Van Sickle: Well, he won't be able to rely on caddie Steve Williams. He has been deep-sixed. What do you think about their breakup?
Garrity: If Tiger had fired his caddie and dumped his agent in the wake of the sex scandal, it would have been a smart move and proof that Tiger was shaking up his roster. But Tiger chose Mark Steinberg over IMG, so dumping Stevie can't be interpreted as cleaning house. It looks like Tiger settling another score for some perceived act of disloyalty. If I were Tiger's dog, I wouldn't get too attached to that oceanfront doghouse.
Anonymous Pro: I think Tiger made a big mistake. Steve was the one constant in all of those majors they won together.
Van Sickle: I don't see one of his entourage of buddies as a long-term solution.
Bamberger: Tiger and Stevie had an unbelievable run, the most successful caddie-player partnership of all time. Steve is a brooding, negative presence who didn't make Tiger better with the public or the media. Tiger should have a caddie who helps his public life. I think it's time to hire Notah Begay, his college teammate.
Shipnuck: Begay would be great. He knows golf, obviously, and more important, he knows Tiger. They're almost blood brothers. Tiger talks about Stanford like it was the two best years of his life. Notah took Tiger under his wing. He would be a great de facto spokesperson for all things Tiger.
Anonymous Pro: Stevie did a lot more than just caddie. He was bodyguard, traffic control, paparazzi watch. Tiger has to train a new guy to do all that. I don't see him finding a guy in the parking lot to do what Stevie did. Nobody else on Tour needs what Tiger needs in a caddie. He doesn't need help with his golf. He needs a bodyguard who can maybe read putts. Hell, I'd caddie for him.
Shipnuck: Like it or not, the sport misses Tiger. With his body breaking down, we've all pondered his mortality as a player. I think people will be very happy to see him back between the ropes.
The Year That Was
Van Sickle: Three majors, three different winners this year. So what have we learned?