Sleepers Picks: Farmers Insurance Open

January 22, 2013
Rob Bolton,
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  Billy Horschel ... It's not likely that he'll qualify as a Sleeper for long, so just consider his inclusion here as a reminder. He tied for 10th last week at PGA West to extend his consecutive cuts made streak to 13, good for T3 on TOUR. His week included two eagles and 23 birdies, six of which on his final eight holes. Dating back to the Fall Series, he's also riding a streak of 12 consecutive rounds of par or better. He's missed the cut in both previous appearances at Torrey Pines, but those starts occurred when he was battling injury.
Jason Kokrak ... Given that he snuck inside the top 125 on the money list with a co-runner-up in the Fall Series, he may feel like he's playing on house money right now, but whatever mindset he's in, it's working early this season. The second-year TOUR member has quietly strung together five consecutive cuts made, the latest a T8 at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation where he co-led after one round and would go on to co-lead the tournament with three eagles. His length off the tee could pay more dividends at Torrey Pines South.
Robert Streb ... The rookie ran toward the tape at PGA West, recording a closing 64 that including nine birdies. A bogey at the last cost him a top 10, instead leaving him with a share of 16th place. While that's reason enough to continue to keep an eye on him this week, Torrey Pines is the kind of venue where his well-rounded game can shine. He ranked seventh on the Tour last year in the all-around. That included sitting fifth in putting. He also led the circuit for the year in total birdies.
Lee Williams ... If Russell Henley can win at Waialae where no rookie had posted a top 10 since 2009, and David Lingmerth can qualify for a playoff at PGA West in his second career PGA TOUR start, there's no reason Williams (or any rookie for that matter) can't make noise at Torrey Pines despite the documented value of experience throughout the history of the tournament. Williams, a two-time Walker Cupper, has started with a pair of cuts made thanks to ranking eighth in scoring average before the cut. He's sixth in scrambling on the early season and 43rd in adjusted scoring.
Ricky Barnes ... After finishing 2012 with four missed cuts in six starts, he's opened the new season with a pair of top 20s and eight consecutive rounds of par or better. Over the years, his strength has been creating birdie opportunities. It's worked in three appearances at Torrey Pines where he's survived every cut. His best finish was a T22 in 2010.