Van Sickle: I like the 3rd, another par-3. It's near the clubhouse; there's a hillside left where you can watch the action or, if you prefer, turn and study players pounding balls on the range. Anyone who misses the green has a demanding shot. It's a good place to see who's got short game and who doesn't.
Bamberger: I'll say the 18th because that means you're finally done playing this course.
Shipnuck: Are you saying that because you're bitter or burned out?
Bamberger: Yes. And because I made a 7 there once to lose 1 down.
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WHO'S MORE LIKELY TO GET TO 18 MAJORS, TIGER WOODS OR STEVE WILLIAMS?
Van Sickle: Yes, I'm recycling this query from my Van Cynical Mailbag column.
Garrity: Steve will get far more opportunities than Tiger. He can lug some bozo's bag until he's 70 if he wants, and if the bozo is good enough, Stevie might win 20.
Bamberger: Williams told a reporter in New Zealand that Adam Scott will be his last bag, that he's planning to retire after the 2014 season.
Shipnuck: I don't see it happening. Stevie loves the action too much.