Expert Picks: The Honda Classic

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February 26, 2013

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Expert Picks: The Honda Classic
Expert
Fantasy selections
Projected champion
Ryan
Smithson
Keegan Bradley, Freddie Jacobson
Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood

Keegan
Bradley
Like a lot of players, this is a home game for Keegan. Had a shot to win The Honda Classic last year but faded with a final-round 73. He's played really well in spurts this year, and PGA National sets up well for him -- he loves par 70 courses.
John
Swantek
Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy
Justin Rose, Tiger Woods

Graeme
McDowell
A venue that's major-championship tough is exactly the type of test the U.S Open champion relishes. A quarterfinal run at the Match Play sharpened his edge. 
Amanda
Balionis
Russell Henley, Freddie Jacobson
Graeme McDowell, Charl Schwartzel

Graeme
McDowell
G-Mac is coming off a strong showing at Match Play, advancing to the quarterfinals before falling to third-place finisher Jason Day. The Northern Irishman also has a steady track record at PGA National, boasting two consecutive top 10s in his last two starts here.
Bill
Cooney
Freddie Jacobson, Graeme McDowell
Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood

Charl
Schwartzel
The hope is Schwartzel is fired up after losing to Russell Henley in Round 1 at Accenture, not to mention he's rested after his early exit. Prior to match play, he finished in the top 5 in his previous seven events worldwide. Westwood and McDowell played well at PGA National last season and Jacobson is on a roll -- three top 10s in 2013 and fourth in strokes gained-putting.
Mike
McAllister
Freddie Jacobson, Graeme McDowell
Justin Rose, Lee Westwood

Graeme
McDowell
Each of my four picks has at least two top-10 finishes at The Honda Classic. Going with G-Mac as the pick to win. He's finished top-10 in his last two starts at PGA National and comes off a strong showing at the Accenture Match Play Championship.
John
Schwarb
Freddie Jacobson, Graeme McDowell
Charl Schwartzel, Tiger Woods

Charl
Schwartzel
Schwartzel was a very trendy pick at Accenture, so naturally he was upset in the first round. But with a return to the stroke-play world, expect him to pick up where he's been the last couple months worldwide -- on a big-time hot streak.
Helen
Ross
Rickie Fowler, Charles Howell III
Freddie Jacobson, Charl Schwartzel

Charl
Schwartzel
That first-round loss last week was an anomoly. Schwartzel had finished third of better in his last four starts prior to hitting the "slopes" at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. He'll get back on track at PGA National.
Anne
Detlefsen
Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose
Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods

Tiger
Woods
He nearly won in his PGA National debut here last year, closing with an impressive 62 to come up short to Rory McIlroy. Going to let the disappointing performance at Accenture Match Play slide, he'll be ready to go this week.
Brian
Wacker
Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose
Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods

Lee
Westwood
With the start of the Florida Swing, I'm sticking with four guys who all live in the Sunshine State. Most of them have good records here, too, including Westwood, who has finished in the top 10 in two of the last three years. And remember, Tiger shot a final-round 62 last year to nearly catch Rory McIlroy.
Chris
Dunham
Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy
Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel

Graeme
McDowell
I like McDowell on tough courses ... and on Florida courses. PGA National is both. I look for a strong showing from the 2010 U.S. Open champ. Rose and Schwartzel are obvious picks while McIlroy, he's not been strong early but I don't want to regret leaving him on the bench if he goes off this week.
Rob
Bolton
Freddie Jacobson, Graeme McDowell
Charl Schwartzel, Tiger Woods

Charl
Schwartzel
Doubtful that his one-and-out at Dove Mountain will deter gamers – and it shouldn’t. Solid record at PGA National converges with a red-hot slate in stroke-play competition over the last few months.
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Of the 432 teams currently in the league, fore-play currently leads with 1,295 points. Here's where our experts rank after the Northern Trust Open (no picks were used for the WGC-Accenture).

Rank
Expert
Team name
Points
57
Rob Bolton, Fantasy Insider
Rob Bolton (Expert)
839
119
Mike McAllister, Managing Editor
Mike McAllister
762
131
John Swantek, Host, On the Tee
Swan Tech
748
201
Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents
Helen Ross
656
204 Bill Cooney, Site Producer @BillCooney4653 654
242
Anne Detlefsen, Site Producer
Anne Detlefsen
511
258 John Schwarb, Site Producer John Schwarb 433
301 Chris Dunham, Site Producer @ChrisDunhamJr 320
329
Ryan Smithson, Site Producer
Ryan Smithson
269
404 Brian Wacker, Site Producer @pgatour_brianw 141
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