Should Sergio be punished by tour?
And what is Tiger's mindset heading into the Memorial Tournament?
Do Sergio Garcia's comments toward Tiger Woods deserve punishment from the tour? Was Boo Weekley's win at Colonial a fluke? Our experts analyze those and other pressing topics in golf in our latest edition of Monday Four-Ball:
1. It was a rough week at the BMW PGA Championship for Sergio Garcia. Does he deserve punishment from the PGA Tour?
Michael Collins, ESPN.com senior golf analyst: Sergio does not deserve punishment from the PGA Tour. His punishment will be in future endorsement deals and public perception, which will be much harsher than anything the tour could give him. His next few events in the U.S. will be difficult for him as he thinks about what people are whispering (and sometimes yelling) in the galleries.
Farrell Evans, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Sergio deserves a strong public rebuke from the tour. But I don't know if the tour wants to set a precedent for suspending players over racial or other politically incorrect statements. The tour's actions in these situations will probably be considered on an individual basis.
Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Let's see, players get fined for tossing clubs and uttering curse words, but not for a racially insensitive comment directed at another player? Of course Garcia deserves some sanction, but the tour typically doesn't announce such penalties. Better would be some sort of public acknowledgement from commissioner Tim Finchem that this even occurred. So far, nothing from Ponte Vedra Beach.
2. Matteo Manassero became the youngest winner of the BMW PGA, and now has four victories on the European Tour age 20. What kind of success do you expect from him in the major championships?
Collins: I expect big things from him on the European Tour and even a few times contending for the Open Championship, but until he plays well on the big stage of the PGA Tour, he's nothing more than a talented kid who's had success in Europe. That being said, I believe he will have more success than many of the other "young guns" who have come from the rest of the world.
Evans: Matteo has played in only eight majors. He's on pace to be a regular contender on both of the big tours. The majors are just a part of that maturation process into a top-20 player.
Harig: It is an amazing achievement, but the truth is Manassero is a short hitter who has yet to finish in the top 10 at any PGA Tour event in which he has played. Merion should be an excellent venue for Manassero, and it will be interesting to see how he performs now that he is back among the top 30 players in the world.
3. Boo Weekley's win at the Colonial was his third on the PGA Tour. An aberration or a sign of things to come?
Collins: Weekley's success has always been directly attributed to his putting and his health. If he can stay healthy, he'll have success. His ball-striking is some of the best we've seen on tour and even with what could best be described as "streaky" putting, he can win at least three or four more times in his career.
Evans: Weekley was already having a solid season coming into Colonial with three top-10s, including a second in Tampa, Fla., in March. He's no fluke. There is no reason why he can't contend at Merion with his excellent ball-striking.
Harig: This, unfortunately, is not likely the start of a trend. Weekley has been plagued by injuries the past few years, but he's always been hurt by a bad putter which even tried to get him on Sunday. When he matches everything up, Weekley can contend, but those instances will be rare.
4. Tiger Woods is back in action this week at the Memorial Tournament, where he is the defending champion. Having already won four times this year, and with the U.S. Open looming, how do you think he approaches this week?
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Collins: Tiger can use the Memorial as a great place to tune up his driver because this is a course where he is going to have to hit driver off the tee. That being said, we all know for Tiger majors are what really matters, so while winning here would be nice (for the sixth time), it's really just a serious tuneup for the U.S. Open.
Evans: Tiger will play the tournament in front of him and not get ahead of himself with thoughts of Merion. He might go around Muirfield Village wondering if this shot or that one will work at Merion, but he's mostly focused on trying to win his sixth Memorial.
Harig: He might have an eye on the U.S. Open, but Woods is typically pretty good at the task at hand, and mastering his iron shots and short game will do him a lot of good, whether he wins the tournament or not.
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