3. What's your favorite of the four Texas stops -- Houston, San Antonio, Byron, Colonial -- and why?
Passov: Colonial. It oozes serious golf history -- something in short supply among regular Tour events. This was a prime Hogan hangout, which is cool. The course doesn't test the guys the way it once did, but it's still among the most well-liked on Tour. Plus, few remember, but Colonial has hosted both the men's U.S. Open and the women's.
Van Sickle: If I was a Tour pro, I'd definitely mess with Texas. I'd play all four tourneys. I'm not a fan of the TPC San Antonio track -- it doesn't look like much fun for a resort course. I'd rank Colonial first -- the classic clubhouse, the shady trees, the Wall of Champions, and an old-school track. Houston's course is very modern but setting it up with Augusta-like conditions has made it almost a must-play stop. The Four Seasons Resort is a quirky course and it always draws pretty well. It's an exciting setting and, like Colonial, one of the better parties on the PGA Tour.
Gorant: Which one is closest to Austin? Actually, when Houston takes place the week before the Masters and they have the course set to mimic the conditions it's a good event.
Godich: Give me the Colonial because of its rich history. It's a shame they don't get a stronger field in Fort Worth. The Nelson hasn't been the same since it left Preston Trail back in the 1980s. Hopefully the move to the new Ben Crenshaw design south of Dallas will give the tournament a much-needed shot in the arm.
Reiterman: Houston is OK, and certainly works better the week before the Masters. But overall the Texas Swing is just so bland.
Morfit: I like Colonial for the Hogan history and the fact that even the oldies and other short hitters have a chance there.
4. Rory McIlroy decided to dump his management team and set up an independent management group led by his father. Smart move or another distraction in a season with a few distractions already?
Morfit: This is turning into a very productive season off the course and a not very productive one on it. Of course it's early yet.
Gorant: Smells fishy. Hope he's not imploding before our eyes.
Van Sickle: Rory should surround himself with folks he can trust. At this point, he's pretty much like Tiger. He needs somebody whose full-time job is to say "No" to everything. So it's probably a good move but since we really don't know the details, I can't say that with any certainty. I hope he's happy with it.
Godich: This won't be a distraction at all. Rory is certainly disappointed with his erratic play, but give him credit for enjoying life. He'll get things figured out soon enough.
Reiterman: It's hard to call this a "lost year" for McIlroy since there are three majors and the FedEx Cup still left to go. But you get the feeling this is a big transition year for Rory (new gear, a couple other new endorsements, relocating to Florida, and now, new management). And that's not a bad thing. He's gotten advice from a lot of other guys who are in similar situations (Federer, Scott, Tiger.) It's still a bit surprising, though. Seemed like the guys at Horizon did everything they could to cater to Rory's needs.
Ritter: It might prove smart eventually, but right now the only headlines Rory needs are those that scream of his return to the winner's circle. Despite this latest (minor) distraction, I think he's almost there.