Expert Picks: Phoenix Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 31, 2012, 9:00 pm

This is another double week for fantasy players! GolfChannel.com experts offer up their fantasy choices below for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and their selections for the CommercialBank Qatar Masters can be seen here. Each week a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players based on Golf Channel's new fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel consists of: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Win McMurry; editorial director Jay Coffin; RotoWorld.com's Rob Bolton; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; and Golf Talk Central contributor Ryan Ballengee.


Win McMurry

Group 1: Webb Simpson: Solid and consistent. Hasn't gone back-to-back starts without a top-10 since June; don't bet against that streak ending here where he finished T-8 last year.

Group 2: Jason Dufner: After first getting into a playoff last year in Phoenix, he wanred the world again not to overlook him at the PGA Championship. Dufner comes into the Sonoran Desert off a T-12 in the Palm Desert.

Group 3: Brendon de Jonge: He tied for 22nd last year and all three of his starts in 2012 have yielded finishes inside the top-30.

Group 4: Harris English: While rookies don't typically play well here, he has the length off the tee that we've seen from some past champions here. He's also 3-for-3 on making it to the weekend this year.


Jay Coffin

Group 1: Webb Simpson: When someone is clearly the best player in the field, you have to take him.

Group 2: Bo Van Pelt: Finished T-18 last year, but hasn't played well here other than that. It's risky.

Group 3: Bud Cauley: Cauley has played so well he's moved up to Group 3. Still worth taking though.

Group 4: Harris English: I like the Bulldog rookie's game. He may not win this year, but he'll contend often.


Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Dustin Johnson: TPC Scottsdale is a bomber's paradise - see two-time champion Holmes, J.B. - and DJ is the game's ranking bomber at the moment.

Group 2: Gary Woodland: See item above. Also, Woodland has spent a good amount of time in the desert recently with new swing coach Butch Harmon, so there will be no adjustment needed for the thin air.

Group 3: Kyle Stanley: This may be wishful thinking, but I believe karma will want to make with the cosmic make-good following last week's heart-breaker at Torrey Pines.

Group 4: Harris English: Rookie has done OK in the desert the last few months. He was T-19 at the Humana Challenge and finished T-13 at Q-School in December in Palm Springs.



Jason Sobel

Group 1: Bubba Watson: His newly-purchased General Lee car is parked outside the clubhouse. You'll hear that one or two or 1,000 times this week.

Group 2: Martin Laird: Scotland's own could be primed for a very big season.

Group 3: Scott Piercy: Darkhorse pick to win this week. You can thank me later.

Group 4: Matt Jones: Recipient of last sponsor's exemption will have support from the ASU crowds.


Ryan Ballengee

Group 1: Bill Haas: The FedEx Cup champion is off to a great start in '12; should continue this week.

Group 2: Rickie Fowler: Tops my power rankings because of his runner-up finish here two years ago.

Group 3: D.A. Points: Sticking with the hot hand until he cools down, which may not be until the end of the West Coast Swing.

Group 4: Chris Couch: Yup, with top-8 finishes in the last two Phoenix Opens, the guy likes TPC Scottsdale.


Randall Mell

Group 1: Webb Simpson: If the putter were warmed up at the Hyundai, Simpson might already have his first title of 2012.

Group 2: Rickie Fowler: 'Fowler Mania' goes to another level with a win in the Sonoran Desert.

Group 3: Camilo Villegas: Showed returning form at the end of last year, and it's carrying over to this season.

Group 4: Chris Couch: Time for the big man to pop back on a leaderboard. He was T-8 in Scottsdale last year.


Rob Bolton

Group 1: Webb Simpson: Coming off a T-38 at the Sony and hasn't had consecutive starts without a top-10 in seven months.

Group 2: Rickie Fowler: Taut debut at Torrey Pines, with only five bogeys en route to a T-13 finish. Carded a field-low 62 here last year and was runner-up in 2010.

Group 3: Bryce Molder: Top-15s in five of his last six starts going back to October. He's 2-for-2 here, with a T-8 in 2010.

Group 4: Jeff Maggert: Healthy again. It's early, but he's currently leading the PGA Tour in scoring average and the all-around.


You can watch complete coverage of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Thursday-Friday live on Golf Channel from 4PM-7PM ET.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.