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More than one of our experts like former PGA Champions David Toms (left) and Davis Love III as darkhorses this week at Oakland Hills. (Photos: Getty Images)

Sleeper Picks: See who our experts think could surprise us

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It's easy to identify who the favorites are at the 90th PGA Championship, but who do our experts think could shock everyone and walk away with the famed Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday?

T.J. Auclair
PGATOUR.COM Interactive Producer
Pick: David Toms
The 2001 PGA Champion hasn't been playing his best golf this season. However, he's been consistently making cuts. To find his last missed cut, you've got to go all the way back to early March at the PODS Championship. Since then, Toms has been around for the weekend 10 starts in succession. A major championship probably isn't the greatest place to expect someone to break out of a slump. But, if you look at Trevor Immelman at the Masters, or Padraig Harrington at the British Open to a lesser extent, neither player was setting the course ablaze prior to hoisting the hardware.

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Scott Pianowski
The Fantasy Insider
Pick: Bart Bryant
His straight driver (sixth in accuracy) and rock-steady irons (45th in GIR) should serve him well this week. The underrated Bryant is also 19th in scoring, and he's only missed three cuts all year. The late-blooming Bryant has cashed in his last three majors; this week, we'll see him contend in one.

John Maginnes
PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Pick: Davis Love III
Have you seen the Old Guys Rule tee shirts? They are pretty cool and they should be on display this week -- at least for the dark horses. I am torn between the two men who challenged Steve Jones down the stretch at the U.S. Open here 12 years ago. Tom Lehman and Davis Love III haven't played like major champions lately but if we have learned one thing this year, it is that it only takes a week. I am going to give the nod to Davis because he seems to play his best golf in places where he has played his best golf. So what if he doesn't have a top-10 this year? He played well at the British Open and should be coming in fresh.

Melanie Hauser
PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Pick: Davis Love III
This course owes him one. And in a season of comeback stories?why not? He's playing well. He knows the course -- duh. And the Ryder Cup? No pressure. He wins, Zinger has to at least give him a good long look. He makes the team, bonus. The big deal is the second major. Almost went with David Toms for many of the same reasons, plus Scotty Gneiser is back on his bag, but DL III's been more consistent.

Lauren Deason
PGATOUR.COM Editorial Coordinator
Pick: David Toms

For starters, we know he can win a PGA Championship, since he did so in 2001. Because Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh or Phil Mickelson have won 70 percent of the Wanamaker trophies over the past decade, it's rare to find a sleeper who also has a win. Though Toms has made 10 consecutive cuts on the PGA TOUR this year, he's not finished inside the top 10 all season. So what he does have going for him this week? A. The win in 2001; B. Experience at Oakland Hills from the 2004 Ryder Cup; and C. A desire to turn his otherwise lackluster season into a much better one.

Helen Ross
PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents
Pick: Zach Johnson
He's been steady, but not spectacular this year. Johnson ranks 14th in the Ryder Cup standings, though, so he needs to make a statement to U.S. Captain Paul Azinger. There's no time like the present, and Johnson comes to Oakland Hills off a tie for 16th at Firestone South, where he broke par each of the first two rounds.

John Swantek
PGA TOUR Productions Fantasy Insider
Pick: Chris DiMarco
68-70-68-70. No, it's not the uniform numbers of the last four offensive lineman inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame. It's the four best rounds strung together by DiMarco this year, good for a T12 last week at Bridgestone. Not a lot to hang your visor on, but when you've struggled to find rhythm since off-season shoulder surgery, it's significant. He will scratch and claw, which will give him a fighting chance at Oakland Hills.

Dave Lagarde
PGATOUR.COM Contributor
Pick: Stephen Ames
Has the kind of paint-by-the-numbers game that plays well in majors. Could be a factor.

Dave Shedloski
PGATOUR.COM Senior Correspondent
Pick: David Toms
The former PGA champ had four decent rounds at Firestone in his first start in more than a month. Not many men ranked below 50th in the world have the kind of overall shot control and putting ability that Toms possesses. What's more, Toms might be extra motivated by having to make a late push for a U.S. Ryder Cup berth.

Win McMurry
Host, PGA TOUR Today
Pick: Briny Baird
It is the first time this season Baird is playing in a major championship. But he did play THE PLAYERS, and he finished fourth. He has not teed up in a PGA Championship since 2004, but he made the cut in all four of his previous starts in the major, and has the 10th-best average finish in the championship of all players in the field this week.

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