Expert picks: South Georgia Classic

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April 21, 2009
PGA TOUR staff
PGATOUR.COM will have expert picks and sleepers for each Nationwide Tour event this year. Our experts -- Nationwide Tour producer Ceri Mobley and marketing assistant Jordan Crampton, who formerly worked for the Nationwide Tour -- will each choose two players they consider favorites that week and a sleeper pick (a player who is not inside "THE 25"). Here are their selections for this week's South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank and Trust Company.
Crampton's picks Mobley's picks
Martin Piller. Although Piller didn't pull off the victory for me last week, he still placed inside the top 25 and shot par or better in all four rounds in Athens. If Piller keeps up his consistent play, don't be surprised to see him well inside "THE 25" come season's end. Of course, a win here this week would all but solidify his goal of reaching the TOUR next season.
Brad Elder. I am either really smart or really dumb, but none of my picks are hailing from inside "THE 25" this week. Go ahead, mock me, but get ready to praise me next week if I pull it off. First up? Brad Elder. A slow start to the season developed into two top 25s the last two weeks, so he's coming in consistent. Plus he's fifth in driving distance -- that should help.
Daniel Summerhays. It's been a roller-coaster season for Summerhays. He's made just four of seven cuts this year, but he's finished inside the top five twice. Summerhays tied for ninth here last year during his first full season on the Nationwide Tour; if he finds himself in contention this week, look for him to step into the winners' circle for the second time in his career.
Michael Sims. Yep, you read that right, there's an "s" on the end of that name. Michael Sims is from Bermuda, not Australia, and he has carded ties for ninth, 32nd and 15th in his only three starts on Tour this year. I'm not arguing with those numbers, and since Sim isn't in the field this week, let's make sure this Michael gets some of the attention for once.
Crampton's sleeper Mobley's sleeper
Won Joon Lee. The young Aussie star has had a sub-par start to '09, but don't be surprised if Lee is on top this week. This course measures an incredible 7,781 yards, and his length off the tee will give this power-hitter a serious advantage over the rest of the field.
Bryan DeCorso. It's a risky pick given that the Canadian vet has missed two consecutive cuts, but I can't ignore the defending champion altogether. He's not in the top 10 in driving, but that wasn't a problem here last year, so I won't let it hang over me this week.

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Standings after week 6
Pos. Expert Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 25s Money earned
1 Ceri Mobley
Associate Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
- 4 - 2 $173,743.40
2 Jordan Crampton
Marketing Assistant, PGATOUR.COM
1 - 2 2 $158,993.78

LAST WEEK: Despite a top-25 finish from Crampton's pick Martin Piller, Mobley was able to maintain her slim lead with two made cuts to Crampton's one. The race is getting tighter, though.

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