Sleeper picks: RBC Canadian Opentext sizeJuly 24, 2012
Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
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 RBC Canadian Open:
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Roberto Castro ... After charging home with a bogey-free, 7-under 63 at The Greenbrier Classic to post a career-best T7, the rookie (and frequent resident of this feature) placed T18 at last week's True South Classic. He did what he does best; that is, he kept his ball in play, ranking inside the top 25 at Annandale in both fairways and greens hit. He also sat 15th in Strokes Gained-Putting. His only valid weakness is inexperience, but the pieces are falling into place.
Jerry Kelly ... Top 15s in two of his last three starts, including a T13 at last week's stop in Mississippi where he co-led the field in fairways hit. He's carded nine consecutive rounds in the 60s and 13 of his last 14. Currently leads the PGA TOUR in accuracy off the tee and ranks seventh in final-round scoring average.
J.J. Henry ... Not only is he a fine fit for shorter shot-makers' tracks like Hamilton Golf & Country Club, but he arrives in form. He's posted consecutive top 25s for the first time this season, capped by a T21 at the True South Classic where he ranked T6 in greens in regulation. Currently 63rd on TOUR in fairways hit and 14th in GIR.
Brian Harman ... Climbed out of a 2-for-7 rut with no top 50s with four consecutive cuts made, three of which went for top 25s. This included a share of 19th place in his last start at TPC Deere Run where he ranked T9 in greens hit and T6 in birdies. The left-handed rookie sits sixth on TOUR in proximity to the hole and 17th in greens hit from lies off the fairway. These splits help boost otherwise pedestrian ranks of 97th in greens in regulation overall and 136th in Strokes Gained-Putting, both products of expected inconsistency in his first year.
Gary Christian ... The 40-year-old PGA TOUR rookie has recorded top 20s in three of his last four starts, including a career-best T13 at the True South Classic. He ranked inside the top 15 in fairways hit, greens in regulation and Strokes Gained-Putting at Annandale. Two weeks ago, he led the field in fairways at TPC Deere Run; also ranked T4 in greens hit. Overall, he's 14th on TOUR in accuracy off the tee and 35th in GIR.