Picking the 2010 Open Champion
Everyone's got a view, no-one knows for sure. To help sift through the chaff, we asked a host of golf writers and broadcasters for their expert opinions, informed insights and straightforward honest hunches.
Are they barking up the wrong pot bunker, or do you see a Claret Jug winner among them? Take a look, then let's have your thoughts.
Peter Alliss - BBC TV
Winner: Whoever beats Tiger Woods will go close to winning. It's an old hackeneyed thing to say but it's very true. Round here, even though he must be in a poor mental state, when he gets on those big, open fairways and if he gets his new putter going he will be very hard to beat. And I'm the only person left in the world who does not think he'll break Jack Nicklaus's record, but I think he could add another to his tally this week.
Good week: Lee Westwood. There's still life in Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen to do well and it will be interesting to see how the younger group of British players gets on - McIlroy, Poulter, Casey, Rose, Rhys Davies. A handful are very good and hopefully someone will do something. But John Daly could surprise us for a couple of rounds. I see he's 80-1 in the papers so £5 each way might give one or two people a bit of a thrill. Also, play starts at 0630 and the last people go out about 1630 - that's a tremendous weather window and could play a major part. The draw might be someone's curse or salvation. Golf is so much a game of feel and the moment and feeling confident - it's a very open Open. By the end of Sunday night I'll give you the complete answer.
Sam Torrance - BBC TV
Winner: Tiger Woods. He's the greatest player that ever lived, he's played in two majors this year and played really badly and putted terribly and came fourth and fourth. And this course is built for him. He can get away with his bad drives here - in other major championships he misses fairways and ends up in deep trouble, taking double or even triple bogeys whereas here that won't happen.
Good week: Justin Rose. He's the hottest player on the planet. At the last three events in the US he won two and was five ahead in the other one but just messed up. He's better than anyone at the moment.
Andrew Cotter - BBC TV
Winner: Ernie Els. Has an exceptional Open record. Just that one win but 12 top 10s in 19 Opens and has been runner-up a couple of times, including at St Andrews in 2000. He's in good form and has won a couple of times this year. His putting has improved which was his Achilles heel but with the St Andrews greens being a bit slower it will help him if his putting does start to struggle. And he's good in bad weather.
Good week: Stephen Gallacher. He's won the Dunhill Links around here. His Open Championship record is not great - he's only played in a couple - but he's coming back from illness last year and he's had five top 10s in the last couple of months. He might know how to get it around in front of the Scottish galleries and on a course where he's won a European Tour event. As an outsider who might have a top-10 finish he isn't a bad bet.
Geoff Sweet - The Sun
Winner: Miguel Angel Jimenez.The weather is going to suggest that we'll get four different days - calm, rain, blustery, showers, sun - a bit of everything. Jimenez is one of the most consistent golfers under all conditions. He's not one of the world's best and does blow out a few crucial putts but the greens are enormous here and he will hit them more regularly, so stands a good chance of causing a major upset.
Good week: Justin Rose. He will feed off the crowd interaction of being with Tiger Woods which will be a plus for him. He's in phenomenal form after his two wins and another near miss in the States and to be that consistent that often he won't lose it here.
Derek Lawrenson - Daily Mail
Winner: Ernie Els. I think it will be his year and I was the only one to get the Masters prediction right. Also, I was having a drink with his caddie on Tuesday evening and he says he'll win.
Good week: Padraig Harrington. The weather will not be that great and he's a man for all seasons. He's had a few top 10s recently and is well overdue another victory.
Doug Ferguson - Associated Press
Winner: Ernie Els. It's destiny. The golfing gods are not going to let him win any more of the other majors but the trade-off is that they will reward him with the Open Championship at St Andrews.
Good week: Tiger Woods. He might be leading through 54 holes and will give it up as a sign he's not quite there but close.
Neil McLeman - The Mirror
Winner: Rory McIlroy. I would have said Justin Rose before this week but I don't think the draw with Tiger Woods will do him any favours. But McIlroy's got a really good record at St Andrews. All his rounds as a pro have been under 70 and he will be inspired by Graeme McDowell's US Open win. But it's even more wide open than usual.
Good week: My outside bet for a top 10 is Tom Lehman. He's played well here before and he's just won a seniors' majors and he's in good nick.
Scott Michaux - Augusta Chronicle
Winner: Part of me still believes Tiger Woods will do it. I have a feeling he'll put it together here like he did at Hoylake after his father died.
Good week: Ernie Els. He's played consistently well in majors for the last two years and just hasn't finished one.
Els was runner-up in the St Andrews Open of 2000. Photo: Getty.
