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Michael Bamberger
July 23, 2012
What's the deal with Tiger? Will he win five more majors? Who will have a more successful career, Bubba Watson or Webb Simpson? What do you think of Royal Lytham, and what course in Great Britain is your favorite? And who will win the British Open?
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July 23, 2012

Pga Tour Confidential

What's the deal with Tiger? Will he win five more majors? Who will have a more successful career, Bubba Watson or Webb Simpson? What do you think of Royal Lytham, and what course in Great Britain is your favorite? And who will win the British Open?

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Shipnuck: Graeme McDowell. I think he found something at Olympic. He's peaking. My dark-horse choice is Rickie Fowler, who seems to have a flair for links golf.

Bamberger: I like King Looey—Louis Oosthuizen. Phil Mickelson is my dark horse.

Van Sickle: Phil? How is a Hall of Famer possibly considered a dark horse? I'm sorry, the court rejects your selection.

Bamberger: Fine. How about Jonathan Byrd? He might iron that course to death.

Van Sickle: That's better. Lytham seems to favor good mid-iron players like [Tom] Lehman and Duval. I'm taking Adam Scott only because I had a recent dream in which he won the British Open. My long shot is Peter Hanson, a pick I'm stealing from the Anonymous Pro, who took him at the Masters.

Anonymous Pro: Thanks for at least giving me credit. My dark horse is Justin Rose.

Bamberger: I remember when you said he didn't blow anyone's skirt up?

Anonymous Pro: Only one Englishman in 74 years has won an Open in England. History blows my skirt up, so I'm picking an Englishman. Also, he's a pretty good iron player. My pick is Hunter Mahan. He'll greens-in-regulation everybody to death. Hunter hits it so damned good, and he's putting really well. Lytham's back nine demands such quality ball striking that I don't see some scrambler winning. Seve did it, but it's a different course. You have to put the ball in play, and Hunter does that better than anyone.

Garrity: I'm picking Robert Karlsson to win again. But if he doesn't do it this time, it's over. He'll be dead to me.

Van Sickle: How is he supposed to win knowing that you've lost faith in him?

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