As golf fans galore dissect the problems that saw Tiger Woods shoot just his second career round in the 80s at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, how will the 14-time major champion try to turn things around as he heads to Torrey Pines this week?
And current world No. 1 Rory McIlroy picked up his first victory of 2015 with a 3-shot win in Dubai, only ratcheting up the hype heading into Augusta. Will that make it even harder for the Northern Irishman with the Masters just nine weeks away?
Our scribes dive into those topics and more in the latest edition of Four-Ball.
1. Tiger Woods should ______ before he gets to Torrey Pines this week.
"SportsCenter" anchor Jonathan Coachman: Tiger Woods should add two or three tournaments to his schedule before he gets to Torrey Pines this week.
So many times we overreact to one bad round and one bad week. While I understand that blading several chips is not the same as shooting more than 80 in the wind at the British Open, he still came back with a 65 in that next round at Muirfield.
Tiger proved in Phoenix that he is human over chips, just like the rest of us. But if he can go back to the swing that made him famous, he can go back to the swing thoughts that made him famous, too. I don't believe this week at Torrey Pines will be that much better, but he needs to get out there in front of people and play -- and play often.
If it is truly all about the majors, then he will play until he finds his happy place again.
ESPN.com senior golf analyst Michael Collins: Go see or call sports psychologist Bob Rotella and schedule some time on his couch. What we are seeing is something that only a sports psychologist can fix quickly. The strongest mental player in this era needs some mental drills to get the confidence back around the greens that he once so easily enjoyed.
ESPN.com senior golf writer Bob Harig: Forget about trying to incorporate his new swing changes into his short game. Go back to what is natural, what got him to having one of the best short games in history, and quit worrying about it matching up with his long swing. Maybe that is too simplistic, but sticking to his current plan does not seem prudent.
"SportsCenter" coordinating producer John Ziomek: Tiger should swallow his pride, mend fences with Phil Mickelson and take a short-game lesson from one of the best of all time. Or perhaps call his teacher, Dave Pelz, for a lesson?
2. Will Tiger add another tournament to his schedule?
Coachman: I do believe he will add not just one, but a couple of tournaments to his schedule. Sure, this plays off my first answer, but I believe this will help him the most. In the past, he has always been stubborn to add tournaments.
But I don't believe that he has ever been this low before. I think he should add L.A. (the Northern Trust Open) and Tampa (the Valspar Championship) and then play in either San Antonio or Houston, because he already is planning to play Honda and Bay Hill. Adding Tampa makes sense.
This would give him six or seven starts before the Masters. That's what he needs.
Collins: Yes because even if he makes the cut (and that will be a challenge in itself), where he'd finish will keep him outside the top 50. That's a bit too much pressure to put on yourself going to the Honda Classic, even if you're Tiger Woods.
Harig: The guess here is no, but he should. He's already two rounds light now that he missed the cut in Phoenix. And unless he has a strong result at Torrey Pines, he will likely find himself ineligible for the WGC event at Doral, one he was expected to play. So does he add one prior to the Honda Classic? Why not Riviera? And if he decides not to do that and misses out on Doral, then he'd have just four tournaments heading to the Masters. That is perhaps where Tampa comes into play.
Ziomek: He should add Riviera for the Northern Trust Open. He knows the golf course from growing up in the area, plus it's a venue that requires a good short game.
3. Are Tiger Woods' problems on the golf course more mental or physical?
Coachman: I think for Tiger it is mental at this point. Physically, he repeatedly has said he feels great. He is ripping the ball like he used to. But when he stands over a chip, he has no idea what he is doing because he says he is in the middle of swing changes.
Most golf analysts tell you chipping doesn't have anything to do with your full swing. Who am I to question Tiger? If he says it does for him, then he believes that it does. But because there are so many voices saying that it's not true, that's why I believe it is more mental and not physical.
Collins: One hundred percent physical! Just kidding (for those who paid attention to my answer of the first question). Horrific chipping for a professional golfer does not come from bad mechanics. It comes from complete lack of confidence and trust. I would know, I caddied for a guy who chipped cross-handed on tour because of his chipping yips. Don't knock it, he chipped in (cross-handed) to win in New Orleans a few years ago.
Harig: Easily mental. His health seems to have returned. He appears more flexible, more flowing with his golf swing. So why would the short shots be such a problem? He's in between methods and having difficulty trusty the new stuff. That is in his head.
Ziomek: Mental. The most mentally strong player of all-time is suddenly questioning everything he does around the greens? We all knew the day would come when Tiger would slip physically, but we never imagined his mental edge would diminish so fast.
4. A dominating win like that in Dubai puts more or less pressure on Rory McIlroy?
Coachman: Rory McIlroy said last year that he believes golf needs a dominant golfer and he wants it to be him. His confidence is clearly at an all-time high.
He is not competing with other golfers -- he is competing with himself and his impending greatness. McIlroy is in the best shape of his life and has his game dialed in. The win in the desert shows Rory that everything he has been working on is right on point.
So the answer is, the win puts far less pressure on Rory because everything in his life right now is validated.
Collins: There is much more pressure on Rory now, but that could change depending on what he does during the Florida swing. Guarantee if he wins Honda or Doral, the pressure will double, which is why even now it will be important for his team to be selective with his time in the (media) spotlight.
Harig: Neither. The pressure was there regardless. By winning the last two majors of 2014 and having a shot at the career Grand Slam, McIlroy was going to have a big spotlight regardless of how he fared. That he has gotten off to a strong start doesn't lessen any of that.
Ziomek: Less. Like Tiger in his prime, Rory knows he is better than more than half the field on Thursday. If he plays his game, he will be there in the end.