PGA Tour Expert Picks: Open

John Peterson will look to get his first win this weekend in California. (USATSI)
John Peterson will look to get his first win this weekend in California. (USATSI)

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The 2013-2014 PGA Tour season gets going early with a new wraparound schedule and the first event of the season is the Open.

Let's do a little Q&A on what to expect from the year's first event.

What is it?

The Open, the first event of the 2013-2014 PGA Tour season. 

Where is it?

San Martin, Cali.

When is it?

Oct. 10-13

How can I watch it?

Golf Channel at 5-8 p.m. Eastern on all four days.

Wait, why is golf starting this early?

The PGA Tour season was always a little awkward with the Tour Championship falling in September and then six of these smaller events that nobody played in after that.

It would be like playing the NBA Finals and then having a seven-game series between the two No. 8 seeds in the playoffs after that. Bizarre.

Now the PGA Tour has bumped the FedEx Cup point total to 500 (like a normal event) and essentially made these events equivalent to something like the Phoenix Open or Travelers Championship.

Who's playing?

Some notable names include Gary Woodland, Billy Horschel, Jimmy Walker, Hideki Matsuyama, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howel III, Marc Leishman, Patrick Reed, Bud Cauley, Angel Cabrera, Ryo Ishikawa, Kyle Stanley, Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, and Justin Leonard.

Who are you picking?

I'm glad you asked. Here are my picks for the Open:


John Peterson (25-1) -- Peterson is a cocky dude but he's backed it up so far in his career. He won the Finals money title and made the cut in five of his six PGA Tour events last season (including the Masters). 

He was cut at this event last season but after a year of cutting his teeth on the Tour he's a totally different golfer. I expect big things this week (and this season) from him.

Lock for top 10

Jonas Blixt (20-1) -- Blixt won this event in 2012 and posted a pair of 66s and a pair of 68s to do it. Blixt only missed one cut after winning the Greenbriar Classic and finished in fourth at the PGA Championship. He has the goods to be a star and the Open will be a good starting point for his season.


Justin Leonard (175-1) -- Leonard had a pair of top 25s and a top 10 last season and finished T24 at this event in 2010 and T13 in 2009. He's not likely to win outright but at 175-1 I love his value. 

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