Fantasy Island Valero Texas Open

By Rex HoggardMay 12, 2009, 4:00 pm
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Changing times at the Valero Texas Open ' the event moved from the fall to the heart of the FedEx Cup schedule this year and will skip across town to the new TPC San Antonio next year after 15 years at La Cantera ' demand a change in strategy for Fantasy Island.
 
The leadoff event in the new Texas Swing will have a distinctly Longhorn look.
 

 
Pick a Foursome: Apparently just one of the top-20 players in the world ranking got the memo and even Anthony Kims presence ' at 15th in the world, the only player among the top 20 in San Antonio this week ' can be traced back to loyalty. Texas Open officials gave Kim a sponsor exemption straight out of college in 2006 and the two-time Tour winner is repaying the favor and adding some star power to a field in need.
 
Picks: N/A, Anthony Kim, Zach Johnson, Tim Clark
 
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: Considering the lack of marquee players, were going with an All-Lone-Star lineup. Johnson is the defending champion and, despite his finish at Quail Hollow, is playing well; Ogilvie, an Austin resident, is rounding into form after an off year; Leonard is a Texas staple; Walker lives in San Antonio and Clark hits fairways. Well, it was almost an all-Lone Star lineup.
 
Picks: Justin Leonard, Tim Clark, Zach Johnson, Joe Ogilvie, Jimmy Walker (Total: $8.59 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: Chad Campbell. This has less to do with the Texans play at the Masters than it does his proximity to the La Cantera layout. Campbell has missed just two of the last seven Texas Opens, has three top-20 finishes and has never missed the cut.
 
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 HoggardTim ClarkOne of Tours shortest courses favors the South African. As for Foltz, were not sure he should be getting chippy about gaining ground after burning one of five Tiger Woods picks at TPC, where the man is now 1 for 12.$2,230,957
Jay CoffinAnthony KimZach Johnson and Justin Leonard are the obvious picks but I havent picked AK at all this year. Heres hoping that a second-round 82 at The Players is out of his system and that hes ready to collect his first W of the year.$3,601,035
Mercer BaggsJohn MallingerGood week at The Players. Tied for 15th in lone Texas Open start (2007). $3,562,324
Erik PetersonChad CampbellTexans have good history at La Cantera. And if the wind blows... Campbell is the easy pick. $2,880,732
Brian KoresselZach JohnsonAgainst my rules to go with the defending champion, but it's fun breaking rules. And Zach rules the Texas Swing.$3,206,106
Dena DavisJustin LeonardOh, I'm all about the obvious pick this week. In 11 starts in San Antonio, the Dallas native Leonard has nine top-25 finishes ' including three Dubyas and two runner-ups. Obviously, I have to take the Texan. $2,717,510
Jerry FoltzJohn MallingerIn my battle for the cellar with Hoggard, while getting resoundingly thumped by Coffin and Baggs as they have consistently outpicked my 'good' picks, I'm now forced to try to hit long shots. It worked in the Kentucky Derby and Mallinger isn't even anywhere near a 50-1 underdog, so my comeback begins (as Kraig Kann says) NOW.$2,344,659

 

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