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Anonymous Pro: Adam Scott is talking to the lawyers along with Clark and the others. I think they've all got the mentality, Let's stick it to the USGA and the R&A. We haven't seen Adam much since he won in Augusta. He's still one of the best ball strikers out there, and I think he has that extra motivation because of the ban.
Shipnuck: Scott's the only player who can win the Grand Slam this year. It's funny because he pegs it like once a month now. He seems like a part-time golfer even though we're in the meat of the golf schedule. He'll be a keynote player this summer.
Van Sickle: Two guys who don't even get a mention lately are Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, former Number 1s. And there's also former flavor of the month Brandt Snedeker. We shouldn't overlook them, but we're back to all Tiger all the time, just like the old days.
Bamberger: I would say the kid from China, Guan Tianlang. What he did at Augusta National and in New Orleans was absolutely amazing for a 14-year-old. And he represents a country with potentially hundreds of millions of golfers. That's big.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE HOLE AT MERION?
Bamberger: I would say the 1st hole screams Merion. It's a drivable par-4 that I don't think anyone will hit driver on. It's narrow, well-bunkered and the green is difficult.
Anonymous Pro: The 13th is a great little hole. It's 127 yards with a sharp green guarded by a deep bunker. It should be an easy shot, but somebody will make a 5 there to ruin his Open. If you ask players about their favorite par-3s, no one ever says a hole more than 200 yards. It's always number 7 at Pebble Beach, 12 or 16 at Augusta, 17 at Sawgrass. Nobody ever says number 8 at Oakmont, which can get close to 300.
Shipnuck: That 13th hole is quintessential Merion. There's an intimacy there, like at number 1. It'll be a very popular gathering spot for fans. It's a great little hole.
Van Sickle: Merion's signature hole has to be 16. It's downhill, then uphill, and the fairway curves like a question mark around a quarry filled with bunkers, shrubs and trees. It may not come into play much during the Open, but nothing good can come to anyone who ventures in there. The scrubby quarry gives the hole a rugged, Scottish look.