Expert Picks: Children's Miracle Network Classic

November 06, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

The PGA TOUR travels to Walt Disney World (Magnolia Course, Palm Course) in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic this week. Here's how the PGATOUR.COM experts sized up the top contenders:

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: Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic
Pick orderPlayer selected
DAVIS LOVE III. Tough week to have the No. 1 pick. I still like Tommy Gainey a lot even though he just won, but Davis is playing great right now. It was very, very impressive that he tied for fourth at McGladrey with all the hand-shaking and hosting he had to do.
TOMMY GAINEY. Gainey got his first PGA TOUR win at The McGladrey Classic, carding a final-round 60 in the process. Don't expect him to ease up, either. Gainey is long off the tee and his putting is usually solid. Just maybe he's got another win in the bag.
If Balionis had the top pick ... Gainey
HENRIK STENSON. Stenson is coming off a solid showing at The McGladrey Classic (T27) where he carded four rounds in the 60s. He said he's playing well right now, and the fact that he finished T12 at Disney last season only raises his value.
If Cooney had the top pick ... Gainey
JUSTIN LEONARD. He's played at Disney five times and has finished sixth or better three times, including two seconds in the last three years. He's 46 under in those three events so Leonard knows how to go low.
If Ross had the top pick ... Love
JONAS BLIXT. After the breakthrough win at the Open, an emotional letdown was to be expected - T84 at the McGladrey. The time off will recharge the batteries and he'll be ready to fire with a top 30 money list finish and a Masters berth on the line.
If Swantek had the top pick ... Blixt
TREVOR IMMELMAN. I've just got a feeling about Immelman. Despite the fact that he's had only five top 25s in 23 events this season, Immelman finished with a T6 at Disney last season. He's due for his best performance of the season.
If Deason had the top pick ... Love
BILLY MAYFAIR. Saw him on the practice green at TPC Scottsdale last week, grinding with his long putter, undoubtedly thinking about Disney. One number sums him up: No. 125. He'll look to duplicate last year's T6 and enjoy an offseason of full job security.
If Schwarb had the top pick ... Mayfair
BRENDON DE JONGE. There's a past champ I really like but it's hard to ignore de Jonge's recent form (2nd, T4, T4 in his last three starts). At least 17 under has won this event every year since 2000 -- and de Jonge leads the TOUR in birdie average.
If Dunham had the top pick ... de Jonge
RYAN PALMER. Hasn't set the TOUR on fire lately, but game sets up well for this birdie-filled format. One of the best on TOUR in par-3 scoring, which is magnified this week. Tied for 20th here last year and T19 in 2010. T16 in 2008.
If Szeker had the top pick ... Love
CHARLES HOWELL III. Of the 40 career rounds that CH3 has played in this event, just one has been over par. Meanwhile, 33 of those rounds have been under par. Plus, CH3 comes into this week riding momentum of a T7 at Sea Island.
If McAllister had the top pick ... Howell
CHRIS KIRK. He's the best available player on the board and is coming off a T4 at the CIMB Classic two weeks ago. A strong performance would also move him inside the top 70 on the money list, which guarantees him spots in the invitationals for 2013.
If Wacker had the top pick ... Howell
Post-Playoffs standings
UPDATE: Brian Wacker surged up the standings with his victory, as he selected HSBC Champions winner Ian Poulter. Mike McAllister took the lead after picking Jason Dufner (T2).
Position Name Wins Top-5s Top-10s Top-25s Missed cuts Money
1 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor, PGATOUR.COM
1 2 2 2 1 $1,750,545.00
2 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents, PGATOUR.COM
1 3 3 4 0 $1,560,965.00
3 Brian Wacker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
1 1 2 3 0 $1,439,649.16
4 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
1 1 1 3 1 $1,072,922.50
5 Chris Dunham
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 3 4 1 $612,571.00
6 Anne Szeker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 1 2 1 $533,037.50
7 Bill Cooney
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 2 3 0 $456,910.00
8 John Schwarb
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 2 3 0 $415,472.50
9 Lauren Deason
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 1 3 1 $351,615.00
10 Amanda Balionis
Host, PGA TOUR Today
0 0 0 2 0 $221,964.28
11 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 0 2 1 $198,913.34

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