This week the 2016 fantasy golf season rolls along in New Jersey, as 156 players tee it up in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. 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 and Randall Mell; editorial director Jay Coffin; associate editor Will Gray; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams; host Charlie Rymer and defending fantasy champion Ryan Lavner.
Group 1: Dustin Johnson: Long golf course, dude hasn’t finishing outside the top 10 in his last six events and, let’s face it, the PGA Championship owes DJ one.
Group 2: Sergio Garcia: We normally shy away from the Spaniard at major championships, but in his last three PGA Tour starts he’s finished first, T-5 and T-5.
Group 3: Martin Kaymer: The German lost his Tour membership this year and hasn’t played his best golf, but that’s normally when he does something special (see PGA, 2010).
Group 4: Tony Finau: This will be just his second start at a PGA Championship, but his tie for 10th in 2015 is his best finish in a major and Baltusrol is a perfect fit for Finau’s power game.
Group 1: Rory McIlroy: It's a coin flip for me between McIlroy and Dustin Johnson, but I'll side with the Ulsterman who has been lights-out at this event in recent years and appears motivated to change any notion that he is no longer in the discussion of golf's elite players.
Group 2: Sergio Garcia: Now clearly the best player without a major following the triumphs of Johnson and Henrik Stenson, Garcia could be next to shed the title. His form is strong, as shown by three straight T-5 finishes since his win in Dallas.
Group 3: Gary Woodland: I'll take a chance with the long-hitting Woodland, who has missed only two cuts in 19 starts this season and who followed a runner-up in Alabama with a respectable T-12 showing at the Open.
Group 4: Tony Finau: Finau earned his first PGA Tour win this year in Puerto Rico, and he has displayed a penchant for playing well in the majors: finishes of T-18 or better in three of his four career major starts, including a T-10 result at this event last year at Whistling Straits.