Sleeper Picks: Waste Management Phoenix Opentext sizeJanuary 31, 2012
Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
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Note: Beginning in 2012, 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 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Gary Woodland Although he's outside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking (now 54th), it seems illogical that he'd be a sleeper anywhere. However, he belongs here for now, if for no other reason than to consciously connect with the direction of his budding relationship with his new swing coach, Butch Harmon. Woodland shared fifth place at last year's Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Bryce Molder With top-15 finishes in his last six starts dating back to the 2011 Fall Series, he's in a groove. Owns one of the most underrated short games and putting stroke on TOUR. Tied for eighth here in 2010.
Pat Perez There was a time not long ago that it would have been impossible for him to crack this feature for he missed the cut in his first six appearances at TPC Scottsdale (2002-07). Since, he's survived four straight and has posted top 25s the last two years. As a local resident, he returns home with top 25s the last two weeks, too.
Josh Teater All he does is make cuts, 13 in a row to be exact. That's good for fourth-highest among active streaks behind Steve Stricker (44), Charl Schwartzel (19) and Gary Woodland (15). (No one else has more than nine in a row. Teater opened last week's Farmers with a bogey-free 64 on Torrey Pines North before running into trouble on the South in his last three rounds. En route to a share of 68th place here last year, he carded a bogey-free 66 in the second round.
Joe Ogilvie Has three top 15s in nine starts here including the last two years. Kept it under 70 in all four rounds during last year's T13. Prior to missing the cut at the Humana Challenge two weeks ago, he shared 19th place at the Sony Open.