Expert Picks: Valspar Championship
March 11, 2014
- Jordan Spieth has three top-10 finishes, including a second-place showing, in eight events this season. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
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PGATOUR.COM Expert Fantasy selections Projected champion Comments SEAN MARTIN,
Luke Donald, Harris English, Jordan Spieth, Gary Woodland
Donald Has finished in the top 6 in his past three starts here, and played well for three rounds at Doral. JOHN SWANTEK,
Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Gary Woodland
Kuchar After the underrated cut streak ended at Riviera (at 30), he's back to his ultra-consistent ways. T13 at Doral after holding the 36-hole lead. RYAN SMITHSON, Site Producer Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Harris English, Jordan Spieth
Dufner I am going with a safe lineup for this week with few gambles. I hate leaving Copperhead master Jim Furyk off my team, though. ROB BOLTON,
Luke Donald, Harris English, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson
English English sits atop my Power Rankings for the reasons provided, but he also won the 2011 Southern Amateur on this course.
Harris English, Matt Kuchar, John Peterson, Jordan Spieth
English He didn't let a difficult Doral slow him down, and I don't expect Innisbrook to either.
Graham DeLaet, Jason Dufner, Harris English, Will MacKenzie
English Surprised Martin didn't reference English's Southern Am win at Innisbrook. He's been rock solid here (and pretty much everywhere else this year). BRYAN MULLEN,
Jason Dufner, Harris English, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar
Furyk He won here in 2010 and has played well in each year since. Not a great showing at Cadillac, but Furyk will be ready. MIKE MCALLISTER, Managing Editor Luke Donald, Jim Furyk, Kevin Streelman, Gary Woodland
Woodland His February results weren't as impressive as his January finishes, but Woodland feels comfortable at Innisbrook. CHRIS DUNHAM,
K.J. Choi, Brian Davis, Jim Furyk, Cameron Tringale
Tringale He's one of that new group and could really make a name for himself on TOUR with a triumph this week. BILL COONEY,
Harris English, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth
Kuchar I feel a warming trend coming on for Kuchar after a T13 at Cadillac. Good wind player with low ball flight should play favorably at Innisbrook. HELEN ROSS,
Chief of Correspondents
Luke Donald, Harris English, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson
Donald Donald is on the upswing and he's got a comfort zone at Innisbrook after a win and two top-six finishes in his last three starts there. BRIAN WACKER,
Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Jerry Kelly
Dufner The Copperhaed Course is a ball-striker's paradise and if the Duf can do what he didn't in the final round last week -- make putts -- he'll get his first win of 2014. AMANDA BALIONIS,
Host, Trending on TOUR
Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson
Simpson Simpson hasn't finished outside the top 17 at Copperhead. Coming off a strong weekend at Doral, he'll defeat the snake pit with ease.
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Of the 853 teams currently in the league, Number2 currently leads with 5,954 points. Here's where our experts rank after the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Rank Expert Team name Points 17 SEAN MARTIN, Events Editor @PGATOURSMartin 5,136 77 JOHN SWANTEK, Host, LIVE@ Swan Tech 4,375 123 RYAN SMITHSON, Site Producer Ryan Smithson 4,096 126 ROB BOLTON, Fantasy Columnist
@RobBoltonGolf 4,078 165 ANNE DETLEFSEN, Site Producer Anne Detlefsen 3,920 168 D.J. PIEHOWSKI, Digital Producer @DJPie 3,904 172 BRYAN MULLEN, Site Producer
3,878 246 MIKE MCALLISTER, Managing Editor @pgatour_mikemc 3,418 260 CHRIS DUNHAM, Site Producer @ChrisDunhamJr 3,319 272 BILL COONEY, Site Producer Bill Cooney 3,237 369 HELEN ROSS, Chief of Correspondents Helen Ross
2,405 382 BRIAN WACKER, Staff writer
@pgatour_brianw 2,282 494 AMANDA BALIONIS, Host, Trending on TOUR Amanda Balionis 1,401