New Orleans Dartboard Picks

This is the sixth week of our little experiment to test the depth of field in PGA Tour events: how would a randomly selected slate of ten players match up against the ten experts at pgatour.com who attempt to pick the winner each week? Are the Tour players so good that any one of them could win any week?

Here’s how the experts’ picks fared last week at Harbour Town:

Brandt Snedeker (1)

Luke Donald (2)

Jason Day (T9)

Aaron Baddeley (T14)

Webb Simpson (T14)

Jim Furyk (T21)

Matt Kuchar (T21)

Graeme McDowell (T61)

Rickie Fowler (MC)

Bo Van Pelt (MC)

And here are the Dartboard results:

Tim Herron (T4)

Pat Perez (T6)

Bio Kim (T21)

Billy Mayfair (T30)

Jeff Klauk (T36)

Alex Cejka (T46)

Lee Janzen (T66)

Will MacKenzie (T69)

Davis Love III (MC)

Sean O’Hair (MC)

With a 1st, a 2nd and a T9, the expert picks acquitted themselves well. But Tim Herron getting a T4 and Pat Perez managing himself well enough to get a T6 made for a good showing by the Dartboard picks. It was also pretty impressive that not-even-ranked-in-the world, Bio Kim, managed to finish T21. How do you explain that? Great for him. And taken together, the four guys who missed the cut were the most unlikely guys to do so. Go figure.

Here are the Expert Picks for this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans at the TPC Louisiana in Avondale, Louisiana from the experts at pgatour.com. Numbers in parentheses are their World Golf Rankings:

Jeff Overton (60)

Luke Donald (3)

Robert Allenby (32)

Nick Watney (14)

Bubba Watson (16)

Steve Stricker (9)

Brandt Snedeker (38)

Justin Rose (25)

Ben Crane (35)

Graeme McDowell (5)

And here are the Dartboard selections:

David Bradshaw (NA)

Greg Chalmers (164)

Brian Davis (95)

James Driscoll (434)

Fabian Gomez (349)

Andres Gonzales (936)

Richard S. Johnson (211)

Alex Prugh (270)

Michael Sim (147)

Marc Turnesa (504)

Once again, except for No. 60, Jeff Overton, the experts went with the high ranking players. The interesting thing about the Dartboard picks is that because this is a 156-man field, there are a lot more “unknown” players who get into the field. The Dartboard seems to have selected its share of them. Should be interesting.

I’ll let you know next week how everyone fared.

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