Bud Cauley … It doesn't seem all that long ago that he bypassed traditional qualifying for his TOUR card as a non-member, but he's now a 29-year-old in his 163rd career start. Even that total seems high given the entirety of one season and portions of three others lost due to injury. Ever the battler, he's making his seventh appearance in Greensboro positioned 100th in the FedExCup. He's connected for a solo third (2012) and a T10 (2016) at Sedgefield. Currently No. 1 in strokes gained: around-the-green and 30th in putting: birdies-or-better. Took the last two weeks off after putting four rounds together for a T18 at the John Deere Classic.
Brice Garnett … It's not a coincidence that the top 125 in the FedExCup both determines the field for the Playoffs and who will be fully exempt next season. Yes, the uniformity avoids confusion, but the Playoffs alone serves as enough of a target for numerous golfers if for no other reason than they're already exempt for 2019-20 no matter this season's outcome. Because he prevailed at Corales in 2018, he's known he's had a job next season ever since. Yet, after slipping to 128th in the FedExCup with a third consecutive missed cut in June (Travelers), he rattled off a 4-for-4 swing through the Midwest with four top 25s. Now 121st in points and a little over 24 points clear of Austin Cook at 126th, Garnett can play spoiler. He's a great fit for Sedgefield, too. Currently seventh in fairways hit, 19th in greens in regulation and T19 in par-4 scoring, he's projected to contribute to a growing record of success on the course that includes T20s in his last two appearances.
Roger Sloan … With three consecutive career-best finishes over the last four weeks – T15-T10-T7 from Minnesota to the Quad Cities to Reno – it's probably an insult to plant him here for the Wyndham Championship where he missed the cut in his only previous appearance in 2015, but the 32-year-old from Canada remains an unknown to even most avid fans of the PGA TOUR. Naturally, given his current trajectory, that's unlikely to remain the case for long. At 91st in the FedExCup, he's headed to his first Playoffs where anything can happen … and has.
Sepp Straka … After spending the majority of the season well outside the top 125 in the FedExCup, the 26-year-old finds himself on the doorstep of his Playoffs debut at 110th. This is due to a solo third at Keene Trace and a solo 12th at Montrêux. He led the Barbasol Championship in fairways hit, strokes gained: tee-to-green and par-4 scoring, while also finishing a lofty T5 in greens hit. For the season, he's T5 in total driving, T21 in GIR and T24 in putting: birdies-or-better. All told, he presents as a threat in his Wyndham debut.
Doc Redman … Even non-members earn a break late in a season. After he finished T20 at The Open Championship, he had accumulated the equivalent of enough FedExCup points to position himself in the safe zone for fully exempt status in 2019-20, so he withdrew early from the Barracuda Championship to focus his energy at Sedgefield where he missed the cut in his debut last year. Only 21 years of age, the 2017 U.S. Amateur champ would be third on TOUR in greens hit (in 18 rounds) if he qualified for official rankings. He'd also sit T6 in proximity, T5 in strokes gained: putting and first in par-3 scoring. It's hardly fluky, too. He had been staying warm and spiking on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada over the spring.
NOTE: Sleeper is a relative term, so Rob uses unofficial criteria to determine who qualifies. Each of the following usually is determined to be ineligible for this weekly staple: Winners of the tournament on the current host course; winners in the same season; recent major champions; top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking; recent participants of team competitions.