Sleeper Picks: the Memorial Tournament

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May 31, 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: the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance
Expert
 
Pick orderPlayer selected
 
Ryan
Smithson
SEAN O'HAIR. I still believe this guy is on the upswing and will win a tournament before the year is out. He's too good to have missed six of his last eight cuts. Tied for 12th at Muirfield Village last year.
Amanda
Balionis
BEN CURTIS. Ohio native who grew up less than 20 miles from Dublin. Finished in the top 10 in 2004, and has pretty much finished in the middle of the field for the last five years. He is consistent here and could have his breakthrough performance.
Helen
Ross
J.B. HOLMES. Granted, Holmes' Memorial record isn't stellar with three missed cuts and ties for 20th and 28th (last year). But he's finished ninth and sixth in his last two starts at Quail Hollow and TPC Sawgrass, respectively, so Holmes is primed.
John
Swantek
RYAN MOORE. Not a spectacular season, but has yet to miss a cut. More importantly, the former UNLV Runnin' Rebel performs very well at Muirfield Village with three top-10 finishes in the last four years.
Lauren
Deason
KENNY PERRY. In his last four starts here, Perry has gone T3, won, T27 and T17. The 50-year old hasn't been on his game this year, missing three of five cuts, but this is a place he could easily find some magic.
Chris
Dunham
THOMAS AIKEN. Aiken hasn't played much in the states since unsuccessful runs at q-school and on the Nationwide Tour in 2006 and 2007, but his game has come a long way. Shot 67-83 and missed the cut here in 2009 -- his only start at the Memorial.
Brian
Wacker
KEVIN STREELMAN. He finished in the top 35 last year but more importantly Streelman is trending up with a tie for 19th at THE PLAYERS Championship and a tie for 10th at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in his last two starts.
Mike
McAllister
PAT PEREZ. He's cooled off a bit since his three top-10s in four starts from Mid-April to early May, but Perez has posted back-to-back top-30 finishes at Murifield Village. Look for him to do the same this week.
Anne
Szeker
ARJUN ATWAL. He's been flirting with the lead under the radar the last two weeks in Texas, and finished T8 last week in those tough conditions at TPC Four Seasons. He'll bring that good momentum to Muirfield Village.
John
Schwarb
BO VAN PELT. He grew up in Richmond, Ind., just outside Ohio state line, and Muirfield Village must kind of feel like home -- he has two T3 finishes including last year. He finished third at Crowne Plaza two weeks ago.
Standings after 17 events
LAST WEEK: Brian Wacker boomed his way to third in the standings with Jeff Overton's T8 at TPC Four Seasons.
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 Brian Wacker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 5 7 650.89
4 Anne Szeker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 3 4 620.00
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 3 426.28
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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