Tour Confidential: Making sense of Tiger Woods' 79 at Torrey Pines -- plus Jordan Spieth, Scott Sallings, and plans to save golf

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Jordan Spieth sends a divot flying as he hits his approach on the North Course at Torrey Pines during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Friday.

3. Jordan Spieth went out and dusted Tiger, head-to-head, 63 to 71 on Friday, after beating him by just a stroke on Thursday. This from a kid who had never been paired with the 14-time major winner. Is Tiger's so-called intimidation factor completely gone, or is Spieth just fearless?

MORFIT: Tiger can still intimidate, but he can intimidate far fewer players. Spieth just has so much self-belief after the year he had in 2013. He rose to the occasion. The worst thing that happened to him was NOT being paired with Tiger on the weekend. He just wasn't sharp.

VAN SICKLE: Jordan Spieth continues to show that he's special. Ever since he shot 63 in competition as a 12-year-old to his run at the Byron Nelson as a 16-year-old to last year's breakthrough onto the PGA Tour. He's the new best young American player and he looks like he could be the best American player, period, if he keeps this up. I'm a believer. Watch out for him at Augusta.

BAMBERGER: I really do think the intimidation factor is over, but when it was a factor it was a Sunday afternoon thing.

PASSOV: Tiger's stare-down prowess is long gone. These days, when he wins, he wins on talent and guile, not via intimidation. That said, Spieth is special, and always has been. When you're a 16-year-old schoolboy and handle the top-10 heat of your hometown PGA Tour event, you likely have a bright future -- and indeed, that bright future is now.

WALKER: When you’re off with your driver and your putter like Tiger was Friday, it’s hard to intimidate anyone. But it does seem that players like Mickelson and Zach Johnson relish a final-round matchup with Tiger. That was never the case during his glory days.

SENS: I think Tiger still has the potential to intimidate some players when he plays well, but there's no doubt he's regarded more as a man than as the mythic figure he used to be. That happens when you shoot 71 on a relatively easy course like he did that day. As for Spieth, he's 20 years old, with many millions in his bank account, playing a game he loves. Maybe he'd be scared if he watched “The Blair Witch Project” without parental supervision, but on the golf course? Come on.

RITTER: Spieth's success as an amateur pointed to a big-time career as a pro. Can't see him backing down from anyone, and man, is he going to be a fun addition to the Ryder Cup. Tiger's intimidation factor is on hiatus until he wins another major, and possibly forever.

4. Scott Stallings made a birdie on 18 to separate himself from a crowded leaderboard Sunday afternoon and win the Farmers Insurance Open. What was your most memorable moment from a wild final day at Torrey?

VAN SICKLE: Guess I've got to go with Scott's birdie to separate himself from a crowded leaderboard and win. What tops that? Stallings, by the way, is a terrific iron player and way underrated. It wouldn't surprise me to see him play his way onto the Ryder Cup team if he stays healthy all year.

MORFIT: I will remember all the missed putts from inside six feet. I'm guessing it was the greens. I hope it was the greens. Leishman, Spieth and Woodland each missed so many short putts it was hard to watch.

WALKER: Really exciting final round and Stallings was steely down the stretch, but I’ll most remember CBS Sports interrupting the back nine for an interview with an executive from Farmers Insurance instead of showing viewers a Stallings’ birdie.

BAMBERGER: I was on a driving range, working on my own wildness.

SENS: My most vivid memory from a wild Sunday remains Tiger's 79 on Saturday.

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