Expert Picks: 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship


This week marks the 43rd event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as players head to TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank 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.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Adam Scott: Derailed by a third-round 75 at The Barclays, the Australian is still trending in the right direction and he won his first PGA Tour title in 2003 at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Group 2: Rickie Fowler: He slipped slightly last week with a T-9 finish at The Barclays, but he is still the most consistent player in the game right now not named McIlroy.

Group 3: Ernie Els: Veteran was impressive at the first playoff event with his tie for fifth, and in 2013 he made a late-season charge with a T-20 finish at TPC Boston to earn a spot at the BMW Championship.

Group 4: William McGirt: Impressive playoff run, with a tie for eighth at the Wyndham Championship followed by a T-5 finish at The Barclays to secure a spot in the next two postseason events. He's also given himself a chance (he's currently 35th on the points list) to advance to the Tour Championship for the first time in his career.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Adam Scott: If there was a rule stating you couldn’t take a single golfer more than, oh, 10 times in a year, I’d be way past my Scott quota. But I still feel like he’s ready to win another one soon.

Group 2: Jordan Spieth:Someone very close to Spieth told me he’s very close to putting together four excellent rounds. That’s a lot of closeness. Too much to ignore.

Group 3: Ernie Els:He didn’t win last week, but for the first time in a long time, Els seemed like he had that old twinkle in his eye, which could mean big things at TPC Boston.

Group 4: Bo Van Pelt:There’s a trick to the FedEx Cup playoffs. Actually, it’s not a trick; it’s just common sense. Get your game peaking at the right time and you’ll succeed. Van Pelt is doing that.


Will Gray

Group 1: Adam Scott: Even a bad week for Scott is a top-15 finish, a box he has checked off in every start since his win at Colonial in May. He knows his way around TPC Boston, with a win in 2003, a runner-up in 2004 and three straight top-10 results from 2010-2012.

Group 2: Brandt Snedeker: I'm willing to bet that last week's missed cut at Ridgewood was the exception, rather than the start of a new trend. Snedeker has been otherwise consistent since the U.S. Open, and he finished sixth or better at TPC Boston three straight times from 2010-2012. The final Ryder Cup audition should yield another high finish.

Group 3: Brendon Todd: After a sluggish couple of weeks, Todd returned to the leaderboard last week at The Barclays. It still might be too little too late for him to earn a Ryder Cup berth, but his short-game prowess should mesh well with the greens at TPC Boston.

Group 4: William McGirt:Let's hear it for peaking at the right time. McGirt is riding a streak of four straight top-25 finishes, including a T-8 at Wyndham where he carded bookend 64s and a tie for fifth last week in New Jersey.