Expert Picks: 2014 BMW Championship


This week marks the 43rd event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as players head to Cherry Hills Country Club for the BMW 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, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and John Antonini; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; staff writer Ryan Lavner and defending fantasy champion Charlie Rymer.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Sergio Garcia: It remains to be seen how Cherry Hills will play this week, but ball-striking efficiency works anywhere.

Group 2: Keegan Bradley: With the Ryder Cup weight off his shoulders, expect Bradley to play a little more loose and free this week.

Group 3: Ryan Moore: Conversely from Keegan, Moore wants to prove that he should have been a more serious consideration.

Group 4: Geoff Ogilvy: Going with the hot hand here, as Ogilvy's late-season rally has sparked a career resurgence.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: It was an inexplicably pedestrian Monday for the world No. 1 at the Deutsche Bank Championship, but his tie for fifth is more than enough to figure he's only four rounds away from his next victory.

Group 2: Jim Furyk: Last week's T-23 at TPC Boston was the first time since May the American has finished outside the top 20 on the PGA Tour, and he has the kind of control game that observers say will be needed at Cherry Hills.

Group 3: Billy Horschel: An ill-timed miscue at the Deutsche Bank Championship cost him a shot at his second Tour title, but he has a history of going on extended runs when his confidence is high.

Group 4: Geoff Ogilvy: The feel-good story of hte playoffs made a big move on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, and the Australian needs one more solid week to assure his first trip back to the Tour Championship since 2011.

John Antonini

Group 1: Sergio Garcia: Garcia has a pretty good history at the BMW Championship (nothing worse than T-24 in the playoff era), but tournament history is somewhat worthless at Cherry Hills, which the Tour hasn't played since Garcia was 5 years old. He has, however, won a tournament in Switzerland in his career, so playing in altitude shouldn't be a problem.

Group 2: Jim Furyk: With all the talk of Phil Mickelson having won the 1990 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills, you should also know that Furyk played well that week. As a collegian at Arizona, Furyk reached the third round of match play before losing to David Eger.

Group 3: Kevin Stadler: He grew up in the Denver area, but didn't play Cherry Hills often as a youngster. Still, the little experience he does have will be a plus. One caveat: he doesn't have a top-10 finish on Tour since the Masters.

Group 4: Daniel Summerhays: Admittedly looking for players who might have experience in higher altitudes, I chose Summerhays strictly because he grew up in Utah. That might not be an advantage for him, but the fact that he's 28th on Tour in driving accuracy, 37th in GIR percentage and 11th in strokes gained putting shows that he has the game to play well any week.