Expert Picks: 2015 Farmers Insurance Open


This week marks the 12th event of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season, as the Tour heads to California for the Farmers Insurance Open. 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; editorial director Jay Coffin; associate editor Will Gray; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; host Charlie Rymer and defending fantasy champion Ryan Lavner.

Will Gray

Group 1: Jason Day: Tough picking at the top, but I'll go with the Aussie who showed good form in two January starts and who tied for ninth the year prior. Tough conditions should only increase his edge this week against the field.

Group 2: Brooks Koepka: Rode him to victory last week, so no reason to change course now. Enters with a ton of confidence, and his length off the tee will be a big advantage on the South Course if he can keep the tee ball in play.

Group 3: Russell Knox: Torn between Knox and hometown favorite Pat Perez, but I'll side with the Scot based on accuracy and consistency. Knox has two top-15 finishes in his last three starts and was T-10 at Torrey Pines a year ago.

Group 4: John Peterson: After a disappointing rookie campaign, Peterson has begun to show signs of life. Top-40 finishes in five of his seven starts this season, including each of his last three, and the Bayou boy boasts an impressive 67.5 opening-round stroke average.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Hideki Matsuyama: His putting is still in question - especially under pressure - but the youngster is proving himself as one of the game's top ball-strikers.

Group 2: Dustin Johnson: Big talent making his return to action after a six-month hiatus.

Group 3: Nick Watney: Strong track record at Torrey and due (OK, overdue) for a strong performance.

Group 4: Danny Lee: Amateur wunderkind has sputtered a bit as a pro, but could be on the verge of a breakthrough season.