Expert picks: WGC Cadillac Championship


The Florida Swing continues this week with the WGC Cadillac Championship, and our experts offer up their fantasy choices below. At the same time, a full field heads to Trump National for the Puerto Rico Open and our experts' picks for that event can be found 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;'s Rob Bolton; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; and Golf Talk Central contributor Ryan Ballengee.

Ryan Ballengee

Group 1: Tiger Woods: Three-time winner at Doral and, oh yeah, that 62 to close at PGA National.

Group 2: Keegan Bradley: Playing hot golf; he has the distance and accuracy to tame Doral.

Group 3: Rickie Fowler: Top-10 finish here last year and last week. May be poised for a breakthrough.

Group 4: Charles Howell III: Playing consistent golf and can handle the wind well.

Win McMurry

Group 1: Tiger Woods: 62 on Sunday. The three-time champion has this one earmarked for his first Tour victory since 2009.

Group 2: Keegan Bradley: Top 25s in all seven starts this year. The PGA Champion can obviously contend on a world-stage platform.

Group 3: Rickie Fowler: The form that brought him a top-10 last week at the Honda will travel with him down I-95 to Miami, where he finished solo eighth last year.

Group 4: Anders Hansen: The Dane tied for third here last year, his best finish in a WGC event.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Tiger Woods: That closing 62 at the Honda Classic was his lowest round on Tour since the 2009 BMW Championship, which was also his last official Tour victory. Besides, if ever there was a schneid buster it would be Doral, where he's won three times.

Group 2: Mark Wilson: Arguably the game's most underrated player and is also the ultimate under-the-radar guy. He may need a more favorable forecast to contend, but he always cashes a check.

Group 3: Geoff Ogilvy: The Australian hasn't been at his best this season, but the former Cadillac champion is always a threat at Doral.

Group 4: Charles Howell III: Windblown on the weekend at the Honda Classic, but CH3 has been one of this season's most consistent performers and a top-50 talent regardless of what the World Golf Ranking says.

Gary Williams

Group 1: Dustin Johnson: D.J. has quietly recorded three straight top-10 finishes after a slow start to the season. When you consider the fact that he finished runner-up at Doral in 2011, he is an obvious pick for this week.

Group 2: Keegan Bradley: He's been more than successful in his start to a follow-up season after winning the 2011 PGA Championship and Rookie of the Year honors. Making his first start at Doral but he has seven top-25 finishes in his first seven starts of the year.

Group 3: Rickie Fowler: Pressure keeps mounting for Fowler but he does continue to show that he can play some great golf as seen by his T-7 finish at Honda and his 8th place finish at Doral last year.

Group 4: Charles Howell III: I was very surprised to find Howell's name in Group 4 this week and I think he's a steal. He's shown some strong play the last two weeks after a runner-up finish in Hawaii.

John Hawkins

Group 1: Tiger Woods: Me and everyone else, I guess.

Group 2: Justin Rose: Played well at the Honda Classic and is trending north.

Group 3: Rickie Fowler: Clearly the best of the group here.

Group 4: Vijay Singh: Veteran who is clearly comfortable playing at Doral.

Rob Bolton

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: Can't expect another victory but he's been a go-to in Group 1 all year for all of the well-documented reasons.

Group 2: Martin Laird: Shared 10th here last year in his first appearance. Tee-to-green specialist is benefited by easy greens to putt.

Group 3: Rickie Fowler: Coming off a 7-under weekend at PGA National to finish T-7. Tied for eighth in his debut here last year.

Group 4: Vijay Singh: Two weeks off to rest his back. Four top-20s at Doral, including a runner-up in 2008.

You can watch complete coverage of the WGC Cadillac Championship Thursday-Friday live on Golf Channel from 2PM-6PM ET.