Sleeper picks: Children's Miracle Network ClassicNovember 06, 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 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic:
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Josh Teater ... Finally hit a speed bump with a missed cut at the Frys.com Open, ending a string of eight consecutive cuts made that included five top 25s. He can motor it off the tee, but most relevant this week are his ranks in greens hit (38th) and par breakers (33rd). What's more, he's seventh in birdies or better on par 5s, a tasty split given that both courses in play this week are par 72s.
Nick O'Hern... The left-handed Aussie has survived only three of his last nine cuts in the U.S., but that span includes a T22 at the Frys.com Open where he held the 18-hole lead with a 62. In two starts at Disney, he's finished T4 (2009) and T6 (2011) with an actual scoring average of 68.25. Ranked fifth in putting here last year.
Russell Knox ... The rookie is on a roll, having survived seven consecutive cuts, a stretch that includes three top 25s. Sub-70s in 13 of his last 16 rounds. Most recently tied for 27th at The McGladrey Classic where he finished T2 in greens in regulation. Overall, he ranks fourth on TOUR in GIR and 15th in proximity to the hole, a lethal combination on tracks with relatively flat greens hosting a birdie bonanza.
Joe Durant ... The 2006 champion at Disney is in the field this week on a sponsor exemption. He finished fifth here as recently as 2008 and sits fifth in all-time earnings at the event. Fulfilling his ball-striking reputation, he leads the PGA TOUR in fairways hit and ranks 18th in greens in regulation. On Past Champion status this year, he's 6-for-13 with a pair of top 20s.
Scott Brown ... If there's a Major League Baseball team in search of a closer this winter, it might want to give this guy a call. Not only does he lead the PGA TOUR in final-round scoring average, but he just might be the most efficient touring pro as well. He's survived only eight cuts, but three went for top fives. His most recent finish was a T20 at The McGladrey Classic where he closed with a 5-under 65. The rookie ranks 144th on the money list, and he's a very average 110th in greens hit, but also checks in at 58th in par breakers.