Hack: What's so intriguing is the collision of stories—Rory going back to the place of his lowest moment in golf, Tiger and Phil, plus Lee Westwood and Luke Donald trying to win their first majors.
Garrity: Maybe we should simply say that so far, this has been the best run-up to the Masters in history. It's human nature to think, with all this stuff brewing, that this could be an unforgettable Masters. But if Robert Karlsson wins, is this the greatest Masters of all time? I'd still say yes, but I'm biased.
Shipnuck: The big question was, Is there life in golf after Tiger? The answer looks like yes, because if Rory wins this Masters, he goes to absolute superstar level. He'll be ahead of Tiger's pace and Jack's pace. We'll stop the Tiger countdown and start a Rory countdown.
Bamberger: Alan, the Number 1 question in golf is still whether Tiger can get to 18 or 19 majors. The Masters annually represents his best chance. So with the years slipping away, we'll be watching Tiger more intensely than ever, if that's possible.
AN OPEN QUESTION
Van Sickle: If you could win only one major, which one would you pick?
Anonymous Pro: l'd want to win the Masters. It's the same great course, and they get the setup right every year. You seldom hear guys complain. What a great feeling to go back there every year for life. Plus, they treat you like a champion.
Bamberger: That would be pretty cool.
Anonymous Pro: You win the U.S. Open, you get only 10 more years. How many guys even want to go back to the Open 15 years later? It's not fun. It's root canal.
Shipnuck: That's true, but I'd take the U.S. Open—at Pebble Beach.