Expert Picks: DEAN & DELUCA

Expert Picks: DEAN & DELUCA
Jordan Spieth is searching for form ahead of his title defense at Colonial Country Club, but will he still be a key pick for our staffers this week?
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World No. 21 and 2-time DEAN & DELUCA Invitational champ Phil Mickelson returns to Colonial Country Club for the first time since a missed cut in 2010 and arrives at 43rd in the FedExCup standings.

The Hall of Famer is 11-for-14 in Fort Worth, Texas, with eight top 25s and four top 10s, highlighted by wins in 2000 and 2008, and a T2 in 2001. He's a perfect 12-for-12 on the season with eight top 25s and three top 10s, including a season-best T5 at the WGC-Match Play in Austin where he won his group and then lost in the quarters, departing with a 4-1-0 record. The 46-year-old's best in stroke play is T7 one start prior at the WGC-Mexico. He ranks 21st on TOUR in Strokes gained: Total, despite a 156th-place ranking in SG: Off-the-Tee. Since T5 at Match Play, Mickelson has posted T55 in Houston, T22 (Masters), T18 (Wells Fargo), and T41 at THE PLAYERS (70-72-78-71). His most recent of 42 TOUR titles is the 2013 Open Championship.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 24 - 11:00 AM

Paul Casey takes his talents to Fort Worth, Texas, for a fifth appearance at this week's DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

The Englishman has some success at Colonial Country Club (solo fifth in 2009 and T13 in 2010) but his last two trips have yielded a missed cut and T43. His most recent visit was in 2015 where he lost 4.2 strokes putting on the week, settling for a T43. This time around, he appears to be rounding into form just in time, gaining 4 or more strokes approaching-the-green in four of his last five lasered events on top of a solo 6th at the Masters. Gamers should give Casey a long look in all formats this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 24 - 10:47 AM

World No. 62 and 2-time DEAN & DELUCA Invitational champ Zach Johnson is at Colonial CC in Fort Worth, Texas, and checks in at 95th in the FedExCup standings.

The 41-year-old ended calendar-year 2016 at 38th in OWGR so he's heading in the wrong direction. He's 8-for-12 on the season with four top 25s and two top 10s, a T6 at the Sony, highlighted by a season-best 61/R2, and T9 five starts ago at the WGC-Match Play in Austin, where he won his Group (2-1-0) and was eliminated in the Round of 16 by eventual champ Dustin Johnson. The Iowa native chased with MCs at the Masters and Texas Open, posting T18 (Wells Fargo) and T48 (PLAYERS) in his last two. He's a perfect 11-for-11 at the DDI with eight top 25s and five top 10s, including wins in 2010 and 2012. ZJ ranks 39th on TOUR in Strokes gained: Around-the-Green but is 141st in SG: Approach-the-Green.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 24 - 10:43 AM

Ollie Schniederjans sets his eyes on Colonial Country Club this week for his first appearance at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

The hatless hero enters the week ranked 45th in the FedExCup standings after a 12-for-17 start to his rookie campaign. The highlight has been a T3 at the RBC Heritage, played at a tight course not too dissimilar to this week's layout. Fast starts haven't been his thing this year, positioning himself no better than T19 after R1, but that may change this week as he's set to go out at 7:11 a.m. on Thursday morning to potentially avoid the worst of the wind. Gamers should give him a strong look this week as he continues to search for his breakout win.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 24 - 10:43 AM

PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 156 C.T. Pan readies for his DEAN & DELUCA Invitational debut and arrives at 81st in the FedExCup standings.

The University of Washington alum has made just seven of 19 cuts in his maiden campaign, MCing five of his last six, including his last four consecutive. In his last eight laps, he's recorded just one red number, and that came while teamed with Zac Blair at the Zurich. The 25-year-old ranks 139th on TOUR in par-4 scoring (4.07) and 120th in scoring average (71.15). His season (and career) best is T2 at the Farmers back in January but has cashed only three checks in his last 11 starts, nothing better than T37 at The Honda Classic.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 24 - 10:29 AM

Local man James Morrison has a useful mix of current and course form heading into this week's BMW PGA Championsip at Wentworth.

Morrison hasn't finished worse than T31 in his last eight European Tour starts, a run he continued with T23 in last week's Rocco Forte Open in Italy. The highlights are T4 and T6 at the Joburg Open and Tshwane Open. The Englishman missed the cut on his first two trips to Wentworth but turned that form around dramatically when opening 68-64 to take the halfway lead in 2012. His lack of experience showed in a Saturday 81 but a solid final-round 71 gave him a share of 10th spot. After another weekend off in 2013, Morrison grabbed T11 in 2015 after going low again on Friday with a six-under 66. He had to settle for T47 last year. On current form, gamers can reasonably expect him to be a leaderboard presence again this week.
May 24 - 9:10 AM

PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 38 Wesley Bryan is in Fort Worth, Texas, for his tourney debut at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational and checks in at 19th in the FedExCup standings.

On the lead-in, the 27-year-old qualified for the U.S. Open (in three weeks) via the world rankings. It will be his first major appearance and second major he's gained entry to, earning an invite to the 2018 Masters from his come-from-behind breakthrough win at the RBC Heritage four starts ago. The South Carolina alum is 11-for-14 on the season with four top 25s, all doubling as top 10s, three of those top 5s. Prior to the Heritage, he was an 18- and 36-hole co-leader at The Honda Classic before finishing T4. The Augusta, Georgia, resident ranks T40 on TOUR in par-4 scoring (4.01) and 58th in scoring average (70.789). Since the win, he's missed his last two cuts at THE PLAYERS (72-76) and Wells Fargo (73-77), and posted T29 while teamed with fellow-rookie Ryan Blaum at the Zurich.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 24 - 9:05 AM

Scott Hend turned around some poor previous form at the BMW PGA Championship with a top 15 finish last year and he returns to the West Course at Wentworth for another challenge this week.

The Aussie had missed seven of eight cuts and posted a T68 prior to 2016 and his last four laps of the iconic venue had been 82-85-72-79. Hend made a mockery of those numbers by opening up with 65-69 to take the halfway lead and he was still at the top of the leaderboard despite a Saturday 75. However, the struggles returned on Sunday as he slid down to T15 after a closing 78. It's been a difficult season so far for Hend in Europe but he ended a run of three missed cuts by returning to the Asian Tour last week (he's the current No. 1 on that circuit) and taking T6 in the Thailand Open thanks to a final-round 64. This is a serious step up but that could just be the confidence jolt he needed and, added to his excellent performance here last year, for 54 holes at least, Hend could be a sneaky pick.
May 24 - 9:00 AM
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