Expert Picks: Crowne Plaza Invitational

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May 21, 2013

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Expert Picks: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
Expert
Fantasy selections Projected champion
Rob
Bolton
Chris Kirk, Matt Kuchar
Henrik Stenson, Kevin Streelman

Henrik
Stenson
This week’s strategy demands veterans and/or those with experience at Colonial. The bonus is that all four of these guys are playing well.

Mike
McAllister
Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar
Martin Laird, Charl Schwartzel
Charl
Schwartzel
Tee to green, Schwartzel was the most effective player last week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He'll figure out his putter problems this week.
Chris
Dunham
Ben Crane, Jim Furyk
Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel

Zach
Johnson
The obvious picks are rarely coming through, yet we continue to ride them in this unpredictable season. I worry about Crane and Schwartzel each going for the third week in a row but saw enough positive signs recently to roll the dice with both of them at Colonial.

Helen
Ross
Tim Clark, Rickie Fowler
Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan
Tim
Clark
Two of Clark's 11 career runner-up finishes have come in this event (2008, 2009). Currently tied for 38th in FedExCup points, Clark is third on TOUR in driving accuracy which certainly won't hurt in the winds of Texas.

Ryan
Smithson
Freddie Jacobson, Zach Johnson
Hunter Mahan, Kevin Streelman

Kevin
Streelman
I might be worst fantasy player on the planet -- I just noticed that this will be my first start for Streelman this year. Cue the jinx! Zach Johnson (four top-10s in a row at Colonial, two wins) is a no-brainer here.

Bill
Cooney
Angel Cabrera, Rickie Fowler
Freddie Jacobson, Zach Johnson

Freddie
Jacobson
Jacobson continues to register top 25s, as he finished T17 at HP Byron Nelson for his eighth top 25 in 10 events. Also had a T15 at Valero so we know he likes Texas. Johnson is a given with his two wins in three seasons, Rickie Fowler and Angel Cabrera are solid picks in the wind.

Anne
Detlefsen
Rickie Fowler, Chris Kirk
Martin Laird, Kevin Streelman

Chris
Kirk
Kirk ranks seventh in Strokes gained-putting and hasn't missed a cut since January. He's finished 16th (2011) and tied for 5th (2012) in his last two starts at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

John
Schwarb
Freddie Jacobson, Zach Johnson
Matt Kuchar, Kevin Streelman

Kevin
Streelman
We asked in a poll on Sunday night, who among this year's first-time winners would be the first to win No. 2? A lot of signs point to Streelman, the winner at Innisbrook, given how he's continued to pour on high finishes since his win (T3, T6, T2) and he has no statistical weaknesses. He'll keep it in play at Colonial and have a great chance.

Amanda
Balionis
Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson
Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Streelman

Zach
Johnson
Zach Johnson is to the Crowne Plaza Invitational what Steve Stricker is to the John Deere Classic. The two time champ (2010,2012) simply has this course figured out and you can't deny the 9-time PGA TOUR champion's confidence and skill at this stop.

Brian
Wacker
Charley Hoffman, Zach Johnson
Martin Laird, Ryan Palmer
Ryan
Palmer
He didn't have the best track record at Colonial prior to last season's tie for fifth but Palmer hasn't gone through the TOUR's four Texas events without a single top 10 since 2009. Palmer has made seven of eight cuts on TOUR but hasn't broken 70 on Sunday in any of those events. Maybe this is the week.

Bryan
Mullen
Jim Furyk, Tommy Gainey
Morgan Hoffmann, Jeff Overton

Jim
Furyk
Furyk has struggled a bit in his last three events, but finished T3 at the Valero Texas Open in early April. He feels comfortable at Colonial and was fourth here last year after back-to-back rounds of 68 during the weekend.

John
Swantek
Zach Johnson, David Lingmerth
Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Streelman

Charl
Schwartzel
The two runners-up at THE PLAYERS, along with the 2-time Colonial champ have earned their place in my foursome. But the South African (3rd at the Nelson) is one of the premier ball strikers in the game; exactly what this old track demands.
Sean
Martin
Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar
Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Streelman
Kevin
Streelman
He missed the cut here last year, but he's finished no worse than sixth in his past three starts. Oh, and he won earlier this year at the Tampa Bay Championship. He's definitely the hot hand.
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Of the 751 teams currently in the league, bodeeagles currently leads with 6,475 points. Here's where our experts rank after the HP Byron Nelson Championship:

Rank
Expert
Team name
Points
76
ROB BOLTON, Fantasy Insider
@RobBoltonGolf
4,880
214
MIKE McALLISTER, Managing Editor
Mike McAllister
4,249
241
CHRIS DUNHAM, Site Producer
@ChrisDunhamJr
4,116
297
HELEN ROSS, Chief of Correspondents
Helen Ross
3,867
351
RYAN SMITHSON, Site Producer
Ryan Smithson
3,695
359
BILL COONEY, Site Producer
@BillCooney4653
3,652
379
ANNE DETLEFSEN, Site Producer Anne Detlefsen 3,554
417
JOHN SCHWARB, Site Producer
John Schwarb
3,371
564
AMANDA BALIONIS, Host, PGA TOUR Today
Balionis
2,202
573
BRIAN WACKER, Site Producer
@pgatour_brianw
2,032
593
BRYAN MULLEN, Site Producer*
Bryan Mullen
1,824
621
JOHN SWANTEK, Host, On the Tee
Swan Tech
1,224
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SEAN MARTIN, Events Editor*
@pgatoursmartin
216
* Joined the contest a little late
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