Expert Picks: 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic


This week marks the 30th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as players head to Memphis, Tennessee for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. 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: Dustin Johnson: Former champion at this event, where big bombers often have an advantage. Sounds like a sweet recipe.

Group 2: Billy Horschel: It’s taken him much longer than expected to find his form, but watch out for a big summer coming up.

Group 3: David Toms: He’s owned a career’s worth of strong starts in Memphis – and is coming off a title contention in his last start.

Group 4: Bobby Gates: After starting the week right with a U.S. Open berth, this big hitter could be ready to hit the Memphis leaderboard.

Will Gray

Group 1: Dustin Johnson: In an field that is light at the top, I'll take a guy who has played a ton of good golf this season. He has the length to overpower TPC Southwind - see his win here in 2012 - and had bookended brilliance at Colonial last month.

Group 2: Ryan Palmer: Palmer has been close on multiple occasions this year, notably a playoff loss at PGA National. He knows how to make birdies in bunches, though, and cracked the top five in Memphis each of the past two years.

Group 3: Justin Leonard: The veteran has won here twice before and is experiencing a bit of a resurgence this season, with 13 of 16 made cuts. He's also bringing some momentum with him to Beale Street after earning co-medalist honors at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Columbus on Monday.

Group 4: Robert Allenby: For whatever reason, the Aussie seems to thrive in Memphis. Outside of a W/D here in 2010, Allenby hasn't finished worse than T-13 at TPC Southwind since 2007, including a runner-up showing in 2008, and like Leonard he qualified for Pinehurst on Monday. Good enough for me.