The Sleeper Report: Fantasy Golf Sleepers, Long Shots, and Undervalued Picks for the AT&T Byron Nelson
The AT&T Byron Nelson Sleeper Preview
Well, that was unexpected. Si-Woo Kim has become the youngest PLAYERS Champion in history at the tender age of 21, and you sense that a new star has been born.
The manner in which he handled his title-winning round – nine straight pars as those around him capitulated – suggests there are many, many more to come in the future. Detractors will point to the fact that Si-Woo is an underwhelming PLAYERS Championship winner compared to the likes of Tiger Woods, Jason Day, and Martin Kaymer…but who’s to say he won’t join such illustrious company in the major champions club in the years to come.
It’s always sad to wave the iconic TPC Sawgrass goodbye, especially when it is followed by the *whisper it* rather underwhelming TPC Four Seasons. The players are on record as saying this is one of their least favorite courses on Tour, and as such it is perhaps no surprise to learn that it will be replaced as AT&T Byron Nelson host venue from 2019 onwards.
That said, another high-quality field has assembled in Texas. We’ve got not one but six recent major champions in Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, and Jimmy Walker, plus a whole cavalcade of talented youngsters and Texan specialists.
Mind you, it might not be enough to be a major winner. Garcia may be a winner of a big one – and the defending champion here – but the rollcall of recent winners here is more of a “who’s that?” than a who’s who of world golf. Steven Bowditch, Sangmoon Bae, and Brendan Todd have all lifted this trophy in the past five years…answers on a postcard as to why.
Maybe it’s because TPC Four Seasons is an all-round test of golf. You don’t need to be particularly long or accurate off the tee, you can find greens or scramble well and as for putting – Garcia ranked 41st for this stat last year, so you can just about get by with the flatstick without pulling up any trees.
So who are the likely long shots sleepers that will make the most of this set up? Let’s take a look.
The AT&T Byron Nelson 2017 Fantasy Sleeper Report
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