Expert Picks: 2016 Wells Fargo Championship


This week the 2016 fantasy golf season heads to North Carolina, as 144 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: It's a good time to claim that first victory of the year, and a good place to do it with good mojo as a defending champ. McIlroy has four top-10s in seven worldwide starts in stroke-play events this year but is still looking for that big Sunday finish. He has two big Sunday finishes at Quail Hollow as memories to draw upon.

Group 2: Hideki Matsuyama: Making his first start since a T-7 finish at the Masters, Matsuyama is making his third career start at Quail Hollow. He was T-20 there last year, but his game's never looked better as he looks to win his second PGA Tour title this season.

Group 3: Patrick Rodgers: Looking for Rodgers to ride the good feelings he should have returning to Quail Hollow, where he tied for second last year playing on a sponsor exemption.

Group 4: Bryson DeChambeau: Expecting a nice bounce back from the MC at the Texas Open. DeChambeau should be rested and ready to build on that T-21 Masters showing and T-4 Hilton Head finish.

Will Gray

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: Too good on this course to pass up, especially if it's wet. McIlroy shot a 62 en route to victory here in 2010, shot 61 en route to victory last year and has only been outside the top 10 once in six starts.

Group 2: Phil Mickelson: Mickelson has done everything but win this event, but his consistency here is noteworthy. He has six top-5 finishes at Quail Hollow and has finished outside the top-11 only once since 2009.

Group 3: Gary Woodland: Woodland finished T-20 last week in Zurich, has the length to handle a tough track like Quail and has cracked the top 20 each of the last two years there, including a T-4 finish a year ago.

Group 4: Geoff Ogilvy: The vet has a strong record at this event, having made the cut in each of his 11 appearances including a trio of top-10 finishes, highlighted by last year's T-7 result.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: This week marks the last time the Northern Irishman won on the PGA Tour, and it will prove to be a highly-motivating factor at Quail Hollow.

Group 2: Paul Casey: His missed cut at the RBC Heritage aside, the Englishman has been a model of consistency lately with three top-10 finishes in his last five starts.

Group 3: Charles Howell III: The veteran has always played well at Quail Hollow (three missed cuts in 13 starts) and is trending in the right direction with top-25 finishes in four of his last five starts.

Group 4: Bryson DeChambeau: After a steady start to his professional career at Hilton Head (T-4), he still has work to do to secure his status on the PGA Tour.