GolfChannel.com experts offer up their picks for the Travelers 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 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 (7,100,865; 5th)
Group A: Zach Johnson: Tough weekend at Congressional aside (72-74) he’s playing as well as anyone with an American passport at the moment.
Group B: Brandt Snedeker: Another American certainly trending in the right direction.
Group C: Kyle Stanley: If Bubba Watson’s victory last year was any indication, the biggest asset at the Travelers is a big driver..
Randall Mell (4,535,889; 16th)
Group A: Nick Watney: Americans have plenty of motivation to shut up detractors. Watney is hope for red, white and blue future.
Group B: Padraig Harrington: Irish eyes are smiling, why not Paddy? He will keep the party going over there.Group C: Patrick Cantlay: Just became the first amateur to finish at or under par in a U.S. Open since Jack Nicklaus in 1960. Riding his momentum and confidence.
Jason Sobel (N/A, N/A)
Group A: Ian Poulter: Interesting choice to play in this event, but those 'interesting' ones often pay off.
Group B: Bo Van Pelt: Your current leader in U.S. Ryder Cup points? None other than BVP - through two events.Group C: Justin Leonard: He rarely makes headlines anymore, but Leonard is enjoying a nice season so far.
Charlie Rymer (6,576,613; 7th)
Group A: Bubba Watson: I predict a repeat ... or one might say, a 'Dubba-Bubba!'
Group B: Padraig Harrington: Trying to steal a little limelight from the Northern Irish guys.Group C: >Boo Weekley: He's due, as long as he doesn't have to stop and ask for directions.
John Hawkins (6,158,288; 9th)
Group A: Zach Johnson: Made some weekend noise at Congressional.
Group B: Brandt Snedeker: Quietly having a pretty good year.Group C: Kenny Perry: Seems to stick out among the Cs
Jay Coffin (7,142,793; 4th)
Group A: Nick Watney: Got some rest after an MC at the U.S. Open. May be the best player in the field.
Group B: Padraig Harrington: If there is a three-time major winner in Group B, I'll take him nearly every time.Group C: Tim Herron: Tied for third two weeks ago at the FedEx. I'll take my chances.
Gary Williams (6,104,549; 10th)
Group A: Hunter Mahan: He wins or he contends. How can you not pick Hunter?
Group B: Bendon de Jonge: Shot a second-round 63 here last year en route to a T-9.Group C: Kris Blanks: Was T-26 in '09 and T-9 in '10 at TPC River Highlands.
Erik Kuselias (6,089,347; 11th)
Group A: Hunter Mahan: He won in '07 and has four top-4s in his last five starts here.
Group B: Bo Van Pelt: Good finishes in big events this year and a couple of top-10s here.Group C: Kenny Perry: Won in 2009 and has five top-10s here in his last nine starts.
Win McMurry (9,251,359; 1st)
Group A: Hunter Mahan: He missed the cut a year ago, but before that was money here with four consecutive top-4 finishes.
Group B: Brandt Snedeker: Took him last week at Congressional where he finished T-11 and am riding his momentum into Connecticut.Group C: Nick O'Hern: Returns after a year away from the Travelers to a site where he finished solo third in 2007.
Ryan Ballengee (4,601,820; 16th)
Group A: Bubba Watson: Defending champion and this Hartford course should be one he simply can overpower at will.
Group B: Fredrik Jacobson: Seems like the Swedes are starting to turn things around on the PGA Tour of late.
Group C: Kenny Perry: The 2009 champion of this event did so in unbelievable fashion, which might be a good sign of things to come this week.
Rob Bolton (6,254,719; 8th)
Group A: Hunter Mahan: All-time money leader at Travelers.
Group B: Webb Simpson: Leads the PGA Tour in All-around.
Group C: Tim Herron: Six top-20s here. Coming off a T-3 in Memphis.
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