Shipnuck: Westwood is dangerous anytime he tees it up, but it's hard to believe in a guy who has had so many chances and never gotten it done.
Garrity: I still see relative parity out there, which means the No. 1 ranking will continue to be passed around like a hot potato. That's not a bad thing. I like potatoes.
Van Sickle: I don't think anybody expected Webb Simpson to establish himself as the best American player in 2011. Who'll earn that honor next year?
Garrity: I want to say Simpson because I'm still tingling over that bunker shot he hit to a foot during the Presidents Cup. But I think our best player is Matt Kuchar.
Bamberger: Gutsy call.
Garrity: Kuchar is the American Luke Donald, a top 10 machine. He has developed a swing that's about as simple as a hammer stroke. To my mind he has a fabulous golf temperament, and he's not deflated after a mediocre shot. I say Kuchar hasn't reached his peak yet.
Bamberger: I like Nick Watney. His swing is so powerful, and he has tremendous length. He and Keegan Bradley have similar games. Watney isn't overly mechanical, which I like, and he's a little like Steve Stricker—a modest type who is not going to be sidetracked by the toys that come with success. Between him, Bradley and Bill Haas, we have three really good young players.
Hack: I like Watney too. He's building, adding a little something every year, padding his résumé. He won at Doral this year. He has a complete game.
Anonymous Pro: Sorry, I don't see these young guys being strong enough yet. The best American player will be somebody over 35, whether it's Tiger or Phil or Jim Furyk or Stricker. I feel like Furyk or Mickelson has another blowout year in him. I think Phil is ready for a last hurrah after kind of taking this year off.