SHIPNUCK: I've been bullish on Casey for a long time. Then I gave up waiting. But he hits it long and straight, he's not afraid to go low, and he's not afraid to win.
BAMBERGER: I like Casey, but is he that much better than Sean O'Hair or Nick Watney? I'd put Casey in that next tier below the big guys. I'd elevate Stenson a little. You can't say enough about that final round at the Players. That was big-time golf.
ANONYMOUS PRO: You know, Angel Cabrera has the perfect game for Bethpage, but Angel is hard to read since you can't really talk to him. You don't know how he's playing until he puts up his scores on Thursday and Friday. He may shoot a pair of 69s or a pair of 79s, you never know.
VAN SICKLE: Any chance some of the other fallen stars—Adam Scott, Sergio García or Anthony Kim—resurrect their games at the Open?
HACK: Sergio has played a little better in Europe recently. It'll be interesting to watch him interact with the Bethpage fans. He had such a bad week there last time, with his regripping and by saying the USGA should have stopped the tournament when he was playing in the rain. It was a variation of his I'm going up against more than the golf course theme.
BAMBERGER: That was definitely not in the Public Relations 101 playbook.
HACK: Now he talks about how breaking up with Greg Norman's daughter wrecked his game. Right before you go to Bethpage is exactly the wrong time to start pouring your heart out. You served up a lollipop to the fans.
ANONYMOUS PRO: Sergio is still a mystery. I've played with him this year, and he might be the best driver on Tour. His irons are fantastic and his short game is great, but poor putting is enough to make anybody lose interest in the game.
VAN SICKLE: When you have a three-footer and you can't imagine any way you can make it, maybe because you have the yips, you don't even want to be out there.
ANONYMOUS PRO: I think you hit the nail on the head. Nobody wants to admit they have that kind of putting problem. I give Sergio props, though. A lot of players will do anything but pull out a long putter or a belly putter. Sergio isn't afraid to try. His problem may be that he speaks perfect English. If he had difficulty with the language, like Cabrera, he'd be better off because he wouldn't have to talk about his putting with the press. Answering those questions doesn't help.