Sleeper Picks: RBC Heritagetext sizeApril 10, 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 RBC Heritage:
Tommy Gainey ... Sometimes sleepers hide in plain sight. Although he logged the first of four third-place finishes in 2011 at this event, he's a mere 3-for-10 with no top 40s this season. Started strong in Houston two weeks ago, reaching the midpoint in 9-under, but carded an inward 4-over 40 on Sunday to settle for a share of 42nd place. The bright side to his week at Redestone is that he ranked 14th in Strokes Gained-Putting and T7 in birdies.
Marc Leishman ... Forgettable 1-for-3 record with a T41 here in 2010, but he's posted personal-best finishes this year at TPC Scottsdale (T19) and Redstone (T21). The small greens at Harbour Town haven't helped his scoring but he led the field in putting at the Shell Houston Open (and ranked third in Strokes Gained-Putting). Also, despite his lack of success along the coast, the Aussie has another gear in the wind. You can't rule him out if it's breezy.
Blake Adams ... Has just one top 40 in 10 starts this season (T9, Puerto Rico), but that's not unusual for a guy that deals with a litany of health-related issues. He's 2-for-2 at Harbour Town but didn't crack the top 45 in either start. The reason he's included here is due to the fact that he carded one of his best rounds on the PGA TOUR at this track. In the second round of the 2010 edition, he carded an 8-under 63 despite hitting only eight greens in regulation. He holed out from off the green four times including a 176-yard eagle at the par-4 third. And he became the eighth (and most recent) to a TOUR record-low of 18 putts in one round.
Vaughn Taylor ... He's survived five consecutive cuts since the Northern Trust Open and posted top 25s in three of his last four, including a T21 at the Shell Houston Open where he led the field in Strokes Gained-Putting. He's 4-for-6 at this event with a T3 in 2006 and T4 in 2007.
Will Claxton ... The first-timer at Harbour Town is a tremendous fit on paper. He's fourth on TOUR in greens in regulation and 18th in scrambling. While 125th in Strokes Gained-Putting, his value rises due to the small greens. Two top 20s in his last five starts.