Sleeper Picks: Shell Houston OpenMarch 27, 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 the Shell Houston Open:
Seung-yul Noh Redstone has been relatively kind to rookies. The last two low rookies have placed T3 (Graham DeLaet, 2010) and T2 (Chris Kirk, 2011). There have been five other top 25s the last two years as well. Noh has top 25s in three of his last five starts this season, including a T20 at Bay Hill last week. The South Korean rookie ranks 28th on TOUR in greens in regulation, but perhaps most impressive is that he's been getting off to a good start and finishing strong. He's eighth on the PGA TOUR in first-round scoring average at 68.78 and ranks T49 in final-round scoring at 70.43. He posted rounds in the 60s in his first six of nine opening rounds and three of his seven final rounds.
Greg Owen Perhaps exorcised a few demons at Bay Hill last week when he survived the cut on the number before lighting it up for eight birdies on Saturday en route to a 67. His T20 ends a 0-for-3 skid at the event since finished runner-up finish there in 2006. Last week's result was also his third top 20 of the year among six cuts made in eight starts. The Brit ranks 14th on TOUR in greens in regulation.
Kevin Streelman ... Took a week off after a T10 at the Transitions, where he had four rounds in the 60s en route to his second top 10 of the year. Sits 21st on TOUR in total driving and 40th in greens hit. He finished T14 at Redstone in 2008.
Josh Teater ... He's no stranger to this feature and while there are a couple of different ways to perceive that, he deserves yet another nod this week. Ranks 14th on TOUR in total driving and 38th in greens in regulation. He's survived seven of his nine cuts this year but has just one top-30 finish. Top 20s in both appearances at Redstone.
J.J. Henry ... After starting the year with five consecutive missed cuts, he's made three of his last four sparked by a T9 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. He's inside the top 40 on TOUR in both fairways and greens hit, but earns his spot here due to a quietly consistent record at Redstone. Since 2008, he's 4-for-4 with top 25s the last two years.