Expert Picks: Waste Management Phoenix Open

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This week marks the 11th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season as players head to raucuous TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It's also another two-event week for fantasy, as experts' picks for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic 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 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; contributor John Hawkins; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; staff writer Ryan Lavner and defending fantasy champion Charlie Rymer.


Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Keegan Bradley: Bradley hasn't finished outside the top 20 in the 2013-14 season. Not bad for a guy who is in the middle of a swing change.

Group 2: Nick Watney: Swing coach Butch Harmon calls him one of the most talented players he's ever worked with, and in eight starts at TPC Scottsdale he's missed just one cut.

Group 3: Matt Every: He's off to a solid start this season, having finished T-13 (Humana) and T-8 (Sony) in his last two starts. He also has a bit of history in Scottsdale, with top-10 finishes in his last two starts there.

Group 4: James Hahn: Became a viral sensation last year when he celebrated "Gangnam Style" on the 16th hole. Could be poised to make an even bigger impression following his tie for 16th last year at TPC Scottsdale.


Will Gray

Group 1: Webb Simpson: Simpson's T-23 in Palm Springs was his first foray outside the top 10 since September. He's the early-season leader in a number of categories and should bag more than his fair share of birdies in Scottsdale.

Group 2: Graham DeLaet: A player that I expect to pick a bunch this season, DeLaet is more than overdue for his first Tour win. After another close call at Torrey Pines, expect the bearded Canadian to contend once again this week.

Group 3: Matt Jones: The upstart Aussie played well down the stretch in 2013 and has carried that momentum into the new year, tying for 13th two weeks ago amid low scores at Humana. He's a name to watch all season long.

Group 4: Retief Goosen: Putting his game back together after a back injury sidelined him for much of 2013, and notched a T-8 finish earlier this month at Sony. Hasn't played this event since 2004, but his lone two prior starts both resulted in top-10s.


John Antonini

Group 1: Webb Simpson: He hits plenty of greens and always makes his share of birdies (in fact he leads the Tour in both categories), and both are prerequisites for success at TPC Scottsdale. He finished in the top 10 here in 2011 and 2012.

Gorup 2: Ryan Moore: I like both Ryan's this week, but I'll go with Moore over Palmer even though he hasn't played since the Hyundai. His record at Scottsdale is strong, with a solo fourth last year and T-6 in 2009.

Group 3: Matt Every: Another player who makes plenty of birdies, plus he has finished in the top 10 in his two previous Waste Management starts.

Group 4: Kevin Na: Aside from the T-8 at Sony, he hasn't done much this calendar year, but look at his history at Scottsdale.


Jason Sobel

Group 1: Keegan Bradley: I was all set to pick Bill Haas until a confident Bradley told me, "You better take me in your Twitter blogs or whatever." So...here's whatever.

Group 2: Ryan Moore: Comfortable environment for him with family nearby and a solid track record on this course.

Group 3: Brian Stuard: Only a matter of time before one of the hottest golfers in the game starts getting the attention and recognition he deserves.

Group 4: Brendan Steele: Best of the bunch in Group 4, who has experienced caddie Bobby Brown, late of Dustin Johnson's bag, toting for him this week.


Randall Mell

Group 1: Keegan Bradley: Like the way he's driving the ball, and the way he's putting. Always a good combo in Phoenix.

Group 2: Graham DeLaet: Been riding confidence and momentum hard since the Presidents Cup, and appears poised to ride it into the winner's circle.

Group 3: Matt Every: He's played this event twice and has two top 10s. Plus, he's off to a strong start in '14 with a T-8 finish at Sony and T-13 at Humana.

Group 4: Brendan Steele: This guy likes TPC Scottsdale. T-6 and T-5 over the last two years there.