Sleeper picks: Wyndham ChampionshipAugust 14, 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 Wyndham Championship:
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Heath Slocum ... While Sedgefield isn't an unknown track except for the first-timers in the field, its new Champion Bermuda putting surfaces might lead to some randomness on the leaderboard, particularly since the new grass will reveal undulations previously dulled with bentgrass. The four-time PGA TOUR winner has proven himself as a guy able to assume the role of champion when giant question marks loom. Back in October 2010, I wrote a fantasy mea culpa of sorts as it relates to Slocum following his win at The McGladrey Classic. You can read it by clicking here. Jump to the fifth paragraph for an immediate connection to why he makes sense again this week. It helps that he posted a T17 here last year.
William McGirt ... The 33-year-old PGA TOUR sophomore is a Carolina guy through and through. Born in North Carolina, he attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina and currently lives in the Palmetto State. With recent top fives at the True South Classic and RBC Canadian Open, he's all set for a return to the TOUR in 2013, so he can now climb the ladder on his list of goals. Enters this week ranked 70th in FedExCup points. He's also a sturdy 58th in greens in regulation and 60th in adjusted scoring. He made his debut on the PGA TOUR at this event at Forest Oaks Country Club in 2007. In his first appearance at Sedgefield, he tied for 52nd place but carded a bogey-free 64 in the second round.
Graham DeLaet ... Probably best connected to the long-driving contingent on the PGA TOUR -- he ranks 10th in distance off the tee -- but he's also quite proficient with his irons, sitting 35th in greens in regulation and fourth in GIR from lies off the fairway. His T12 at The Greenbrier Classic in July can't be overlooked as he was able to harness his strength on a tight layout that favors shot-makers. That week he ranked 14th in distance but co-led the field in greens hit. That approach will serve him well at Sedgefield..
Greg Owen ... Superb matchup. Ranks sixth on the PGA TOUR in greens in regulation, 28th in birdie average and 30th in adjusted scoring. While he's 120th in accuracy off the tee, the Englishman ranks fifth in GIR from lies off the fairway. He's logged two top 10s and another five top 25s among 15 cuts made this year. All eight of his rounds at Sedgefield have been par or better.
Ben Kohles ... In the field on a sponsor exemption, the upstart made news in recent weeks for having won his first two professional starts on the Web.com Tour, already securing his PGA TOUR card for 2013. The three-time All-American at the University of Virginia is averaging an incredible 5.25 birdies per round on the Web.com Tour, a stat that speaks both to his form as well as his confidence. Sedgefield Country Club has been a pushover in its first four years returning as host, and while it remains to be seen how the new putting surfaces will influence scoring, it would be difficult to cherry-pick a better spot for the 22-year-old to make his PGA TOUR debut.