2021-22 Golf Draft Kit: Sleepers & Busts

2021-22 Golf Draft Kit: Sleepers & Busts

This article is part of our Golf Draft Kit series.

We surveyed our golf writers for sleepers and busts for the 2021-22 PGA Tour season. Here are the results.

SLEEPERS

Aaron Wise

The 2018 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year had slipped as low as 246th in the Official World Golf Ranking during the fall series of the 2020-21 season, but Wise managed to backdoor a top-50 finish in the FedExCup standings after notching back-to-back top-25s in the playoffs at the Northern Trust and the BMW Championship. A former NCAA champion with the Oregon Ducks, Wise's sophomore slump on the PGA Tour preceded even more disaster in Year 3, when he missed cuts in 12 of 18 starts on the way to just $356K. Wise's bounce-back effort in 2020-21 included nine top-25s and three top-10s, with a second-place at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Aside from putting, he was 46th or better in every major strokes gained subcategory while ranking ninth in GIR percentage, 26th in birdie average and fifth in proximity from 50-125 yards. Although the flat stick can trigger nightmares for Wise and those who roster him, he actually ranked 15th on tour in putting from 10-15 feet and he gained 2.5 or more strokes on the greens in four of his last seven starts to close out the season. Additionally, he gained an average of 3.7 strokes from tee to green per tournament throughout his last nine events dating to the Wells Fargo Championship in early May.

— Bryce Danielson

Lucas Herbert

The 25-year-old Australian is mostly unknown

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