Expert Picks: 2016 Valero Texas Open


This week the 2016 fantasy golf season heads to Texas, as 156 players tee it up at the Valero Texas 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' host Gary Williams; host Charlie Rymer and defending fantasy champion Ryan Lavner.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Jimmy Walker: The defending champ returns to his Texas roots for more good mojo, looking for his first victory of the year. He has three top-10 finishes this season.

Group 2: Daniel Summerhays: There's something about TPC San Antonio that favors the guy. Summerhays has three consecutive top-10 finishes there.

Group 3: Bryson DeChambeau: Coming off a nice Masters showing (T-21) in his last amateur perofrmance and a better RBC showing (T-4) in his professional debut.

Group 4: Justin Leonard: The Texan has sneaked in a couple of top-20s already this year (at Riviera and Innisbrook).

Will Gray

Group 1: J.B. Holmes: Certainly knows how to handle a big ballpark, and Holmes enters with five top-11 finishes in his last seven starts overall.

Group 2: Charley Hoffman: Deserves a spot in the "horses for courses" Hall of Fame. Hoffman has six straight finishes of T-13 or better in San Antonio, meaning he gets the nod despite recent final-round struggles.

Group 3: Bryson DeChambeau: Even after an upgrade in group, it's time to ride the hot hand. DeChambeau's self-described internship has made his transition to the pro ranks rather seamless (thus far).

Group 4: Luke List: Played well in Houston under the spotlight of a marquee pairing and has cobbled together a pretty good run this season despite limited status.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Jimmy Walker: He's been trending in the right direction for a few weeks now, and his four-stroke victory last year suggests he has the tools to play the demanding TPC San Antonio layout.

Group 2: Kevin Chappell: He has quietly put together a stellar season, with two runner-up finishes and he finished T-9 last week at Harbour Town.

Group 3: Bryson DeChambeau: This will be the newly-minted professional's third consecutive tournament and fatigue is always a concern, but so far he's shown no signs of slowing following his T-4 last week at the RBC Heritage.

Group 4: Justin Leonard: If the winds blow like they are forecast to, the veteran has the perfect game for TPC San Antonio.