Sleeper Picks: Shell Houston Open

March 26, 2013

By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM fantasy columnist

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Sleeper Picks: Shell Houston Open
Pat Perez ... He arrived at Redstone having finished T50 or worse in four of his last five starts, but he sprinkled in a T7 at Tampa Bay to remind us that he can contend at will. He has three top 25s on the season and sits 56th in FedExCup points. Steady splits throughout his bag are supported by an all-around ranking of 49th. Owns a 2-for-4 record at Redstone with a T8 in 2008 and a T12 in 2012. Ranked T9 in last year's field in greens in regulation, 12th in strokes gained-putting and T3 in par-4 scoring average.
Ben Curtis ... Faded into a share of 21st place at Bay Hill with a closing 74, but it still counts as his best result in a full-field stroke-play event since the PGA Championship last August. As one of the TOUR's streakiest golfers, perhaps it will ignite another patented run on the eve of his title defense at next week's Valero Texas Open. He survived four consecutive cuts at Redstone from 2008-2011, a stretch back-ended by a T14 and T24, respectively.
James Driscoll ... Had the week off following a T21 at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank, his second top 25 among six cuts made in eight starts this season. He's 73rd in FedExCup points. The 35-year-old finished T14 at Redstone in 2010 and T8 last year. During both of those efforts, he ranked third in putts per greens in regulation, which helps support the notion that he's comfortable on the difficult putting surfaces. Currently 38th on TOUR in strokes gained-putting.
Chad Campbell ... In the midst of the worst start of his career, with no top 40s among three cuts made in eight starts. He's broken 70 in only two of his last 14 rounds. However, the native Texan and current resident (of the Dallas Metroplex) is 5-for-5 at Redstone with three top 25s and owns an actual scoring average of 70.4.
Jim Herman ...  He's shown flashes but it's yet to come together for four rounds. Of course, many among his brethren could claim the same thing, but he's enjoyed some success at Redstone. After tying for 66th in his debut in 2011, he shared 14th place last year, closing with a field-tying-low 68. He ranked T20 for the week in total driving and T9 in greens in regulation. Overall on TOUR this year, he's 40th in strokes gained-putting.