Sleepers: Puerto Rico Open

March 10, 2009
PGA TOUR staff
How it works: Our 10 experts from PGATOUR.COM select any player who isn't ranked in the top 20 of the FedExCup rankings, the top 30 of the Official World Golf Ranking and hasn't won that season. By using a draft process, no two picks can be the same.
Who do our experts think will capture Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular title? Here's who they've picked to win. Click here
Sleeper picks: Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular
Pick order Player selected
CASEY WITTENBERG. He's currently T25 in driving accuracy, T35 in hitting greens in regulation and 35th in ball striking. On the windy Trump International course, it will take stellar ball striking like that to succeed.
BO VAN PELT. In 215 career starts, Van Pelt has finished a career-best second just once -- a T2 last year in Puerto Rico, where he led for the first three rounds. And he already has a top-five finish this year.
CHARLES HOWELL III. Simply put, Howell was the highest ranked player in the field in FedExCup points outside the top 20. A lot of that is due to his season-opening, fourth-place finish in Hawaii, so I hope another island tournament will liven him back up.
TIM WILKINSON. His tie for sixth here in 2008 was the first of three top 10s in his rookie year. With eyes on Miami, the 5-foot-7 lefty has a chance to slip in under the radar for his first career victory.
BRETT QUIGLEY. He always plays The Honda Classic well (T13), so was that just home cooking or some real momentum? I'm banking on the latter. After more than 300 career starts, he has to break through eventually.
JASON DAY. Sure, he has yet to score a top 10 this year, but he also has yet to miss a cut this season, and he's just one of those guys you know is going to figure out how to win. Why not this week.?
KEVIN STADLER. He's finished in the top 20 in two of his three starts this season - and he tied for fourth in Puerto Rico last year. Need I say more?
RICH BEEM. I can't believe he's still available as a sleeper, even though Spoor picked him as a favorite. Rich, don't withdraw, and be sure to get the putter rolling.
JOE DURANT. He's one of those guys you always pull for to do well. He needs to start playing better golf, and hopefully this is the week he gets it turned around.
JERRY KELLY. Last year's runner-up wasn't exactly playing great golf when he came into this event in 2008, and he isn't right now either. Kelly seems to do well in alternate-field events, though.

The PGA TOUR makes its second Caribbean stop this week at the Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular. Here's how the PGATOUR.COM experts sized up the top contenders:

Standings after Week 9
Pos. Expert Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 25s FedExCup points
1 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents, PGATOUR.COM
- 1 1 2 555.25
2 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
- 1 1 2 499
3 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor, PGATOUR.COM
- 2 2 2 401
4 Mark Spoor
Coordinating Producer, PGATOUR.COM
- - 2 3 392.4
5 Win McMurry
Host, PGA TOUR Today
- - 1 2 355.81
6 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
- - 2 4 342.5
7 John Swantek
Fantasy Insider, PGA TOUR Productions
- - - 3 294
8 T.J. Auclair
Interactive Producer, PGATOUR.COM
- 1 1 1 290.49
9 Brian Wacker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
- - - 2 244.83
10 Ceri Mobley
Associate Producer, PGATOUR.COM
- - 1 2 239.75

LAST WEEK: With a tie for fifth from Robert Allenby, Mike McAllister parlayed his recent dominance in the expert picks into the sleeper picks, where he has jumped up to third in the standings. Each week, we'll update the standings based on the FedExCup points accumulated by the players selected by our experts. Here's how it stands after Week 9: