Expert Picks: Zurich Classic of New Orleans


This week marks the 24th event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, as players head to the bayou for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. 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: Graham DeLaet: Other than an early miscue at Augusta National (first-round 80), the Canadian has been perfect in 2014, with seven made cuts and two runner-up finishes. He also has a bit of history at TPC Louisiana, following a tie for fourth in 2012.

Group 2: Boo Weekley: He has three top-15 finishes in NOLA and considers the Zurich Classic his fifth major.

Group 3: John Peterson: It's been a slow start for the first-year PGA Tour player, but he has the length that is important at TPC Louisiana and the LSU graduate also has plenty of support.

Group 4: Lucas Glover: Although he has struggled recently, he is comfortable with his swing and led the Zurich Classic through three rounds last year.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Graham DeLaet: He's cooled off from a torrid start, but this has traditionally been a great venue for players picking up a first career win.

Group 2: Ryan Palmer: With runner-up finishes in two of his last six starts, Palmer is knocking on the door, looking for a title.

Group 3: Brendan Steele: In his first career start here a year ago, he broke par in all four rounds.

Group 4: Andrew Loupe: Louisiana native has gotten grief for slow play, but that shouldn't underscore what's been impressive play, too.