Expert Picks: FedEx St. Jude Classic


The PGA Tour heads to Memphis this week for the Fedex St. Jude Classic. 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: Brandt Snedeker: He’s top 10 on Tour in virtually every significant statistical category, including top-10s (six). Has top-30s in his last two starts at TPC Southwind and knows he needs another good showing before next week’s Open.

Group 2: Scott Stallings: Arrives in Memphis on the strength of consecutive T-4 finishes, and he’s motivated to get to Merion after narrowly missing in the sectional qualifier.

Group 3: Robert Karlsson: Has lost in a playoff here twice in the last three years, and he’s made three of his last four cuts, including a T-4 in Charlotte.

Group 4: Brandt Jobe: Not much to go on in this group, so take the guy who has made his last two cuts, with five of his last eight rounds under par.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Fredrik Jacobson: On a course where hitting greens in regulation is at a premium, give me the guy who can get up and down from anywhere.

Group 2: Scott Stallings: His last few Sunday rounds have shown that he can make birdies in bunches when it matters the most.

Group 3: Robert Karlsson: Finally back from last year’s swing yips, qualifying for the U.S. Open on Monday should have him brimming with confidence.

Group 4: Doug LaBelle II: Another sectional qualifier, LaBelle tends to run hot and cold, so strike right now while his irons are hot.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Brandt Snedeker: Ready to get back on another hot run.

Group 2: Charles Howell III: Like those five top-10s this year.

Group 3: Brian Harman: Liked that T-10 at Wells Fargo a little more than a month ago.

Group 4: Doug LaBelle II: Making a lot of cuts, now comes the big paycheck.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Brandt SnedekerThe world No. 6 finally has a handle on the health issues that have slowed him this season and he is confident despite that second-round 80 at the Memorial.

Group 2: George Coetzee: Motivated to earn a spot on International Presidents Cup captain Nick Price’s team, but he needs a hot summer and Memphis is a good place to start.

Group 3: James Hahn: Although he has struggled since the Tour left the West Coast, he was solid at Monday’s U.S. Open qualifier where he earned a spot at Merion.

Group 4: Bobby Gates: Dustin Johnson proved last year that distance counts in Memphis, and Gates is one of the Tour’s longest (he’s 30th in driving distance).

Win McMurry

Group 1: Brandt SnedekerThe Tennessean has had a strong year with half a dozen top 10s and will continue to ride that momentum at this FedEx event after winning the FedEx Cup last season.

Group 2: Charles Howell III: He's been a top-25 machine this season and finished inside the top 10 here as recently as 2011.

Group 3: Robert Karlsson: He's knocked on the door here in the past with playoff losses in 2010 and 2011 and not long ago finished T-4 at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Group 4: Henrik Norlander: This Swede has been on a roll recently making the cut in seven consecutive events. He keeps it going here in Memphis.