Tour Confidential: Would a conservative Phil Mickelson win more tournaments?

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Three straight 63s gave Patrick Reed the PGA Tour record for strokes under par through 54 holes.

3. Patrick Reed set a PGA Tour record by starting with three consecutive 63s while Zach Johnson challenged by shooting 62 on Sunday. Do you enjoy watching birdie-fests like this or do you prefer events where par matters?

SENS: Birdie fests are all well and good in early season events like this, which don't have the same prestige and suffocating pressure to hold our interests and require fireworks instead. But in the majors, you want to see guys shine or wilt in the crucible, grinding it out, not gliding to double-digit red numbers. And, to golf's credit, that is pretty much what we get.

SHIPNUCK: I like a mix. The occasional birdie-a-thon is fine, but more challenging courses make for more compelling viewing.

RITTER: I think it's great that Bill Clinton is involved in a PGA Tour event. It's cool that Humana emphasizes health and fitness. Maybe the media center ice cream bars were even replaced for one week with avocados. These are all good things. But this event was not fun to watch, and it's because the courses weren't a match for the field. Birdies can be exciting -- look at Masters Sunday -- but they need to find a new venue to stage this thing next year.

VAN SICKLE: Golf is fun when it's close and there's an exciting finish. It doesn't matter what the score is. Given a choice between a winning score of 28 under par or six over par, I'll take the 28 under. I'll take some high wind and rain, though, because that's when these guys are able to showcase their shotmaking.

GODICH: I don't mind the occasional birdie-fest, especially at this time of year, when those of us in colder climes are starved for golf.

PASSOV: I prefer events where par matters, but there's nothing wrong with the occasional red number parade. It shows how awesome these guys are on a normal golf course, and it would be deadly dull if even-par were the winning score every week. I especially like the low scores with the early season events in resort country -- Hawaii, Palm Springs, Scottsdale, where you're supposed to be having fun in the sun.

BAMBERGER: Man cannot live on dessert alone, but it is nice now and again.

4. President Bill Clinton, a passionate golfer, hosted the Humana for the third-straight year. If you were PGA Tour commissioner, who would be your dream celebrity tournament host?

RITTER: I want someone to create buzz, attract a good field and make the whole thing fun. Give me Bill Murray as host at Riviera. That event needs some juice, and Murray could still continue his usual shenanigans at Pebble.

SHIPNUCK: Justin Timberlake. He's passionate about the game, he's young and hip, and he has cool friends. Even the Tour couldn't mess that up. Right?

VAN SICKLE: Celebrities aren't the larger-than-life icons that they used to be, probably thanks to the proliferation of entertainment news shows and the Internet. The likes of John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis, Paul Newman, Jimmy Cagney, Edward G. Robinson aren't out there anymore. Robert Redford is maybe the closest thing we have to an old-time movie star. With Jack Lemmon and Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra gone, I can't name an obvious replacement. Bill Murray, maybe.

BAMBERGER: Billy Payne.

GODICH: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Brad Leland, Taylor Kitsch -- everybody from the cast of Friday Night Lights. Man, do I miss that show.

SENS: Zzzz. Celebrities. Gone are the quaint days when a crooner or a film star or a comedian could really move the needle at a Tour event. But forced to choose, I'd go with Larry David. Unless Stephen Colbert golfs.

PASSOV: For the "I-just-want-to-be-in-the-same-room-with-him" factor, I'll take Sports Illustrated 2013 Sportsman of the Year Peyton Manning. He seems to be equal parts common touch, humor and supreme athletic prowess, and is also a big-time golfer. To attract Hollywood types, George Clooney is a heavyweight in the biz, an award-winner who appears to have the respect of all of his peers, but his politics might be too left-of-center for PGA Tour brass. Oh, wait, Humana has Bill Clinton...

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