Tiger Woods missed his 10th PGA Tour cut -- and 11th overall as a pro -- this week outside our nation's capital.
So what's the next step for his game in return from back surgery?
Our scribes dive into those topics and more in the latest edition of Four-Ball.
1. How should Tiger Woods prepare for the Open Championship?
Michael Collins, ESPN.com senior golf analyst: Well now that we know Tiger doesn't have the same grass at his house as they do at Hoylake, he can lay off the short game work and save it for when he gets on site. The most important thing for Tiger will be to work on his driver. This time around he's going to have to hit it.
Farrell Evans, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Tiger should play in the Scottish Open the week before the Open Championship. He needs another start before he can think seriously that he can compete to win in Hoylake.
Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Ideally it would be by entering the Scottish Open. That doesn't appear likely, and he has never played an event prior to the Open as a pro. But this might be the time to change that up if he has any inclination that he could get his game in shape to be competitive. While he can't and shouldn't overdo it on the practice side, he has only got a little over two weeks to get ready for Hoylake. His two rounds at Congressional made it look as if there is a long way to go. Some work on a links course the week prior would do him plenty of good.
Kevin Maguire, ESPN.com senior golf editor: If his body is healthy, play the Scottish Open the week before the year's third major. The rust, as Woods said himself, was clearly expected last week at Congressional, so there's nothing shocking there. But if he wants to have any shot to win on the venue -- Royal Liverpool -- that saw him win the last Open Championship held there, a little extra practice on that side of the globe would go a long way.
2. What lessons did we learn from Tiger's week at the Quicken Loans National?
Collins: Three things: No. 1, he has superhuman healing abilities; No. 2, his short-game practice at home didn't work; No. 3, staying at home hurt is even worse than playing bad at a tournament.
Evans: Tiger is healthy but rusty. And his instincts and feel to perform delicate shots are in very bad shape.
Harig: Above all, this was never going to be a quick return to form. There is too much in play here, not the least of which is getting used to doing something you could not do for several months. It's going to take some time and Woods' effort at Congressional made that clear. But it was hardly a disaster. Woods returned early, showed some decent signs with his long game, but undoubtedly has work to do.
Maguire: That he's become much more open since his most recent surgery. Granted, "open" is a relative term when it comes to Woods, but the fact that he admitted his game wasn't in great shape and that the only reason he was really playing was because the tournament benefited his foundation, isn't something the former world No. 1 would have shared with the public all that long ago. Maybe he has turned over a new leaf? Either that or he didn't want expectations to get too high in his return to competitive golf.
3. Should the PGA Tour set up more of its venues like Congressional (hard), like the Humana Challenge (easy) or somewhere in between?
Collins: We already have a U.S. Open. (I only watched because it's my job -- and I watched the World Cup, too). Ninety percent of the people I talk with would rather see birdies coming down the stretch. Remember how boring the back nine at the Masters was?
Evans: The tour shouldn't outfit every venue with thick rough and long par-4s, but with the advancements in club and ball technology, the setups could stand to be more consistently difficult from week to week. But fans like birdies and you need places like Humana for that.
Harig: There should be variety that runs the gamut. All of the courses can't yield nothing but birdies and they can't all play like Congressional did. A healthy mixture should be the goal.
Maguire: Balance in life is always good and so it should be for PGA Tour setups. No one wants to see (or play) the U.S. Open every week, which is what makes it so special. A little variety never hurts and that's how the tour should continue to handle its venues.
4. The Women's British Open isn't for two weeks, but if you had to pick, right now, who will have a better finish, is it Stacy Lewis or Michelle Wie?
Collins: By that time Wie will be well rested and hungry for major No. 2. Unfortunately there won't be any yardage books for her to "borrow" so I'll take Stacy Lewis, but only by a smidge. I'll flip-flop by the time the tournament comes around I'm sure. Haha.
Evans: Stacy Lewis is the best women's player in the world. She should win the Women's British Open. Wie will have her day as No. 1 in the world, just not now.
Harig: Michelle Wie. That stinger shot she has developed should do wonders for her at Royal Birkdale.
Maguire: Stacy Lewis, but barely. Both are playing some impressive golf right now. The fact that Wie was even near the lead on the back nine Sunday in Arkansas after the whirlwind tour she went on post-U.S. Open victory shows how much talent she possess. The edge goes to Sunday's winner Lewis, but that's only because she's the defending champion, which usually doesn't mean much at majors because they are on different venues, but it proves she knows how to win on links-style courses.