Mark Reason - Daily Telegraph
Winner: Padraig Harrington. I'm hearing very good things about his swing, and as we know from Royal Birkdale if it gets a bit mucky with a bit of wind and rain he's well equipped to handle it. But then I could equally make a case for Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose or 500 unknown Americans.
Good week: Rory McIlroy. He loves the place and has never failed to break 70 around here. He came into form at the French Open a couple of weeks ago. The only thing against him is that everything is in his favour, which might worry him.
Iain Carter - BBC Radio 5 live
Winner: Padraig Harrington. He knows how to win majors and as an added motivation he wasn't here in 2005 because of the death of his dad. Has a good game when conditions are difficult. Won twice in Dunhill Links events and although not a great form line coming in he's the form man of the last three years in Opens having won two of them.
Good week: Rory McIlroy will have his highest Open finish. He's already shown he's capable of handling the Old Course in the Dunhill Links and did the right thing by not playing in the Scottish Open last week. Will be spurred on by the success of his great mate Graeme McDowell at Pebble Beach.
Wayne Grady - BBC TV
Winner: Lee Westwood, as long as he keeps it out of the bunkers. Ball-striking wise he's as good as anyone in the field if not the best at the moment.
Good week: I know it's easy to pick someone who won last week but at this place you've really got to putt well and Steve Stricker just shot 26 under par - that means you're making a lot of putts and a lot of birdies so you've got to look at someone like that. Also Phil Mickelson. I don't know about his strategy - from what I've heard he's going to try to bomb everything. He's so brilliant he can do anything but I don't know if that's the way to play St Andrews.
Lawrence Donegan - The Guardian
Winner: Rory McIlroy. He's a great ball striker and hits it a long way, two of the requirements for doing well at St Andrews. He's of the calibre of player that usually wins here as long as he can get his putting sorted.
Good week: Stephen Gallacher. A past winner of the Dunhill Links at St Andrews and having a good run of form on the European Tour.
Miles Evans - Reuters
Winner: Phil Mickelson. A beautiful shaper of the ball who works his trajectory well. His record in this tournament is pretty shocking but he's a player you'd think would do well, although if the weather's bad he might suffer. But 18-1 is a brilliant price, so why not?
Good week: Darren Clarke. A good bad weather player. Found some form and would be a very popular winner here. I think the Irish might do well this week. And 100-1 stuck out for me.
Stephanie Wei - Wall Street Journal
Winner: Lee Westwood. He hits a low draw and has contended in three of the last four majors. It's just a matter of time before he gets it together, as long as he doesn't choke. If the tournament ends on Saturday he'll be fine.
Good week: Ryan Moore. He's playing really well, hitting the ball well and the course suits his eye. He might come across a bit of trouble because he's never played here before but he's a shot-maker and he's confident.
Brian Keogh - Irish Sun
Winner: Padraig Harrington. He's starting to swing the club very well, according to his coach. He's been targeting this since the start of the year, he's got good form around here and would love to have an Open at St Andrews on his CV.
Good week: Ernie Els. He's a great links player, he's played well over the past year, he's up for it and he would love a second Open Championship.
Shane O'Donoghue - BBC TV
Winner: Rory McIlroy. He doesn't want to be the only Irishman on the Ryder Cup team not to win a major and that's a huge motivation for him. He loves links golf and following Graeme McDowell's success has gone back to preparing by playing with his friends at home - that's what worked for him before his win in America. It's all about going back to basics and playing like a kid who shines.
Good week: Stephen Gallacher. In a good run of form after surmounting some serious hurdles with illness last year. Has his mojo back and that crucial X-factor of having won at St Andrews. This is his patch and he's as pure a striker as you would want. There's nothing he doesn't know about links golf.
Mark James - BBC TV
Winner: I don't think Tiger Woods because although he's used to making loads of birdies I don't think he is putting well enough and around here you have to putt well. So I think someone like Ian Poulter. He's been a little quiet for a few weeks but he's got the game and temperament above all, and I think the weather will deteriorate after Thursday and someone like him will come to the fore. And I just like to disagree with Sam Torrance.
Good week: Justin Rose. The only thing that is suspect is his putting which will be crucial around here.
Rob Hodgetts - BBC Sport website
Winner: Tiger Woods. Original it may not be, but then again, is he the player he was? To come fourth in last two majors after everything that's been going on is impressive. Add to that his dominance on the Old Course over the last two Opens here, his competitive drive and his yearning to silence the doubters and reignite his career. May have too much on his mind, but this may be the perfect escape. Wind might be against him.
Good week: Ernie Els has the most top-10 finishes in Opens in the last 10 years, but despite being back in form this season with two victories and going close at the US Open I just can't quite see him adding to his major tally.