Sleeper Picks: Open

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Sleeper Picks: Open
Brendon Todd ... A model of efficiency in 2013. Made 10 starts on both the PGA TOUR and Tour, picking off five and seven top 20s, respectively. He won on the latter in May and added a T2 at the Tour Championship to earn the 10th slot in the opening reshuffle. If he had logged enough rounds to qualify for official rankings, he'd have led the PGA TOUR in scrambling and finished T6 in par-4 scoring.
Bud Cauley ... After going the entire season without a top 10 and failing to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs, the 23-year-old regained his fully exempt status via the Tour Finals. While he's subjected to the reshuffle for the first time, the opportunity must feel like a second chance, especially since he earned his first card in only eight starts in 2011. Included in that magical season was a career-best solo third at CordeValle where he ranked fourth in greens in regulation and fifth in strokes gained-putting.
David Hearn ... While he didn't leave the Quad Cities with the John Deere Classic trophy, he hasn't missed a cut since and advanced to the BMW Championship in the FedExCup Playoffs. The Canadian finished the season ranked T15 in strokes gained-putting, seventh in three-putt avoidance and T13 in par-4 scoring. At CordeValle in 2011, he capped off a final-round 65 birdie-eagle-par-eagle-birdie en route to a T7.
Ben Martin ... One of two multiple winners during the regular season on the Tour in 2013. Led the circuit in the all-around and ranked fifth in total driving, T2 in greens in regulation and second in scoring. Also finished T2 in both par-4 and par-5 scoring. He's no stranger to the PGA TOUR as he was a rookie in 2011 (after breezing through qualifying school), but he was raw. With two years of development on the, CordeValle is a superb test to showcase how his talent has blossomed.
Jim Herman ... Flashed some moxie after a terrible start on the PGA TOUR in 2013 (2-for-10, zero top 35s). Beginning in June, he survived eight of nine cuts, two of which going for a top 10; another two were top 20s. With conditional status secured as a safety net, he then survived all four cuts in the Tour Finals to regain a position in the reshuffle. The turnaround isn't surprising from a statistical perspective as he ranked fifth on the PGA TOUR in total driving and 16th in greens in regulation.