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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
What is your favorite PGA Championship moment?
 
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Columnist, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
It would have to be the Tiger Woods-Bob May duel at the 2000 PGA at Valhalla that lasted much of the final day, not just the playoff. Close behind are Shaun Micheel's 7-iron at Oak Hill in '03 on the 72nd hole and the rainbow that appeared over the green on the last hole of Davis Love's win at Winged Foot in 1997.
 
Mercer Baggs Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
The first PGA Championship I attended was in 2000 and it didn't disappoint. Valhalla is not much on the eyes, but the drama produced by Tiger Woods and Bob May that year has not been since matched. Tiger proved that week that he wasn't just a bully who beat up the little kids but then backed down when someone challenged him; he beat you up even if you fought back.
 
Mark Rolfing Mark Rolfing - Analyst, GOLF CHANNEL:
Sergio Garcias second shot at No. 16 at Medinah in 1999 when he was trying to chase down Tiger Woods. He carved a long iron around the tree and followed it up the fairway leaping like a gazelle. Where is that Sergio now?
 
Hot Topic
The amount of club pros in the PGA has been reduced the past two years to 20. Is that a good number, or should it be more or less?
 
Hewitt:
Not more than 20. So few club pros make the cut. I am a huge fan of club pros and the long hours they put in with very little actual time left over to work on their games. But they do have their own national championship.
 
Baggs:
I like 10, no more than 15. As talented as they are, the club pros just can't compete in a major championship. I'd rather see those extra spots go to players not otherwise qualified in the form of exemptions -- either to international or TOUR players.
 
Rolfing:
I think 20 is a good number. There still should be a club professional presence but any more than 20 would dilute the field and the stature of the event.
 
Which was more impressive last week: Lorena Ochoas first major win at St. Andrews or Tigers runaway sixth title at Firestone?
 
Hewitt:
Tiger's was more impressive. Rory is road kill again. But Lorena's win was much more fun to watch. To win her first major at the Old Course, it was worth the wait.
 
Baggs:
Tiger's feels more impressive, but that's probably because he received far more airtime than did Lorena. However, I'll give the nod to Lorena. She's had to deal with the pressure of being ranked No. 1 yet not having won a major. She was also coming off a blown opportunity at the U.S. Women's Open. With all eyes on her, she dominated the field and won on the most historic course in all of golf. It's a shame there wasn't more than 1 1/2-2 hours worth of coverage each day.
 
Rolfing:
I have to say Tigers runaway at Firestone. It was only a matter of time before Lorena would win a major like that. But Tigers victory and the way he did it shows just how dominant he is.
 
What is the ONE thing you are most looking forward to this week?
 
Hewitt:
I'll be watching Sergio very closely for more signs of permanent scarring from Carnoustie. But the big story will center around whether Tiger completes 2007 winless in the majors.
 
Baggs:
Seeing if Tiger can finish off the major season in victorious fashion. As interesting as it will be to see if Sergio can bounce back from his heart-breaking loss at the British, I am more interested in seeing if Tiger can win his first major of the season in the final major of '07.
 
Rolfing:
Will the thermometer break 100 in Tulsa? If it does anything could happen.
 
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