Fantasy Island ATT National

By Rex HoggardJune 29, 2009, 4:00 pm
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BETHESDA, Md. - Congressionals Blue Course is on tap to host the 2011 U.S. Open and the U.S. Golf Association continues to nip/tuck the layout to national championship perfection.
 
Point is, any short list of potential AT&T National winners should include those with Open-caliber games, if not major pedigrees.
 
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Pick a Foursome: The world No. 1 is 0-for-2 at his keepsake event, a record that likely digs at him only slightly less than his 0-for-2 line in the 2009 majors. Woods missed last years AT&T with a little-known knee ailment and tied for sixth in the inaugural event in 07.
 
Glover may still be riding an Open hangover, but hes got the resume and game to compete at Congressional, and Toms and Mahan are coming off solid weeks at the Travelers Championship.
 
Picks: Tiger Woods, Lucas Glover, David Toms, Hunter Mahan
 
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).
 

Salary Cap: Another week that requires you work around Woods price tag. Toms is on form and Marino is a D.C. native and the type of ballstriking aficionado who excels at Congressional. Day and Tomasulo are fearless up-and-comers, cut from the same mold as 08 AT&T champion Anthony Kim.
 
Picks: Tiger Woods, Steve Marino, David Toms, Jason Day, Peter Tomasulo (Total: $9.68 million)
 
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.
 

Pick One: Steve Marino. The guys missed one cut since shaving his head and switching to a new putter at Bay Hill and grew up batting it around some of the Beltways scruffiest layouts. He also sandwiched rounds of 65 and 69 around a pedestrian Friday and Saturday last year to finish tied for 24th.
 
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
 
In addition to my PGA Tour Pick One, the GolfChannel.com staff will be offering up their picks to win. A player can be picked a maximum of five times. We will be keeping a running tally of the monies earned each week. The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.
 
STAFF PICKS:

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardSteve MarinoTwo words for those who get hung up on box scores ' Michael Allen. The reluctant senior tied for 14th at the Travelers. Now if only Jay Haas was playing this week.$2,807,602
Jay CoffinJim FurykAside from Tiger Woods, hes the only pick this week. Consecutive third-place ties in this event, and good form of late, are good enough for me.$4,796,089
Mercer BaggsJim FurykAfter jumping off the David Toms train in favor of Steve Marino last week I have decided that drinking at work is bad. Ill take Furyk and his pair of past top-3s at this event this week.$5,425,811
Erik PetersonHunter MahanTwo weeks in a row Im going with Hunty May-May. The summer grind is about sustaining momentum, and with two straight top-10s hes got the mojo working.$4,031,852
Brian KoresselJeff OvertonI'm still sticking with my main man, and fellow Evansville, Ind. native to bust out in a big way in the nation's capital at Tiger's tournament. I call it Koressel Karma.$4,833,599
Dena DavisHunter Mahan Mahan says he feels really good about his game right now. Who am I to argue with a guy coming off a nifty 63-64 weekend and two top-10 finishes? And you can't argue with his record at Congressional: T12 - '08 and T7 - '07.$3,712,949
Jerry FoltzTiger WoodsBecause I have to root for a guy who throws a party where the party goers don't even have to bring a gift. But they do have the chance to leave with some. $3,242,307

 

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