The European Tour heads to Castle Stuart for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish 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, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Win McMurry; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams and staff writer Ryan Lavner. They are joined by former 'Saturday Night Live' star Norm Macdonald, who will serve as a celebrity guest.
Group 1: Phil Mickelson: Before 2011 Lefty seemed to have about as much interest in links golf as he did the California state tax system, but something clicked at Royal St. George’s and he arrives at Castle Stuart this week hungry for success in northern and southern Scotland.
Group 2: Nicolas Colsaerts: The first-year PGA Tour player hasn’t found much success in the United States, but a return to Europe may be the spark the “Muscles from Brussels” has been missing.
Group 3: Peter Lawrie: He played well at Castle Stuart in 2012 (T-24) and tied for 10th at The Irish Open last month in brutal conditions, which could be an apropos warm up for this week’s stop.
Group 4: John Parry: Englishman surprised many with a strong week at June’s U.S. Open (T-28) and showed solid form with his tie for 10th at the BMW International Open.
Group 1: Phil Mickelson: Lefty's biorhythms should be in good places after his working vacation was cut short at Greenbrier last week.
Group 2: Padraig Harrington: There's form to believe in with five top 10s this year, plus some decent history at Castle Stuart Golf Links (two finishes of T-16 or better last two years).
Group 3: Soren Kjeldsen: Looking for him to better that T-5 finish at Castle Stuart Golf Links last year.
Group 4: Ignacio Garrido: Not a lot of guys even making a lot of cuts in this group, but Garrido is, plus he has that T-11 at Castle Stuart last year going for him.