Sleeper Picks: The Honda Classic

February 26, 2013
Rob Bolton

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Billy Horschel ... While he enjoyed a fruitful West Coast Swing -- five cuts made in as many starts, including a T10 at the Humana Challenge and a T11 at the WM Phoenix Open -- he returns home to his comfort zone of Florida for a month, so expectations remain lofty. Ranks fifth on TOUR in the all-around and inside the top 25 in par-3, par-4 and par-5 performance.
Brian Stuard ... Co-led the PGA TOUR early in top 10s with two in as many starts. He hasn't cracked a top 25 since but he hasn't missed a cut yet either. Wielding a seriously efficient attack throughout his bag. Ranks 48th in fairways hit, 29th in greens in regulation, ninth in strokes gained-putting, eighth in adjusted scoring and 10th in the all-around. Also fourth in bogey avoidance. Only weakness is lack of playing time at PGA National where he missed the cut in his only appearance in 2010.
Greg Chalmers ... Had the week off following a T10 at the Northern Trust Open where he ranked T7 in fairways hit and 10th in strokes gained-putting. The lefty sits T20 on TOUR in bogey avoidance and 44th in adjusted scoring. In four appearances at PGA National, he's survived three cuts and posted two top 25s, including a T12 a year ago.
Justin Hicks ... Enjoying a solid return trip to the PGA TOUR. Went 4-for-4 on the West Coast Swing with a pair of top 15s, including a T12 in his last start at Pebble Beach. The Honda Classic is a home game for the transplanted Michigander. He tied for 17th in 2011 in what was his only previous appearance. That week he ranked T3 in fairways hit and ninth in strokes gained-putting. He's currently sixth on TOUR in greens in regulation, 24th in adjusted scoring and T45 in bogey avoidance.
Brian Harman ... En route to a T12 in his first start at PGA National last year, he crafted a course-record 9-under 61 in the second round that included one bogey. He finished that week ranked fourth in strokes gained-putting and first in putts per GIR. The second-year TOUR member is 4-for-6 this year but he's still without a top 30. Given he started his rookie season similarly, it's likely that the Georgia native is more comfortable on Bermuda greens.