Sleeper Picks: Transitions Championshiptext sizeMarch 13, 2012
Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
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Note: Fantasy expert Rob Bolton provides his list of sleeper picks for every tournament. This week, he focuses his below-the-radar selections for Transitions Championship:
Harris English In his only action over the last four weeks, he had a front-row seat in the final group for Rory McIlroy's victory at The Honda Classic. English shot a 77 that Sunday, settling for a share of 18th place, but the first-hand experience in observing the current top-ranked golfer in the world was invaluable. The PGA TOUR rookie ranks ninth in distance off the tee, eighth in greens hit, 26th in adjusted scoring and 18th in the all-around. He has three top 20s this year and hasn't missed a cut in six starts.
Garrett Willis In the field on a sponsor exemption, the resident of nearby Dade City held a share of the 36-hole lead here last year before finishing T15. In 2010, he held sole possession of the 18-hole lead before fading to a T72/MDF. He's coming off a T42 in Puerto Rico where he ranked T2 in fairways hit and led the field with two eagles (one on the par-4 ninth hole at Trump International).
Rod Pampling The 42-year-old Australian has logged top 25s in half of his six starts this year, including a T25 in Puerto Rico where he survived the cut on the number before carding a pair of 69s on the weekend. He's 29th on TOUR in total driving and 17th in birdies or better on par 3s, a usual boutique stat that gains relevance since Copperhead possesses a quintet of par 3s. He also has three top 10s in seven starts at this event.
William McGirt Pretty much picked up where he left off last fall, with five cuts made in seven starts including a pair of top 25s. Last week's T14 in Puerto Rico was a career-best finish in 41 PGA TOUR starts. He ranked inside the top 25 in fairways, greens and putting at Trump International. He's currently 31st on TOUR in GIR and 41st in adjusted scoring.
Will Claxton Returning to the site of his PGA TOUR debut a year ago. (He was a Monday qualifier.) A rookie this year (via q-school), he's posted three top 25s in six starts, including a T20 in Puerto Rico where he ranked T5 in fairways hit and T14 in greens in regulation. Currently 34th on TOUR in ball-striking, 25th in scrambling and 36th in adjust scoring.