Van Sickle: At the Bethpage Open, Garc�a and Harrington were in the mix. It might be fun to see Sergio take another crack at Harrington in a major, maybe in a playoff.
Shipnuck: It's hard to pick against Tiger. There are courses he has romantic attachments to. Pebble Beach is one. St. Andrews is another. Strangely, Medinah is one. He's like the first man on the moon. He won the first Open at Bethpage, and he doesn't want anybody else getting into his little circle.
Bamberger: You're hitting a lot of long irons into those greens, so you really need height on those shots. Bethpage identifies skill like few courses do because of its elevation changes. It'll be Tiger or Padraig or Sergio or a big-time player.
Anonymous Pro: I agree. You won't get a first-time major winner, other than Sergio. It'll be a proven player. Bethpage is a bomber's paradise. It's built for big hitters.
Van Sickle: What about Turnberry?
Bamberger: It's very easy to sneak on. I've done it.
Anonymous Pro: All I know is that the rooms there will probably be $800 a night.
Garrity: It's ironic that we remember Turnberry for the Duel in the Sun with Nicklaus and Watson and three days of dust, heat and sunburns. People forget that there was a storm in the middle of that week. It can have Birkdale weather—brutal.
Bamberger: I could see Greg Norman getting into contention again there.
Garrity: Absolutely. It's not about who can hit a specific club on the same trajectory every shot to within half a yard. With the wind whipping and conditions changing, you have to find a way to flight the ball to the hole. Norman demonstrated what a player with those skills can do even if he's not playing full time.