The PGA Tour moves to Boston, Massachusetts for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, featuring some of the most well-known golfers in the world today such as Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. However, as we all know any player can catch fire and win any given golf tournament, and this week's event is no different. What follows are my top three sleeper picks to win the Deutsche Bank Championship.
After an impressive run late last year, Cauley has had a solid go of it in his first full season on the PGA Tour in 2012 with 17 cuts made in 24 starts and nine top 25 finishes. What I like about his chances this week is that he has a lot of momentum going in; Cauley has four top 10 finishes over his past five starts, with three of those being top five. An inconsistent driver has really hampered him from playing better this year, ranking 119th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy, but has putted much better of late and I think he has a great chance this week if he can hit a few fairways early on and gain some added confidence.
Similar to Cauley, I have Piercy among my sleeper picks this week due to his solid play of late, with a win among three top 25 finishes over his past five starts. He was uncharacteristically bad with the putter at the Barclays and just missed out on the weekend, but he should play much better this week considering the greens at TPC Boston are a bit easier to putt on. The key for Scott this week will be his performance on par 5's; he ranks 13th overall in par 5 performance on the PGA Tour and TPC Boston features three of them that should give Piercy a good chance to make up some ground if he were to get into trouble early on.
Even though Robert Garrigus had an unimpressive performance at the Barclays last week (77-74 on the weekend), I like how his golf game stacks up at this week's course. Garrigus is one of the longer hitters on the PGA Tour, averaging over 310 yards, and he also ranks eighth on Tour in greens in regulation at nearly 70%. That is a good combination to have, although with most long hitters the putter is usually the biggest weakness, and that is no different with Garrigus, ranking 170th on Tour in strokes gained from putting. As stated earlier, TPC Boston has the sort of greens that can help players like Robert, so with a few putts made early on I think he could certainly be in the running this week.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade.
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