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Press PassEach week, GOLF CHANNEL experts and analysts offer their thoughts and opinions on hot topics in the world of golf with the Press Pass.
 
Hot Topic
The PGA TOUR heads to Las Vegas this week. What is your favorite gambling game on the course?
 
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Columnist, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
Six-point Scotch game: Two points for low ball. Two points for low total. One point for proximity (closest to the pin in regulation). And one point for natural birdie. If you win all six points on a hole you score an 'umbrella,' which means you get double (12) points. Value of a point is pre-determined. Only the team behind may press. And a press, once accepted, stays 'on' for the rest of the match.
 
Steve Sands Steve Sands - Reporter, GOLF CHANNEL:
Wolf. I like have the ability to team up with someone or go by yourself if you feel confident.
 

 
Mercer Baggs Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
I don't play golf ... for money ... against people. Actually gambling games are more fun to play when there is a discrepancy between talent. I hate the handicap system and the whole idea of accepting strokes; I'd rather play as teams and come up with some fun way to enjoy the day. The two-man team scramble format is always a good one to play.
 
Hot Topic
The 2007 major season officially came to a close with the Senior Players Championship. What was your favorite major, on any tour, this past year?
 
Hewitt:
Tough question. So many train wrecks at the Kraft Nabisco. So much grinding at Oakmont. So much back-nine Sunday grit from Zach Johnson at Augusta. So many storylines at Southern Hills -- from Tiger and Woody especially. But I'm gonna go with Carnoustie. Sergio Garcia, one day, is going to have to learn to let a major win him, rather than the other way around. And how about the best moment in golf all year: Padraig Harrington, the eventual winner, double-bogeying the 72nd hole and still smiling like only an Irish father can when his small boy, Patrick, came bounding across the green to be picked up and hugged.
 
Sands:
The Open Championship at Carnoustie. The finishing hole is my favorite of any course is the world. The tournament was exciting each day. The finish was awesome. Didn't like it. Loved it!
 
Baggs:
The first one that comes to mind is Harrington's win at the Open. And if that's the first thing you think of, then that's the best there is. I've long been a Harrington fan and it was nice to see him finally win a major. I must confess it was also quite pleasing to see Zach Johnson, a fellow Christian, win the Masters.
 
Hot Topic
After watching Jesper Parnevik in Texas, which is tougher: winning for the first time ever on TOUR or winning for the first time in a long time?
 
Hewitt:
Depends on how long it is between wins. Robert Gamez had to wait 15 years and six months between his first win (1990 at Bay Hill) and his second (2005 San Antonio). Still, I think winning the first is toughest.
 
Sands:
Winning for the first time. I've asked the question dozens of times: when it's been a while do you still remember the winning feeling coming down the stretch? Almost every player has answered the same way: You never forget that winning feeling when you've had it before. No matter how long it's been it's still in you.
 
Baggs:
Winning after a lengthy drought. Even though you know that you are capable of winning there has to be an incredible amount of doubt and scar tissue built up in your head. All of these guys/girls have the physical tools to win on tour. More often than not, it's how well the hold up mentally down the stretch that determines whether or not they get the trophy.
 
Hot Topic
Whats the ONE thing you are most looking forward to this week?
 
Hewitt:
I want to see if Michelle Wie, now a freshman at Stanford, can take her school's sporting mojo (the Cardinal, a 40-point underdog, upset No. 2 USC in football Saturday) and break 80 at the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert this week.
 
Sands:
I'm looking forward to a good tournament in Vegas. For some reason, I've always loved watching this tourney on TV. Whether it's the low scoring, the beautiful desert mountains surrounding the area or seeing the Las Vegas strip in the distance, it's just always been a cool event to watch.
 
Baggs:
The HSBC World Match Play. I love match play golf and I've played the Wentworth course. It's always fun to see on TV a course you've played in person. They don't have the field that they've had in the past, but they've got enough talent to keep it interesting -- especially since it's being aired in the morning East Coast time.
 
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