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?