Sleeper picks: The McGladrey ClassicOctober 16, 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 on the under-the-radar selections for The McGladrey Classic:
Brian Harman ... Lives in St. Simons Island. That comfort zone and the fact that Seaside is a par 70 should help shroud weaknesses in his irons and scoring on par 5s. Strong rookie season on the PGA TOUR includes nine top 25s. Had last week off after missing the cut in Las Vegas, but he's chased four missed cuts this year with top 25s. That includes a season-best T5 at The Barclays.
Blake Adams ... The born-and-raised Georgian rested after tying for eighth place at TPC Summerlin two weeks ago. It was his third top 10 of the year. He ranks 46th on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained - putting and 50th in par breakers. He's 2-for-2 at Seaside and posted four rounds in the 60s last year.
David Mathis ... No stranger to sitting just inside the bubble of the top 125 on the money list, the 38-year-old climbed two spots to 122nd thanks to a T22 at CordeValle last week. It's not a stretch to classify him as a great putter -- 36th on TOUR in strokes gained - putting; 26th in three-putt avoidance -- and Sea Island demands a strong week with the flat stick. He proved he can navigate the track well with a share of 15th place a year ago.
Mathew Goggin ... The Tasmanian may miss the Fall Series when it evolves into the beginning of the 2013-14 wraparound schedule. He enjoyed strong finishes in 2007 and 2008 before losing his way and eventually his status on the PGA TOUR. Back on the circuit as a Web.com Tour grad this season, he didn't record his first top 30 until a T13 two weeks ago in Vegas. He then backed it up with a T22 at the Frys.com Open. While the results reflect consistency, it's worth adding that he arrives at Seaside with an active streak eight consecutive rounds under par.
Kevin Kisner ... Like other relatively unknown 20somethings that consistently sit near the top of boutique stats, the University of Georgia product is no stranger to ranking very high in three-putt avoidance. This has been the case ever since his rookie season of 2011 when he finished sixth. The 28-year-old sits second upon arrival at Sea Island. Of course, it takes much more than one strength to tame any track, but with an elevated premium on putting this week, he deserves attention. He tied for 26th here last year, too.