Expert Picks: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship


This week marks the 29th event of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season, as 156 players tee it up at the AT&T Byron Nelson 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.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Jordan Spieth: Another solid week at Colonial (T-2) and the world No. 2 now comes home to a tournament that started it all in 2010 when he tied for 16th place as a 16 year old.

Group 2: Brooks Koepka: After being slowed by an injury earlier in the season, the bomber is poised to get back on track and back into the young gun conversation.

Group 3: Rory Sabbatini: The South African has posted top-10 finishes in two of his last three starts and he’s a former champion at the Nelson.

Group 4: Martin Flores: The Dallas-area resident has been plagued by a run of poor weekend finishes recently, including a 76-73 close at Quail Hollow, but he’s close to a breakthrough.

Will Gray

Group 1: Dustin Johnson: The bomber has played well at this event before and has been on quite a run since returning from a six-month leave of absence in February.

Group 2: Marc Leishman: The Aussie has a knack for TPC Four Seasons, where he has five top-12 finishes in six starts including a T-3 last year. Enters with top-30 finishes in each of his last four starts.

Group 3: Charles Howell III: The veteran has made 15 of 19 cuts this year and has a solid track record in Dallas, where he has three top-20 results in the last four years.

Group 4: Kelly Kraft: The Dallas resident and former U.S. Amateur champ is playing off a sponsor exemption this week, but won earlier this year on the Tour and finished second in his most recent start.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Dustin Johnson: Three top 10s in his last four starts in this event, with a terrific scoring average of 68.38 in that run.

Group 2: Justin Thomas: On a nice little run, Thomas gets a chance to shine beside Jordan Spieth in first two rounds. It’s what Thomas craves.

Group 3: Jerry Kelly: Kelly has something going this spring. He hasn’t finished worse than T-22 in his last four starts.

Group 4: Will Wilcox: Coming off a MC in his last start, Wilcox has three top 20s this season.