Expert Picks: 2015 Zurich Classic

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This week marks the 24th event of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season, as 156 players tee it up at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. 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: Dustin Johnson: Missed the cut the only other time he played Zurich, but going with a hot hand here. Dustin Johnson's game is sharp, and he appears poised to make this a really big year.

Group 2: Steve Stricker: Yes, his Masters start was the first in a long break after surgery, but he stands out in this grouping. Stricker made the cut at the Masters after all that time off and looked like he isn't far from dialing back in some good form.

Group 3: Sean OHair: O'Hair is finding his game again. He's putting up some good scores and climbing leaderboards again.

Group 4: Will Wilcox: Three top-20s in his last four starts. Seems like this could be a guy itching to take the next step.


Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Justin Rose: After a slow start to the season, the Englishman played better than everyone not named Jordan Spieht at Augusta National and was solid last year in New Orleans (T-8).

Group 2: Kevin Kisner: Seemed to break out of his West Coast putting funk last week with a runner-up showing at the RBC Heritage, and his swing coach, John Tillery, told your scribe his game is trending toward a victory.

Group 3: Troy Merritt: After an eventful off-season - new equipment company, new workout program - Merritt has been trending in the right direction (sixth at the Valspar Championship and third at Harbour Town).

Group 4: Andres Romero: Not the best year so far for the Argentine, but his lone PGA Tour victory came in NOLA (2008) and he played well at TPC Louisiana last year (T-45).