Van Sickle: Who's a better story as the playoff winner? Phil?
Shipnuck: It has to be Tiger. Every time he wins, it's big news, and this U.S. Open is in our nation's capital. That's as big as tournament golf gets.
Hack: I'm going to suggest this year's Hall of Fame inductee....
Shipnuck: Doug Ford?
Hack: No, Ernie Els. It would be cool to see Ernie, 14 years later, fighting his putter and leading the battle against autism, come full circle with a bookend win at Congressional.
Shipnuck: Ford would be better. Seriously, there wouldn't be a dry eye in the house if Ernie won and his son, Ben, ran out on the final green.
Van Sickle: I'm thinking of a sentimental guy in his late 40s, maybe a current Ryder Cup captain, who chips in to win on the 72nd hole, then turns and points out some guy in the crowd who had loudly bet his buddy that the pro couldn't get this up and down. This old-school traditionalist finally gets his Open, and there are tears all around.
Bamberger: Don't forget the rainbow. If Davis Love III wins another major there has to be a rainbow.
Van Sickle: What do you prefer, an 18-hole playoff on Monday or sudden death on Sunday?