Expert Picks: 2015 Open d'Italia


This week the European Tour heads to Italy for the Open de Italia. 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.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Danny WillettThe Englishman gets back to work for the first time since the PGA Championship and it’s doubtful that the extended break will alter what has already been a stellar season.

Group 2: David Howell: The veteran has been consistent this season and finished runner-up last year in Italy, two shots behind champion Hennie Otto.

Group 3: Pelle EdbergIt’s been an interesting few months for the Swede, who sandwiched a runner-up finish (Czech Masters) between a missed cut and a tie for 81st, and a fourth-place showing (European Masters) between a missed cut and a tie for 33rd. If history holds he should be due for a good week.

Group 4: Craig Lee: He finished in the top 10 in two of his last three starts and tied for 35th last year in Italy.