Expert Picks: 2015 U.S. Women's Open

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This week the LPGA Tour heads to Pennsylvania for the season's third major, the U.S. Women's 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 and Randall Mell; editorial director Jay Coffin; associate editor Will Gray; 'Morning Drive' hostGary Williams; host Charlie Rymer and defending fantasy champion Ryan Lavner.


Will Gray

Group 1: Inbee Park: Already wtih three wins and another major under her belt this year, Park will likely contend again at an event she has won twice before. The world No. 1 has been a mainstay on USWO leaderboards over the last decade, and she has shown before an ability to rattle off major wins - plural.

Group 2: Cristie Kerr: It's amazing to think that Kerr is making her 20th start in this event, but that longevity has yielded some great results. She notched seven straight top-20 finishes in this event from 2007-2013, including her '07 win at Pine Needles, and she enters off a run of three straight top-20s this year.

Group 3: Alison Lee: The rookie is have a strong season, and now she returns to a familiar layout. Lee won the 2013 AJGA Tournament of Champions at Lancaster Country Club, so the good vibes should continue this week.

Group 4: Caroline Hedwall: The former Solheim Cup hero has cracked the top 40 at each of the last two U.S. Women's Open, and she has the gritty determination that should prove handy in one of the year's most grueling events.


Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Stacy Lewis: She finished third in her last start and was runner-up last year at the U.S. Women’s Open.

Group 2: Cristie Kerr: A former U.S. Women’s Open champion who has been playing consistent golf this season with top-10 finishes in two of her last three starts.

Group 3: Meena Lee: She was solid last year at Pinehurst (T-5) and closed with back-to-back rounds in the 60s to tie for 22nd in her last start (Walmart NW Arkansas Championship).

Group 4: Wei-Ling Hsu: The rookie has been steady this season with just two missed cuts and her best finish this season (21st) coming at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.


Randall Mell

Group 1: Inbee ParkBest putter in the world should thrive on these “old school” greens with their tricky swales.

Group 2: Na Yeon ChoiPast U.S. Women’s Open winner coming off her second victory of the year.

Group 3: Mo Martin: Straight-hitting major winner will stay out of trouble and this gnarly rough.

Group 4: Pernilla Lindberg: Couple of top-20s in last three starts, making strides every year on tour.