This week the 2016 fantasy golf season remains Florida, as 66 players tee it up at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Each week, a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players, based on Golf Channel's fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel includes: senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell; editorial director Jay Coffin; associate editor Will Gray; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; host Charlie Rymer and defending fantasy champion Ryan Lavner.
Group 1: Rory McIlroy: Forget last week’s missed cut at the Honda Classic, Doral is a bomber’s paradise and when he’s on no one plays long ball better than the Northern Irishman.
Group 2: Justin Rose: This is all about trending in the right direction and the Englishman’s play of late suggests he’s closing in on a big week. He tied for sixth at Pebble Beach, 16th at Riviera and won the Seminole Pro-Member on Monday after recording 10 birdies.
Group 3: J.B. Holmes: He led after the first three rounds last year at Doral before being clipped on Sunday by Dustin Johnson and hasn’t finished worse than 11th in his last four starts.
Group 4: Harris English: He has the power to compete at Doral and has shown flashes of stellar play this year (third at the Waste Management Phoenix Open).
Group 1: Bubba Watson: The southpaw clearly has the game for the new-and-improved Doral, finishing second and third each of the last two years. Fresh off a win at Riviera, there's no reason to expect a letdown.
Group 2: Henrik Stenson: The Swede has been somewhat overlooked among the early-season storylines, but he played well during the European Tour's Desert Swing and has posted two solid results at this event since the course's renovation.
Group 3: Shane Lowry: It's hard to pass up Holmes in this spot, but I'll take my chances with the Irishman who clearly thrives on some of the game's more difficult courses (Torrey Pines, Chambers Bay, Firestone).
Group 4: Graeme McDowell: The Ulsterman appears to be finding his form once again, as his accurate tee-to-green game yielded a top-5 finish last week at Honda. He tied for ninth at Doral just two years ago and can play well here even with a lack of distance off the tee.
Group 1: Bubba Watson: Confidence and mojo working big time for Bubba, coming off a victory in Los Angeles and going to a golf course where he has finished top three in all but one of the last four WGCs at Trump Doral.
Group 2: Henrik Stenson: Will never forget Henrik stripping down to his underwear to hit a shot at Doral. That’s how comfortable he is at this place. Showing good form in limited starts this year, too.
Group 3: J.B. Holmes: Off to a good start this year, nearly won at Doral last year, a good fantasy combination. Hasn’t finished worse than 11th in four PGA Tour starts this year. Was second at Doral last year.
Group 4: Graeme McDowell: Liked the finish at Honda, and thinking Gil Hanse’s tweaks at Doral might benefit McDowell.