Expert Picks: 2015 Puerto Rico Open

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While the top 50 in the world rankings battle it out at Trump National Doral, a full field also tees it up in the Puerto Rico 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.


Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Brendon de Jonge: Arguably the best player on the PGA Tour without a victory, he has been solid this season and Puerto Rico has a history of breakout champions.

Group 2: John Peterson: He’s been much more consistent to start his sophomore season on Tour, having missed just one cut in 10 starts.

Group 3: Vaughn Taylor: In limited starts this season (three) he’s finished T-20 (Sanderson Farms Championship), T-10 (Pebble Beach) and T-22 (Northern Trust Open) and has never missed a cut in three starts in Puerto Rico.

Group 4: Michael Bradley: Tough to pick a guy who isn’t ranked but the veteran has two Tour victories, both in Puerto Rico (2011 and 2009).


Jason Sobel

Group 1: Robert Karlsson: A win this week (or any other week) would be the exclamation point on a comeback from the swing yips just a few years ago.

Group 2: Scott Langley: Solid, consistent ball-striker who should flourish in a field where he’s amongst the highest-ranked players.

Group 3: Vaughn Taylor: Four straight top-25 results for the Augusta native. Only shame is that a win here won’t get him into the Masters.

Group 4: John Daly: There’s virtually nothing that can happen in Puerto Rico to bump the WGC from the headlines – other than a Long John title contention on the weekend.


Will Gray

Group 1: Brendon de Jonge: Nearly grabbed that elusive first win earlier this season at Sea Island, but he hasn't slowed much since, with three top-30 finishes in his last four starts. He has three top-15 finishes in four starts in Puerto Rico, highlighted by a T-3 finish in 2010.

Group 2: Zac Blair: The rookie might get carded until he's 40, but he has been playing some solid golf this season highlighted by a T-6 finish at Sony. Blair has five top-25 finishes in 11 starts, and another high finish could lock up his card for next season.

Group 3: Vaughn Taylor: Whether on the PGA Tour or Web.com Tour, Taylor has been in the mix on a nearly-weekly basis in 2015. He followed a T-10 finish at Pebble Beach with a T-22 result last month at Riviera.

Group 4: Jarrod Lyle: The Aussie is still working his way back to a full schedule, and a surprise run up the leaderboard this week in Puerto Rico would be a story worthy of headlines.