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Anonymous Pro: Our standards for Tiger are so high. My concern is, he still has that big miss. All these courses where he's won umpteen times—Bay Hill, Doral, Torrey Pines, Muirfield Village—you can miss it huge on one side most every hole. You can't do that at Augusta or in most majors.
Bamberger: Tiger was brilliant at times last year, but on the weekend in majors there was zero Tiger Woods mystique. His mystique is gone. The question is whether he can gut it out over 72 holes in a major and shoot the lowest score.
Anonymous Pro: We're talking about a guy who has won 77 tournaments. It doesn't matter if he's all the way back or not. His worst is still better than most.
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WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BUBBA WATSON? IS HE A ONE-HIT WONDER OR THE SECOND COMING?
Shipnuck: Bubba knows the 2012 Masters may always be the highlight of his career, but he's not going to stop trying to win it. Length and touch are the two most important things at Augusta, and he has both. Bubba got a master class in course management playing with Phil Mickelson and Tiger at the U.S. Open last summer. He's got the belief and the game. He'll be hanging around the Masters leader board for the next 15 years.
Garrity: We said a year ago that Bubba couldn't win a major because of his personality, that he was too high-strung. He disproved that. Most of us like him because he's a throwback to the age of the self-taught golfer. He's got a caddie shack, Lee Trevino, Sam Snead type of swing that people find refreshing. It seems like fatherhood has been a pleasant distraction for Bubba, and it's not clear if he's ready to make a full commitment to golf again. I certainly don't think we've seen the last of him.
Van Sickle: Who doesn't like Bubba? He's the opposite of some golf-academy guy. He makes it up as he goes. Now that he's got one major in the bag, the rest is gravy.
Anonymous Pro: For a guy who says he doesn't want all the attention, Bubba has sure enjoyed the limelight. His TV appearances, commercials, the Golf Boys videos and all that have far outstripped his on-course performance since Augusta last year. He deserves to enjoy the fruits of victory, but at some point he'll have to get serious about golf again.
Shipnuck: Bubba is such a flighty character, he's going to lay a few eggs over 25 weeks. He's like Phil and Tiger and a few others, though. When he gets to Augusta, something changes. He'll play his best golf in Augusta or any of the majors.