GolfChannel.com experts offer up their picks for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. 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 (6,726,632; 5th)
Group A: David Toms: Two-time Memphis winner may be playing his best golf ever.
Group B: Robert Garrigus: Gets a shot at redemption this week after last year's disaster.
Group C: Rod Pampling: With help from his swing coach, Pampling's game is on form.
Randall Mell (4,304,889; 16th)
Group A: Lee Westwood: Confident, motivated and suited for this golf course.
Group B: Brandt Snedeker: Hot and cold, off and on, it's time for another hot spell.
Group C: Shaun Micheel: Heads home with some momentum from the Memorial.
Jason Sobel (N/A, N/A)
Group A: Robert Karlsson: The forgotten man in last year's playoff.
Group B: Brandt Snedeker: When in doubt, go with the home-stater.
Group C: Shaun Micheel: OK, make that two home-staters. Micheel loves Memphis and Memphis loves him back.
Charlie Rymer (6,317,688; 7th)
Group A: Lee Westwood: He'll defend his title and carry that momentum to the Open.
Group B: Bryce Molder: Momma should be driving over from Arkansas for this one. And you don't want to disappoint Momma.
Group C: Chris DiMarco: After last week's Memorial, looks like he might be finding his old game.
John Hawkins (6,016,454; 8th)
Group A: Zach Johnson: This is one tournament he should win at least once.
Group B: Gary Woodland: Coming off a good week, looking for another good result.
Group C: Shaun Micheel: Hometown guy. He knows the course.
Jay Coffin (6,864,070; 4th)
Group A: Lee Westwood: Don't want to pick him, but he's the best player in the field.
Group B: Gary Woodland: Too talented not to contend in an event without a strong field.
Group C: George McNeil: Flier here. Has two top-6 finishes this year, good enough for a Group C.
Gary Williams (6,006,698; 9th)
Group A: David Toms: Has just one round over 72 at TPC Southwind in his last 36.
Group B: Brian Gay: On a top-10 tear and won this event in 2009.
Group C: Rod Pampling: Has never made the cut in Memphis, but is playing well now.
Erik Kuselias (5,943,664; 10th)
Group A: David Toms: Has seven top-10s in his last nine starts in Memphis.
Group B: Brandt Snedeker: T-5 here in 2007. Wants momentum heading to the Open.
Group C: Shaun Micheel: Tied for fourth last year and fresh off a top 25 last week.
Win McMurry (8,903,401; 1st)
Group A: Zach Johnson: Three top-12s in his last three starts and a pair of solid results here.
Group B: Brian Gay: The winner in 2009, he has two top-15 finishes in his last three events.
Group C: Bob Estes: Has finished inside the top-10 in Memphis six times since 1998.
Ryan Ballengee (4,529,592; 15th)
Group A: Lee Westwood: The defending champ is on form and can play anywhere.
Group B: Brian Gay: Won here in the past and just qualified for the U.S. Open.
Group C: Lee Janzen: Has consecutive top-20s in the event.
Rob Bolton (5,770,436; 12th)
Group A: Zach Johnson: Johnson has top-12s in each of his last three starts.
Group B: Brian Gay: A cut-making machine who leads the Tour in fairways and scrambling.
Group C: Kevin Stadler: Throwing a dart here. He's got back-to-back top-25s on Tour.
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