Sleeper Picks: FedEx St. Jude Classic

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June 07, 2011
PGA TOUR staff

The PGA TOUR travels to TPC Southwind this week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Here's how the PGATOUR.COM experts sized up the top contenders:

EXPERT PICKS
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SLEEPER PICKS
Of the players who didn't make the cut for our top picks, which have the best chance as sleepers?
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Sleeper Picks: FedEx St. Jude Classic
Expert
 
Pick orderPlayer selected
 
John
Schwarb
SHAUN MICHEEL. The Memphis resident and TPC Southwind regular had his best week of the season at the Memorial, finishing T22 (slowed by a Sunday 75.) Good way to come into his home event, where was T4 last year.
Mike
McAllister
JUSTIN HICKS. The rookie has quietly posted three top-10s this year, including a T14 in his last start two weeks ago at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He ranks 15th in driving accuracy on the PGA TOUR.
John
Swantek
BOB ESTES. Owns a career scoring average of 69.22 over 22 starts at TPC Southwind. The Texan's 12 top-25 finishes include the title at TPC Southwind in 2001 and a tie for eighth last year. Accuracy off the tee helps him here.
Amanda
Balionis
RYUJI IMADA. Was cruising at the Memorial just he shot 77 on Saturday. Still on a high after his solid tie for third at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Tied for 29th here last year after opening with rounds of 67-68 at TPC Southwind.
Anne
Szeker
GARRETT WILLIS. His best finish last season came at this stop. He shot 66-65-73-67 to finish in a tie for fourth. This season hasn't been that stellar, but he does have two top-15s. So hopefully, good memories send him up the leaderboard.
Lauren
Deason
SAM SAUNDERS. Saunders qualified for the U.S. Open on Monday -- what better way to start the week? Arnie's grandson has a T15 and a T30 this year but has also missed four of six cuts. Still hits the ball a long way, which doesn't hurt.
Chris
Dunham
KEVIN STADLER. The force has been strong within this young walrus, who finished seventh in the Crowne Plaza Invitational then took advantage of his last-minute addition to the Memorial field by posting a T22 finish. Tied for 12th here in 2009.
Brian
Wacker
BILLY MAYFAIR. He closed strong in Memphis last year to finish seventh and has had a couple of good performance this season with a tie for eighth in New Orleans and a 13th place finish in San Diego.
Helen
Ross
JOHN ROLLINS. He's coming off a tie for sixth in Dallas, which was his first top-10 of the year. He's extremely solid tee to green -- ranking first in total driving and 25th in greens in regulation. If the putter cooperates, Rollins could have a big week.
Ryan
Smithson
SCOTT STALLINGS. He's got to be fired up for his first event in his adopted home state. Had a big week at Muirfield Village, trying for 20th. Has already shown that he can score on the tough courses. He'll get one to play this week.
Standings after 19 events
LAST WEEK: Brian Wacker cut into Ryan Smithson's points lead when his sleeper, Kevin Streelman, tied for seventh at Muirfield Village:
Position Name Wins Top-5s Top-10s Top-25s FedExCup points
1 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 4 5 8 978.81
2 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor, PGATOUR.COM
0 2 2 6 717.40
3 Brian Wacker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 5 8 728.39
4 Anne Szeker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 3 4 635.50
5* Amanda Balionis
Host, PGA TOUR Today
0 1 2 5 560.90
6 John Schwarb
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 2 2 5 539.40
7 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 1 3 426.28
8 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 1 5 407.00
9 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
0 0 1 3 316.94
10 Chris Dunham
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 2 2 3 305.84
*-Joining the panel after 14 events

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