Bamberger: Ew! Gary, 20-plus years of admiration down the drain in one sentence.
Garrity: Aren't you going to mention Kinghorn?
Van Sickle: We have a winner. Kinghorn is the most fun par-65 course anywhere in the world that's in the middle of town and has ocean views. It's a riotous course with a wall across one fairway, a 199-yard par-4, crisscrossing fairways and a tee at the bottom of a crater. Even more fun than the front eight—yes, eight—at Girvan.
Shipnuck: It sounds as if we have our itinerary set for Open week.
Garrity: Wonderful. Just don't put that in the story so the boss sees it.
And the Winner Is ...
Bamberger: Tiger Woods. Because of 2000 and '05. He's on a roll, historically speaking. My dark horse pick is Dustin Johnson, infamous Pebble Beach third-round leader.
Shipnuck: It should be noted that Bamberger has been picking Dustin for months now. He saw the Dustin train coming before we did. We just won't talk about how the Dustin train was derailed. I'll take Johnson as my dark horse too. He's one of those guys who can let go of what happened at Pebble. I'll pick Phil Mickelson as the winner. He needs to win a British Open. Talk about a guy in Seve's mold. He has a lot of confidence, and I think he's going to do it.
Hack: I hate to be boring, but I'm picking Tiger too. Why? Same reason as Michael, plus that Saturday at Pebble. Ian Poulter is my dark horse and clotheshorse.
Van Sickle: Phil excels at being unpredictable. This is the only course where I'd pick him to win an Open. Since Dustin Johnson has already been taken as a long shot, I'll go with two other potential John Dalys of 2010, guys who can overpower the course: J.B. Holmes on the American side and Alvaro Quiros of Spain.