Expert Picks: Puerto Rico Open

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March 08, 2011
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. For expert picks from this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, click here.
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Expert picks: Puerto Rico
Expert
 
Pick orderPlayer selected
 
Lauren
Deason
GREG CHALMERS. Has just one start at Trump International -- in 2009 -- and tied for fourth. Had a good week going at The Honda Classic before a third-round 76 sent him down the leaderboard. With his short game, will contend if the wind picks up.
 
Brian
Wacker
FREDRIK JACOBSON. He's a very good iron player and putter and though this will be his first time playing in the event Jacobson has played respectably this season with a couple of top-25s, including a tie for 19th in Mexico in the last opposite-field event.
If Wacker had the top pick ... Jacobson
Anne
Szeker
BRENDON DE JONGE. One of the TOUR's most consistent players not named Kuchar, de Jonge has finished inside the top 30 in 13 of his last 21 starts including four of six this year. Shared third place here in 2010.
If Szeker had the top pick ... de Jonge
John
Swantek
JAMIE LOVEMARK. Nothing more than a gut feeling on the immensely talented 2010 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year, who figures to put it all together soon.
If Swantek had the top pick ... Lovemark
Ryan
Smithson
STEWART CINK. Made a good decision to play at Trump International this week. His long game is still solid but he has to get the short game going if he's going to return to world-class status. Will need to get it going to make the Presidents Cup team on points.
If Smithson had the top pick ... Cink
Helen
Ross
JERRY KELLY. He's a steal at the sixth pick. Kelly has played in Puerto Rico twice and walked away with top-10s each time, including a tie for second in 2008. And he should be confident after last week's gritty third place at The Honda Classic.
If Ross had the top pick ... Kelly
Chris
Dunham
KYLE STANLEY. Sure, the weekend wasn't kind to Stanley at PGA National, but he's still having a very good season. The rookie has made the cut in all six starts and one of these weeks he'll carry momentum from a quick start through all four rounds.
If Stanley had the top pick ... Stanley
John
Schwarb
ANGEL CABRERA. I can't justify this pick on 2011 performance, as El Pato has made just two of four cuts and his best finish is T49. I just have a feeling the veteran will play well here, especially with son Federico in the field.
If Schwarb had the top pick ... Cink
Mike
McAllister
BRYCE MOLDER. Has two top-20 finishes here the last two years and has had two weeks off to recharge his batteries after MC at Northern Trust. Having recently turned 32, it's time for the decorated Georgia Tech grad to step up and win his first TOUR event.
If McAllister had the top pick ... Molder
Standings after Week 9
LAST WEEK: Chris Dunham (Overton, T6) was the only mover, but Mike McAllister (Yang, solo 2nd) continued a successful season and added to his lead.
Position Name Wins Top-5s Top-10s Top-25s FedExCup points
1 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor, PGATOUR.COM
0 4 4 7 1167.38
2 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 4 5 5 793.50
3 Brian Wacker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 3 6 596.33
4 Chris Dunham
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 5 5 456.49
5 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 2 3 5 434.82
6 Anne Szeker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 2 5 397.29
7 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 3 4 347.90
8 John Schwarb
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 1 4 336.00
9 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
0 1 2 4 288.08

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