Hack: Alan is right; winning changes everything. Once he wins, it'll be, He's only three shy of Jack now! It'll change overnight.
Bamberger: Except he was four short putts away from winning the Masters, and he didn't make them. Those putts were virtually automatic for the old Tiger Woods.
Hack: I was as shocked by the 31 that he shot on the front nine at the Masters as I was by the missed putts. I don't know that he'll ever get that putting prowess back.
Anonymous Pro: It's a Catch-22. Tiger says he has to heal so he can play, but when he plays he says he needs more reps. Being hurt excuses bad golf, but right now he's a dog chasing his tail. I'm still not convinced he'll play at Congressional.
Dream a Little Dream
Van Sickle: What would make the best story at this Open?
Garrity: Mickelson, of course. He birdies the 72nd hole with an impossible shot that he wraps around the trees. Basically, he hits the shot he couldn't hit—and probably shouldn't have tried—at Winged Foot [in 2006] when it all blew up for him. And Phil wins by a stroke.
Anonymous Pro: I like that. Tiger completes 72 holes but Phil finally gets his Open, and to add insult to injury he plays with Westwood in the final group on Sunday. After criticizing how Poulter hits it, Westwood doesn't make a single putt that matters on Sunday. And Phil hits the hero shot through the trees, like John suggested.
Garrity: It would take Phil's name out of the conversation with Sam Snead as the best player never to win the Open. That would be a nice ending to Phil's saga.
Shipnuck: It's so obvious, it's embarrassing. How about Phil and Tiger in a playoff. I wouldn't even care who wins.