3. Tiger Woods plans to return to the Tour sometime this summer, according to his agent Mark Steinberg, which will leave him little time to accumulate Ryder Cup qualifying points. Is a healthy Tiger Woods an automatic captain's pick for the 2014 Ryder Cup team, regardless of qualifying points? Should he be?
MORFIT: If I'm the captain I tell him not to worry about it, because it's way better for golf if he just writes this year off and then comes back strong in 2015. Graham DeLaet had the same surgery and tried to come back and play a few Web.com events in the fall, and he later said it was too soon, he'd made a mistake.
WALKER: Of course he will and should get the nod for Gleneagles. The Ryder Cup is an exhibition -- a spirited one -- but it’s an exhibition. You can’t leave the best player in the world at home because he was hurt and couldn’t collect enough qualifying points.
BAMBERGER: If Woods is healthy, he should be an automatic pick if TV ratings are your highest priority. If you are interested in winning, which I assume Watson is, I would consider Woods right alongside other players who are winning this year, playing well when they are not and making a high percentage of short putts in pressure situations. In other words, there are potentially players who can help you more than Tiger Woods.
VAN SICKLE: There are a million variables, but it would hardly be fair to Tiger to throw him into the Ryder Cup if he's healthy and has played in only, say, one or two events. Unless, of course, he were to win those events. I'd tell Tiger it's his call -- if he feels ready, he's on the team. If not, that's OK, too.
RITTER: Watson has said a healthy Tiger is on the team, and that's the right call. And surely Tiger would take himself out of the running for a spot if he's still hurt or rusty or doesn't think he can play his best golf in Gleneagles...right?
PASSOV: Unless he's on crutches, Tiger should be a Ryder Cup pick, period.
4. A familiar name was near the top of the Zurich Classic leaderboard on Thursday: former No. 1 player in the world David Duval. A few years ago, Men’s Journal published a profile titled “What the Hell Happened to David Duval?” So, what happened?
PASSOV: He's guilty of being a deep thinker -- too deep. He worked his butt off, reached the summit and said, "Is that all there is?" A few injuries, body changes (workout regime) and attitude took their toll. Happens in every sport. Some guys come back stronger than ever, some never get it back.
BAMBERGER: He was playing golf with a body-type that was not his natural physique. That can't last for too long. He had some unusual fundamentals. But more than anything, being the best in the world didn't seem to do anything for him. It didn't seem to make him a happier or more satisfied person. And if that's correct, what would be the motivation in continuing to work so hard when Nike is paying you millions?
WALKER: Tiger Woods happened. Duval had to deal with injuries, and he was never able to get his game back mentally to challenge Woods at the height of his powers. That was a tall order even for Ernie Els and Vijay Singh.
VAN SICKLE: I think a back injury happened to Duval. His swing and his game, and therefore his interest level, was never the same. Also, life happened to him. He's got a family, kids -- he's had a very good last decade.
MORFIT: He won a major, the 2001 British Open, and realized it wasn't the end all, be all of human existence, like he'd been led to believe. He lost too much weight too quickly. He blew out his back. He got diagnosed with vertigo. He grooved a two-way miss with the driver. He got married and realized he actually kind of enjoyed having a life. Other than that, nothing much.