Tour Confidential: Who's your pick to win the Masters?

Tiger Woods, Eisenhower Tree
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The Eisenhower Tree gave Tiger Woods some trouble at the 2011 Masters.

3. What should Augusta National do about replacing the Eisenhower Tree at 17?

GARRITY: Why is this a debate? It costs like $50,000 to transplant a tree as wide as a house, and I'm pretty sure Augusta National has 50,000 bucks. Pebble Beach replaced that big Monterey pine in front of the 18th green with an even bigger tree. It's no trick at all.

ANONYMOUS PRO: It'll take 50 years to get another tree to look like that one. You could try deep fairway bunkers, but I'm not sure you want guys chipping out sideways on the 71st hole. I could see a grouping of trees a little farther up or adding 10 yards to the hole.

SHIPNUCK: Maybe this is part of a larger philosophy. Under Hootie Johnson they planted trees everywhere and made the course tighter and more penal. Meanwhile the rest of the golf world is taking out trees to open more angles and let the grass breathe. Maybe this is an admission: We overdid it. Maybe this is how Billy Payne puts his own imprint on the course.

BAMBERGER: If Billy Payne wanted to do that, there are 60 trees right of 13 he could take out and another 100 on the 11th.

GARRITY: I'm surprised it didn't happen overnight, that they didn't move the old tree out and put a new one in before they even sent out a press release.

4. If you could travel back in time, which 21st-century Masters would you like to revisit?

ANONYMOUS PRO: It was pretty cool in 2004 when Phil Mickelson finally won his first major. A lot of people were wondering if he was ever going to win one. The Masters was right up his alley, though, and he has won two more since.

SHIPNUCK: Yeah, Phil beating Ernie Els is a good choice, but how about 2011, when eight guys had at least a share of the lead on Sunday until Charl Schwartzel blew them away with birdies on the last four holes?

BAMBERGER: There was the whole Martha Burk episode in 2003. Mike Weir won, and I still feel Len Mattiace's pain from that playoff. It was a wild, deeply weird and highly entertaining week.

GARRITY: I liked 2010 when Phil won his third Masters and hit the 6-iron off the pine straw between the trees at the 13th. It was the year of the great reversal because Tiger had overshadowed Phil for a decade. With Tiger's scandal, plus Phil's victory and his wife and mother battling cancer that year, Phil was effectively on top of the world. That soap opera dynamic puts it atop my list.

SHIPNUCK: That was one of Tiger's greatest performances that no one talks about. His life was in embers, he hadn't touched a club for months, and yet he made two eagles on Sunday and hit three or four of the best shots I've ever seen him hit. He had a chance to win.

VAN SICKLE: I'd go back to 2001 to watch the completion of the Tiger Slam. Mickelson and David Duval botched the 16th hole, or it could've been a classic finish. It would be a treat to see Tiger's swing and his game at its best again. It's easy to forget how special he was.

The Tour Confidential roundtable continues Monday on our new weekly show hosted by Jessica Marksbury. Tweet her your questions @Jess_Marksbury.

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