GolfChannel.com experts offer up their picks for the RBC Canadian Open. 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 NBCSports.com's ProGolf Talk, Ryan Ballengee; and RotoWorld.com'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 (8,680,226; 5th)
Group A: Matt Kuchar: That missed cut at Royal St. George’s likely didn’t sit well with the Englishman.
Group B: Lucas Glover: Few are driving the ball better than the former U.S. Open champion.
Group C: Anthony Kim: The three-time PGA Tour winner has been telling anyone that would listen that he’s “close.”
Randall Mell (6,791,399; 11th)
Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Will make his debut in this event memorable.
Group B: Ryan Moore: Good memories last time he teed it up at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club (T-2).
Group C: Anthony Kim: Riding momentum, confidence from strong British.
Jason Sobel (N/A, N/A)
Group A: Luke Donald: Always go with a guy who's sponsored by the title sponsor.
Group B: Ryan Moore: It's a quick trip from his native Tacoma, Wash., to Vancouver.
Group C: Matt McQuillan: Best Canadian available? Maybe not, but the rookie has shown signs of life in recent weeks.
Charlie Rymer (7,967,956; 6th)
Group A: Matt Kuchar: Shaughnessy is a very difficult golf course and I think his consistent ball striking will give him an edge.
Group B: Ryan Moore: Moore is from just down the road in Seattle so he is familiar with these parts..
Group C: Anthony Kim: For the first time this season, seems to be gathering momentum.
John Hawkins (7,953,198; 7th)
Group A: Matt Kuchar: Should be motivated after last week.
Group B: Ryan Moore: Almost won here couple years back.
Group C: Anthony Kim: Are you sure he's spoda be in the C group?
Jay Coffin (9,949,064; 3rd)
Group A: Matt Kuchar: Surprised he didn't go better at the British Open. Will be surprised it he plays poorly 2 weeks in a row.
Group B: Lucas Glover: Hard to tell how much of a Hangover he'll have from Royal St. George's. He's had a great year though.
Group C: Anthony Kim: Good value in this group. Perhaps he found some momentum from a good British performance.
Erik Kuselias (6,517,410; 12th)
Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Along with his win at Augusta National, he finished T9 at Congressional and T-16 at Royal St. George’s.
Group B: Rickie Fowler: Just two weeks after he held and lost the 54-hole lead at the AT&T National, he records his best major finish last week at Royal St. George’s with T-5.
Group C: Anthony Kim: Hey, I’m just following the rules. A.K. is a C Pick this week. Tends to play well in streaks, A.K. also finished T5 at Royal St. George’s last week.
Win McMurry (10,509,639; 2nd)
Group A: Luke Donald: Look for him to contend in front of his RBC sponsors.
Group B: Ryan Moore: The Seattle native is close to home playing in Vancouver. The last time the tournament was played here he tied for second.
Group C: Spencer Levin: He’s quietly inside the top-30 in the FedEx Cup with 10 top-10s in 21 starts.
Ryan Ballengee (5,714,299; 15th)
Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Schwartzel was in the heat of it at the Open, which perhaps is a sign he is the pick of the A litter.
Group B: Blake Adams: Adams had a solid finish at the Canadian Open last year, but he also was on '59 Watch' last week at Annandale en route to a T-9.
Group C: John Mallinger: After a very rough start to the year for Mallinger, he has made big strides in each of his last three cuts made.
Rob Bolton (7,029,789; 10th)
Group A: Charl Schwartzel: Man of few mistakes should love challenging Shaughnessy..
Group B: Ryan Moore: Seattle native shared second here in 2005.
Group C: Spencer Levin: His consistency trumps Anthony Kim’s sudden T5 at the British in this group.
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