SHIPNUCK: Golf is the only sport you play into middle age. Look at Michael Phelps. He's so burned-out in his mid-20s that he can't wait for the Olympics to be over. The pursuit of excellence is very lonely, whether it's swimming laps or hitting balls on the range. Most sports, you go hard for 10 years, then you're done. In golf you play on. And on.
AND THE WINNER IS ...
ANONYMOUS PRO: Dustin Johnson. He'll get Whistling Straits redemption at Whistling Straits South. He's getting healthy; he's playing well; and he'll be comfortable in that sauna semi-home game. My dark horse pick is Zach Johnson, who is swinging and putting great right now.
BAMBERGER: I like Dustin too, but I'm going with Rory McIlroy. He doesn't want this year to be a waste and probably wants to shut up some people.
GARRITY: After a disappointing decade of picking Robert Karlsson, I am picking Karlsson to not win the PGA. I'm not dumping him; I'm picking him to lose. There's a difference. My dark horse to not win the PGA is Francesco Molinari because he could actually win it.
SHIPNUCK: John, you're such a contrarian. I'm picking Graeme McDowell for the obvious reasons. He's a scrapper, plays best with his back against the wall, knows people question him and plays well in the wind.
VAN SICKLE: One of the Charleston locals told me August is a month when the wind lays down.
SHIPNUCK: Great. That means there are going to be a million bugs. My long shot is Phil Mickelson. I know he's a Hall of Famer, but when was the last time the guy broke par in a major? There's only one way to make this a good year for him.
MORFIT: I like Keegan Bradley to successfully defend. He's not the type to rest on his laurels. My dark horse is Bill Haas, who is a South Carolina guy now and was one good final round from being in the mix at the British.
VAN SICKLE: I'm torn between Jason Dufner and Webb Simpson, but I'll go with Dufner to keep the different-winner streak going. Plus, he's the Duf. My dark horse is Kyle Stanley, whose game is doing a Carly Simon—coming around again.