Sleeper Picks: Transitions Championship

March 15, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
How it works: Our experts from PGATOUR.COM select the player they think will win this week's event. By using a draft process, no two picks can be the same. The player who wins the previous week picks last the following week. To see the picks, click here.
Of the players who didn't make the cut for our top picks, which have the best chance as sleepers? Here's how our experts see it.
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Sleeper picks: Transitions Championship
Pick orderPlayer selected
BOBBY GATES. This isn't the ideal course for his game, but I'm banking on the confidence he's gained from the last two opposite field events (T5 Mayakoba, solo 6th, Puerto Rico) to carry over to this week.
TOMMY GAINEY. "Two Gloves" has played well on a couple of tough tracks this year at PGA National and TPC Scottsdale, finishing in the top 10 at both. He's also 14th in total driving, which will play well at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook.
NICK O'HERN. Has had an awful year so far, but emphasis on driving accuracy always makes him tough at Copperhead, where he tied for eighth last year. Has slipped to 218th in the world, but I am not ready to give up on him yet.
MATTEO MANASSERO. Well, he's 17 years old. And it's only his second time playing in the United States, but it would pretty awesome if he were to win this week. And why shouldn't he? Age is just a number and he's already won on the European Tour.
CHARLES HOWELL III. In seven starts this year, he's notched four top-15 finishes and missed just one cut. Was T6 here in 2007 and T2 in '09 and his better-than-70 percent GIR number will go a long way at Innisbrook.
TROY MATTESON. Last week's playoff loss looks to have signaled a return to form for the Georgia Tech product. Making him an even more attractive pick is the fact that he tied for second at Innisbrook in 2008 and ninth in 2006.
MARK CALCAVECCHIA. He's won 13 times in a long PGA TOUR career, but Calc's now on the Champions Tour and rarely competes with the youngsters. Still, he won here in 2007 and the Florida Gator can still be a threat in the Sunshine State.
STEPHEN AMES. Always plays tough courses well, and The Copperhead will suit his game which looked very sharp with a 3rd in Puerto Rico last week. The final round 66 tied Tiger for low Sean Foley disciple of the day.
WEBB SIMPSON. Tied for 13th here last year and currently ranks 11th in GIR and 16th in scoring average. Tied Geoff Ogilvy and Nick Watney for Saturday's low round last year with a 6-under 65.
Standings after Week 7
LAST EVENT: Tommy Gainey's solo 5th at The Honda Classic two weeks ago helped Mike McAllister move up two spots in the standings.
Position Name Wins Top-5s Top-10s Top-25s FedExCup points
1 Lauren Deason
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 1 1 230.00
2 Chris Dunham
Editorial Coordinator, PGATOUR.COM
0 2 2 2 206.07
3 Brian Wacker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 1 3 204.00
4 Mike McAllister
Managing Editor, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 1 2 200.47
5 Helen Ross
Chief of Correspondents, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 1 3 188.50
6 John Schwarb
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 1 1 1 157.00
7 Anne Szeker
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 1 1 139.00
8 Ryan Smithson
Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
0 0 0 0 40.07
9 John Swantek
Host, On The Tee
0 0 0 0 23.00

The PGA TOUR travels to the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort this week for the Transitions Championship. Here's how the PGATOUR.COM experts sized up the top contenders: