Sleeper Picks: Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
Henrik Norlander ... While experience has been a prerequisite for recent winners at Colonial, it hasn't precluded rookies from contending. In the last two years, four first-time PGA TOUR members have recorded a top 10 at this tournament, three of which going for a T5. This Swedish rookie has a skillset that portends big things. Most notably as it relates to Colonial, he ranks seventh in total driving and 15th in greens in regulation. He's put together a six-pack of cuts made in as many starts. It includes a pair of top 20s.
Roberto Castro ... Don't forget about this guy. It was just two weeks ago that he matched the course record at TPC Sawgrass with a 63. While he blew up for a 78 in the second round, he recovered to finish with a pair of 71s to share 19th place for his fourth top 25 of the season. En route to a T19 in his debut at Colonial last year, he ranked T2 in ball-striking and ninth in scrambling. Currently 16th on TOUR in fairways hit and 28th in greens in regulation.
David Hearn ... After carving out a reputation as a tee-to-green specialist in 2012, he's regressed in both accuracy off the tee and greens in regulation, but he's emerged often enough to indicate that his good can outweigh his inconsistency on the right track. He's 2-for-2 at Colonial with a T13 last year. Arrives for this year's edition having survived his last four cuts, including a steady T26 in his last start at THE PLAYERS. Ranks 97th in FedExCup points.
D.H. Lee ... Quietly just outside the bubble for the Playoffs at 128th in FedExCup points, but he's survived four consecutive cuts. That run includes a T8 in New Orleans and a T16 in Charlotte. While he faded to a T43 at last week's HP Byron Nelson Championship, closing with a 74, he went 56-for-57 from seven feet and in. Ranks T37 in fairways hit and T51 in greens in regulation.
John Peterson ... The Fort Worth native grew up on Colonial Country Club, so he's a natural this week. His best finish in PGA TOUR-sanctioned competition this year is a T8 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but he's also 5-for-5 on the Web.com Tour where he ranks eighth in fairways hit and first in greens in regulation. He's also second in both scoring average and the all-around ranking on that tour.