Fantasy Island: 2011 PGA Championship

RSS experts offer up their picks for the 93rd PGA 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.

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

Rex Hoggard

Rex Hoggard (9,291,953; 4th)

Group A: Jason Day: The Australian's Grand Slam run began at last year's PGA Championship (T-10). Seems about right he would come full circle at Glory's Last Shot.

Group B: Hunter Mahan: A lot of talk about Atlanta Athletic Club's length, but a good ballstriker like Mahan will have a distinct advantage going into hard, fast greens.

Group C: Heath Slocum: Soft-hitting southerner outshines stellar field at Atlanta Athletic Club. Sound familiar?       

Randall Mell

Randall Mell (7,211,379; 11th)

Group A: Jason Day: Plays his best in the biggest events as evidenced by his pair of runner-up showings at Augusta and Congressional.

Group B: Bubba WatsonGeorgia will be behind the Bulldog's effort to claim the prize that slipped away last year.

Group C: Robert Garrigus: T-3 at U.S. Open was a big confidence builder for big events.   

Charlie Rymer

Charlie Rymer (8,212,892; 8th)

Group A: Lee Westwood: This course requires a player to hit it long and hit the fairways, which Westwood does.

Group B: Bubba WatsonIf the the big hitter can hit it where they mow the grass I think he'll have a shot.

Group C: Tommy Gainey: In a crazy season where six rookies have already won it's not a stretch to think that third-year player 'Two Gloves' can get his breakthrough in a major. 

John Hawkins

John Hawkins (8,273,598; 7th)

Group A: Nick WatneyMotivated by last year's Sunday collapse. This is a good ballpark for him.

Group B: Ryo IshikawaI just think he's the coolest dude on earth.

Group C: Robert Garrigus: Hits it a mile, makes lotta putts. Good combination. 

Jay Coffin

Jay Coffin (11,470,785; 2nd)

Group A: Steve StrickerHis time to win a major and essentially lock up the Tour's Player of the Year honors.

Group B: K.J. ChoiAnother man I don't think many people are picking this week. A win wouldn't be a surprise.

Group C: Bill Haas: Quietly has been playing well lately and is a good value pick in Group C. 

Gary Williams

Gary Williams (8,184,343; 9th)

Group A: Rory McIlroy: Let’s see … 2011 U.S. Open champion, top-3 finishes in previous PGA Championship appearances and a solid 2011.

Group B: Rickie Fowler: He is building momentum with recent high finishes at Aronimink, Royal St. George’s and Firestone. This could be his week.

Group C: Bill Haas: He’s made the cut in all three majors in 2011 and he lost in a playoff two weeks ago at Greenbrier. 

Erik Kuselias

Erik Kuselias (6,942,837; 11th)

Group A: Lee Westwood: He is my pick to complete the 'Chubby Slam.'

Group B: Zach Johnson: A T-6 in Akron last week and the 2007 Masters champion knows how to win majors in Georgia.

Group C: Charles Howell III: He finished T-22 at this course in the 2001 PGA and has three top-5 finishes this summer.

Win McMurry

 Win McMurry (12,980,711; 1st)

 Group A: Luke DonaldTime for the world's No. 1 to break through in a big event.

Group B: David Toms: A repeat performance by the 2001 champ? He's T-4 in driving accuracy and leads the Tour in proximity to the hole.

Group C: Stewart Cink: Georgia Tech product is starting to round into form. 

Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee (6,034,199; 13th)

Group A: Luke Donald: He had an outstanding weekend at Firestone and is an excellent ballstriker.

Group B: Webb Simpson: Simpson has finished no worse than T-16 in his last six PGA Tour events.

Group C: Alex Noren: He's had an outstanding season and seems to have a levity for the pressure of a major championship if he can get into contention. 

Rob Bolton

Rob Bolton (7,712,575; 10th)

Group A: Luke DonaldWorld’s No. 1 is coming off a taut co-runner-up at Firestone.

Group B: Zach JohnsonThe Georgia resident has three wins in the state and top-10s in two of his last three starts.

Group C: Stewart Cink: Although tempted by Bill Haas, Keegan Bradley and others, I’m sticking with the local chalk. 

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