Garrity: I'd like to extend my streak of picking major champions to two, so I'll take Matt Kuchar, even though he hasn't been driving it that well. He's got a great U.S. Open temperament; he doesn't demand perfection of himself. Plus, I can't imagine him not winning a major before he hangs up his spikes. My dark horse is John Huh, who was 11th at the Masters.
Shipnuck: Sometimes we can outsmart ourselves. In this case I'll take Tiger. It seems as if it's meant to be for the reasons I've already discussed. I'll take Billy Horschel (page 22) as my dark horse.
Bamberger: I'll take Bubba to win.
Van Sickle: By Bubba, you mean Bubba Watson, not Boo Weekley?
Bamberger: Yes. Bubba can work the ball. His length with every club is an advantage. Shaping shots is huge at Merion.
Van Sickle: I'm with Alan. Tiger will probably win this Open, but it goes against my vision of 12 straight major winners who use anchored putting before the ban begins, so I'm going with Webb Simpson. I like the way Simpson has already analyzed the course and has a game plan. My dark horse is another anchorer, Tim Clark. He can always sue the USGA if he doesn't win.
Anonymous Pro: Rory McIlroy has been MIA. I think he'll rediscover his putting. I don't know if he counts as a dark horse, but there isn't a better wedge player and putter than Steve Stricker. He's never won a major, he's 46 and he's semiretired. His armsy swing is the best wedge technique in the game. And apparently, he's a savage.