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PGA Tour Confidential: Woods and McIlroy meet again, Watney and Hanson win in Asia

Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods
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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods have spent a lot of time together inside the ropes in the second half of 2012.

Every Sunday night, the editorial staff of the SI Golf Group conducts an e-mail roundtable. Check in every week for the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors and join the conversation in the comments section below.

TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING?
Cameron Morfit, senior writer, Golf Magazine: Let's start with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods playing a big-money exhibition match in Zhengzhou, China. We saw them in a cash-grab in Turkey. They played seven rounds together in your more established stroke-play events on the PGA Tour (BMW, Barclays) and European tours (Abu Dhabi), and are rumored to be collaborating on an action film and a salad dressing. I know they're one-two in the world, but does anyone else worry about Rory-Tiger fatigue?

Jim Herre, managing editor, SI Golf Group: Not at all. Great to have two stars in the game after all those years with only one. It will be fun to watch Tiger try to keep up with young Rory, just as Arnie tried to keep up with young Jack a half-century ago.

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Fatigue? It's probably their new business plan. Tiger & Rory barnstorming worldwide for huge dollars. Beats the hell out of having to shoot lower scores than 154 other players who are pretty good, especially if they end up as Nike comrades.

Mike Walker, senior editor, Golf Magazine: For years we wanted to see this with Tiger and Mickelson, and they rarely played their best at the same time. We should enjoy Tiger-McIlroy while we can. The Bird-Jordan style commercials are probably already in production: "Off the scoreboard, off the ball washer, right in the cup..."

David Dusek, deputy editor, Golf.com: I don't worry about it because I've got it. Maybe part of the reason why Rory playing head-to-head against Tiger in China doesn't get my heart pumping is because it's on the other side of the world, and aside from the wheelbarrows of cash, and some degree of pride, nothing is on the line. Scarcity creates demand. These guys have played a lot of golf against each other over the last two months.

Van Sickle: Just watched a baseball segment on TV recalling how Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig barnstormed with their teams, the Bustin' Babes and the Larrupin' Lous. Tiger and Rory could do the same, and very profitably.

Charlie Hanger, executive editor, Golf.com: Despite some level of Tiger fatigue, he's still the guy who has brought golf to its current high profile. If we have an heir apparent who will be a big part of the Tiger story for the next few years, that's just going to make golf that much more compelling to hardcore golf fans and the masses alike.

Jeff Ritter, senior producer, Golf.com: Not fatigued at all. How many people were even able to tune into the Turkish and Chinese cash-grabs? This rivalry is just getting started, and it's cool to see both guys embrace it. (Of course, the cash has helped.) Also, I say bring on the salad dressing. I need something to replace Blue Cheese.

Ryan Reiterman, senior producer, Golf.com: I'm not even close to being fatigued. They're still in the honeymoon stage.

Alan Shipnuck, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: Fatigue?! For 15 years we've been clamoring for a true rival for Tiger, and now that he has one, you're going to complain that they're competing too often? Puh-leeze.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below: Are you getting tired of Tiger-Rory showdowns, or are you ready to see more?

SILLY SEASON CLASSICS
Morfit: We are now pretty well into Silly Season, which seems more laden with gold than ever. Between the old, mixed-team J.C. Penney and the Skins Game and the Battles at Bighorn (and elsewhere) and other Silly Season staples, what's your favorite Silly Season moment? I'll go with Lee Trevino making that ace at PGA West in the 1987 Skins Game, a hole in one that, as he said later, went around the world.

Dusek: Seeing Fred Funk play in a dress because Annika Sorenstam outdrove him. That never gets old for me.

Van Sickle: I also enjoyed that. Funk was still wearing the skirt when Tiger Woods helped him line up the putt. "I think it's two balls out," Tiger said, giggling hysterically. Woods was very proud of the line he'd thought up. Those were beautiful moments.

Walker: Can't blame Tiger; that's a great line. Tiger will be a fantastic TV commentator someday.

Herre: I played with Tiger in the PGA Grand Slam pro-am when the Slam was held in Hawaii. That was fun (and yes, he did read putts when asked). Always liked the Three-Tour Challenge, and there's a cool dynamic at the Father-Son event.

Hanger: You're holding out on us, Jim. Tell us about outdriving Tiger!

Herre: Don't want to brag ...

Reiterman: Freddie being Freddie in the Skins Game.

Van Sickle: I actually liked watching the short-lived Skills Contest, where competitors tried their hands at assorted shots, from long drives to straight drives to bunker shots and tree shots. It was fun to see how good these guys were. Chi Chi was on it one year, and he was amazing. They invited some non-pros, too, and Mark McGwire beat out the pros in 2003. Golf Channel's Big Break has borrowed some of those contests.

Walker: A skills contest would be fun, and I miss watching the Thanksgiving Skins Game. The problem today is that there is too much "season" and not enough "silly."

Van Sickle: Good line, but I disagree. We've got enough silly. Too much of the "season" is made up of limited-field events, which don't have the same buzz as full-field tournaments.

Shipnuck: Watson calling out Player for cheating at the Skins. Golf never rests.

Van Sickle: When Watson grumbled to Gary Player about improving his lie in the Skins Game, New York Times scribe Dave Anderson overheard it and wrote it up, taking the Watson-Player feud public.

John Garrity, contributing writer, Sports Illustrated: My favorite was Arnold Palmer backing into a cactus in the Skins Game. And how about Casey Martin winning the long drive and a couple of other events in a 90's Skills Challenge? That was a benchmark for disabled golfers.

Tell us what you think in the comments section below: What's your favorite Silly Season memory?

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