Expert Picks: Farmers Insurance Open


This week marks the 10th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season as the world's top-ranked player makes his 2014 debut along the California coastline at the Farmers Insurance 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 John Antonini; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; staff writer Ryan Lavner and defending fantasy champion Charlie Rymer.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Tiger Woods: Eight career victories at Torrey Pines (seven at the Farmers Insurance Open and the 2008 U.S. Open) and his history of fast starts in his career make the world No.1 an easy pick.

Group 2: Bill Haas: He has the prototypical game for Torrey Pines, long off the tee with a solid short game, and is playing some of the best golf of his career following top-10 finishes in two of his last three starts.

Group 3: John Peterson: Although he is off to a slow start in his first full year on the PGA Tour, a trend is developing. He finished T-21 ( Open), MC (McGladrey Classic), T-20 (Sony Open), MC (Humana Challenge). We see where this is going.

Group 4: Davis Love III: The reluctant senior is poised to surprise some observers this year and has a good bit of history at Torrey Pines having posted a win (1996), place (2001) and show (1998) there in his career.

John Antonini

Group 1: Tiger Woods: No reason not to pick Tiger at Torrey Pines in any format, unless you're saving him in a one-and-done league.

Group 2: Bill Haas: Lots of good picks in this group, but I like Haas' consistency at Torrey and his T-6 finish last week.

Group 3: Brian Stuard: I plan to stay on the bandwagon until he falls off, and right now he's riding steady with three straight top-10s.

Group 4: Jamie Lovemark: He turns 26 Thursday, is a long hitter and is a SoCal kid — so there are three things to hang your hat on.