Garrity: I feel that way too. I don't buy into the theory that Tiger is an old 36. We say that only because he has had injuries and the scandal. At 36, he's still fitter than a lot of 20-year-olds. Physically, he looks like somebody who could win majors at 50.
Bamberger: The majors mean more to Tiger now than they ever have. That adds a colossal level of pressure, mental anguish and self-doubt. We've seen it twice already this year, and a few other times since the fire hydrant.
Van Sickle: Tiger's swing seems better now than during his Hank Haney years, yet he'll be hard-pressed to have the kind of results he had with Haney. His success will depend on his short game and his putting, which once were the best on Tour. They aren't now.
Anonymous Pro: Tiger isn't making putts like he used to. That's still the weakest part of his game. I hate to keep saying Old Tiger, New Tiger, but Old Tiger would've made eight or nine birdies a round at Greenbrier.
Van Sickle: I don't disagree, but if his ball striking is better than it has been the last six years, maybe he doesn't have to putt quite as well to win. If he can handle the mental issues that Michael mentioned and if he stays healthy—two gigantic ifs—Tiger still has upside potential.
Bamberger: I don't know about that. Tiger was lost from the first swing of the day on Saturday at the U.S. Open. That was so un-Tiger-like.
Garrity: He had a couple of loose shots and a missed putt on Saturday, and it seemed to rattle him. He had a woe-is-me look on his face after that. I don't want to call it Sergio García syndrome, but he obviously lost some confidence or momentum.
Anonymous Pro: I'm very impressed with his progress, and his swing looks better, although he still doesn't look confident with the driver. But inside 140 yards, New Tiger is terrible. If his old short game was an A, his current short game is a C. He's flying greens with wedges from 120 yards.
Van Sickle: Tiger said he had issues with the heat and how far the ball was flying because of the altitude at Greenbrier.
Anonymous Pro: He should've been able to adjust. The real story is the size of Tiger's divots. His short-iron swing is steeper than it ever was, he's so on top of the ball. His new swing is good for his long game but terrible for his short irons. You have to hit a ton of wedge shots at Greenbrier, and that killed him. Hunter Mahan is another Sean Foley pupil, and he's not real good inside 130 yards either. Hunter won in Tucson and Houston, two ball strikers' palaces. On courses where you have to hit a lot of wedge shots, these guys struggle.