Expert Picks: 2016 Dean & DeLuca Invitational


This week the 2016 fantasy golf season rolls along in Texas, as 122 players tee it up at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational. 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: Matt Kuchar: The American historically plays well this time of year and that has everything to do with his ability to work with his Dallas-based swing coach Chris O’Connell during these two weeks.

Group 2: Kevin Chappell: He’s done everything but win this season on the PGA Tour with three runner-up finishes. A breakthrough can’t be far off.

Group 3: Colt Knost: Fresh off two solid starts, a tie for third at The Players and fourth last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Knost is riding high with confidence and his game is perfect for Colonial.

Group 4: David Toms: Another player whose style of play fits perfectly at Colonial as evidenced by his six top-10 finishes at the event and a victory in 2011.

Will Gray

Group 1: Jordan Spieth: The swing wasn't there in Dallas, but I think there's a good chance he gets things on track this week where he has finished T-14 or better each of the last three years.

Group 2: Kevin NaNa tends to thrive on tight, tree-lined venues, and he has three top-10 finishes at Colonial since 2007. He has cooled since a hot start to the season, but a T-4 finish at Harbour Town showed that he can still thrive on suitable layouts.

Group 3: Colt Knost: I took Knost last week, and after a T-4 finish there's no reason to change horses. The former Dallas resident is in the midst of a career season, and he finished T-10 at this event last year.

Group 4: Bryson DeChambeau: After a trio of missed cuts, now is the time to buy low on DeChambeau, who should have more success on a ball-strikers venue like Colonial than the big ballparks he saw in Charlotte and Dallas.