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Tiger Woods will make his season debut this week in Abu Dhabi.

Reiterman: Well, that was impressive. Rookie Russell Henley birdied the last five holes to win the Sony Open by three shots. Was it me, or was there something a little different about this kid? I think we'll be hearing a lot more from him this year. Your thoughts?

Godich: That was impressive, but I'm not ready to crown him as a multiple winner in 2013. The early season always features a young gun who makes a big splash. Jhonny Vegas and Gary Woodland come to mind. What do you say we let Henley enjoy this victory for now?

Herre: Wow! Henley reminds me of Brandt Snedeker on the greens. Love how he gets over the ball and immediately pulls the trigger. Impressive.

Godich: He even looks a little like Snedeker.

Gorant: It does seem like one of these guys pops on the West Coast every year. Too early to say too much, but nice win.

Dusek: Exactly. A win's a win, but how many people remember that Johnson Wagner was the defending champion at the Sony? Maybe this is the start of something bigger, and maybe it's not.

Herre: Henley got a little quick a couple of times, but wouldn't any 23-year-old making his first start as a Tour member? Of course only time will tell, but I think he's for real. Has been playing well for several months now.

Wei: Super impressive. He rattled off five birdies to close like it was no big deal. Tim Clark must be scratching his head, thinking, I just shot 63 on Sunday. How did I not win?

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Reiterman: Rory and Tiger are making their 2013 debuts this week and are expected to be paired again. Would you take Tiger and Rory to win or the field? (And remember, Robert Rock is the defending champion!)

Godich: You answered your own question. Robert Rock is the defending champ.

Bamberger: Gotta go with The Rock! You can have everybody else.

Morfit: I'll take Rory and Tiger over the field.

Wei: You're always supposed to pick the field, right? Even if it's against Rory and Tiger.

Ritter: In golf, and in craps, the field is never a bad bet.

Dusek: The field.

Van Sickle: I'd take the field. Of the two, I'd go with Tiger to finish higher.

Walker: The field. But based on the appearance fees, Tiger and Rory won when they showed up.

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Reiterman: After Abu Dhabi, Woods will jet over to San Diego and return to Torrey Pines after skipping the event last year. Since Woods has already added an event to his schedule, do you think he'll skip an event he played in last year (Pebble? Greenbrier?), or will a healthy Tiger be playing more in 2013?

Dusek: Sounds like Tiger is skipping Pebble Beach, which wouldn't be too surprising after last season's experience.

Godich: I can only hope that Tiger takes my advice and plays more. The more often Tiger tees it up, the better.

Walker: I hope so. These days, he plays better when he plays more.

Herre: I don't expect big changes in Woods's schedule or his number of starts. (I was surprised he played Pebble last year.) He will focus on the majors, the WGCs and protecting/expanding/building his brand. He's very predictable.

Bamberger: To echo Jim, he is pathologically predictable. Except when he's not.

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