Expert Picks: AT&T National

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June 25, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

The PGA TOUR travels to Congressional Country Club this week for the AT&T National. Here's how the PGATOUR.COM experts sized up the top contenders:

EXPERT PICKS
How it works: Our experts from PGATOUR.COM select the player they think will win this week's event. By using a draft process, no two picks can be the same. The player who wins the previous week picks last the following week.
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Expert picks: AT&T National
Expert
 
Pick orderPlayer selected
 
Helen
Ross
JIM FURYK. This is his first appearance since he tied for fourth at the U.S. Open, his second finish of fourth or better in his last three starts, Not to mention, in the three years the tournament was previously played at Congressional, Furyk finished seventh or better.
 
Lauren
Deason
TIGER WOODS. Yes, he faded on the weekend after a great start at the U.S. Open. But he's a two-time winner already this year and returns to AT&T National, an event he hosts each year. The event's back at Congressional, where Woods won in 2009.
If Deason had the top pick ... Woods
Anne
Szeker
HUNTER MAHAN. Mahan closed with a 61 at Travelers, and will bring that momentum to Congressional -- a course he has good history at. I'm going to ignore the missed cut at last year's U.S. Open, and focus on his three top-12s prior to that.
If Szeker had the top pick ... Mahan
John
Schwarb
BO VAN PELT. He's in the top five in total driving and Strokes Gained-Putting and consequently has five top 10s this season. Yet he doesn't have a top-three finish yet, much less a win. That's gotta end soon, and I want a piece of it.
If Schwarb had the top pick ... Van Pelt
Chris
Dunham
JEFF OVERTON. I like Overton because he's had six top-20 finishes this season and he's coming off a T13 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He's also 13th in total birdies and 39th in scoring average.
If Dunham had the top pick ... Overton
Bill
Cooney
DUSTIN JOHNSON. Johnson is playing quite well in his return from injury and he was T23 in the U.S. Open at Congressional last year. He is also motivated, given that he's still on the outside looking in for the U.S. Ryder Cup team (Currently 11th).
If Cooney had the top pick ... Woods
Mike
McAllister
RYAN PALMER. Tough to ignore his recent results -- four top-10s in his last five starts. Also has top-25 finishes in his last two visits to Congressional. Plus, he's a fellow Texan, so that automatically puts him on my radar screen.
If McAllister had the top pick ... Furyk
Brian
Wacker
BRYCE MOLDER. I'm taking the fact that I nearly bumped into him walking off the elevator this week as some sort of sign. Plus, he finished fourth the last time the AT&T National was at Congressional and got the all-important first career win out of the way last fall.
If Wacker had the top pick ... Mahan
Amanda
Balionis
J.B. HOLMES. Hasn't missed the cut at this event since 2007 and finished fifth here in 2010. Holmes told me last week he is almost at 100 percent and is feeling better every week. He has two top 10s and is close to putting four great rounds together.
If Balionis had the top pick ... Woods
John
Swantek
K.J. CHOI. Choi, the 2007 champ, plays difficult courses well and has four top-25 finishes this season. It's no coincidence that those finishes are at tough tracks such as Muirfield Village, The Olympic Club and Riviera.
If Swantek had the top pick ... Mahan
Ryan
Smithson
MARTIN LAIRD. I want a big hitter for Congressional, and Laird is the best one left. He's one of the best iron players on TOUR, and he comes into this event with some momentum, having finished T2 just a couple starts ago at THE PLAYERS. Really wanted Palmer or DJ.
If Smithson had the top pick ... Palmer
Standings after 25 events
LAST WEEK: No one picked Travelers Championship champion Marc Leishman but Ryan Smithson continued his dominance, turning his selection of Brian Davis with the 10th pick into a top-five finish.
Position Name Wins Top-5s Top-10s Top-25s MCs FedExCup points
1 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer
4 10 11 17 2 3250.50
2 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator
2 4 7 14 2 2195.49
3 Amanda Balionis
Host, PGA TOUR Today
1 6 12 15 7 2084.75
4 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
1 4 10 12 6 1872.90
5 Brian Wacker
Site Producer
2 4 5 10 5 1772.09
6 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor
1 3 5 11 4 1572.85
7 Chris Dunham
Editorial Coordinator
1 3 5 12 3 1538.24
8 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents
0 4 4 12 6 1505.70
9 Anne Szeker
Site Producer
0 2 8 14 1 1230.83
10 John Schwarb
Site Producer
0 2 3 11 4 884.15
11 *Bill Cooney
Site Producer
1 1 2 3 2 647.50
*First event in Week 19 at HP Byron Nelson Championship

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