Sleeper Picks: Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard

March 19, 2013

By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM fantasy columnist  

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Sleeper Picks: Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
Graham DeLaet ... In a weaker field, you'd find him in the Power Rankings. He's posted top-25s in five of his last six starts, including in all three legs of the Florida Swing that took him to Puerto Rico (T18). He's making his first appearance at Bay Hill, but he fits the Martin Laird mold that secured the Scot the title here in 2011. DeLaet ranks 18th on the PGA TOUR in distance off the tee and 10th in greens in regulation. He's also 27th in adjusted scoring, 34th in the all-around and T33 in bogey avoidance.
Brian Stuard ... Hasn't missed a cut in all seven of his starts this season, three of which resulted in a top-10. Eighteen of his 28 rounds have gone sub-70 and he's posted at least one round in the 60s in each of his starts. Phenomenal splits across the board include 24th in fairways hit, 53rd in greens in regulation, ninth in strokes gained-putting, 11th in adjusted scoring, sixth in the all-around, 10th in scrambling and sixth in bogey avoidance.
Justin Hicks ... Already his third appearance in this feature this season (Humana Challenge; The Honda Classic), but he deserves it. At 6-for-7 on the year with two top-25s and sitting 73rd in FedExCup points, the first-timer at Bay Hill is cruising just below the radar. Another way to say it is that the pieces are in place for a breakout; he just needs to put four rounds together. Ranks 14th on TOUR in greens in regulation, 40th in adjusted scoring and 36th in the all-around.
Charlie Wi ... The 18- and 36-hole co-leader of this event last year has some unfinished business at Bay Hill. He faded on the weekend and settled for a share of 29th place. On the bright side, he co-led the field in par-3 scoring average (2.81; 5 birdies, 9 pars, 2 bogeys) and ranked 18th in strokes gained-putting. He's started 2013 with seven consecutive cuts made, two of which went for top-25s, and sits 23rd on TOUR in strokes gained-putting, 14th in par breakers and 42nd in the all-around.
Kevin Chappell ... Arrives at Bay Hill on a ramp that looks similar to the one Michael Thompson rode before breaking through at The Honda Classic. After top-25s in two of his first three starts, Chappell has missed four consecutive cuts and hasn't broken 70 in his last nine rounds. However, during what was a down year in 2012, he recorded his first of five top-25s at Bay Hill with a T24. He played the par 5s in bogey-free 10-under (2 eagles, 6 birdies) that week, third-best in the field. He's currently 25th on TOUR in total driving and 40th in the all-around.