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Garrity: It's amazing how close their careers track. Scott has 21 wins, Rose has 14. Both are 32. Scott is two weeks older. Both won their first important events on the European tour in South Africa. Scott's first win there was by one stroke over Rose. Both have won on strong courses, both have one major and they've each been ranked as high as third in the world. They've been in lockstep.
Anonymous Pro: I hate to jump on the bandwagon, but Justin hits the ball every bit as well as Adam. The ban is going to force Adam to figure something else out. Maybe he'll switch to a putting style like Matt Kuchar's.
Garrity: I'm looking at the next 2½ years to be intense for a lot of players who may lose their livelihoods because of the putting ban. The countdown has begun.
AND THE WINNER IS ...
Garrity: Ernie Els. He's the last player to win at Muirfield, and he's the defending Open champion. He's also a Hall of Famer, so he fits the profile of a Muirfield winner with a fine pedigree. My dark horse is Russell Henley, who won in Hawaii early this year. He's a former Walker Cupper, so he's not a novice to links golf. He could pull a Ben Curtis and swipe an Open.
Shipnuck: I like Graeme McDowell. He's found the magic again, he's playing with confidence, and his low ball flight is perfect in the wind. He looked great winning the French Open recently. Billy Horschel is my long-shot pick. He tied for fourth in his first U.S. Open and was disappointed. He is pumped for this one.
Bamberger: Matt Kuchar hits it solidly and low and putts well. He has a Stewart Cink, Nick Faldo kind of feel about him. My dark horse is a bit of a fantasy. It's Tom Watson. He played well at the Greenbrier. Muirfield isn't that long, and Tom can still hit it. He can finish top 10.
Garrity: Tom also won the Senior British Open at Muirfield a few years back. I was there. The rough was much deeper there than at the Open at Carnoustie that summer, and the seniors went nuts. They thought it was unfair. Tom just smiled and won.
Van Sickle: There are few greats of the game missing from Muirfield's list of champions, so I'm picking Tiger. He can think his way around Muirfield if his elbow holds up. Muirfield identifies the best player in the game. That was, and maybe still is, Tiger.
Anonymous Pro: I look for Justin Rose to win back-to-back Opens, like Trevino in '72. Golf needs a new story line. Justin could be it.