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WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT THE PGA TOUR IN 2013?
Shipnuck: We learned the Rory McIlroy era is going to be complicated. He's a little more fragile than most guys who get to No. 1 in the world.
Van Sickle: You mean like the invincible Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Luke Donald?
Shipnuck: Everyone has peaks and valleys. To see Rory be completely overwhelmed by life has been a little stunning. It seemed like he had it all figured out last season. We all believe in the kid's talent. You get to the top, it's difficult. It takes a certain personality type. He might be too sweet a guy to be No. 1. He's gone from being a huge favorite to being a huge question mark.
Van Sickle: He's not all golf like Tiger was. Rory is going to take the time to enjoy his life. He reminds me of Arnold Palmer a little there. He'll be streaky great, and he's got other interests. He'll have a better quality of life, and if that means a couple fewer major wins in the long run, that's all right.
Bamberger: I concur.
Shipnuck: It complicates the future, though. Rory looked so confident at the top. Now you have to wonder if he's got the stomach for it. If you look at the guys who have been No. 1 in Rory's lifetime, he's probably closer to Fred Couples, personality-wise, than anyone.
Anonymous Pro: We've learned that it's impossible to predict a winner. Parity is more prevalent than ever. You've had rookies leading and so many young talents emerging—Russell Henley, Jordan Spieth, Michael Thompson, John Huh.
Garrity: We were on the verge of writing off Tiger and Phil, but Tiger has three wins and Phil had a great week in Phoenix. We also learned that Brandt Snedeker isn't a one-hit wonder. He's for real.