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Expert Picks: Qatar Masters

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This is another double week for fantasy players! GolfChannel.com experts offer up their fantasy choices below for the CommercialBank Qatar Masters, and their selections for the Waste Management Phoenix Open can be seen here. Each week a panel of experts will offer up their picks from four groups of players based on Golf Channel's new fantasy game, Fantasy Challenge. We will also keep track of their scores and standings. The panel consists of: senior writers Rex Hoggard, Randall Mell and Jason Sobel; contributors John Hawkins and Win McMurry; editorial director Jay Coffin; RotoWorld.com's Rob Bolton; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; and Golf Talk Central contributor Ryan Ballengee.


Win McMurry

Group 1: Sergio Garcia: Believe it or not, he is looking for his sixth top-12 finish in a row dating back to the PGA Championship. Plus, he was in the top-10 here a year ago.

Group 2: Thomas Bjorn: He shared third place last week and won it all in Qatar last year.

Group 3: Stephen Gallacher: T-12 last year and comes in off a solid finish last week in Abu Dhabi.

Group 4: Soren Hansen: The Dane finished T-6 last year and has consistently played the weekends in Qatar for the past five years.


Jay Coffin

Group 1: Lee Westwood: Two top-fives in the last four years works for me. 

Group 2: Francesco Molinari: He seems to pop up on big leaderboards from time to time.

Group 3: Tom Lewis: This is a shot in the dark, but we know he has major game.

Group 4: Simon Khan: Couldn't pick him out of a lineup. Not many people could.


Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Sergio Garcia: El Nino 2.0 continues to evolve and he's always played wellin Qatar. In six starts he has three top-10s and just a single missed cut.

Group 2: Thomas Bjorn: The Dane has the perfect combination of good form (he finished tied for third last week in Abu Dhabi) and history (he won in Qatar last year).

Group 3: Henrik Stenson: The Swede continues to struggle but he always plays well in the desert - pick a desert, any desert will do - and Ryder Cup years bring out the best in him.

Group 4: Peter Uihlein: The former U.S. Amateur champion makes his European Tour debut as a professional this week in what may turn out to be a trailblazing path to global status.


Jason Sobel

Group 1: Robert Karlsson: Lost in the Tiger/Rory/Rock hoopla last week was yet another solid performance by Karlsson.

Group 2: Nicolas Colsaerts: This man from Belgium is on the verge of winning a big one - and soon.

Group 3: Jbe Kruger: Relatively unknown in the U.S., but finds his way onto leaderboards almost every week.

Group 4: Peter Uihlein: Why not? In a group that includes retreads like Michael Campbell and Todd Hamilton, go for some young blood.


Ryan Ballengee

Group 1: Alvaro Quiros: Runner-up here the last two years and a lover of desert golf.

Group 2: Thomas Bjorn: The defending champion had a good week in Abu Dhabi last week and should play well again.

Group 3: Tom Lewis: He likes desert golf and is among the best in form in a sparse Group 3.

Group 4: Gareth Maybin: He was in the top-15 last week to start the season, and can represent the Ulster front.



Randall Mell

Group 1: Lee Westwood: Despite a MC last year, Westwood has come close at Doha before, with a T-3 and 5th over the last four years.

Group 2: Thomas Bjorn: Defending champ should enjoy good vibes. He got his three-win season started in Doha last year.

Group 3: Bradley Dredge: The Welshman has finished T-12 and T-5 in Doha the last two years.

Group 4: Victor Dubuisson: The 21-year-old Frenchman and former European Amateur champ made some noise here with a T-9 last year.


Rob Bolton

Group 1: Lee Westwood: Unlike a year ago when he missed the cut, there's no rust now. Two wins in his last four starts worldwide.

Group 2: Retief Goosen: Back in a groove with four top-20s in his last five starts, including a runner-up two weeks ago in South Africa.

Group 3: Ricardo Gonzalez: Top-20s here each of the last two years. Nine top-25s in the last 13 months.

Group 4: David Drysdale: Cashed in nine of his last 10 starts, including a T-3 at the Joburg Open. Finished T-12 here last year.


You can watch complete coverage of the CommercialBank Qatar Masters Thursday-Friday on Golf Channel from 9AM-1PM ET and Saturday-Sunday from 8:30AM-12:30PM ET.