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Hack: As the John Deere Classic showed, Steve Stricker is great in front of hometown crowds, and he's due to win a major. He's my pick. My dark horse is a good wind player who lost in the '04 playoff—Justin Leonard.
Van Sickle: I'll drive my bandwagon through an opening and pick Louis Oosthuizen. We know he plays well in the wind, and hey, the Straits is very breezy. Maybe he's no fluke. My dark-horse pick is a guy who played three great rounds at the Old Course after opening with a 79—Rickie Fowler.
Shipnuck: I'll go with Rory McIlroy. When he's going well, he's as good as anybody. I think he learned during the 80 at St. Andrews that he's got to fight harder and be tougher. It was a huge learning curve for him. And what better place for a guy from Northern Island to win than a faux Irish links? For my dark horse, I'll take Graeme McDowell.
Van Sickle: How can the U.S. Open champion be a dark horse?
Shipnuck: You're right. Give me anybody else from Europe. Anybody.
Bamberger: Lee Westwood has contended so many times that now, much like Tom Kite in 1992, he's finally going to have his moment. He's good in tough, windy conditions. My dark-horse pick for the third straight time is Dustin Johnson.
Garrity: Not very original, Michael. It's hard to ignore Robert Karlsson after his brief appearance on the leader boards of the U.S. and British Opens. He's the obvious pick.
Van Sickle: He's your obvious pick. You take him at every major.
Garrity: That will only make his title that much sweeter for me. My sleeper pick is Tiger, for reasons already stated. Namely, my book.
Shipnuck: How can the player ranked No. 1 in the world be a sleeper?