Sleeper Picks: CIMB ClassicOctober 22, 2013
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
Sleeper Picks: CIMB Classic John Huh ... Only 23 years of age but embarking on his third season on the PGA TOUR. His one victory on the circuit occurred at the 2012 OHL Classic at Mayakoba played on paspalum greens similar to the grass grown at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. He's also already a winner in this neck of the world, having taken the 2010 Shinhan Donghae Open on the Korean Golf Tour. More recently, he made a push into the FedExCup Playoffs with three consecutive top 25s and he's opened 2013-14 with a pair of cuts made. Ranked seventh in strokes gained-putting and T10 in par-4 scoring at TPC Summerlin.
Daniel Summerhays ... While he's been a semi-regular in television coverage for a few months, including en route to a T23 in Las Vegas, he lands here for his success on paspalum greens. Two weeks after sharing fifth place at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in 2012, he finished T7 at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com. So, consider him a product of converging trends, albeit over an extended period of time.
Anirban Lahiri ... The 26-year-old from India has logged one victory on the Asian Tour in each of the last three seasons, but he's also coming off a solo second in Macau where he closed with a 9-under 62. Ranks eighth on his home circuit in distance off the tee, seventh in greens in regulation and eighth in scoring average.
Chris Kirk ... He's making his third appearance in this tournament, so while a T13 (2011) and T4 (2012) are impressive, neither occurred at the new host course in Kuala Lumpur. Yet, at worst he's proven that he's not bothered by the heat and humidity of Malaysia. He opened the 2013-14 season with a T36 in Vegas, but comes off a compressed schedule with a career-high 11 top 25s in a career-low 24 starts.
Nicholas Fung ... At 411th in the Official World Golf Ranking, he's tops among natives of Malaysia. The 23-year-old ranks second on the Asian Development Tour's Order of Merit thanks to one win, two seconds and two fourths in 11 starts. Also picked off a T12 in an Asian Tour event in June.