Sleeper picks: Northern Trust Open

February 12, 2013
Rob Bolton,

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John Rollins: Even three-time PGA TOUR winners qualify as Sleepers in this field. Owner of four top 20s at Riviera but none since a T14 in 2008. He's off to a strong start this season having banked three top 25s among four cuts made. Ranks eighth in ball-striking, 18th in adjusted scoring and 17th in bogey avoidance.  
Jeff Maggert: In his heyday, he excelled on most tracks, Riviera included. From 1993-2005, he recorded five top 25s at this event. He's missed the cut in his last four appearances, but the current state of his game suggests that the skid ends this week. While he's 4-for-4 on the young season -- all four results ranging from T46 to T49 -- his tee-to-green splits are impressive. The soon-to-be 49-year-old -- his birthday in Feb. 20 -- ranks second on TOUR in fairways hit and 32nd in greens in regulation. He's also 30th in bogey avoidance.  
Kevin Streelman: His 3-for-5 record with no top 55s at Riviera doesn't support his inclusion here, but it defines it. A Sleeper in the truest sense, the 34-year-old finished worst (T40) of the 14 golfers that carded at least three rounds in the 60s on the Monterey Peninsula last week. Overall, he ranks 12th on TOUR in ball-striking, 56th in strokes gained-putting, 24th in adjusted scoring and sixth in the all-around.  
Cameron Tringale: Enters the week riding a modest consecutive cuts made streak of four, capped by a season-best T22 last week at Pebble Beach where he rolled in eight birdies en route to a closing 66. The Southern California native possesses a steady game from tee to cup. Currently 46th on TOUR in adjusted scoring and 47th in the all-around. In two starts at Riviera, he's placed T21 (2011) and T24 (2012).  
David Hearn: Finished T44 in his debut at Riviera last year. His bread and butter is ball-striking. That element of his game has started slow, but his putter has compensated. Currently 10th on TOUR in strokes gained-putting and 41st in adjusted scoring. Also ninth in par-4 performance. Tied for 16th in his last start at the WM Phoenix Open where he circled seven birdies in each of his first, second and final rounds.