Expert Picks: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

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Zach Johnson ended 2013 on a hot streak and is expected to contend in Las Vegas.
October 15, 2013

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Expert Picks: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Fantasy selections
Projected champion
Anne Detlefsen
Zach Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama
Scott Piercy, John Peterson

Zach Johnson
Closed out 2013 season strong and played well at The Presidents Cup. No doubt he'll be in the mix in Vegas, where he was T10 in 2008.

Chris Dunham
Ben Crane, Brendon de Jonge
Martin Laird, Nick Watney

Brendon de Jonge
Anyone who frequently reads my picks (Hi, mom!) knows that I like to mix it up a little bit with my lineups and I don't expect Crane, who has five top 20s in his last seven trips here, or former champion Laird will crack many lineups. Give me de Jonge to continue his stellar play from The Presidents Cup and win at TPC Summerlin.

Helen Ross
Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet,
Zach Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama
My lineup features recent Presidents Cuppers, three of whom are looking for their first wins. I expect all to break through soon, but Hideki Matsuyama has momentum after last week's tie for third.

Mike McAllister
Graham DeLaet, Zach Johnson
Kevin Na, Scott Piercy
Graham DeLaet
Had made 81 starts without a PGA TOUR win. Based on how he played at The Presidents Cup, maybe No. 82 is his lucky number in Vegas.

Rob Bolton
Brendon de Jonge, Zach Johnson
Hideki Matsuyama, Nick Watney
Zach Johnson
No reason to deviate from the top four in my Power Rankings. Not this early. Not in this field.

Brendon de Jonge, Zach Johnson
Hideki Matsuyama, Nick Watney
Nick Watney
A dreadful summer was salvaged in the FedExCup Playoffs with a T9 at The Barclays and a solo second at the BMW Championship; he'll keep those vibes going at TPC Summerlin, where the Vegas resident has three straight top 10s.

Bill Cooney
Graham DeLaet, Zach Johnson
Hideki Matsuyama, Nick Watney
Hideki Matsuyama
Matsuyama may prove to be one of the better ball-strikers on TOUR by season's end. Machine-like at times, I like him to take home his first title this week.

Bryan Mullen Graham DeLaet, Zach Johnson
Webb Simpson, Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore
Consider it a home game for the defending champion, who went to UNLV and resides in Las Vegas. Moore can go super low at TPC Summerlin (61-68-65-66 in 2012)  and he puts himself in great position to start the 2013-14 season well.

Amanda Balionis
Graham DeLaet, Zach Johnson
Hideki Matsuyama, Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson
Has seen success here, finished T4 in 2010 and is also coming off a successful Presidents Cup appearance. Oh, and Simpson doesn't strike me as the partying type in Vegas, so his focus will be all on the course.

D.J. Piehowski
Zach Johnson, Spencer Levin
Kevin Na, John Peterson
Zach Johnson
Nobody tell Zach Johnson it's a new season, since he finished his 2013 campaign with a win and seven top 10s in his last eight starts. Also look for Levin to continue his comeback from injury at a course where he's had success.

Sean Martin
Zach Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama
Kevin Na, Nick Watney
Nick Watney
Seemed to be in good form at the end of the 2013 season, and has a good history at TPC Summerlin.

Ryan Smithson
Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet
Webb Simpson, Nick Watney
Brendon de Jonge
I can't wait to see what a couple of the Internationals' stars will do this week at TPC Summerlin. I'll bet I am one of the few who leaves Zach Johnson on the bench. I am saving him for later.

Graham DeLaet, Robert Garrigus
Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na
Graham DeLaet
The week off following his International best 3-1-1 showing at The Presidents Cup will have the Canadian rejuvenated to pick up right where he left off last season, routinely contending for victories.

Brian Wacker
Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet
Zach Johnson, Kevin Na
Zach Johnson
He saved his best for the end of the 2013 season and there's no reason to think he won't carry that form into Las Vegas.


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Rank Expert Team name Points
17 ANNE DETLEFSEN, Site Producer Anne Detlefsen 566
36 RYAN SMITHSON, Site Producer Ryan Smithson 518
39 CHRIS DUNHAM, Site Producer @ChrisDunhamJr
55 HELEN ROSS, Chief of Correspondents Helen Ross 200
56 MIKE MCALLISTER, Managing Editor
58 ROB BOLTON, Fantasy Columnist
62 JOHN SCHWARB, Site Producer
John Schwarb
BILL COONEY, Site Producer @BillCooney4653 67
92 BRYAN MULLEN, Site Producer Bryan Mullen
-- SEAN MARTIN, Events Editor
-- D.J. PIEHOWSKI, Social Media coordinator
@DJPie 0
-- JOHN SWANTEK, Host, On The Tee Swan Tech 0
-- BRIAN WACKER, Site Producer @pgatour_brianw 0