Fantasy Island HP Byron Nelson

By Rex HoggardMay 19, 2009, 4:00 pm
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The new Texas Swing seems to have given the Byron Nelson field a boost, with seven of the top-30 players assembled at TPC Four Seasons Resort this week, but picking a potential winner is not any easier in May than it was in April.
 

 
Pick a Foursome: The reworked TPC Four Seasons layout is a bomb-and-gougers delight. Last year Scott finished second in driving distance (295 yard average) and 35th in fairways hit (31 of 56). Mickelson fits the mold and is due for a big week, while Poulter is an easy choice over Anthony Kim. Kim, a Dallas transplant, has just a single top-10 this year and has never finished better than T-19 at the Nelson.
 
Picks: Vijay Singh, Ian Poulter, Robert Allenby, Adam Scott
 
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: It has been feast or famine for Moore in 2009, much like its been for his career, with a series of mediocre finishes mixed between solid starts at the FBR Open (T-6) and Shell Houston Open (T-11). Moore seems due for a big week and he should have good vibes following his runner-up showing to Scott last year at the Nelson.
 
Mallinger faded on the weekend in San Antonio, but he has been as good as anyone on Tour the last two weeks, finishing tied for third at The Players and holding down second place going into the weekend at the Texas Open.
 
Picks: Vijay Singh, John Mallinger, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson, Gary Woodland ($9.516 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: Adam Scott. Before he missed five consecutive cuts and continued his tumble from young and restless to reclamation project, Scott was an easy pick to two-peat in Texas. Since then, the Aussie hasnt posted a round in the 60s since January and Kate Hudson, whom Scott was linked with earlier this year, has a better chance of making headlines this weekend.
 
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 HoggardJustin LeonardAlthough he doesnt meet the events bomb-and-gouge criteria and his record at the Nelson is, well, un-Dallas-like, with just two top-10s in 15 starts, the Big D native has played solid all season and would be hard to pass up.$2,263,287
Jay CoffinIan PoulterIve given up what once looked like an insurmountable lead and am not happy about it. So Ill go with a guy who isnt happy that he finished second at The Players. Poulter is going to win on Tour one of these days, so why not this week?$3,613,052
Mercer BaggsDavid TomsHasnt played here since 2004, when he missed the cut. Not a good reason to pick him this week, but hes been playing well lately. May even take him next week, too, at Colonial.$3,577,501
Erik PetersonCharley HoffmanHe hasnt missed a cut yet this season. If I had more influence Id say Ive just jinxed him. $2,894,030
Brian KoresselSteve MarinoOff to a good start on the new Texas Swing and hope to keep it going ' just have a good feeling about Marino this week. $4,304,106
Dena DavisIan PoulterI.P. just gets better every week this year. He finished T20 at the Masters, then finished T13 at Zurich Cassic, T5 at Quail Hollow and 2nd at The Players. That can only mean he wins his first PGA Tour title in Dallas this week. $2,931,772
Jerry FoltzCharley HoffmanWhy? Because evidently I'm so bad at this that I figured I'd be better off throwing the proverbial dart at the wall. But instead, I threw my mouse at the wall and the cursor landed on Charley.$2,359,836

 

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