Fantasy Golf: Expert Picks for Northern Trust Open
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #22
Mahan has been in the mix for wins in two of his last three PGA starts this season and his hand is as hot as any on the Tour. His history at this event is of undeniable concern, but his momentum is not.
Geoff Ogilvy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #49
Ogilvy earns immediate respect based on talent though we have witnessed an inconsistent performance through early 2011 starts. Add troubled history on this course and you might consider more reliable options.
Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #56
Few can boast CH3's history at this event and a promising start to the 2011 season offers hope of pushing that Northern Trust reputation forward. He's dangerous, skilled, and focused.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #13
Watson has one win on his 2011 PGA resume already and a quick review of his career reveals two quality performances at Riviera over his last four appearances at the Northern Trust.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #27
Furyk should be ranked much higher but the links of Riviera have been a persistent thorn in his side. He rarely plays to his full potential at this event, but if his full potential shows, Furyk demands consideration.
Few have earned as much money at Riviera as Sabbatini, boasting one of the most impressive Northern Trust resumes available for hire. He enters with momentum with two solid finishes coming forward.
Retief Goosen [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #122
Goosen is one of the best in the game, but this will be his first PGA start of the season. That and his troublesome history on the links of Riviera lead us to temper expectations this week.
Kevin Na - World Ranking: #84
Na may be one of the best values on the fantasy shelf this week, boasting several impressive performances at Riviera during his career. However, three missed cuts coming in is cause for worry.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #26
ZJ has yet to impress in 2011, but his skills are undeniable. He has built a mixed bag of results at Riviera during his career, but it's only a matter of time before he surges for a top finish.
Couples has moved to the Champions Tour, but he continues to file calculated starts with the big boys at events he has enjoyed in the past. The Northern Trust has been one of his favorites over recent campaigns.
Tim Clark [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #53
Clark gave us reason for hope during the first two PGA events in Hawaii, but he has not played since. His Riviera resume offers both hope and frustration, leading to questions about his potential this season.
We know O'Hair has the game to compete with the elite, but he has yet to show and prove in 2011. His history on this track fails to impress, but we know he is capable of improved returns.