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Expert Picks: WGC-HSBC Champions

Rory McIlroy at the 2013 Masters
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This week marks the fourth event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season as Sheshan International Golf Club plays host to the WGC-HSBC Champions. 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 Win McMurry; editorial director Jay Coffin; 'Morning Drive' host Gary Williams and staff writer Ryan Lavner. They are joined by former 'Saturday Night Live' star Norm Macdonald, who will serve as a celebrity guest.

Jason Sobel

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: It's not the exhibition win over Tiger Woods, but the improved swing that should have Rory confident entering this week's event.

Group 2: Lee Westwood: He's now gone 37 events since his last global victory. That's too long for a man of his talent. The drought ends soon.

Group 3: Francesco Molinari: Coming off a T-2 finish at last week's BMW Masters, look for him to stay hot. His last runner-up finish came one week after another one.

Group 4: Ryo Ishikawa: Another guy coming off a T-2, Ishikawa likely already kept his card in Las Vegas. Now he's playing with house money.

Randall Mell

Group 1: Phil Mickelson: Two wins at Sheshan International should put Lefty back in the groove.

Group 2: Ian Poulter: The guy digs Asia. He's won four Asian events in his career.

Group 3: Ryan Moore: Riding the hot hand. Momentum, confidence are gifts from CIMB win.

Group 4: Brett Rumford: Won back-to-back European Tour events in the Far East this spring.

Rex Hoggard

Group 1: Rory McIlroy: Say what you will about the Ulsterman's wayward 2013, but we're seeing signs of life via his runner-up showing at the Korean Open, T-27 at the BMW Masters and a moral victory in his 18-hole shootout on Monday against Tiger Woods.

Group 2: Graham DeLaet: His tie for seventh last week at the CIMB Classic was proof he has sidestepped any post-Presidents Cup letdown, and the Canadian has been the game's most consistent player (not named Henrik Stenson) since his tie for second at The Barclays.

Group 3: Ryan Moore: He started the 2013-14 season with a tie for ninth (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), and a victory (CIMB Classic). Another solid week in China and he can book his room for the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Group 4: Scott Hend: The big-hitting Australian has finished T-40 (CIMB Classic), first (Macau Open), T-39 (CJ Invitational in Korea) and first (Taiwan Open) in his last four starts. We see where this is going.