Fantasy Tip Sheet: Northern Trust Open

Aaron Baddeley and Phil Mickelson

Aaron Baddeley and Phil Mickelson

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Phil Mickelson simply was dominant on Sunday, not only clearing Tiger Woods by 11 strokes in the final round but also overcoming a six-shot deficit to win his fourth title at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

While Mickelson was grabbing headlines, Aaron Baddeley also made a move Sunday, into fourth place. Baddeley is the defending champion at this week's Northern Trust Open and is playing good golf headed into Riviera.

Spencer Levin also had a solid Sunday at Pebble, a week after blowing a big lead at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, while Charles Howell III and Ryan Moore are players to watch this week.

As for our fantasy experts, Alex Miceli takes the clubhouse lead after predicting a third winner of the 2012 season (with Steve Stricker and Kyle Stanley being the others), while Jim McCabe also predicted Mickelson's victory.

This is the first week that there is no overlap in picks among our five experts, leaving you with plenty of options.

Check out our picks:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Spencer Levin

Stars and planets align. Put another way, he's in form and played well last year at Riviera. Has been third and T-9 the last two weeks on Tour. He tied for 12th a year ago in the Northern Trust.

Kevin Na

See reasons above. Na finished third in 2011 at Riviera and tied for fifth Sunday at Pebble Beach.

Winner: Hunter Mahan ($102,400); wild card: Geoff Ogilvy ($51,040). 2012 total: $2,240,528

McCabe Ryan Moore

Played well at Riviera a year ago (joint fourth) and showed flashes of good form at Pebble Beach a week ago. Like his game. Call it a hunch.

Ernie Els

Phil Mickelson showed that he's still supremely motivated, even at 41, so it's hard to think the same doesn't hold true for Els, who is 42. Has a win and two other top 10s in seven starts at Riviera, so he's quite comfortable here.

Winner: Phil Mickelson ($1,152,000); wild card: D.A. Points ($13,120). 2012 total: $3,115,945

Martin Phil Mickelson

Could he go back-to-back? He's a past winner at Riviera.

Jimmy Walker

He finished ninth at Pebble Beach last year, and followed that with a fourth-place finish at Riviera. His finish last week at Pebble Beach? Ninth. He also had a top-10 at Torrey Pines, so he's in good form.

Winner: Tiger Woods ($102,400); wild card: Bryce Molder ($12,224). 2012 total: $705,651

Miceli Aaron Baddeley

Could it be deja vu? Baddeley finished sixth at Pebble Beach in 2011 and then came south to Los Angeles and won. Last week at Pebble Beach Baddeley finished fourth, which only bodes well for this week in L.A.

Vijay Singh

Finished second last year at the Northern Trust, but with little to no rough to speak of if Singh can keep his putter from misbehaving, then it could be a Singh week.

Winner: Phil Mickelson ($1,152,000); wild card: Tom Gillis ($21,850). 2012 total: $3,628,319

Ringler Charles Howell III

Howell, who has played this event every year for the past 10 years, is a past winner (2007) and current form is good making four cuts in four 2012 starts.

Kevin Na

Two top 10s in last two starts at Riviera and has posted two top-five finishes in last two PGA Tour starts.

Winner: Tiger Woods ($102,400); wild card: Harris English ($21,850). 2012 total: $1,433,789

This week's field at the Northern Trust Open:

