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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. You can also give your take on our questions. Just click on the link and e-mail your responses to all four questions to us. We'll publish select answers each Friday in our Press Pass: Readers' Forum.
 
Hot Topic
Tiger Woods new PGA TOUR event in D.C. has come under fire. Should the event be played as a full-field tournament or an invitational?
 
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Columnist, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
This is a no-brainer in my opinion. I understand the arguments on the other side, but I think if Tiger wants an invitational, he should get an invitational. For that matter, if Tiger wants two invitationals, he should get two invitationals. If Tiger wants three invitationals, he should get three invitationals.
 
Mercer Baggs Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
Didn't we debate last week whether or not players complain too much? If Tiger and the PGA TOUR want it to be an invitational, let it be an invitational. Players have plenty of opportunities to compete -- there are even four opposite-field events on the annual schedule. If anything, I wish there were fewer players with TOUR cards and more events with fields around 120.
 
Rich Lerner Rich Lerner - Reporter, GOLF CHANNEL:
Full field in the spirit of the July 4th holiday -- freedom for all.
 

Hot Topic
Mark Calcavecchia won this past weeks PODS Championship thanks in large part to a new putter. What is the most trusted club in your bag?
 
Hewitt:
Can you ever really completely trust any club in your bag? The golf gods have invisible police with very special instructions to punish players for excessive hubris. Im sure if you polled my 14 clubs, most of them would definitely say they dont trust me. That having been said: I do trust my equipment just not my swing. And finally, to answer the question, the club I am most comfortable with most of the time is a stock 9-iron from 127 yards.
 
Baggs:
I'm a big fan of my 8-iron. I can hit it rather confidently around the 140-yard range and I also use it as my club of choice when pitching from off the green. The only problem is, with today's course lengths, the only time I ever get to hit it is around the green and occasionally on my third shot into a par-5.
 
Lerner:
5 wood. It's been a while since I've flushed a 3-iron.
 
Hot Topic
Arnold Palmers name in on this weeks Bay Hill event. Would you like to see him be the honorary starter this year at the Masters Tournament? And what threesome, if any, would you like to see take over for the late Nelson, Snead and Sarazen?
 
Hewitt:
I dont look forward to any day that Palmer or Nicklaus or Player are on a course where they cant reach all the par-4s in two. At Augusta National that day is rapidly approaching, if it hasnt already arrived. Nor am I a big fan of the honorary starter concept at the Masters. Would rather watch the legends play the Par-3 event on Wednesday when all of them can reach all the greens in regulation, the longest hole being 140 yards.
 
Baggs:
I don't think that there is a need for an honorary starter, or three. It was a nice tradition, but I think it should be put to rest with the passing of the aforementioned legends. The tradition is for well-aged golfing icons. Nicklaus, Palmer and Player are certainly icons, but, for some reason, I don't really think of them as elderly gentlemen like I did Nelson, Snead and Sarazen when they were doing it. Plus, while Palmer and Player may one day partake as a starter, I don't see Nicklaus ever doing it.
 
Lerner:
Yes. Arnie would be great; and naturally Arnie, Jack and Gary would make Thursday mornings very, very special at Augusta National.
 
Hot Topic
March Madness starts this week ' who ya got for the Final Four? And who will be cutting down the nets in Atlanta?
 
Hewitt:
I trust my brackets even less than I trust my swing. But here goes: Texas A&M out of the South; Washington State out of the East; Kansas out of the West and Florida out of the Midwest. No Dorothy, they wont be in Kansas anymore. But the Jayhawks will be cutting down the nets in Atlanta.
 
Baggs:
I'd love to take Florida in a repeat, but I really think they may be bounced early, possibly in the second round to Arizona. I'll go with Oregon from the Midwest, Kansas from the West, Georgetown from the East, and Ohio State from the South. Ohio State vs. Kansas in the final. Ohio State -- it pains me to even write -- will be the winner.
 
Lerner:
North Carolina, Kansas, Florida and Ohio State -- the top seeds to the Final Four, with Ohio State winning it all.
 
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