Tiger Woods: Do I even need to say more? It’s pretty much him against the rest of the field, right? I’d say the odds are good. He won this tournament here in 2002. He’s hitting the ball well and I don’t have to tell you that he hits it long. I’ve also heard he’s confident.
Ian Poulter: He’s funny, clever and simply a cool guy. Follow him on Twitter and you’ll understand. Every time I saw him this week, he was laughing and having a good time Most importantly, he doesn’t seem the least intimidated by Bethpage and the weather condtions. He’s been playing well this season – he was runner-up at THE PLAYERS – and he has finished in the top ten four times in ‘09.
Sean O’Hair: He hits a lot of greens, in fact, the second most on Tour. He’ll be able to stick it tight and stay out of trouble. That’s all you need to know. Oh yeah, he won the Quail Hollow Championship last month and you could say he’s having a breakout season.
Phil Mickelson: It goes without saying that we’re all pulling for him (in case you’ve been living under a rock, his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer last month). He was the runner-up here in 2002 and almost staged a tremendous comeback against Tiger. He’s known to be well-liked by New Yorkers. You can bet that the crowds will be rooting for him louder than ever this week. But I’m not sure if he can keep it together for 72 holes under the circumstances. If he is even in contention on Sunday, I have a feeling there will be a lot of teary-eyed fans (myself included).