Expert Picks: 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship


This week marks the 27th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as players head to Dallas for the HP Byron Nelson 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: Jordan Spieth: The 20-year-old has proven in his short career that he is extremely talented, as well as resilient. Besides, the Byron Nelson Championship is the one PGA Tour event where he actually has some history, with three starts and no missed cuts in Big D.

Group 2: Gary Woodland: The bomber continues to play stellar golf following his tie for 11th last week at TPC Sawgrass. In 13 events this season he hasn’t missed a cut since his season October at the Open.

Group 3: John Peterson: The rookie made his first cut in six starts last week at The Players and looks as if he’s finally turned the corner after a difficult start to his year both on and off the golf course.

Group 4: Colt Knost: This week will be his first start on the PGA Tour this season and he was solid last year at Four Seasons Resort when he finished tied for 21st. The Dallas resident will also have plenty of support.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Jordan Spieth: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me for a year, that’s why I’m in last place.

Group 2: Gary Woodland: Another top-15 at the Players shows he’s on the verge of putting it all together for a win very soon.

Group 3: Robert Streb: Played really well in New Orleans a few weeks ago and should be able to continue it this week.

Group 4: Patrick Cantlay: In his last start back in August, he was injured and finished second. Now he’s healthy. You do the math.