Sleeper Picks: Zurich Classic of New Orleanstext sizeApril 24, 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 Zurich Classic of New Orleans:
Hunter Haas ... Snapped out of his funk with a share of eighth place last week in San Antonio, where he opened with a bogey-free 66. Perhaps more impressive is that he closed with a 67 that included six birdies. On the year, those two scores are his second- and third-best in 32 rounds. For the week, he ranked T5 in greens hit and 24th in strokes gained-putting. Shared 20th place at last year's Zurich Classic of New Orleans, going bogey-free in the first (69) and third (70) rounds.
Greg Chalmers ... Second consecutive week in this feature. Nearly fulfilled the expectations at TPC San Antonio but fell outside the top 10 on Sunday with a zero-birdie 78. The lefty ranked inside the top 30 in fairways, greens and strokes gained-putting last week, but he made just eight birdies (T67). In three appearances at TPC Louisiana, all in the last three years, he has a pair of top 10s and another top 25.
Seung-yul Noh ... Making his debut at TPC Louisiana. Finished T13 at last week's Valero Texas Open, where he was in the penultimate group on Sunday. It was a career-best finish for the rookie, and his third top 25 in his last six starts. He hit 42 greens in regulation to rank T35, but he converted 18 birdies, tied for fourth most. Overall, he's 21st on TOUR in driving distance and 61st in birdie average.
David Mathis ... Sat two strokes off the lead at the midpoint of last week's stop in San Antonio before fading to finish T18. Interestingly, both of his cuts made in 12 starts this year resulted in top 25s. Shared eighth place at last year's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. It's his lone top 10 in 69 career starts on TOUR.
Ken Duke ... He's an impressive 9-for-11 in cuts made this year but over 80 percent of his earnings came from a pair of top 10s -- in six of his cuts made, he's finished T50 or worse. Runner-up at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans in 2007. Also placed T21 in 2010. Ranks 81st on TOUR in strokes gained-putting and 66th in adjusted scoring.