Expert Picks: Reno-Tahoe Open

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July 13, 2010
PGA TOUR staff
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: Reno-Tahoe Open
Expert
 
Pick order Player selected
 
Casey
Black
JOHN ROLLINS. With seven top-25s this year in addition to winning by three stokes at this ever last year, I think he's a solid pick...
 
Brian
Wacker
VAUGHN TAYLOR. He's a two-time winner at Montreux Golf & Country Club and has five top-10s this season, including two in his last three starts to go with a T11 at the AT&T National.
If Wacker had the top pick ... Taylor
Mike
McAllister
SCOTT McCARRON. As tournament host, McCarron has a lot on his plate this week. But if he can maintain focus inside the ropes, he should contend. He has three top-10s in eight starts at Montreaux, and has 18 under-par rounds in 28 trips around the course.
If McAllister had the top pick ... McCarron
John
Swantek
CHAD CAMPBELL. After a slow start to the year, has made his last three cuts, including a fifth at the Travelers Championship. Remains one of the best ball-strikers in the game .. just has to get the putter going to show it off.
If Swantek had the top pick ... Taylor
Helen
Ross
JOE OGILVIE. Hard for a Carolina grad to pick a man who went to Duke. But he's the one with more than $500,000 in his bank account, not me, and he's coming off a pair of top-25 finishes. Not to mention, Ogilvie tied for fourth in Reno last year. What's not to like?
If Ross had the top pick ... Ogilvie
Ryan
Smithson
KRIS BLANKS. Quietly having a wonderful year. Already has his card locked up for next year, and probably a good spot in the Playoffs, too. He's had that good a season. Wouldn't be a huge surprise if he pulled a McLachlin.
If Smithson had the top pick ... Taylor
Lauren
Deason
MARK WILSON. He started the year off with several top-30 finishes and even a T7 at the Quail Hollow Championship, but has struggled lately. One of Wilson's two TOUR wins, however, came in an opposite field event, though, so I'm betting he will feel comfortable.
If Deason had the top pick ... Wilson
Anne
Szeker
Ryan Palmer. This is the place for Palmer to break out of his slump. He's finished in the top 5 at this event each of the last two years and currently ranks 23rd in driving distance, which helps on this course.
If Szeker had the top pick ... Taylor
Standings after Week 27
LAST WEEK: Anne Szeker took advantage of the No. 1 overall pick, selecting John Deere Classic champion Steve Stricker and earning 500 points.
Position Name Wins Top-5s Top-10s Top-25s FedExCup points
1 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
5 6 9 14 3356.33
2 Brian Wacker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
1 7 7 9 1847.93
3 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents, PGATOUR.COM
1 2 4 12 1815.08
4 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor, PGATOUR.COM
1 2 7 12 1583.74
5 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
1 2 4 13 1543.22
6 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
1 1 2 10 1399.83
7* Anne Szeker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
1 4 4 6 1143.66
8* Casey Black
Host, PGA TOUR Today
1 2 2 2 1022.75
* - Joining the panel a little late

The PGA TOUR has come to a fork in the road this week with some players heading overseas to compete in the British Open at St. Andrews and others heading out West to be tested in the Reno-Tahoe Open. Here's how the PGATOUR.com experts size up the top contenters stateside at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nev.:

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