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Greg Norman finished second at the U.S. Open in 1984 and 1995.

5.) Greg Norman and Joe Buck will team up to announce the U.S. Open when Fox Sports takes over the broadcast in 2015. What are your expectations for Norman in the booth and do you think he was the best choice for the job?

BAMBERGER: Norman will be good, but I would have preferred Trevino. About the smartest golf talker you could ever hope to hear.

PASSOV: I think Johnny Miller was the best choice for the job, and I resent the fact that it won't be the refreshingly opinionated Miller on the call. Let's give Mr. Norman a chance, however. He's pretty outspoken himself, and he knows the white-hot heat of down-the-stretch major championship play as well as anybody. If he can keep his gravitas, unlike the often silly, wandering Nick Faldo, he could be outstanding.

VAN SICKLE: Since Norman has almost no broadcast experience, it's too early to make a call on him. He is opinionated, but is he willing to tell it like it is and face blowback from players the way Johnny Miller and Brandel Chamblee (the only two regular analysts who let it fly) do? We'll see. If I was in charge at Fox, I would've gone after Chamblee.

SHIPNUCK: He'll be good at times because he had strong opinions, but this is just a lark for Norman. The best announcers prepare obsessively, and I can imagine The Shark rolling into the Open only knowing a few dozen guys in the field.

6.) Who is your golf broadcast dream team?

VAN SICKLE: Peter Alliss is a timeless treasure, but for spot-on analysis, I'd want some combination of Johnny Miller, Brandel Chamblee, Paul Azinger and a color man who lets them talk instead of thinking he's the expert, like at least two incredibly annoying current hosts do.

PASSOV: I can't get too snarky here, as I'm fond of many broadcasters right now. I'll go with Jim Nantz and Dan Hicks (tie) on play-by-play, Johnny Miller as analyst, Roger Maltbie, David Feherty and Peter Kostis as foot soldiers, Brandel Chamblee in the studio, Jimmy Roberts doing interviews. The always-underrated Judy Rankin would make my team somewhere. All-time, I might pick Jim McKay on play-by-play, Johnny Miller alongside, Jack Whitaker as essayist, Feherty doing everything else, including entertaining at the Volunteers banquet.

RITTER: The late Pat Summerall and John Madden, just to relive some great childhood Sundays.

SHIPNUCK: I'd like to see Azinger and Faldo get the band back together. Nasty Nick was way better when sparring with Zinger. And I'd add Christina Kim as an on-course voice. Also, how about Paulina Gretzky manning a hand-operated scoreboard? She'd be bigger than Vanna White.

BAMBERGER: Peter Alliss with Curtis Strange or any other intense American. Renton Laidlaw flying solo. But on my wish list, I would like to hear Tracy Morgan do some golf. He'd kill at a U.S. Open. Fox has likely already figured this out.

The Tour Confidential roundtable continues Monday on our new weekly show hosted by Jessica Marksbury. Tweet her your questions @Jess_Marksbury.

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