Expert Picks: 2015 Wells Fargo Championship


This week marks the 27th event of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season, as 156 players tee it up at the Wells Fargo Championship. 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.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: Ball-striking was excellent at The Players> He just couldn't get his flat stick going.

Group 2: Kevin Kisner: A terrific swing to go with growing confidence, Kisner looks poised to parlay it into a victory.

Group 3: Sean OHair: He's building his way back to a guy whose name hits leaderboards. Three T-12 or better finishes in his last six starts.

Group 4: Derek Ernst: Hard nto to pick a past champ in this event playing out of Group 4.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: Nice win by Rickie Fowler last week. Ditto for Jordan Spieth at the Masters, but the Northern Irishman is still the world No. 1.

Group 2: Brendon de Jonge: He's always played well in his hometown event, particularly last year when he finished tied for sixth after an opening-round 80.

Group 3: Scott Brown: Although he faded on Sunday at the Players (T-30), he's had more rounds under par than not in his last four events and is due for a breakout week.

Group 4: Lucas Glover: Former champion at Quail Hollow (2011) who has been struggling lately, but he started to see results at the Heritage and has been under par in seven of his last eight rounds.

Will Gray

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: Tough to leave Phil Mickelson on the bench at this event, but McIlroy has just as strong of a track record at Quail Hollow - win in 2010, top-10s each of the last three years - and his current form runs circles around Lefty.

Group 2: Justin Thomas: The rookie faded on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, but he still notched his third straight top-25 finish. Thomas has the length off the tee to handle Quail Hollow and will win an event sooner rather than later.

Group 3: Rory Sabbatini: The ultimate risk-reward pick, as he has either missed the cut or cracked the top 25 all year, including last week's T-6 finish on the Stadium Course. With top-10 finishes two of the last four years at Quail Hollow, there's reason to think he'll play well again.

Group 4: Stewart Cink: The veteran is clearly comfortable on this track, with three top-10s and five top-25s in five of his last seven trips to Charlotte.