Expert picks: Deutsche Bank Championship


This week marks the second event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs as TPC Boston plays host to the Deutsche Bank 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, 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: Adam Scott: Four consecutive top 15s, including a victory last week at The Barclays, and he heads now to TPC Boston, where he has enjoyed much success - three consecutive top 10s. Easy money.

Group 2: Jim Furyk: Quietly building a solid 2013 campaign, with four consecutive top-10 finishes. He's been similarly solid at this event, with top 15s in four of his last five starts there and 8-for-8 in made cuts.

Group 3: Graham DeLaet: Was part of the four-way tie for second at Barclays, and he's been even better than his six top 10s this season indicate - first in total driving, first in ball-striking, sixth in total birdies and 12th in scoring average.

Group 4: Rory Sabbatini: Took him last week and didn't disappoint there, either. Sabbo's T-13 at the Barclays was was his fifth consecutive top-20 finish.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Adam Scott: Riding the hot hand and a guy with a nice record at the Deutsche Bank (three finishes of T-8 or better in his last three starts there).

Group 2: Steve Stricker: Statistically, Stricker is doing just about everything well this year. With the attitude that comes with his new, limited schedule, he plays like the pressure's off.

Group 3: Jonas Blixt: Liking his win, his second and his fourth-place finishes in the last three months. That fourth was at the PGA Championship.

Group 4: Charley Hoffman: Just three years ago, Hoffman won this event.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Tiger Woods: You know what they say, beware the injured ... His health concerns aside, the world No. 1 has finished outside the top 11 at TPC Boston just once in his career and, despite an ailing back, finished runner-up last week at The Barclays.

Group 2: Graeme McDowell: It's been a season of peaks and valleys for G-Mac, and since he missed the cut last week at the playoff opener we'll pick this week as a much-needed peak.

Group 3: Bo Van Pelt: BVP hasn't missed the Tour Championship since 2009, but at No. 97 on the FedEx Cup point list he will need a big week at TPC Boston to continue that trend.

Group 4: Roberto Castro: Quietly consistent, Castro is having a solid fall following top-25 finishes at the Canadian Open, PGA Championship and Barclays. He also finished runner-up at the last event he played that benefited the Tiger Woods Foundation (AT&T National).