Fantasy Island: 2011 BMW Championship

RSS experts offer up their picks for the BMW Championship. Each week a panel of experts will offer up their picks from three 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 Charlie Rymer; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias; contributor Win McMurry; writer for's ProGolf Talk, Ryan Ballengee; and's Rob Bolton.

In parentheses, next to the names, are the participants' 2011 points earned and ranking among the 17 Fantasy Challenge 'experts.'

Rex Hoggard

Rex Hoggard (10,382,707; 4th)

Group A: Dustin Johnson: The Barclays champion is the original “Monster of the Midway” and 7,600-yard Cog Hill layout is his kind of ballpark.

Group B: Brandt Snedeker: This could be wishful thinking, but “Sneds” needs a top-35 finish to crack the top 10 on the U.S. Presidents Cup points list.

Group C: Kyle Stanley: Six of his last seven rounds have been in the 60s. 

Randall Mell

Randall Mell (8,886,155; 8th)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: Two top-10s on Rees Jones' redesign; he must not hate the place.

Group B: Webb Simpson: The man's 46 under in his last three events with two wins.

Group C: Mark Wilson: Home cooking, sleeping in his own bed - formula for success this week.

Charlie Rymer

Charlie Rymer (9,103,930; 7th)

Group A: Luke Donald: Gotta go with the hometown boy who also happens to be the No.1 player in the world.

Group B: K.J. Choi: I just saw “Seven Days in Utopia.”  K.J. Choi looked pretty mean as the villain. Betting he looks pretty mean in Chicago this week.

Group C: Tommy Gainey: He will have a harder time figuring out the Chicago traffic than he will figuring out Cog Hill.

John Hawkins

John Hawkins (8,758,574; 9th)

Group A: Adam Scott: May be the only guy who hasn't complained about Cog Hill redesign.

Group B: Jim Furyk: Needs a good finish to stay alive and few, if any, play this course better than he.

Group C: Camilo Villegas: A past champ who needs a great performance. 

Jay Coffin

Jay Coffin (13,384,847; 2nd)

Group A: Dustin Johnson: A little uneasy about this but he has the firepower and has his heart set on $10 million.

Group B: Charl Schwartzel: This guy is unflappable. I'd be shocked if he doesn't top-10 here.

Group C: Lucas Glover: Told 'Morning Drive' he's had one good week this year. Hope he makes it two. 

Gary Williams

Gary Williams (9,150,211; 6th)

Group A: Luke Donald: History could be in the making over the next two weeks for the top player in the game.

Group B: Brandt Snedeker: He has two third-place finishes in the playoffs.

Group C: Charley Hoffman: Can sense momentum is with Charley this week.

Erik Kuselias

Erik Kuselias (7,526,767; 11th)

Group A: Luke Donald: It is practically a home game as he went to school at Northwestern and still lives in the Chicago area.

Group B: Brandt Snedeker: He can control his destiny at East Lake and automatically qualify for Fred Couples’ Presidents Cup team.

Group C: Branden Steele: A good week at Cog Hill will take him to East Lake.

Win McMurryWin McMurry (14,921,922; 1st)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: He’s on the cusp of breaking through this year and what better time to strike than now when he’s third in the points race.

Group B: Jim Furyk: His season has rounded back into form over the last few weeks with a T-9 at the Wyndham and a sixth-place finish in Boston.

Group C: Camilo Villegas: He comes into this week with some promising momentum with a top-25 and two top-10s in his last three events. 

Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee (6,899,004; 12th)

Group A: Dustin Johnson: The defending champion appears to be ready to peak at the right time to claim the FedEx Cup and $10 million.

Group B: Jim Furyk: The 2010 FedEx Cup winner had his worst finish in this event since 2003 last year. He finished T-15. Furyk likes this event.

Group C: Marc Leishman: In the last two years, Leishman has finished T-2 and T-11.  

Rob Bolton

Rob Bolton (9,803,388; 5th)

Group A: Matt Kuchar: Top-10s at Cog Hill in both starts since renovation.

Group B: Webb Simpson: Wins in two of his last three starts. A rock-solid investment.

Group C: Camilo Villegas: Trending upwards in a hurry and owns a stellar track record at Cog Hill.

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