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... AND THE WINNER IS
BAMBERGER: Padraig Harrington. Trying to win three straight majors is an enormous burden that would send anybody over the edge. But that talent doesn't simply disappear. He's long, hits it way higher than he used to, prepares beautifully and is tough as nails.
HACK: I'm picking Ian Poulter. He showed me a lot at Birkdale last year.
SHIPNUCK: No player ever faced more pressure than Poulter did at the Ryder Cup last year. A controversial captain's pick, he makes a mess of the first match and loses; then he comes back to win four straight.
VAN SICKLE: You stole my pick! Now that Poulter is gone, I'll take Tiger. He has the winner's circle at Bethpage all to himself after '02, and I don't think he likes sharing. He never plays poorly for long. Never. Although if Poulter wears bell-bottoms plastered with Mets logos, I like his chances.
SHIPNUCK: I'm going with Vijay Singh. It's a smashmouth course, and the greens are relatively flat. Putting will be de-emphasized; it'll take a premier ball striker to win. Vijay is the kind of player who should win an Open, and at his age  it's now or never.
ANONYMOUS PRO: I was going to make Sean O'Hair my dark horse pick, but hell, I'm going to go ahead and pick him outright. He's a great driver of the ball, a good putter, pretty long and is playing great.
GARRITY: Once I start picking a guy to win, I stick with him. I've been on the Robert Karlsson bandwagon, and I'm staying on it.
VAN SICKLE: In other words, you'll have the usual.