  • 2. Luke Donald
  • 6. Sergio Garcia
  • 8. Matt Kuchar
  • 9. Charles Howell III
  • 10. Phil Mickelson
  • 11. Hunter Mahan
  • 12. Bubba Watson
  • 13. John Senden
  • 15. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 16. K.J. Choi
  • 17. Jason Day
  • 18. Zach Johnson
  • 20. Adam Scott
  • 21. Nick Watney
  • 23. Rickie Fowler
  • 24. Gary Woodland
  • 25. Bo Van Pelt
  • 26. Spencer Levin
  • 27. Bud Cauley
  • 29. Ryan Moore
  • 30. Aaron Baddeley
  • 31. Carl Pettersson
  • 32. Bill Haas
  • 34. Dustin Johnson
  • 35. Retief Goosen
  • 37. Martin Laird
  • 38. Kyle Stanley
  • 39. Brandt Snedeker
  • 40. Justin Rose
  • 41. Robert Allenby
  • 43. J.B. Holmes
  • 44. Kyung-tae Kim
  • 46. Trevor Immelman
  • 48. Jim Furyk
  • 49. Jason Dufner
  • 50. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 51. Pat Perez
  • 52. Kevin Streelman
  • 55. Andres Romero
  • 57. Stewart Cink
  • 58. Rory Sabbatini
  • 60. Charley Hoffman
  • 66. John Rollins
  • 67. Brian Davis
  • 68. Ricky Barnes
  • 70. Brendon de Jonge
  • 73. Brandt Jobe
  • 75. Mark Wilson
  • 78. Ryan Palmer
  • 81. Y.E. Yang
  • 82. Jeff Overton
  • 84. Kevin Na
  • 88. Chad Campbell
  • 90. Cameron Tringale
  • 91. Padraig Harrington
  • 92. Johnson Wagner
  • 93. Keegan Bradley
  • 97. Robert Garrigus
  • 99. Ernie Els
  • 101. David Hearn
  • 102. George McNeill
  • 105. Vijay Singh
  • 108. J.J. Killeen
  • 110. Blake Adams
  • 112. D.A. Points
  • 113. Greg Chalmers
  • 114. Josh Teater
  • 115. Chez Reavie
  • 118. Chris Stroud
  • 125. Charlie Wi
  • 128. Chris Kirk
  • 130. John Merrick
  • 132. Bryce Molder
  • 137. Scott Piercy
  • 139. Bill Lunde
  • 143. Camilo Villegas
  • 144. Jimmy Walker
  • 147. Ted Potter
  • 150. J.J. Henry
  • 151. Brendan Steele
  • 152. Jonathan Byrd
  • 154. Harrison Frazar
  • 157. Jhonattan Vegas
  • 159. Kevin Stadler
  • 166. Jonas Blixt
  • 169. Billy Mayfair
  • 170. Michael Thompson
  • 174. Chris DiMarco
  • 175. Kris Blanks
  • 178. Erik Compton
  • 186. Danny Lee
  • 187. Ryo Ishikawa
  • 194. Hunter Haas
  • 195. Tom Pernice Jr.
  • 200. Marc Leishman
  • 203. Paul Goydos
  • 205. Justin Leonard
  • 206. Michael Bradley
  • 213. Mathew Goggin
  • 223. Jason Kokrak
  • 230. Briny Baird
  • 234. Jason Bohn
  • 240. Tommy Gainey
  • 244. Ken Duke
  • 248. Kevin Chappell
  • 250. Troy Matteson
  • 253. Tommy Biershenk
  • 255. Billy Hurley III
  • 262. Anthony Kim
  • 264. Chad Collins
  • 266. Scott Stallings
  • 279. Yuta Ikeda
  • 282. David Mathis
  • 285. James Driscoll
  • 290. Greg Owen
  • 292. Bob Estes
  • 301. Sunghoon Kang
  • 305. Joe Ogilvie
  • 321. Ryuji Imada
  • 332. Bobby Gates
  • 341. Angel Cabrera
  • 378. Cameron Beckman
  • 396. Jarrod Lyle
  • 414. Stuart Appleby
  • 415. Tom Gillis
  • 419. Jeff Maggert
  • 466. Rocco Mediate
  • 486. Matt Bettencourt
  • 497. Brendon Todd
  • 534. Jason Gore
  • 655. Derek Lamely
  • 694. Stephen Gangluff
  • N/R. Patrick Cantlay
  • N/R. Tim Clark
  • N/R. Fred Couples
  • N/R. Graham DeLaet
  • N/R. Tom Gardner
  • N/R. Jamie Lovemark
  • N/R. Jordan Spieth
  • N/R. Andy Walker
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