3. What did you think of Bubba Watson withdrawing because of allergies after shooting 83 at Bay Hill on Thursday? Is Watson's WD all that different from Rory McIlroy’s much-criticized withdrawal from the Honda Classic last year with a toothache?
SHIPNUCK: The W/D by itself is okay -- if you're drowning in mucus it's hard to play your best, though it's easy to imagine the relentlessly penal setup at Bay Hill was causing him more discomfort. What hurt Bubba was the video that got posted on the Internet of him goofing around that afternoon with Rickie Fowler. It made it impossible to have any sympathy for whatever maladies Bubba might've been suffering.
RITTER: I put Bubba's WD in the same class as Rory's: Bush League. McIlroy took a little more heat last year, largely because he was a former No. 1 in the midst of a tailspin, but Bubba's WD was equally lame. Arnie deserves better than that.
BAMBERGER: No, they're different. First off, I have no reason to doubt that he had severe allergies. Second, all WDs are not created equal. It's worse to walk off intra-round than between two rounds. During the round, you're really creating a distraction for your playing partners. If you're not there from the start, that's less of one.
VAN SICKLE: Bubba is allergic to scores in the 80s, and his doctor backed him up on it. No, it is no different from Rory, except that he did it after the round, out of TV range, and didn't have to take any questions.
LYNCH: The biggest surprise was that Bubba didn't blame the 83 on his caddie's allergies. Still, he signed his card, and plenty of greats (Rory, Tiger, etc.) can attest that's not always easy to do when enduring rough rounds. That counts for something.
PASSOV: Flaky Bubba Watson is the most sensitive, rabbit-eared star since Colin Montgomerie, who was constantly bothered and bewildered in his prime. 83 and allergies? It's just Bubba being Bubba -- even if that's not a fair assessment. Rory's was much more surprising because he seemed like such a solid, level-headed young man that the act appeared to be wildly out of character. I don't know for sure whether Bubba's WD is all that different. It's just less surprising.
GODICH: Just look at the score. That pretty much tells you all you need to know.
BROADIE: As a fan, I'd like to see players play, not give up.
SENS: It sure looked bad, didn't it? He should have just dropped by Walgreen's and picked up some 24-hour Benadryl ER (Embarrassment Relief).
4. Jack Fleck passed away on Friday. Is his victory over Ben Hogan at the 1955 U.S. Open still the greatest upset in golf history?
PASSOV: Yes. Fleck over Hogan remains the greatest upset in golf history. There are a lot of candidates, many in one-hole playoffs in lesser events (Mike Nicolette over Greg Norman in a 1980s Bay Hill playoff? Steve Reid over Gary Player in a 1960s Azalea Open playoff?) Friggin' Francis Ouimet over the Brits in the Battle of the (last) Century? Yet, given Fleck's meager status in the golf world, the fact that he had literally ordered some Ben Hogan clubs to play that spring, the fact that this was THE Ben Hogan, in an 18-hole playoff, one of the greatest, most intimidating champions the game had ever known...That tops the list for me.
VAN SICKLE: If you throw out Shaun Micheel over Chad Campbell at Oak Hill, yes, Fleck's win ranks with the greatest upsets, although Francis Ouimet taking down the great Brits Harry Vardon and Ted Ray would be right there, too. Rocco over Tiger in 2008 might've been in that category if it had happened.
BAMBERGER: It must be. When I met John Updike 40 years after the fact, he was still talking about it.
SENS: I think we still have to go back to Francis Ouimet at Brookline. Then again, if you'd asked me what Y.E. Yang's chances of winning the PGA Championship just prior to his Sunday with Tiger, I would have placed his odds of winning somewhere around Fleck's too.
LYNCH: It's third on my list, after Ouimet defeating Vardon and Ray, and Y.E. Yang beating Tiger.
BROADIE: I was too young for that one, and I prefer veteran comebacks to underdog upsets. Among the more recent in golf history, I'll take Jack Nicklaus's upset at the 1986 Masters.
GODICH: I'd say so, but Y.E. deserves an honorable mention for chasing down Tiger at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine.
SHIPNUCK: In a word, yes.