Expert Picks for AT&T National
Ernie Els [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #24 - Not Entered
One of few major winners in the field this week, Els deserves consideration based on his talent and resume alone. The AT&T Nationals haven't been a regular stop for Els over recent seasons, but we have reason to believe that may not matter. He has the game to take advantage of this layout.
We are quickly approaching the time of year when we've seen Overton struggle in the past. But, this particular tourney has been rewarding for Overton over recent campaigns and we are close to suggesting he may represent one of the best values available for hire this week. If his putts are landing, Overton will be in the mix.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7
Scott hasn't been as consistent as we had hoped after a strong start to the 2011 season, but the folks at Aronimink are excited to get him in the field. He has been a force of reckoning in spots and there are signs suggesting his particular style of golf will be an outstanding fit for low scores this week. He's a wager you shouldn't be too scared to consider this week.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #29
Haas as become a regular on our list any time the field is a bit thin. He has come through much more often than not in those spots. While he lacks the history we covet for fantasy starters, Haas certainly seems to have momentum through 2011.
Ben Crane [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #106 - Not Entered
Crane joins the list of talents currently ranked among the best the PGA Tour has to offer, and he is one of few at this week's AT&T National. That said, he hasn't been as competitive as you would hope at this event over recent seasons and his lack of history (as well as questionable momentum) has us turning to other options this week.
Carl Pettersson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #34
Pettersson has become a regular on the rankings and this week we bring him back for more. He fails to rank among our favorites for the win, but we wouldn't argue with the decision to get him as a backup. He lacks strong history on this course, but his game is progressing this season.
We tire of crawling out on the O'Hair limb only to find it breaks, but this week we have history on our side. O'Hair has always been a force of reckoning on Aronimink over it's brief-but-insightful history, including last season when he was struggling much as he is this season only to surge at this event.
Of the defending champs, we would rank Kim as the one we like the least (other than Tiger who isn't playing at all), and we would be fair in noting this lack of belief comes with ease as Kim has failed to impress on any level at all this season. Still, he clearly has a connection with this course. If he can get right, it will be this week.
Charlie Wi [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #110
Wi is one of our favorite low-tier targets, a veteran of many years and many starts with more than enough history to justify existence as a backup option. He has been consistent at Aronimink and should be ranked among the safer commodities for the week.
Pat Perez [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #147
Perez is another capable vet we typically target at such events, but for this week we might push a bit harder. If you play with an extended roster or in a deeper league, Perez could be as good as any option available with history at this track suggesting he will compete.
We put Levin on the roster last week as a backup based on momentum and he did just fine in providing a bit of value at the Travelers. That's enough to come back for seconds this week (though we definitely want him as a backup and nothing more) at Aronimink.
Weekley has the length, power, and heart to show and prove on this course, but he has failed to do so consistently in the past. He tends to play his best in the eastern swing, but this course hasn't been too kind. Still, with a limited field we feel he's in the top 30.