Fantasy Golf: Expert Picks for Northern Trust Open
Marino's work at Riviera has been mixed, but he was in the hunt for a win at the Northern Trust last season. Add his growing reputation to his recent push for a win at Pebble Beach and he entices.
Jeff Overton [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #190
Overton emerged as one of the best young golfers on the rise in 2010. While he has yet to finish as hoped in three starts this season, there are signs of elite potential to be found in those rounds.
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #11
Based on his first three starts in 2011, we should have Rose much higher. However, Riviera has been a consistent source of woe in the past and that history is cause for concern.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5
Day has solidified respect as a young talent on the rise and his first two starts this season have gone well, but he has only one Riviera start on his resume, resulting in a missed cut.
Padraig Harrington [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #178
Harrington is one of the best in the world, but he put on a horrific display during the weekend at Pebble Beach last week. Add a troubled history at Riviera and we are tempted to stay away.
Robert Karlsson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #162
Karlsson is a total wild card, clearly one of the top talents in the world, but coming off two seasons plagued by injury and inconsistent performance. He has the game. He lacks the history.
This season's field is as strong as ever, marking the Northern Trust Open as one of the more alluring events of the early 2011 season, providing the fantasy faithful with an exciting opportunity to employ some of the game's elite.
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