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Shipnuck: He'll be lucky to finish 18 holes.
Hack: Tiger is not going to walk off Congressional. He'll go down swinging.
Shipnuck: We've been talking about it all year. We don't know where his body, his swing or his putting stroke are. In hindsight, it's remarkable that he contended at the Masters, and he probably should have won. The Open is more of a struggle. It's impossible to imagine him playing well for four rounds. The x-factor is, he's still Tiger.
Anonymous Pro: Nobody can forget what he did at Torrey Pines in 2008. I wonder about the Players though. If he had shot 38 on the front could he have popped a couple of Advil and finished the round? Or is it easier to say I'm hurt when you're making a triple bogey and shooting 42? He sat out all that time after the Masters, hit balls for three days before the Players and then hurt himself on the very first tee ball? That's a little suspect, but nobody questions that he is hurt.
Garrity: I don't think he quit at the Players because he was hurt. We've seen him win majors with worse injuries. I think he quit because he was ashamed of his game.
Shipnuck: That's strong.
Garrity: Tiger's high opinion of himself and his contempt for mediocrity are no longer assets. It hits too close to home. If he can't be what he was, he'd rather hide.
Hack: This looks more like the Winged Foot Open than the Torrey Pines Open—Tiger comes in rusty and misses the cut.
Bamberger: If he would take this injury as a lesson to make a less violent swing and go back to a swing he experimented with briefly—he called it his little old lady swing—he could take something off the clubhead speed and body torque and drive it in the fairway. He could play the Open. But he won't do that. So I'll be surprised if he plays 72 holes and shocked if he contends. I don't see any sign that he has recovered mentally from what he's been through.
Shipnuck: He could start a recovery by winning majors. Look at Michael Vick—he's a big sports hero. By winning there is a path to recovery in the public's eyes.