Van Sickle: Muirfield's list of champions may be the best of any major venue.
Garrity: Besides Nicklaus, Trevino, Tom Watson and Gary Player, there was Walter Hagen, Harry Vardon, James Braid. Great names. Plus Ernie Els.
Shipnuck: Thomas Levet had a chance to ruin it all, but he couldn't finish against Ernie. From Merion to Muirfield, it's a real summer of love for Trevino, back-to-back ballparks where he dusted Jack. Muirfield is a great course, but there are more memorable tracks in Scotland. I can understand why pros like it. There are no blind shots, no funky bounces. It plays more like a U.S. Open course with weeds than a linksland.
Garrity: My favorite moment was Faldo's speech in '92. He was so relieved he didn't blow the Open that he cried in public, sang a phrase from "My Way" like Frank Sinatra and kind of came unglued. Everyone had been describing him as the closest thing to Ben Hogan—absolutely inscrutable, impassive, a robot, machinelike. If you saw that speech, it was almost as if he were intoxicated from winning. It gave us clues to his actual personality, which we later began to see when he became a TV personality.
Bamberger: I like the story about Tom Watson winning in 1980. Later that night, Tom and some friends went out to play the 1st hole with gutta percha balls and hickory-shafted clubs, and were chased off the course by Paddy Hanmer, the legendarily grumpy club secretary. Tom has an unabashed love of links golf.
Anonymous Pro: That's how you win five Open championships.
WHICH NEWLY MINTED MAJOR CHAMPION IS GOING TO HAVE A BETTER CAREER: ADAM SCOTT OR JUSTIN ROSE?
Bamberger: Hands down, it's Rose. I think he's better in every category than Scott, including toughness. I think Justin is here for the long haul, can easily win more majors and is a more skillful golfer overall.
Shipnuck: That's an interesting question because Scott is pure talent and Justin is more of a grinder, and yet they've come to the same place at the same time. Don't forget, Adam is going to lose his long putter in two years, when the anchored-putting ban goes into effect. If he could keep his long putter, Adam could win four or five majors.
Van Sickle: They're polar opposites. Scott was the classic swinger, Rose the chipper and putter. Now, Sean Foley has Rose swinging beautifully. Scott's window of opportunity may get slammed shut by the putting ban, so I'll go with Justin.