Expert Picks: Northern Trust Open

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February 12, 2013

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Expert Picks: Northern Trust Open
Expert
Fantasy selections
Projected champion
Helen
Ross
Luke Donald, Chris Kirk
Phil Mickelson, Jimmy Walker

Phil
Mickelson
I think Phil's performance last week was an aberration -- and he proved at Phoenix how quickly he can right the ship. So look for the two-time champion and last year's runner-up to have a big week on a course he really enjoys playing.
Rob
Bolton
Ryan Moore, Charl Schwartzel
Kevin Stadler, Jimmy Walker

Ryan
Moore
You could make a case for about 30 guys in this deep field, but I won’t deviate from No. 1 in my Power Rankings, Ryan Moore.
Amanda
Balionis
Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald
James Hahn, Chris Kirk

Chris
Kirk
Kirk does not have a strong history at the NTO, missing the cut in his two previous starts. However, Kirk's game is in great shape and his confidence is high which makes me confident about my pick this week. Oh, and when apparently in '13, when you finish as the runner-up ... it's a good omen for the following week.
Anne
Szeker
Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald
Adam Scott, Jimmy Walker

Adam
Scott
The Aussie closed 2012 with a win at the Australia Masters and has rested since. He's got a solid record at Riviera (unofficial champion in 2005, runner-up the following year), and is sure to start his 2013 season right where he left off in 2012.
Bill
Cooney
Aaron Baddeley, Keegan Bradley
Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar

Aaron
Baddeley
Baddeley, the 2011 winner here, is off to a hot start in 2013, having carded a pair of top 12s in four events. He's also got it rolling again on the greens, ranking ninth in strokes gained-putting. I like how Kuchar and Garcia are playing, and Bradley was good enough to get in a playoff last season. I really like these picks.
Mike
McAllister
Aaron Baddeley, Luke Donald
Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker

Charl
Schwartzel
If Snedeker's the hottest player in the world, Schwartzel might be the next hottest. He won two events in December by huge margins, and comes off a second-place finish at the European Tour's Joburg Open. Can his carry the momentum into his 2013 season debut on TOUR?
Ryan
Smithson
Graeme McDowell, Bo Van Pelt
Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson
Bubba
Watson
It might be a coincidence, but left-handers do well at Riviera (Weir, Mickelson) and I expect Bubba to win here at least once in his career. Walker's a no-brainer here, Van Pelt is due, and G-Mac seems to prefer the L.A. area.
Chris
Dunham
Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia
Bo Van Pelt, Jimmy Walker

Luke
Donald
Rolling the dice taking two guys (Donald, Garcia) in their 2013 TOUR debuts but both have games that fit well at Riviera. Van Pelt has started slow but the time is now for him to get his 2013 campaign rolling.
John
Swantek
Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan
Jimmy Walker, Lee Westwood

Hunter
Mahan
Left  Mickelson off the board; he looks a little spent after four in a row. Westwood (second start) and Donald (first) will be fresher. Walker T9 at Pebble at has been T4 in L.A. the last 2 years. Mahan is trending toward a win, which will come a week before his title defense in Tucson.
John
Schwarb
Bill Haas, Ryan Moore
Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker

Jimmy
Walker
Following in the Snedeker style of a guy winning in 2013 after a string of high finishes -- Walker has two top 4s in his last three starts. Loves Riviera (T4s last two years) and is going to break through sooner than later.
Brian
Wacker
Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell
Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson

Bubba
Watson
Hogan's Alley sets up nicely for the games of McDowell and Donald. Walker is a great fit there, too. He's been a West Coast stud and finished fourth at Riviera each of the last two years. Likewise, Watson has a good track record there with three top 20s and is off to a good start this season.
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Out of 266 teams currently in the league, West Van BC Darts currently leads with 853 points. Here's where our experts rank after the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Rank Expert Team name Points
14 Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents
Helen Ross 656
44 Rob Bolton, Fantasy Insider
Rob Bolton (Expert) 571
115 Mike McAllisterManaging Editor
Mike McAllister 511
131 Anne Szeker, Site Producer Anne Detlefsen 511
133 John SwantekHost, On the Tee Swan Tech 511
136 Bill Cooney, Site Producer @BillCooney4653 511
162 Ryan Smithson, Site Producer
Ryan Smithson 216
182 Chris Dunham, Site Producer @ChrisDunhamJr 156
244 John Schwarb, Site Producer John Schwarb 48
252 Brian Wacker, Site Producer @pgatour_brianw 35
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