Expert Picks: 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic


This week the LPGA Tour heads to Canada for the Manulife LPGA 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 and Randall Mell; 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: Inbee Park: While the tournament has a new venue this year, Park is still the defending champ and displaying the consistency that has taken her to world No. 1 on multiple occasions. She has yet to finish outside the top 20 this season, a streak that should continue in Canada.

Group 2: Hyo-Joo Kim: A major champion last year and a winner already this season, Kim is quickly stamping her name as one to watch regardless of venue. She has 20 rounds in the 60s this year, more than anyone else on the LPGA, and is third in overall scoring average.

Group 3: Brooke Henderson: The fan favorite still doesn't have her LPGA membership, but she should take another step toward it with a big finish this week. Henderson contended earlier this year in San Francisco and is rightfully seen as the future face of women's Canadian golf.

Group 4: Alison Lee: Lee had a tumultuous stretch a couple weeks ago when a Monday finish at Kingsmill nearly cost her a spot in the U.S. Women's Open, but with that behind her she has another chance to contend this week in Canada. The former UCLA standout is quickly rising through the professional ranks.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Lydia Ko: New venue for this event, but it’s Canada, and the Rolex world No. 1 seems to love Canada. Her first two LPGA titles came at the CN Candian Women’s Open.

Group 2: Anna Nordqvist: The Swede’s found something again. She comes in hot with the win at ShopRite last week.

Group 3: Brooke Henderson: The 17-year-old Canadian seems poised to deliver another big story to the women’s game. She’ll have the home crowd lifting her spirits.

Group 4: Alison Lee: Made a run at winning two weeks ago at Kingsmill. She’s ready to keep pressing the action.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Inbee Park: Former world No. 1 seems to have rediscovered her form with three consecutive top-20 finishes (including a victory at the North Texas Shootout) and she’s the defending champion this week.

Group 2: Anna Nordqvist: Last week’s winner has been trending in the right direction recently and she hasn’t missed a cut this year.

Group 3: Belen Mozo: Although she hasn’t played her best golf this season, she was solid last year at the Manulife LPGA Classic finishing tied for fourth place.

Group 4: Alison Lee: The American has quietly put together a solid season, with three top-15 finishes and just three missed cuts.