VAN SICKLE: Mike Ditka used to practically live at that course.
ANONYMOUS PRO: I'm one of the few players who liked Olympia Fields when the U.S. Open was there [in 2003]. They ruined the 18th, but it had a lot of cool holes. I'd definitely go back.
SHIPNUCK: If I had a free day in Chicago during the Ryder Cup, I'd go to the SI at the Majors tent downtown at Navy Pier. That'll be the week's biggest attraction.
GARRITY: Well played, Alan. And very subtle.
VAN SICKLE: Who will be difference-makers in the matches?
GARRITY: Bubba Watson's scrambling and shot-shaping skills are suited to match play. He can be a real pin-hunter. Plus, he's a personality the fans will get behind when he hits those spectacular, creative shots he's capable of.
VAN SICKLE: I think Keegan Bradley is the U.S. team's new Paul Azinger. He'll take these matches personally, and he'll inspire his teammates. Also, Brandt Snedeker is going to be a surprise. As I've said for years, the Ryder Cup is a putting contest. Great putters like Snedeker or Ian Poulter or Steve Stricker or Graeme McDowell are tough to beat in match play.
SHIPNUCK: I was going to say Snedeker too. Remember how Chip Beck was a rallying figure for those early '90s Ryder Cup teams? Sneds is the same way.
VAN SICKLE: He's like the team mascot.