Shipnuck: I like Phil because his ball striking has been superb, and his putter has gotten hot. He could shoot some low numbers.
Hack: I picked Rory before, and I'm picking him now. I love what Bamberger said about how smart Rory is. Look how quickly he learned after the Masters, how he won the U.S. Open. He's in contention every time he tees it up. It's Rory's time. My sleeper pick is Mark Wilson, a good putter who knows how to win.
Shipnuck: Rory is the obvious pick, but my concern is, he's taking three weeks off. He may want it too much and shoot 74 on Thursday because he's trying to shoot 61. He's grown up tremendously, but he's still a frisky young lad. Thursday is going to be the hardest day for him. He has to remain composed and take his bogeys and not shoot himself out of the tournament.
Van Sickle: Too much can go wrong on the greens, and Rory still has to prove he can handle Augusta's greens. Lee Westwood is slimmer, fitter and stronger than he has ever been. He looks as if he's in now-or-never mode, and if he can finally handle the greens, then this will be his year. My sleeper pick is Kyle Stanley, who combines unbelievable talent with Vijay Singh's work ethic. I think he may be the next big thing.
Anonymous Pro: My long shot is Stanley too. He has the length to dominate. My pick to win it all is Peter Hanson. He's a damn good player, I'm telling you. I've been watching him for the last six months. He's long, he's really straight, and he putts well. Plus, I'm tired of picking the usual suspects.
Van Sickle: Yeah, I always prefer the unusual suspects.