Expert Picks: 2014 Wyndham Championship


This week marks the 41st event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as players head to Sedgefield Country Club for the Wyndham 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: Brandt Snedeker: Transition to new Butch Harmon swing is close to producing results and his record at the Wyndham Championship is beyond reproach (three top 10s and a victory).

Group 2: Brian Harman: He hasn’t had his best stuff since his breakthrough victory at the John Deere Classic, but finished tied for third last year at the Wyndham Championship and Sedgefield is a perfect fit for his game.

Group 3: David Toms: The veteran is running out of time to solidify his spot on the FedEx Cup list (he is 120th with Sunday’s post-season deadline looming) and he has played decent golf late in the season (T-13 at the John Deere Classic and T-26 the Greenbrier Classic).

Group 4: Jim Herman: Another player whose playoff hopes hang in the balance, but at 182nd on the point list he will need to match his effort from last year when he finished tied for 11th at the Wyndham Championship.

John Antonini

Group 1: Hideki Matsuyama: He's played very well of late with eight straight cuts made including three straight majors and the win at the Memorial. I'll ride that streak with the knowledge he finished 15th at Sedgefield in his debut at the Wyndham Championship a year ago.

Group 2: Brian Harman: One of the tour's best in proximity to the hole on approach shots and in three-putt avoidance, two key stats to watch for this week. He was tied for third a year ago with four rounds of 67 or better.

Group 3: Carl Pettersson: Hard to believe the Swede's a local boy, but he moved to North Carolina at age 15 and attended North Carolina State. He won the Wyndham in 2008, the first time they played at Sedgefield.

Group 4: J.J. Henry: He hasn't missed the playoffs in his career, and although he needs a strong finish to get into the top 125 this year, bet on that streak to continue. Watch out if he gets to Sunday. His career final-round scoring average in this event is 66.2.