Sleeper Picks: John Deere Classic

July 09, 2013

By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM fantasy columnist

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Sleeper Picks: John Deere Classic
Troy Matteson ... Seeking redemption after Zach Johnson stripped him of a would-be wire-to-wire win here last year. Opened with a 61 but lost in a playoff. Matteson has logged two of his eight career top-three finishes at TPC Deere Run and has another top 10. The only other time he's appeared in this feature this year was in advance of the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he'd go on to post a season-best T16.  
Brendon Todd ... Angling at status on the 2013-14 PGA TOUR from two directions. He's 10th on the Tour money list, but opted not to play in this week's Utah Championship. You can't blame him as he's 150th in FedExCup points despite just five cuts made in six starts. His last three resulted in a top 20. If he had enough rounds logged to qualify for official rankings, he'd sit 24th in adjusted scoring and T6 in par-4 scoring.  
Charlie Wi ... The first order of business for one of the more predictable touring pros is to review his history on a given layout. Both of his cuts made in five appearances at TPC Deere Run are top 15s, the better of which was a T4 in 2008. While current form hasn't mattered as much to project success, we can't ignore that he finished seventh at the AT&T National two weeks ago. Currently T25 in par-4 scoring average.  
Kevin Sutherland ... Beware the golfer with nothing to lose. This will be his final start via a Major Medical Extension and he needs no worse than a three-way share of third place to retain status. He's already qualified for conditional status if he falls short, positioning that will serve well with just a handful of tournaments remaining before the FedExCup Playoffs. But above that formality, he's coming off a T18 at the Travelers Championship and has missed just one cut in nine starts at TPC Deere Run. His slate includes three top 10s.  
Tom Gillis ... The once-upon-a-time birdie machine is 3-for-3 at TPC Deere Run with 10 of 12 rounds under par. He's survived five straight cuts entering the week, but hasn't put four rounds together to make any noise. Injuries have persisted in recent years, but he's still been able to carve out his niche as an occasional spoiler, if not threat.