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Experts' picks: Wells Fargo Championship

Phil Mickelson missed the cut at the Players Championship, and needs some momentum heading to the U.S. Open. Can he find his game at Quail Hollow this week? Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

After a thrilling Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, the PGA Tour heads to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. Several players found some momentum at TPC Sawgrass. Will that translate to a Wells Fargo win?

Our experts will pick one player they think will win and "earn" whatever cash their selection makes that week. Finish first and it's likely a $1 million-plus payout. Miss the cut and it's a bagel in the bank.

The catch? They can pick any particular golfer only once all season. And we're keeping a weekly tally, for bragging rights, of course.

Matt Barrie, SportsCenter anchor

Bill Haas. I like riding momentum. And although he missed the playoff last week at The Players, Haas is playing really good golf. I had Dottie Pepper on SportsCenter with me this weekend, and she told me Haas' dad Jay came up to him at TPC Sawgrass on Friday, and gave him a quick tip on what he was seeing in his son's swing. Bill immediately implemented the change and went 67, 68, 70. Good for a T-4. Haas has finished fourth twice at Quail Hollow. I like him to finish first this week.

Jonathan Coachman, SportsCenter anchor

Kevin Kisner: If I have learned anything this year, it is to play the hot hand. Kevin Kisner has been smoking the last few weeks, making it to two different playoffs, despite losing to Jim Furyk and Rickie Fowler. I think it is his time to break through.

Michael Collins, ESPN.com senior golf analyst

J.B. Holmes: It's never been done in the history of the tournament, until this week ... J.B. Holmes becomes the first to defend the championship and the first two-time winner of the event. It would also make him the third two-time winner this year on tour (Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker are the other two). Holmes' biggest threat will be Rory McIlroy and his putter getting hot, but since this is a one-and-done pool, I spent Rory at the Masters. The good news is Holmes didn't make the weekend at the Match Play, so he'll be fresher than Rory when the weekend comes around.

I'm putting an anonymous suggestion in the box that Bob Harig be suspended from participating in this for at least four weeks so we can determine what kind of "horseshoe virus" he has installed on his laptop to help him make picks each week!

Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer

Phil Mickelson: It's tough to have much confidence in Lefty at the moment, but he likes Quail Hollow and has played well there, even when he hasn't had his game. Mickelson is coming off a missed cut at the Players Championship, where he was 5 over par. He was right there in position on Friday and then let it get away. It appears that he gets motivated only for the majors, as second-place finishes in the last two would suggest.

But Mickelson does want to show some good form with another major looming. He could use the confidence from a couple of good tournaments. Quail Hollow seems a good place to start: He's never missed the cut in 11 tries and has five top-5s.

Kevin Maguire, ESPN.com senior golf editor

Rory McIlroy: You've got to pick the world No. 1 at some point in the season, right? Well, the Northern Irishman has played Quail Hollow five times and finished inside the top 10 on all but one occasion. That final-round 62 during his win here in 2010 will always stick in my mind as one of the best closing rounds to win a first PGA Tour victory, ever. And it doesn't hurt that he finished T-8 at the Players Championship this past week, either.

Jason Sobel, ESPN.com senior golf writer

Bill Haas: He didn't have his best stuff at the Players on Sunday, but Bill Haas still nearly reached the playoff -- and almost won in regulation. One of the game's more consistent players, his track record at Quail is spotty, but he's running hot enough right now to overcome that for another big week.

John Ziomek, SportsCenter coordinating producer

Ben Martin: Since it appears to be a two-man race with Harig for the title, my strategy needs to change a bit in order to gain ground. We both had Sergio at the Players, so this week I'm riding an under-the-radar guy in Ben Martin. Coming off a solid week at the Players, his game has shown steady improvement of late after initially taking a dip after his first tour title in Vegas. I'm banking on Martin to earn his second career win at the Wells Fargo this week.


Earlier this year, Chris Morfas commented on the Valspar Championship picks article and noted that accountability is rare these days. So in an effort at transparency, we will be updating the list below with each week's picks. Good idea, Chris.

Harig:

-- Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Patrick Reed, $1,140,000)
-- Sony Open in Hawaii (Charles Howell III, $42,280)
-- Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation (Bill Haas, $1,026,000)
-- Waste Management Phoenix Open (Brendan Steele, $50,242)
-- Farmers Insurance Open (Brandt Snedeker, $76,356)
-- AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Jimmy Walker, $63,835)
-- Northern Trust Open (Charl Schwartzel, $24,120)
-- The Honda Classic (Lee Westwood, $46,563)
-- PGA Tour/European Tour: WGC-Cadillac Championship (Dustin Johnson, $1,570,000)
-- Valspar Championship: Luke Donald, $13,469)
-- Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (Henrik Stenson, $680,400)
-- Valero Texas Open (Jason Kokrak, $136,400)
-- Shell Houston Open (Matt Kuchar, $13,200)
-- The Masters (Jason Day, $68,000)
-- RBC Heritage (Jim Furyk, $1,062,000)
-- Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Sean O'Hair, $115,920)
-- WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Ian Poulter)
-- The Players Championship (Sergio Garcia, $880,000)

Ziomek:

-- Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Matt Kuchar, $90,333)
-- Sony Open in Hawaii (Sang-Moon Bae, $12,967)
-- Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation (Ryan Palmer, $136,800)
-- Waste Management Phoenix Open (Brendan Steele, $50,242)
-- Farmers Insurance Open (Jason Day, $1,134,000)
-- AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Jimmy Walker, $63,835)
-- Northern Trust Open (Dustin Johnson, $589,600)
-- The Honda Classic (Paul Casey, $317,200)
-- PGA Tour/European Tour: WGC-Cadillac Championship (Patrick Reed, $83,000)
-- Valspar Championship (Padraig Harrington, $0)
-- Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (Sean O'Hair, $40,058)
-- Valero Texas Open (Daniel Berger, $0)
-- Shell Houston Open (J.B. Holmes, $1,188,000)
-- The Masters (Lee Westwood, $30,000)
-- RBC Heritage (Luke Donald, $100,300)
-- Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Morgan Hoffmann, $31,099)
-- WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Hideki Matsuyama)
-- The Players Championship (Sergio Garcia, $880,000)

Barrie:

-- Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Billy Horschel, $70,667)
-- Sony Open in Hawaii (Matt Kuchar, $291,200)
-- Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation (Brandt Snedeker, $0)
-- Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jordan Spieth, $211,050)
-- Farmers Insurance Open (Hideki Matsuyama, $0)
-- AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Jimmy Walker, $63,835)
-- Northern Trust Open (J.B. Holmes, $58,792)
-- The Honda Classic (Keegan Bradley, $0)
-- PGA Tour/European Tour: WGC-Cadillac Championship (Dustin Johnson, $1,570,000)
-- Valspar Championship (Jim Furyk, $23,600)
-- Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (Henrik Stenson, $680,400)
-- Valero Texas Open (Martin Laird, $14,839)
-- Shell Houston Open (Patrick Reed, $83,490)
-- The Masters (Bubba Watson, $40,000)
-- RBC Heritage (Russell Henley, $0)
-- Zurich Classic of New Orleans (John Peterson, $16,991)
-- WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Ian Poulter)
-- The Players Championship (Zach Johnson, $187,500)

Maguire:

-- Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Kevin Streelman, $70,667)
-- Sony Open in Hawaii (Matt Kuchar, $291,200)
-- Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation (Chris Kirk, $12,882)
-- Waste Management Phoenix Open (Justin Thomas, $94,500)
-- Farmers Insurance Open (Rickie Fowler, $13,608)
-- AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Patrick Reed, $44,200)
-- Northern Trust Open (Bill Haas, $0)
-- The Honda Classic (Keegan Bradley, $0)
-- PGA Tour/European Tour: WGC-Cadillac Championship (Bubba Watson, $540,000)
-- Valspar Championship (Jim Furyk, $23,600)
-- Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (Rickie Fowler, $40,058)
-- Valero Texas Open (Martin Laird, $14,839)
-- Shell Houston Open (Phil Mickelson, $83,490)
-- The Masters (Henrik Stenson, $135,000)
-- RBC Heritage (Zach Johnson, $0)
-- Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Justin Rose, $1,242,000)
-- WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Jordan Spieth)
-- The Players Championship (Hunter Mahan, $0)

Coachman:

-- Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Jason Day, $332,667)
-- Sony Open in Hawaii (Zach Johnson, $11,760)
-- Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation (Bill Haas, $1,026,000)
-- Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jordan Spieth, $211,050)
-- Farmers Insurance Open (Brooks Koepka, $23,940)
-- AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Jimmy Walker, $63,835)
-- Northern Trust Open (Dustin Johnson, $589,600)
-- The Honda Classic (Billy Horschel, $0)
-- PGA Tour/European Tour: WGC-Cadillac Championship (Sergio Garcia, $72,000)
-- Valspar Championship (Justin Thomas, $126,429)
-- Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (Sean O'Hair, $40,058)
-- Valero Texas Open (Harris English, $38,502)
-- Shell Houston Open (Rickie Fowler, $13,068)
-- The Masters (Brandt Snedeker, $0)
-- RBC Heritage (Kevin Streelman, $13,334)
-- Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Johnson Wagner, $16,991)
-- WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Patrick Reed)
-- The Players Championship (Matt Kuchar, $0)

Collins:

-- Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Geoff Ogilvy, $61,000)
-- Sony Open in Hawaii (Zach Johnson, $11,760)
-- Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation (Ryan Palmer, $136,800)
-- Waste Management Phoenix Open (Jamie Donaldson, $17,658)
-- Farmers Insurance Open (Brandt Snedeker, $76,356)
-- AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Jimmy Walker, $63,835)
-- Northern Trust Open (Dustin Johnson, $589,600)
-- The Honda Classic (Freddie Jacobsen, $0)
-- PGA Tour/European Tour: WGC-Cadillac Championship (Patrick Reed, $83,000)
-- Valspar Championship (Kevin Na, $126,429)
-- Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard (Jason Kokrak, $211,050)
-- Valero Texas Open (Matt Kuchar, $99,200)
-- Shell Houston Open (Sergio Garcia, $29,700)
-- The Masters (Rory McIlroy, $480,000)
-- RBC Heritage (Luke Donald, $100,300)
-- Zurich Classic of New Orleans ($0, Bo Van Pelt)
-- WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Hunter Mahan)
-- The Players Championship (Henrik Stenson, $130,857)

Sobel:

-- Shell Houston Open (Paul Casey, $191,400)
-- The Masters (Jason Day, $68,000)
-- RBC Heritage (Graham DeLaet, $0)
-- Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Justin Rose, $1,242,000)
-- WGC-Cadillac Match Play (Ryan Moore)
-- The Players Championship (Jordan Spieth, $0)