Van Sickle: Phil had the worst putting year of his career. Give him six months to perfect his belly-putter stroke and he could be dangerous again.
Shipnuck: I still believe in Dustin Johnson's talent. He laid an egg in the Presidents Cup and was mostly a nonfactor in the majors, so he'll be as motivated as he can be. He has pride. The way he hits the ball, sooner or later it's going to be the right week for him at the Masters. He's going to win by six and make it look easy.
Van Sickle: I like Simpson, although my sleeper pick is Gary Woodland, a good athlete who is improving as a golfer and is already pretty doggone good, as you may have noticed with his recent World Cup win with Kuchar. Simpson won twice last year, but it easily could've been six. I was only half joking in one of our weekly Golf.com roundtables when I said that 2011 will be remembered as the start of the Webb Simpson era.
Bamberger: Tiger might knock everyone off the hill next year.
Shipnuck: That would be a good year for us.
THE BIG SHOES
Van Sickle: Commissioner Tim Finchem is 64, and his contract expires at the end of 2012. If Finchem decides to retire, whom would you like to see succeed him?
Shipnuck: Joe Ogilvie.
Hack: Geoff Ogilvy.
Van Sickle: Anyone for former Brewers outfielder Ben Ogilvie?