Sleeper Picks: HP Byron Nelson Championship

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May 24, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
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: HP Byron Nelson Championship
Expert
 
Pick orderPlayer selected
 
Chris
Dunham
SUNGHOON KANG. The q-school graduate finished P2 in his first career Nationwide Tour start at last week's BMW Charity Pro-Am. He should carry that momentum back to the TOUR and break his missed cuts streak with a good showing.
John
Schwarb
CHRIS STROUD. He's had higher finishes on TOUR, but a T12 at THE PLAYERS was a breakthrough moment for the 29-year-old. After a week off it will be interesting to see if he can keep the good vibes going.
Ryan
Smithson
SEAN O'HAIR. This guy's sour game is coming around quickly. He's been under par in seven of the last eight rounds, and his 69-68 weekend at Colonial was solid. Still no top-10s this year, but that changes here. Tied for 12th last year, second in 2005.
Mike
McAllister
BLAKE ADAMS. Last year he tied for second in this event, his best finish in 42 career TOUR starts. He comes off a T16 at Colonial, his best finish this year, so he has some momentum coming into this week.
Lauren
Deason
BRETT WETTERICH. The 2006 HP Byron Nelson champion has made four Nationwide starts since his last TOUR start this season, finding winning form again at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. That's a great sign.
Anne
Szeker
CAMERON BECKMAN. Well ... he's missed five straight cuts. But! Last year he had missed three straight cuts coming into this event and finished in a nice tie for fifth. Maybe he channel some of last year's success and repeat history? Here's hoping.
John
Swantek
JOHN SENDEN. Steadily has produced seven top 25 finishes in his last nine starts, including T8 last week at Colonial. Ranked inside the top 10 in total driving and ball striking - a good combination in Dallas, where he finished seventh in 2009.
Brian
Wacker
JEFF OVERTON. He's been off his game lately with his last top-25 all the way back at The Honda Classic. But Overton did tie for second in this event a year ago and I think this week will be the turning point to his season.
Amanda
Balionis
MICHAEL SIM. The Australians have been coming on strong and besides a third-round 76 at the Colonial, Sim had an impressive showing after making his first cut since the Northern Trust Open. Look for that confident play to continue.
Helen
Ross
BRIAN DAVIS. The Englishman has had a feast-or-famine relationship with TPC Four Seasons. Davis was second in 2009 and tied for eighth in 2006 to go with three missed cuts. So solid tee-to-green, his game should play well here.
Standings after 17 events
LAST WEEK: Amanda Balionis is late to our game but is now in the middle of the pack thanks to Charlie Wi at Colonial.
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 6 681.40
3 Anne Szeker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 3 4 620.00
4 Brian Wacker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 4 6 578.39
5* Amanda Balionis
Host, PGA TOUR Today
0 1 2 4 504.50
6 John Schwarb
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 2 2 4 483.00
7 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 1 3 403.78
8 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 1 5 391.50
9 Chris Dunham
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 2 2 3 305.84
10 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
0 0 1 2 271.44
*-Joining the panel after 10 events

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