Expert picks: AT&T National


The PGA Tour heads to Congressional for the AT&T National. 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.

Ryan Lavner

Group 1: Jason Day: Coming off a T-2 at Merion, and has a lot of success at Congo – a runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Open there and a T-8 at last year’s AT&T.

Group 2: Graham DeLaet: The long hitter was in contention all week at the Travelers, eventually finishing third, and is riding a streak of four consecutive top-25 finishes.

Group 3: David Hearn: Three consecutive finishes of T-21 or better, and his first crack at Congressional could be a successful one.

Group 4: Patrick Reed: He’s been in the hunt in each of his past two starts, resulting in back-to-back top 20s. Good value in a weak Group 4.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Adam Scott: Like that third-place finish in this event last year, like the confidence bolstered at Masters.

Group 2: Robert Garrigus: Not in particularly good form, but expecting it to come back where he finished T-4 last year.

Group 3: Bud Cauley: He had a nice summer run last year, time to get it going again.

Group 4: Davis Love III: Hard not to pick this 20-time PGA Tour winner when offered up in this category.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Adam Scott: the Masters champion has shown no signs of slowing down since Augusta National, and Congressional is his kind of ballpark – long with lightning fast greens.

Group 2: Robert Garrigus: This is another horses for courses deal. The bomber tied for fourth last year at Congressional and was third in 2011 when the U.S. Open was played on the Blue Course.

Group 3: Derek Ernst: The rookie has struggled since landing his breakthrough victory at last month’s Wells Fargo Championship, but he is too talented to ignore in Group 3.

Group 4: Andres Romero: The Argentine has never missed a cut at the AT&T National and although he hasn’t been his best this season he has the tools (power) to contend at Congressional.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Bo Van Pelt: Played well at this event a year ago and is fresh off winning the CVS with Steve Stricker on Tuesday.

Group 2: Robert Garrigus: Horses for courses, as Garrigus fared very well on this lengthy track at the 2011 U.S. Open.

Group 3: Jordan Spieth: An event that could use a little spark this week would love to see the teenager in the weekend mix.

Group 4: Brendan Steele: Owns the long game necessary to play well here after coming off a 20-birdie performance in Hartford. 

Win McMurry

Group 1: Adam Scott: The Masters Champ has stayed steady since his victory and finished third at Congressional last year. He’s 4th on Tour in scoring average and 3rd in all-around ranking.

Group 2: Ryan Palmer: He’s finished inside the top 15 in half of his previous eight starts (including a 4th at the Fedex St. Jude Classic and a T5 at the Players) and was T15 here a year ago.

Group 3: Brian Davis: He’s 4 for 4 right now playing the weekend, including a T8 at the Memorial. His recent history at Congressional isn’t the best, but did make the cut and finished T49 last year.

Group 4: Chez Reavie: He’s riding a good wave right now, especially for players in this fourth group. He comes in off two top 25s in his last four starts, which includes a T11 at Colonial. Last year he tied for 15th at the AT&T National.