Sleeper Picks: Wells Fargo ChampionshipMay 01, 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 Wells Fargo Championship:
Charlie Wi ... As one of the poster boys for horses for courses, his inclusion in this feature is a reach, but the data supports it. While he's a mere 1-for-2 at Quail Hollow with a T56 five years ago, he's coming off a share of fourth place in San Antonio where he ranked T2 in birdies. He's currently 52nd on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting, 29th in three-putt avoidance and 47th in adjusted scoring.
Michael Thompson ... Back in action after a two-week break following a T20 at the RBC Heritage where he led the field in strokes gained-putting. He ranks sixth in the stat for the season. The second-year TOUR member is also second in average distance of putts made, T16 in proximity to the hole, 30th in adjusted scoring and 11th in birdies or better on par.
Brendon de Jonge ... Arrives in Charlotte on the coattails of a T18 in New Orleans where he closed with a bogey-free 66. He's 116th on TOUR in strokes gained-putting, but he finished fourth at Quail Hollow in 2010, proving that are multiple ways to get the job done. Currently T16 in proximity to the hole and 45th in adjusted scoring.
Bobby Gates ... Tied for sixth in his debut at Quail Hollow last year despite ranking outside the top 30 in distance off the tee, greens hit and putting. It was due primarily to ranking second in total distance of putts made, including over 148 feet in his opening round. He finished T24 in New Orleans last week where he buried nine birdies in a second-round 65 and ranked 19th in strokes gained-putting for the week.
Erik Compton ... Given his connection to golf fans as a heart transplant recipient twice over, it's easy to overlook that he has game. The PGA TOUR rookie has missed just three of 11 cuts this year, but he's still hunting for his first top 25 of 2012. He's coming off a T30 in New Orleans and fits nicely with Quail Hollow. Sneaky long off the tee -- averaging 290.4 yards, good for 49th on TOUR -- he's also a fifth in strokes gained-putting, 29th in three-putt avoidance and 49th in scrambling.