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May 07, 2012
What's the deal with Tiger? Should the Tour kill sudden death at the island green? What did we learn at the Masters? And who will win the 39th Players Championship?
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May 07, 2012

Pga Tour Confidential

What's the deal with Tiger? Should the Tour kill sudden death at the island green? What did we learn at the Masters? And who will win the 39th Players Championship?

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DEAD AT 17?

Van Sickle: The Players is the only event I can think of that starts its sudden-death playoff on a par-3 hole, the famous 17th. Love it or hate it?

Bamberger: If you're going to exploit that 17th hole, you might as well go whole hog, which they're doing. It's the right call.

Hack: It's a hole for TV on a course that's made for TV. Embrace who you are. There's no other hole like it in golf.

Shipnuck: There's so much on the line; it's a big green, and you probably have only a nine-iron in your hands. It shouldn't be that hard, but with so much at stake no shot is more frightening.

Bamberger: The only thing better than going 17--18 in the playoff would be going 17-17-17-17.

Garrity: They should add an island-green par-3 to every Tour venue and use it just for the playoff.

Anonymous Pro: I don't like it. If Tim Finchem wants his event to have the magnitude of a major, he should have a playoff like a major—a three-hole aggregate. You have 16, 17 and 18, a par-5, a par-3 and a par-4, and they're all exciting, risk-reward holes. That's a perfect playoff setup.

Shipnuck: That's delayed gratification. Even in a three-hole playoff, 17 is still going to be the key moment. You might as well start there.

Van Sickle: I don't like it. It reminds me of the old Tuesday-afternoon Merrill Lynch Shootouts at Tour events. One player got eliminated on each hole, and to break a tie, they had a chip-off around the green. Beginning at the 17th feels like a chip-off.

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