Sleeper Picks: Northern Trust Opentext sizeFebruary 14, 2012
Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
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Note: Fantasy expert Rob Bolton will provide his list of sleeper picks for every tournament. This week, he focuses his below-the-radar selections for the Northern Trust Open.
Rory Sabbatini Recorded the third of his six PGA TOUR victories here in 2006. Has five other top 15s in a total of 12 starts. Owns a pair of top 15s already this year. Sits 12th on TOUR in Strokes Gained-Putting, 18th in the all-around and 21st in birdies or better on par 4s.
Ryan Moore Shared 20th place at Pebble Beach where he led the field in putting and ranked T2 in birdies. Shot a 61 at the Nicklaus Course at PGA West during the Humana Challenge four weeks ago. Tied for fourth at last year's Northern Trust, carding just six bogeys and nothing worse all week. Currently leads the PGA TOUR in birdies or better on par 4s.
Kevin Stadler Finished T4 in greens in regulation en route to a T12 here last year. Posted a T10 in 2010. Has a string of 10 consecutive rounds of par or better at Riviera dating back to 2007. Closed out a T25 at Pebble Beach last week with a 68. Ranked T14 in greens hit for the week.
George McNeill Last week's missed cut at Pebble Beach ended a modest consecutive cuts made streak at eight. Last appeared at Riviera in 2010 and finished with a share of fifth place. Currently 23rd on TOUR in Strokes Gained-Putting and 25th in scrambling.
Patrick Cantlay and Jordan Spieth They sit a respective 1-2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and were teammates on the U.S. Walker Cup team in 2011. Cantlay made news at last year's Travelers Championship when he blitzed TPC River Highlands for a course-record 60. It was the lowest aggregate on the PGA TOUR all year. He settled for a share of 24th place, one of four top 25s in five TOUR starts. He'll turn 20 years of age next month. Spieth, 18, is the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion. He claimed that title in 2009 as well, joining Tiger Woods as the only multiple winners. Spieth finished T16 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship as a 16-year-old in 2010.