Sleeper Picks: Valero Texas OpenApril 17, 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 Valero Texas Open:
Chris Stroud ... With five top 15s in nine starts this year, to slot him in this feature would suggest that no one has noticed. That's hardly the case, however. Instead, he's 0-for-2 at TPC San Antonio and coming off a T80/MDF at the Shell Houston Open. He's also outside the top 90 on TOUR in both fairways and greens hit, but he's a lofty seventh in bogey avoidance.
Greg Chalmers ... Making his debut at TPC San Antonio. Shared 20th place at last week's RBC Heritage, his fourth top 20 in his last eight starts. Short-game artist sits 20th on TOUR in Strokes Gained-Putting, 17th in scrambling, 15th in sand saves and T50 in bogey avoidance.
Nathan Green ... While he's a winner on the PGA TOUR, he's recorded just one top 10 in his 68 starts since his playoff victory at the 2009 RBC Canadian Open. The Aussie is 5-for-6 this year but hasn't posted a top 35. His last top 25 anywhere occurred last year at this event. He's fifth on TOUR in greens hit, 51st in Strokes Gained-Putting and 29th in bogey avoidance.
Will Claxton ... Maybe this is the week that he fulfills this label. It's not his first or even his second time in the feature, but his splits continue to make noise. He's 45th on TOUR in fairways hit and seventh in greens in regulation. He's also 10th in bogey avoidance, best among his rookie class. His weakness is putting. Although he ranked T10 in driving accuracy and T7 in GIR at last week's RBC Heritage, he was last in Strokes Gained-Putting among the 71 that completed 72 holes. For the year, he's 149th in SG-P.
Roberto Castro ... Another regular in this space has missed just one cut in seven starts this year. He's third on TOUR in total driving (10th in fairways hit) and eighth in greens in regulation. Also 31st in bogey avoidance.