Sleeper picks: The Barclaystext sizeAugust 21, 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 Barclays:
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Cameron Tringale ... Strong third year on TOUR. In 21 starts, he's posted four top-10s, another four top 25s and missed just four cuts. His consistency speaks to a sharp game tee to cup. Currently 33rd in total driving, 47th in greens hit and 27th in Strokes Gained-Putting. Superb dark horse for the postseason. Turns 25 on Friday.
John Senden ... A natural this week. Sits 26th on TOUR in fairways hit and fifth in greens in regulation, so you know he hasn't deviated from his reputation as a world-class ball-striker. Only weakness -- as usual -- is putting (125th in Strokes Gained), but he's one of the many that should benefit from the small greens. Five top-10s in 18 starts this year. Arrives having made the cut in five consecutive starts. While the no-cut Bridgestone Invitational was one of them, the streak also includes the last three majors led by a T10 at the U.S. Open.
Graham DeLaet ... Shared 22nd place at Sedgefield last week, his second top-25 in three starts. Ranks 12th on the PGA TOUR in total driving (10th in distance) and 35th in greens in regulation; also fourth in GIR from lies off the fairway and 57th in scrambling. Meanwhile, when greens are below average in size as they are this week, poor putters benefit due to the reduction of longer looks and decrease in the likelihood of three-putting.
Daniel Summerhays ... Another average putter with impressive splits tee to green. Sits 63rd in total driving, 16th in greens in regulation and seventh in GIR from lies off the fairway. When he's been on form, he's parlayed it into a trio of top fives and a T7. What's more, he's made only 20 starts from the reshuffle category. That reveals confidence in setting a schedule in pursuit of competitive balance. And it's worked.
Boo Weekley ... Sneaky fit for Bethpage. He leads the PGA TOUR in total driving and has enjoyed the lion's share of his success on tracks with small greens. It's also impressive that he qualified for the Playoffs given he's on Past Champion status, lowest on the pecking order of anyone in the postseason. Four top-25s on the year, the most recent a T21 at the True South Classic.