Sleeper Picks: AT&T NationalJune 26, 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 under-the-radar selections for the AT&T National:
Graham DeLaet ... Both of his top 25s this season have been top 10s, but he's also survived nine other cuts. Sits 16th on TOUR in total driving and 33rd in greens in regulation. His bane is final-round scoring average. In 10 rounds -- one of his cuts made was an MDF at Pebble Beach -- he's averaged 72.80 (164th) and hasn't broken 71. No concerns or pressure, however, as it relates to his Major Medical Extension since he still has 10 starts remaining and there are only eight weeks left in the regular season (including the AT&T National).
Danny Lee ... The only PGA TOUR rookie to play in the AT&T National at Congressional, he tied for seventh in 2009 with four rounds of par or better. In his last eight starts this season, he's missed only one cut and that was due to a disqualification at Quail Hollow. Although he enters the week ranked 148th in the FedExCup standings, he's currently 30th in birdies or better on par 4s and fifth in average distance of putts made.
Martin Flores ... Going back to a T24 at the Valero Texas Open, he's riding a strange pattern of alternating top 30s with missed cuts. He last competed at the U.S. Open where he was two strokes too high to play the weekend, so if the trend is going to continue, he's due for another cut made at Congressional. For the season, he's 10-for-19 with five top 25s. He's outside the top 145 on TOUR in both total driving and greens in regulation but sits a lofty 10th in Strokes Gained-Putting.
Boo Weekley ... After logging three top 15s in a five-event stretch, an illness halted his mojo two months ago. He's since survived three of four cuts. Overall, he ranks third on the PGA TOUR in total driving and 14th in greens in regulation. He also tied for 12th in the inaugural edition of the AT&T National in 2007.
Will Claxton ... He's projected to make noise on several occasions, which explain why this is the fourth time that he's cracked this feature, but last week's T15 at the Travelers was his first top 25 in his last 11 starts. The rookie does a phenomenal job of keeping his ball in play, ranking 20th in fairways hit and eighth in greens in regulation, but he's 118th in birdie average due to below-average putting (161st in Strokes Gained-Putting). If scoring is difficult at Congressional, he could emerge on solid ball-striking alone.