Expert Picks for The Masters
The temptation to put a few chips down on Kim is growing. He has shown well at Augusta on more than one occasion and we've seen times from Kim over recent weeks that suggests his focus and game are finally on point with lofty expectation.
This could be a rank too high or too low for one of the oldest competitors in the field, but Jimenez nmight have his name included in the final top ten on Sunday in Georgia. He is an outstanding sleeper prospect with a history at Augusta most would covet.
Geoff Ogilvy [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #98
Ogilvy has improved in terms of consistent performance this season and his history suggests that could lead to rising gains in search of his first Green Jacket. He has been surprisingly strong at The Masters and he may be playing the best golf of his career today.
Paul Casey [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #83
Much of Casey's history at The Masters has been worthy of note, but his performance here last season was troubled (much like his work through the early weeks of the 2011 PGA season). He's definitely a member of the elite golf club, but we are tempering expectations this week.
Y.E. Yang [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #132
Yang is a tough pill for fantasy owners due to his lack of depth in terms of long-term golf acumen, but his work against top fields over the last three years has been nothing short of impressive. He showcased a strong connection to Augusta last season and we expect he's likely to look strong again in 2011.
Fred Couples [Yahoo Class C]
We've been tempted to jump into the Couples circle of trust on several occasions this season. While he has brought mixed results, this may be the best week to put your faith in the veteran duffer. He is a former Masters champ, he showed very well at this course last season, and he's happy to go for it all while he still has the opportunity.
Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #59
Stricker is struggling to put it all together; he owns a lackluster record of performance at The Masters, and we worry the cost to get him on the roster is too much to pay for the expected output. Stricker looked good last week in Houston, but he has rarely looked good at Augusta.
Rickie Fowler [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #12
Fowler may be the best young golfer in the game, and with that comes the obvious risk of the unknown. Fowler has a limited Masters resume, but his skill and talent alone get him into this (or any) week's top 20.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #24
Haas may be the best kept secret in the field. He's got some modest-yet-impressive history at Augusta, he's enjoying one of the best early-season runs on the Tour, and he's at the top of his game. Few will give him thought against this field, but he could -- with ease -- surprise.
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #20
McDowell marks the spot late in our weekly rankings where trust in history fails to support tall expectation. However, McDowell definitely has the game to compete at this particular course against this top-rate field, and thus he gets a mention.
Ben Crane [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #159
Crane showed well in closing at The Masters last season and we are tempted to push him higher on the rankings. However, he has yet to post a tall finish at the season's first major and thus we advise he may not be a pick of performance as much as he would be a pick of value.
Francesco Molinari [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #60
Of the two Molinari brothers in the field we are tempted to lean toward Francesco based on their performances last season (nothing to write home about) and recent work witnessed on the Tour. They clearly have the talent, but only Francesco has shown recent performances to garner hope.
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