Shipnuck: If it were only the Masters, Bubba probably would have kept playing. The adoption happened very quickly, and they had to get ready in a hurry.
Anonymous Pro: That's right. I give him a pass because of his new son, but his commitment to golf seems to have waned. Bubba has a hard time concentrating for 18 holes. You think he's going to concentrate on golf for 18 years? I could see him moving on to something else that sparks his interest, whether it's a hunting show or racing the General Lee.
Shipnuck: Bubba knows how to blow off steam. Duval's idea of a good time was reading The Fountainhead. Bubba has fun—he gets away from the game and recharges. One thing Tiger does right is that he shows up only when he's ready to win. Bubba wasn't ready at Olympic. Webb, on the other hand, was extremely ready.
Bamberger: Part of Tiger's genius is the ability to get ready for four majors and the tournaments named after Arnold and Jack and himself, which he keeps winning. It shows you how advanced his golf mind is.
Shipnuck: It's O.K. that Bubba isn't playing a heavy schedule. There's a lot of golf left—two more majors, a WGC, the FedEx Cup, the Ryder Cup. The modern golf calendar is long and intense. Maybe Bubba is also a genius at scheduling.
STAY THE COURSE
Van Sickle: Royal Lytham & St. Anne's doesn't seem to be on anyone's list of favorite Open sites. How do you rate it, and what do you remember from past Opens there?
Garrity: My favorite memory is when I took David Feherty's golf ball to a gypsy fortune-teller on the pier for a reading. She showed up late for the appointment and apologized, saying there were "unforeseen circumstances."
Shipnuck: I can't top that. We all love dunes and linksland, but the flat Open venues in England, except for Birkdale, are different tests. They're more about moving from point A to point B. You can't compare Lytham's scenery to the other Open venues, but it's a pure tactical test. To quote Tiger, which we rarely do, It's right there in front of you.
Anonymous Pro: Lytham is the ugly stepsister of Open venues. There's a green on the front side that goes right up to a trailer park.