Last week was a very weak field and there wasn’t much to choose from in terms of sleeper picks. Nevertheless, we did pretty good with David Toms finishing in the top 15, Andrew Loupe making the cut and finishing T-52, and our lone blemish with John Peterson missing the cut.
This week the PGA Tour heads to Charlotte, North Carolina where a strong field will tee it up at the always tough Quail Hollow Club for the Wells Fargo Championship. Quail Hollow Club is a course that is very major-like. In fact, in 2017, it will host the PGA Championship, so keep that in mind.
Quail Hollow is a tough course and you can expect low scores. This is a course where you have to have a well rounded game. The fairways are tight, the green are tough to read, and the rough is very unforgiving. Typically, the best of the best, the primer players compete at this tournament. Nevertheless, there are a few under the radar players to keep your eye on.
George McNeill- Last week, George McNeill was a disappointment. McNeill had a very good history at TPC Louisiana, but it just didn’t click for him. I’m willing to believe that it was rust. I believe rust played a big factor.
He hadn’t played competitively in over a month and I’m banking that was the reason. Before last week’s missed cut, McNeill had rattled off five straight tournaments where he finished no lower than 19th. I’m willing to bet that McNeill will find his form this week at Quail Hollow where he finished T-16 last year, and T-15 in 2012.
Brian Davis- Going back to 2009, Brian Davis has only missed the cut one time. Not only has Davis made the cut here at Quail Hollow, but he has played really well here. In 2009, Davis finished T-38, in 2011: T-16, 2012: T-9, and last year a T-27.
Quail Hollow fits Davis’ eye, his game, and is a massive value pick. He is a very cheap pick up and I think you have to take advantage of that. Especially, if you front load your team with the favorites. Your Lee Westwood’s, Rory McIlroy’s, Jim Furyk’s, etc. If you front load your team, I would recommend Brian Davis. He’s been okay this year, but given how well he plays Quail Hollow, I think he’s the best pick from the golfers to choose from in the lower tier.
Davis Love III- Considering that Davis Love III is having a solid year and considering the fact that when he has played at Quail Hollow he has played pretty well; I’m surprised at how low Love III is rated money wise. DL3 hasn’t played here at Quail Hollow in a couple of years, but in 2011 he finished T-16, in 2010 he finished T-17, and in 2009 he finished T-22.
As mentioned, DL3 is in solid form he’s played in 13 tournaments and made the cut in nine of them. In his last 6 tournaments, he’s made the cut in 5 of them. Two weeks ago he played at the RBC Heritage and that’s where he missed the cut.
So, with all that said, I really wasn’t expecting DL3 to be a sleeper pick, but low and behold, he is. He’s a very cheap pick and a good value pick. As mentioned with Brian Davis, if you’re taking the expensive favorites, capping off your team with golfers like Brian Davis and Davis Love III might not be a bad idea considering how well they’ve played at Quail Hollow.
D.A. Points- I know D.A. Points hasn’t been very good this year. He has yet to record a top 50 finish in a full field. But, the great thing about golf is that week in and week out there will be some golfers that just break out and have a great 4 days of play. I’m not saying D.A. Points will win, but given how well he has played at Quail Hollow and given how low he is on some of these fantasy games, I think Points is a pretty good play value wise.
In the last 4 years, Points has made the cut in three of those tournaments, and in the last couple of years he has competed. In 2012, he was involved in the playoff, but ended up coming up short. And last year, Points finished T-16. Plus, Points is coming off a T-52 finish at the Zurich Classic last week and while that isn’t anything to write home about, perhaps that is the start of a streak where Points starts playing some pretty decent golf again.