Expert Picks: CIMB Classic

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Bill Haas is one of the many big names in the field this week, and one to watch.
October 22, 2013

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Expert Picks: CIMB Classic
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Fantasy selections
Projected champion
Sean Martin
Sergio Garcia, Hideki Matsuyama
Ryan Moore, Jimmy Walker

Hideki Matsuyama
He won three times in Japan this year. Matsuyama, who finished third at the Frys.com Open, has shown his game can travel.

Bryan Mullen
Graham DeLaet, Bill Haas
Bo Van Pelt, Nick Watney

Nick Watney
Has some good history in Malaysia and is the defending champion. Watney didn't close well at TPC Summerlin last week, but he shot a pair of 66s in the second and third rounds.

Anne Detlefsen
Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia
Phil Mickelson, Jeff Overton
Jeff Overton
Overton has experience at the CIMB and his game has been on the upswing since the start of the 2013-2014 season (T16, T9 in the first two events).

John Swantek
Roberto Castro, Hideki Matsuyama
Jeff Overton, Gary Woodland
Hideki Matsuyama
My only slight hesitation is the illness that forced his WD in Vegas. If he's full strength, his performance should be full throttle.

Ryan Smithson
Bill Haas, Phil Mickelson
Jimmy Walker, Nick Watney
Phil Mickelson
I know it's probably too early to burn a start for Phil, but he's playing too good to leave on the bench. I am going to use Walker until he slows down (it might be awhile the way he's playing).

Chris Dunham
Brendon de Jonge, Sergio Garcia
Jeff Overton, Nick Watney
Jeff Overton
Three of the four have had success in this event and I like 2011 runner-up. Yes, I know this is a new course, but Overton went T9-3rd-T3-T22 (with a 2009 W/D after 18 holes mixed in) at Congressional and Aronimink as the AT&T National jumped around for U.S. Open preparations. Why can't he do the same here after such a strong start to his 2013-14 campaign?

Helen Ross
Keegan Bradley, Bill Haas
Hideki Matsuyama, Kyle Stanley
Bill Haas
Haas is coming off a solid performance at The Presidents Cup where he went 2-2-1. Look for him to start 2013-14 on a similarly strong note.

Mike McAllister
Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama
Nick Watney, Gary Woodland
Nick Watney
The CIMB defending champ finished the 2013 season on the upswing with a strong FedExCup Playoffs performance, and he posted a pair of 66s in the middle rounds last week.

Rob Bolton
Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia
Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson
Getting off to a slow start forces me to send out the big dogs even though this is an event that allows for some riskier choices (that would save starts on the chalk) because there is no cut.

John Schwarb
Keegan Bradley, Bill Haas
Phil Mickelson, Jeff Overton
Keegan Bradley
Hard to believe he was winless in the 2013 season, though it wasn't because he was playing poorly -- seven top 10s was a career high. He'll score a win in the early going this season, and not have to face questions of when he'll end the drought.

Bill Cooney
Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia
Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker
Sergio Garcia
Due for a victory after a solid 2013 season that included six top 10s and 11 T25s in 17 starts. Finished 6th in scoring average, 8th in strokes gained-putting and 9th in All-Around.

D.J. Piehowski
Sergio Garcia, Hideki Matsuyama
Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker
Sergio Garcia
After a bit of a slow start, I'm going with a mix of star power and hot hands to get some points. At a new course (and with a small field), let's go with the two big names -- Sergio and Phil -- who have played well overseas (and pretty much everywhere else).

Amanda Balionis
Keegan Bradley, Charley Hoffman
Phil Mickelson, Jeff Overton
Jeff Overton
Overton has gotten off to a hot start in the first round of his last two events, proving the Hoosier's game is where it needs to be. Playing in his third consecutive event, watch for Overton's consistency to improve and take him into the winner's circle come (early) Sunday morning ET.
Brian Wacker
Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els
Bill Haas, Nick Watney
Keegan Bradley
He had seven top 10s and ranked 10th in scoring in 2013. Bradley also has a history of playing well in limited field/no-cut events.
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Rank Expert Team name Points
5 SEAN MARTIN, Events Editor
@PGATOURSMartin
682
32 BRYAN MULLEN, Site Producer Bryan Mullen
605
48 ANNE DETLEFSEN, Site Producer Anne Detlefsen
566
64 JOHN SWANTEK, Host, On The Tee
Swan Tech
549
90 RYAN SMITHSON, Site Producer
Ryan Smithson
521
97 CHRIS DUNHAM, Site Producer
@ChrisDunhamJr
507
120 HELEN ROSS, Chief of Correspondents
Helen Ross
200
121
MIKE MCALLISTER, Managing Editor
@pgatour_mikemc 200
127 ROB BOLTON, Fantasy Columnist
@RobBoltonGolf
182
132 JOHN SCHWARB, Site Producer
John Schwarb
182
177 BILL COONEY, Site Producer
@BillCooney4653
67
192 D.J. PIEHOWSKI, Social Media coordinator
@DJPie 47
-- AMANDA BALIONIS, Host, PGA TOUR TODAY
Balionis
0
-- BRIAN WACKER, Site Producer @pgatour_brianw 0
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