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PGA Tour Confidential: Hall of Fame holdup, Snedeker's PED-policing strategy and Vijay Singh's legacy

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Vijay Singh finished second behind Jimmy Walker in the 2013 Open.

3. The PGA Tour adopted a “wraparound” schedule, so the Open was the first Tour event of the 2013-14 season and kicked off the pursuit of the next FedEx Cup less than a month after Henrik Stenson captured the last one. What did you think of golf’s new Opening Day? Does golf, or any sport for that matter, need an offseason to build anticipation and excitement for the next season?

SENS: The Tour needs a break. We all need a break. Opening day of any sport season should have a sense of anticipation behind it. The is an an enjoyable tournament, but it doesn't pack the oomph that a real kickoff requires.

VAN SICKLE: This is all about saving the fall events, which the PGA Tour left out to die after the post-FedEx schedule revision. The Tour didn't think it needed those events but upon further review, it does. So now they've got to count in order to attract sponsors. A break between seasons? Irrelevant. This is about having enough playing opportunities for Q-school and grads to make up for all those limited field events.

SHIPNUCK: I can't believe the new season has already started. I'm sure many fans (and players) feel the same way. A couple months off to build anticipation would be swell, but Finchem's mandate is to create playing opportunities for the Tour's middle class. Ergo, we get C-list events like the Frys.

RITTER: It's fair to say the Frys didn't have much opening-week buzz, but golf doesn't need an offseason or splashy opener to create excitement -- it just builds naturally as we slowly get closer to the Masters.

PASSOV: I get that Team Finchem has made things more attractive for the rank-and-file and for late-season sponsors with the wraparound move. The problem is -- I don't really care. I need a breather from caring about golf results. I'd honestly rather be watching football and baseball playoffs right now. The most wildly popular sports all have a legitimate off-season. Now, what was late-season fun was 2011, when everybody showed up at Disney, including Luke Donald and Webb Simpson, who were in a dogfight for the money title. At least something was on the line that the players cared about. The event, competitive as it was, didn't feel any different this week than in its Fall Series days. Mr. Finchem, give us a break!

MORFIT: I'd like to see an offseason, and I'm thinking about these tourneys as the preseason. Although I guess they are somewhere between a preseason and real game. As far as strength of field and their ability to draw eyeballs, I don't see much difference between this and the old Fall Series. That could change in the coming weeks.

BAMBERGER: I watched the Frys and enjoyed it. I liked the course. I liked the mix of new names and old ones. I liked the laid-back coverage. But it didn't feel like the start of anything. To everything there is a season, and an offseason is part of that equation. The Tour needs some time off just as Old Tom said the Old Course needed one day off a week.

4. 50-year-old Vijay Singh made his presence felt at this week's Open. He's been a giant, an enigma, an accused cheat … What are we to make of Singh's legacy given all that's happened this year?

RITTER: One of the saddest-looking plaques hanging in the Hall of Fame.

MORFIT: I'll always think of him as a proud man, a cantankerous man, and a proudly cantankerous man. He has an exemplary work ethic and a great backstory, but he's accessible only to a select few, starting with Jason Dufner and Tom Pernice, Jr.

SENS: As many majors as Billy Casper, Jimmy Demaret, Padraig Harrington and Nick Price. I think that even Ray Floyd would have to agree that the man deserves his place in the Hall of Fame.

BAMBERGER: Vijay is one of the most inspiring success stories in the history of golf. He can be truly brutal on caddies and reporters, and he has shown often shown a massive selfish streak. If the categories are givers and takers, he's a taker. He's also a horrible loser. Yet, there's as much greatness in him as anybody in the Els-Mickelson-Woods era. He's one of the few players you'd say would have been truly great in any era. I love watching him on the range. A meditation, of a kind. I love watching him grind out a round. I love that he's flat-out tough. So I take him as a whole, because the Tour would have been far less interesting without him.

SHIPNUCK: Great player. Misanthrope. Same as he ever was.

VAN SICKLE: Vijay is an enigma. He was all about the golf and the money. Anything else was just something in the way. His legacy is one of a player whose accomplishments will never be fully appreciated because of his scant dealings with the media. That was his choice.

PASSOV: I always enjoyed when Vijay was in contention, because he was different and compelling. His elegant swing belied his unlikely golf upbringing in Fiji, and his gruff demeanor to the public and to the media was mitigated in part from Tour chatter that he was helpful to other players. Unparalleled work ethic, incredible results past the age of 40, terrific record in the Majors -- yet dogged by his old (and now new) cheating suspicions. His travails with the putter and his feuds with Tiger and Phil are legacies unto themselves. With the specter of his lawsuit against the PGA Tour still looming, I'll call him golf's greatest outcast.

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