Expert Picks: Open

October 08, 2013

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Expert Picks: Open
Fantasy selections
Projected champion
Gary Woodland, Hideki Matsuyama,
Billy Horschel, John Peterson

Gary Woodland
All I want is a solid start off the first tee -- err, tournament. This is a foursome that can make it happen. Fairways and greens all season long.
Jonas Blixt, Hideki Matsuyama,
Trevor Immelman, Marc Leishman

Jonas Blixt
Blixt didn't make much noise during the FedExCup Playoffs, but he's the defending champ at the Open and should be recharged going into the new season.
Jimmy Walker, Bryce Molder,
Billy Horschel, Tim Clark
Jimmy Walker
Played twice in the U.S. last fall after going three events into the FedExCup Playoffs and posted top 10s in each start. He again went three deep into the Playoffs in 2013 and I look for him to improve upon 2012's T4 finish here and start the 2013-14 campaign off with a dy-no-mite bang.
Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel,
Jonas Blixt, Gary Woodland
Jimmy Walker
The season opener is in California, right? Time to run with Walker, who seemingly is in the hunt anytime the TOUR is on the West Coast. Tied for fourth at CordeValle last year.
John Peterson, Brad Fritsch,
Jonas Blixt, Tim Clark
John Peterson
Picked him as my breakout star for 2013-14. Has all the tools to succeed. No. 1 on Tour in greens in regulation, No. 2 in total driving. Putting the only question mark.
Billy Horschel, John Peterson,
Hideki Matsuyama, Gary Woodland
Billy Horschel
He tied for seventh at the in 2011, and that was before he broke out as an every-week force on TOUR. Coming off a deep FedExCup run and some rest, he'll be confident and fresh.
Hideki Matsuyama, Jonas Blixt,
Trevor Immelman, Patrick Reed
Hideki Matsuyama
I know he'll be tired after the stop-and-start-and-stop-again week at The Presidents Cup. But Matsuyama has momentum and now is as good a time as any for him to break out.
John Peterson, Jonas Blixt,
Jimmy Walker, Billy Horschel
John Peterson
Would not be at all surprised to see Peterson kick off his PGA TOUR career with a win. He closed out the 2013 Tour season with five straight top-five finishes.
Hideki Matsuyama, Gary Woodland,
Chesson Hadley, Michael Putnam
Hideki Matsuyama
Coming off his first Presidents Cup performance where moments of greatness definitely came through, the Japanese star will look to continue his impressive year by notching his first win stateside, and prolong his streak to eight straight top 25s in 2013.
Billy Horschel, Jonas Blixt,
Marc Leishman, Hideki Matsuyama
Billy Horschel
Horschel had a career year last season, comes off a much-needed week of rest prior to the start of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season and has played well in both his trips to CordeValle.
Gary Woodland, Jonas Blixt,
Camilo Villegas, Billy Horschel
Gary Woodland
Coming off a successful year and finished strong, including a T2 at The Barclays. Woodland won the Reno-Tahoe Open two months ago. Also, the long-hitter has been working on his putting, and the positive results are apparent.
John Peterson, Jimmy Walker,
Jamie Lovemark, Marc Leishman
John Peterson
The form he demonstrated during the Web.Com Finals affirmed to me that the former NCAA champion has the game to win this year. Why not this week?
Jimmy Walker, Hideki Matsuyama,
James Hahn, John Peterson
Jimmy Walker
He plays some of his best golf in California, posting top-5s at the Farmers Insurance Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am earlier this year and finishing fourth at last year's Open.
Billy Horschel, Jimmy Walker,
Patrick Reed, Bud Cauley
Billy Horschel
After a disappointing second half of the season, Horschel found his form and confidence during the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Cauley should be anxious to put the Tour out of sight at a place he's played well in the past.