Van Sickle: I'm going with Bo Van Pelt, who made a belated and overlooked run for a green jacket at the Masters. My dark horse is Paul Goydos. Mainly because I'm hoping Bob Costas interviews him again.
Shipnuck: I'm going with Luke Donald, and not just because I've done a feature on him (page 54). You don't have to bust it off the tee at Sawgrass, and he has the best short game in golf. He's playing well right now.
Anonymous Pro: That's a brilliant pick. I'm also taking Luke. Look at the guys who win the Players. The course is so penal it produces boring winners—straight-ball hitters like Fred Funk, Tim Clark, Adam Scott. You don't have to be long, only straight, and that fits Luke.
Hack: I'm picking Robert Allenby, a great ball striker, and my dark-horse pick is Sergio García. He's getting close, you can see it. He'll play soccer on Monday of tournament week. Sergio will be loose. He'll be comfortable because he has won on this course.
Bamberger: I like Scott too. He putted beautifully at Augusta. I don't care how long that putter was. And Charles Howell has been shooting better scores. He's my surprise.
Garrity: You're expecting me to pick Robert Karlsson, but I'm going with Vijay Singh (page 24), who has shown flashes. I can't see him ending his career without winning on his home course.
Van Sickle: Sawgrass is his home practice range, not his home course. You think he ever goes on the course with all those tourists?
Garrity: Maybe that's why he hasn't won there.
Bamberger: That's a terrific call, John. Who's your dark horse?
Garrity: Kevin Na. That guy never makes a mistake.