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QUESTIONS FOR TIGER

Hank Haney was asked on Twitter whether he thought Woods would break Nicklaus' record of 18 majors.

"It has moved to flip a coin for me now, he has plenty of time if he has the passion," Haney wrote.

It's tough to get inside Woods' head; it's off limits to the public. His level of passion for the game is certainly part of the equation and is one of those questions to which we'd love to hear honest, unfiltered answers. It would behoove him to ask them of himself, Norman suggested.

"You have to wake up every morning, look yourself in the mirror and the questions you ask yourself you must answer truthfully," Norman said. "You're the only one who can do that. I hate to see a great athlete like Tiger go through this, but it's up to him. Happiness comes from within. It doesn't come from anywhere else. He will work it out."

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING...

-- The logo on Dufner's shirt is that of Greenway Medical Technologies, a company he began representing only a month ago. Good timing on Greenway's part.

-- Dufner's putting grip is called the Super Stroke, the same kind of grip that K.J. Choi has on his putter. Dufner just put the Super Stroke grip on this week.

CADDIES, THE FINAL WORD

Phil Mickelson's caddie Jim Mackay, better known as Bones, was a guest (via telephone) on Dan Patrick's radio show last week.

"How many wins do you have?" Patrick asked Bones, his question spurred by Steve Williams' claim the week before that he has 145 wins.

"I don't have any," Mackay said.

"Look at you. Well done, well done," Patrick said, laughing. "How many wins have you been a part of?"

"I don't know," Mackay said. "I know Phil's won 39 PGA Tour events. All I know is I've got a great gig. I'm damn happy to have it and hope he keeps me around a little bit longer.

"One of the most important things for me out here as a caddie is to show the appropriate respect to Tiger, who is the greatest player of all time and has made all of us out here -- players, caddies, whomever -- significantly more money than if the guy had never shown up."

PANCAKE

Brooke Pancake, an Alabama senior, has a name that begs that one root for her. The downside is that it will spawn these kinds of headlines (this from from the Providence Journal last week as she moved toward the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur): "Pancake was really cooking."

Pancake lost to defending champion Danielle Kang, 1-up, in the semis. Kang then successfully defended her championship with a 6-and-5 victory over Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn in the final.

ON TWITTER

Golf Digest's Dan Jenkins: "I'll tell you how exciting Thursday was: it knocked Steve Williams out of print."

Thursday's newsmakers were Tiger and his opening round of 77, Rory McIlroy and his wrist injury, and Steve Stricker and his opening 63.

MINUTIAE

Bradley moved from 108th to 29th in the World Ranking. He started the year ranked 329th...Woods fell to 33rd in the World Ranking. He began the year ranked second...Illinois golf coach Mike Small was the only club pro to make the cut. Small, who has won the PGA Professional National Championship three times and is a former PGA Tour player, finished T-69...Dustin Johnson, who finished second in the British Open, missed the cut in the PGA Championship.

ON DECK

PGA Tour: Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C. Defending champion Arjun Atwal. LPGA: Safeway Classic presented by Coca-Cola at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Ghost Creek course), North Plains, Ore. Defending champion Ai Miyazato.

Story line

-- Tiger Woods has not qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs and passed on one last opportunity to extend his PGA Tour season. Woods has his kids this week.

PARTING THOUGHT

Winning majors define careers, but not winning them does, too. As great as Greg Norman's career was, it is defined more by his failures in majors than his successes in them.

So it stands with Westwood, who is now 0 for 55 in major championships. He is 38, so there is still time. But now he is dragging the stigma with him to the first tee, as well as a faulty putting stroke.

Bradley's victory on Sunday in the first major in which he played reinforces the notion that it is easier to win with talent and no expectations than it is to win with talent and the burden of great expectations.

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