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Top Sleepers To Watch

Our bold list of 10 lesser-known PGA Tour players we expect big things from in 2012

January 2012
Keegan Bradley

Webb Simpson was a solid pro entering the 2011 season, but who could have seen his spectacular campaign coming? Even more unlikely was the major breakthrough of two-time winner and PGA champion Keegan Bradley in his rookie season. Who will surprise on the PGA Tour this year? First, let's start with our criteria for being a "sleeper." The player cannot have won before on the PGA Tour and he must have finished outside the top 50 on last year's money list. Using that as a guideline, here are 10 true sleepers we think have the potential to do big things in 2012.

Bud Cauley

Bud Cauley

In just eight starts on the PGA Tour last year, the 21-year old made $735,150. How good is that? The University of Alabama star joined Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, Ryan Moore, Scott Verplank and Gary Hallberg as the only players to go straight from college to the PGA Tour -- avoiding a trip to the dreaded Q School. Cauley enters the season as the odds-on favorite to win Rookie of the Year.
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