Press Pass The Ultimate Match-Play Showdown

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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
Aside from Jack Nicklaus vs. Tiger Woods in their primes, what would be your ultimate match-play showdown of all time?
 
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Columnist, GolfChannel.com:
Let's start with Bobby Jones against Walter Hagen. Hogan vs. Nelson wouldn't be bad either. More recently: Give me Phil vs. Tiger.
 
Kraig Kann Kraig Kann - Host, Golf Channel:
Mickelson vs Palmer. And not Ryan Palmer. Two stars from different eras with that go-for-it style. Amidst a slew of birdies -- and maybe 'others' -- they might try to one-up each other in an autograph contest.
 
Mercer Baggs Mercer Baggs - Senior Producer, GolfChannel.com:
Since this is purely fictitional, I'd love to see Tiger Woods 2000 vs. Tiger Woods 2007. Tiger, as well as coach Hank Haney, say that he is the best he's ever been. I've never seen anyone, at any time, more dominant than Tiger was in 2000.
 
Hot Topic
Phil Mickelson had another eventful finish last Sunday. What is your most memorable Mickelson moment?
 
Hewitt:
Has to be Phil hitting that full swing flop shot over Dave Pelz' head with Pelz standing approximately 15 feet away. On the course, it would be Phil's winning putt on the 72nd hole to win his first Masters.
 
Kann:
His win at the TPC Scottsdale in a playoff with Justin Leonard in '96. I was there covering it for the GOLF CHANNEL, following the raucous playoff, which coincided with the Cowboys-Steelers Super Bowl. Fans were a bit over the top for Phil, who won. That win in front of a huge hometown crowd was big for his career.
 
Baggs:
His response to losing the 2006 U.S. Open. Watching him handle that situation was very impressive. He was the only runner-up to attend the trophy ceremony and then, after acknowledging the crowd and applauding their support, he answered each and every painful question posed to him by us media types. It was one of his best moments at a terribly difficult time.
 
Hot Topic
Mark OMeara and Nick Price have already debuted on the Champions Tour this year, while Bernhard Langer, Seve Ballesteros, Jeff Sluman and John Cook are all eligible to join in 06. Who among them will have the best career as a senior?
 
Hewitt:
Langer is the best of a very strong bunch. Personally, I'll be rooting for Sevie to recapture some of the old magic. But that's a long longshot.
 
Kann:
Sluman edges Langer in this one. Jeff has his one major and hasn't gotten enough credit for being a very, very good player. Look out; he'll prove it as soon as his birthday rolls around.
 
Baggs:
Langer is probably at the head of this class, but I hope Price plays well. You won't find a classier player than Price and he has been miserable over the last few years on the PGA TOUR. Hopefully, his game will be rejuvenated with his enthusiasm and he'll not only win a few tournaments each year, but a couple of majors along the way.
 
Hot Topic
Paula Creamer wears pink on Sunday. Tiger Woods wears red. What color should Mickelson adorn during the final round?
 
Hewitt:
This is kind of a silly question. So here's kind of a silly answer: Phil can wear whatever color he wants as long as he doesn't step on my blue suede shoes.
 
Kann:
Black from head to toe. Goodness knows he's seen enough dark days. Good intimidation wardrobe ... plus, fashion guru Marty Hackel says its slimming.
 
Baggs:
Animal print. Perhaps something with tiger stripes.
 
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