Expert Picks: 2015 Honda Classic


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

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: Although it’s the world No. 1’s first start on the PGA Tour this year, he’s already on a roll following a win and runner-up finish in his last two European Tour starts.

Group 2: Brooks Koepka: The Honda Classic is a hometown turn for Koepka, who broke through for his first PGA Tour victory earlier this year in Phoenix.

Group 3: Justin Thomas: The rookie has already dealt with the hardest part of the Tour schedule for a newcomer with strong finishes at the Humana Challenge (T-7) and Sony Open (T-6). Now it’s time to take the next step.

Group 4: Retief Goosen: Last week’s finish in Los Angeles was a blow, but the veteran has been showing signs of life this year.

Will Gray

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: A winner in 2012, and he probably should have won last year. McIlroy already has a win under his belt in 2015 and there is no reason to expect a drop in form at PGA National.

Group 2: Lee Westwood: The Englishman notched a pair of top-10 finishes on the European Tour in the last few weeks and his game works well at the Champion Course, where he has three top-10 finishes in the last five years.

Group 3: Daniel Berger: The rookie has four top-25 finishes in five starts this year, including a pair of top 10s. He grew up as a range rat in nearby Jupiter, knows the area well and will have plenty of support this week in Palm Beach Gardens.

Group 4: Luke Guthrie: Guthrie played his way into the final group at this event two years ago, then followed with a solid T-24 finish last year. This could be the venue where he gets his season back on track.