Expert Picks: 2014 Quicken Loans National


This week marks the 33rd event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as players head to Congressional Country Club for the Quicken Loans National. 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: Tiger Woods: I know, it doesn't make sense to me, either. But when you're in last place and you have a chance to pick Tiger on a week when few others will, you've gotta pull the trigger.

Group 2: Gary Woodland: Big ballpark for the big hitter, who has been quietly knocking on the door for a win this season. It's coming soon.

Group 3: Kevin Chappell: Sure, he lost by 10 strokes, but Chappell was still T-3 when the U.S. Open came to Congo three years ago. Good vibes should help this week.

Group 4: Billy Hurley III: Playing some nice golf as of late, and returning to a course on which he's had some success. Nice combo for a Group 4 player.

John Antonini

Group 1: Jason Day: Day was T-4 at the U.S. Open, showing he's recovered from the thumb/wrist injury that has hampered him since he won the Match Play. In the last three tournaments at Congressional, Day has finished second (2011 U.S. Open), T-8 and T-21.

Group 2: Brandt Snedeker: Somewhat of a disappointment in 2014, with just two top-10 finishes on the season, but he was T-9 at Pinehurst and T-11 at Travelers. He has four top-11 finishes in five career starts at Congressional, including the 2011 U.S. Open.

Group 3: Robert Garrigus: A chancy pick, given that Garrigus withdrew from Memphis with a wrist injury. If he's healthy enough to play this week, he should score well. He was T-3 in the 2011 Open at Congressional and T-4 at the National in 2012.

Group 4: Y.E. Yang: A chancier pick, given that Yang hasn't made a cut since the Wells Fargo Championship. He did, however, finish T-3 at the 2011 Open at Congressional and here's hoping those fine memories will pay off with a return to form for the South Korean.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Jason Day: Since returning from a thumb injury at the Memorial Tournament, his play has steadily improved, finishing T-37 (Memorial), T-4 (U.S. Open) and T-18 (Travelers Championship).

Group 2: Brendon de Jonge: He's been as consistent as anyone the last few weeks, having not missed a cut since April, and has played well at Congressional in the past.

Group 3: Brian Davis: The Englishman has been steady the last few weeks, including a tie for 14th place at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, and finished eighth at Congressional last year.

Group 4: Billy Hurley III: He hasn't been playing his best golf, but this is a karma pick. This week's Quicken Loans National is a tirbute to the military, and the former U.S. Navy officer would be a fitting contender.