Sleeper picks: Greenbrier Classictext sizeJuly 03, 2012
Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
Note: Fantasy expert Rob Bolton provides his list of sleeper picks for every tournament. This week, he focuses his under-the-radar selections for the Greenbrier Classic:
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Jeff Overton ... With two top 10s and another five top 25s this season, including in each of his last two starts, the 2010 Ryder Cupper is piecing together a quietly productive year. He was famously clipped by Stuart Appleby's 59 in the inaugural edition of this tournament two years ago, but regressed to a T49 on a more challenging layout in 2011. He lands here thanks to a favorable matchup on paper. Currently 96th on TOUR in greens hit, he's capitalized on his opportunities, ranking 22nd in birdie average and 41st in adjusted scoring.
D.A. Points ... Since losing in a playoff at the Wells Fargo Championship and chasing it with a T19 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship two weeks later, he's missed three consecutive cuts. However, The Old White TPC figures to elicit positive vibes given he recorded his career low on the PGA TOUR with a 61 in the third round in 2010 (en route to a share of fourth place). He ranks 64th on TOUR in fairways hit, 58th in greens in regulation and 44th in birdie average. Also 23rd in birdies or better on par 4s, a split that carries elevated weight with a par 70 in play this week.
David Hearn ... The first three and a half months of the season seem more distant than they appear given he's survived seven consecutive cuts entering this week. The stretch include four top 25s. The Canadian ranks 48th in greens in regulation and placed T18 at last year's Greenbrier.
Vaughn Taylor ... Last time he was featured in this space, he finished T13 at the RBC Heritage. More recently, he tied for 11th at the Travelers Championship where he closed 65-65 and had only one bogey on his last 41 holes. Ranks 90th on TOUR in greens hit but 31st in Strokes Gained-Putting. Also 72nd in birdie average.
Roberto Castro ... Tee-to-green precision should help him again this week. He's 10th on TOUR in total driving (43rd in accuracy) and 26th in greens in regulation. Also 44th in adjusted scoring, but has managed only two top 25s among 12 cuts made in 16 starts. Sits inside the top 35 in both third- and final-round scoring average, and has logged three sub-70s in each of the final two rounds, just not in the same tournament. Seems that it's only a matter of time before everything clicks at once for the rookie.