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Craig Stadler celebrates his senior tour win at the Encompass Championship on Sunday.

5. With Rose off the board, who will be the next first-time major champion?

BAMBERGER: Dustin Johnson. Just too much talent not to win a big tournament on a hard, long golf course.

VAN SICKLE: We're starting to run low on candidates. I think Sergio has too much baggage, and I don't mean Samsonite. Lee Westwood has potential. So does Luke Donald. I'll go off the board and say Jordan Spieth.

REITERMAN: Jason Day. He’s already had two top-3 finishes at the Masters and the U.S. Open in his young career.

SHIPNUCK: Kuchar. Unlike Westwood or Donald, he seems to be peaking. And he doesn't have nearly as much scar tissue.

PASSOV: Lee Westwood clanks one off the wicker basket when he was in position to take an early lead, and loses all momentum, just like the tree trouble he found at Olympic in last year’s final round. Lotsa of bad luck for a guy who brings his game to almost every major. It's hard to see him not winning one, but I used to say that a lot about Monty, too. With his temperament and putting stroke, I'll go with Brandt Snedeker. That's "Snee-de-ker."

GODICH: Hunter Mahan. And he'll get it this year at Oak Hill.

WEI: Hunter Mahan or Luke Donald.

GORANT: Rickie Fowler.

LYNCH: Monty.

6. Craig Stadler, one of the great characters in Tour history, won on the Champions Tour on Sunday for the first time in almost years. Who is the current PGA Tour equivalent of Stads?

GODICH: Tim Herron and Bubba Watson: Lumpy for the physique, facial expressions and body language; fellow Masters champion Bubba for the way he speaks his mind.

PASSOV: What I always loved about Stads was not his temper, but his reactions, which were instantaneous. The roll of the eyes, the head shake, the club flip -- classics all. When I interviewed him in 1992, he mentioned Dudley Hart as his heir apparent. I wish I knew the young guys better. All I can think is his actual heir Kevin ... or maybe Pat Perez, who seems more scary than funny when he blows his stack.

GORANT: Allenby. Appleby. Duval.

LYNCH: On a Tour full of Adam Scotts -- all clean shaven prettiness, positive thinking and firm abs -- there is no room for a Stadler, a pouting, pissy veteran who left no one in any doubt to his mood after every shot. Unless you count his son, of course.

WEI: Um, his son? Kevin Stadler.

SHIPNUCK: Kevin Stadler.

VAN SICKLE: Not Kevin Stadler. He's a very good player and nice guy but not quite the impresario player his dad was. Colt Knost has the Walrus physique but not the snarky attitude. I'll go with Christina Kim, who's a pretty good player, funny as hell and doesn't take crap from anyone. She's brilliant.

BAMBERGER: Prof. Jason Dufner.

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