Even though he’s gone through his share of growing pains this year on the PGA Tour, I think that Bud Cauley is due to surprise some people. The 23 year old has only made nine cuts in 21 events, but he’s managed to pick up three top 25 finishes in those nine events.
Cauley finished tied for 32nd at last week’s British Open, but he played well over the weekend, shooting 71 – 73. Had he gotten off to a bit of a better start, Cauley would have likely cracked the top 25 in that tournament as well. The youngster certainly held up well under extreme pressure and difficult conditions. He has also played well in his previous appearances at this event, finishing T13 in 2011 and T4 last year.
He hasn’t done anything exceptionally well in terms of performance stats this year, but he’s still managed to earn almost $500,000 so far. He’s 158th in total driving, 135th in greens in regulation and 175th in strokes gained – putting. He has played very well in final rounds, however, where he ranks 21st in final round scoring. If he can get himself to the weekend, I like his chances to crack the top 25.
Another reason I like Cauley as a sleeper pick this week is the fact that he has a lot riding on these last four events in terms of qualifying for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. He’s currently ranked 124th in the FedEx Cup standings – and the top 125 make it to The Barclays, which is the first leg of the playoffs.
I’m not saying that Cauley is going to win this tournament, but I do think he has a great chance to break the top 25 and possibly sneak into the top 10.