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VAN SICKLE: It probably means he'll win only four times this year. He's Kenny Perry, man of the people now.
GARRITY: I think Cabrera will have a Laura Davies kind of career. He'll never be a disciplined, superconsistent golfer and win with his B or C game. He can play under intense pressure, though. I remember in '07, on that long par-5 on Sunday on the back nine at Oakmont, he absolutely booms a drive and the ball is rolling like it's on skates. He came off that tee twirling his driver and apparently whistling. I started taking him seriously precisely at that moment.
ANONYMOUS PRO: Angel is a mystery. We don't see him much, and we don't talk to him much, other than pleasantries. He's a great iron player, length is not an issue and he hits it as well as anyone. His game rises and falls with his putting, kind of like Sergio's. Angel might miss the cut at the Players and disappear for a year. Or he might win by six.
...AND THE WINNER IS
ANONYMOUS PRO: I'm going with my old standby, Jim Furyk. If he doesn't play well this week, I'm never picking him again. This is his home track. He wants to win, and right now, after a disappointing Masters finish, I think he wants it more than anybody else.
GARRITY: Robert Karlsson contended in all the majors last year and became a significant force on the European tour. He's a heck of a world-class player, so why not make the Players his first pseudomajor?
HACK: Sean O'Hair had a second at Bay Hill and tied for 10th at the Masters. He's playing well and went toe-to-toe with Mickelson in the '07 Players before adrenaline-aided mistakes did him in at the 71st hole. His ball striking and toughness are improving.
VAN SICKLE: This course has always been about control, especially the tee shots. You can't overpower the Stadium course. I'll strike while the Popsicle stick is still hot, as the cliché goes, and choose Brian Gay. After a Gay romp at Harbour Town, he convinced me that he has taken his game to a new level.
BAMBERGER: Pat Perez is long, a great iron player and tough under pressure. I'm surprised when he doesn't contend, just as I am with Stephen Ames, whose swing looks like it could go all day and not make a mistake. I'd pick Tiger, but that's the easy way out.
SHIPNUCK: You're right, it's easy. I'm picking Tiger, even though his Stadium course record is relatively ho-hum, because he had so much red-ass coming out of Augusta, he's probably been digging trenches on the Isleworth range. Tiger is keen to shifts in public perception, and he's surely aware that people are now questioning his swing, his allegiance to Hank Haney and even the sturdiness of his knee. He's always looking for a little extra motivation. Winning the Players would prove a lot of people wrong, which is one of his hobbies.