phil could've won in Phoenix if he had made all of his five-footers. It's not unusual for great players to flat-out lose their putting stroke around the age of 40. I hope that isn't what's going on with Phil.
Anonymous Pro: It very well could be. No pro ever wants to admit that, even if, deep down, he knows it's true.