Fantasy Island WGC-CA Championship

By Rex HoggardMarch 10, 2009, 4:00 pm
History and heart and traditional horses aside, this is not the week to burn a precious Tiger Woods offering. Yes, the world No. 1 owns Doral ' having won three of the last four gatherings on the South Florida pitch ' and hes due, but this is no time for reason.
 
In many pools there is a limit to the number of times a player can be picked and considering the road ahead ' Augusta National, Bethpage Black, et al ' its best to keep that particular ace close to the chest. Besides, after Woods Geoff Ogilvy may be the next best thing to a lock on the Blue Monster.
 
2007 WGC CA Championship

 
Pick a Foursome: Late Sunday K.J. Chois cell phone rattled to life and a familiar number appeared. Moments after hoisting the champions trophy, Y.E. Yang called his fellow countryman and mentor, not to celebrate but to thank him. Choi is quickly becoming the trailblazing figurehead of a wave of South Korean talent that includes Yang, Danny Lee and Sang-moon Bae.
 
And if Yangs victory wasnt enough to motivate Choi, hes never finished worse than 20th since the CA moved to Doral.
 
Picks: Geoff Ogilvy, Camilo Villegas, K.J. Choi, Andres Romero
 
Note: One player from four categories based on the World Golf Ranking (1-10, A; 11-20, B; 21-30, C; 31-40, D). Points awarded on money earned ($1 = 1 point).
 

Salary Cap: You cant overpower the Blue Monster, but there are worst strategies to go with when the south Florida winds come up and at press time the games most complete bomber was Dustin Johnson. Ogilvy, Zach Johnson and Jim Furyk are World Golf Championship staples and pen Rory McIlroy into every weeks lineup until the Northern Irishman floats his way back across the pond.
 
Picks: Jim Furyk, Geoff Ogilvy, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Rory McIlroy ($9.98 million)
 
Note: Five players with a $10 million cap based on 2008 earnings. Rookies without 2008 earnings will be priced at $250,000. Standings based on overall team earnings.
 
Pick One: Geoff Ogilvy. Sounds like a bandwagon move picking the Australian on the tail of his WGC-Match Play victory, but the Aussie was convincing last year at Doral, winning the Monday finish despite a closing 71, his worst round of the week, and was nearly perfect two weeks ago at Dove Mountain.
 
Note: Players must be picked before the start of the season and used only once. Standings based on total earnings.
 
This week, with the PGA Tour hosting the Puerto Rico Open in conjunction with the WGC-CA Championship, our GolfChannel.com staff will be picking one player from each tournament.
 
The participants include: Jay Coffin, Editorial Director; Mercer Baggs, Editorial Manager; Brian Koressel, Senior Producer; Dena Davis, Assistant Editor; Erik Peterson, Travel Editor; Jerry Foltz, special contributor.
 

STAFF PICKS:

NamePlayer PickReasonMoney
Rex HoggardGeoff Ogilvy/Michael AllenConsider Ogilvy low-hang fruit even outside the Greater Tucson area. As for Allen, we have a soft spot in our hearts for affable journeymen and the island seems to bring the best out of them. Last years champion, Greg Kraft, is cut from the same mold as Allen.$359,440
Jay CoffinSergio Garcia/Bart BryantFor some ridiculous reason Im still not ready to take Tiger Woods. Saving him for the majors. Still, Sergio is a great pick with six top-10s at Doral. / A good bet if youre looking for someone who will collect a paycheck (hes made 4 of 5 cuts this year).$3,081,685
Mercer BaggsJim Furyk/Bo Van PeltHow do you not take Tiger? You take Jim Furyk. How do you take Bo Van Pelt? Who else are you going to take?$1,427,563
Erik PetersonGeoff Ogilvy/Jerry KellyI want so badly to defy convention here, but with the way Ogilvys playing right now hed be my pick even if he wasnt the defending champ. / Last years runner-up is playing better of late, evidenced by his T-6 in Mexico.$1,251,817
Brian KoresselSergio Garcia/Jeff OvertonTime for the Spaniard to make a big statement and come out of the shadows recently cast by the likes of Ogilvy, Tiger and Lefty. / Going with my fellow Evansville, Ind., boy once again. If he can work toward eliminating a few costly mistakes, he will soon find the winner's circle.$1,750,566
Dena DavisTiger Woods/Jeff KlaukTiger is 15 of 28 in WGCs. If I was good at math, I'd calculate that as winning 54% of the time. Gonna have to take him 100% of the WGC time./ While you were away, Jeff Klauk has moved to 19th in FedEx Cup standings, with two T11 finishes this season and a 4th place at Honda last week. I don't mind that.$1,928,456
Jerry FoltzVijay Singh/Tadd FujikawaTiger will probably prove me wrong, but I think it'll take even Tiger more than two weeks to win again. And Vijay has a great record in Florida./ Tadd is a long shot to say the least, but it's the only other PGA Tour event played on an island.$1,291,461

 

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