Expert picks: The Rex Hospital Open

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May 27, 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 Rex Hospital Open.
Crampton's picks Mobley's picks
Michael Sim. This is probably one of the easiest picks I've ever had to make. Sim has been on fire as of late; he's become the first Nationwide Tour Player to be ranked inside the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and he is one win away from the battlefield promotion to the PGA TOUR.
Garth Mulroy. Predictably, my esteemed opponent took the only player who has earned him any money this year before me, so I have to do something to stop the train that is Michael Sim. I'm going with No. 2 in "THE 25" this week -- Mulroy's an '09 winner, hasn't missed a cut and was T4 here in '08.
Martin Piller. Last time I picked Piller, I said he seemed ready for his first Nationwide Tour win. I'm hoping that after a week on the PGA TOUR (where he made the cut), he will have a lot momentum heading into this week. This rookie has been rock solid, missing just one cut in eight starts, so I like his chances if he is around this weekend.
Vance Veazey. It's been feast or famine for Veazey this year, but he earned a top-25 finish last week in the Carolinas, so hopefully that Tar Heel State momentum will keep the 1999 Rex Hospital Open champion going as he returns to a track he knows he can beat. This is my hometown tournament, Vance, so please, please don't let me down.
Crampton's sleeper Mobley's sleeper
Kyle Reifers. It's hard to consider Reifers a sleeper here; he has turned around the shaky start to his season by making his last three cuts (including a T4 in South Georgia). He is also playing in North Carolina, where he can rely on his collegiate success at Wake Forest. I wouldn't be surprised to see Reifers find his form this week and contend for the title.
Brenden Pappas. This is as true a sleeper pick as any since the South African is barely inside the top 100 on the money list, let alone close to "THE 25," but despite Pappas' ominous play over the last several weeks, I can't ignore the 2006 Rex Hospital Open champion; he has shown some glimpses of excellence this year, even if they were marred by his five missed cuts.

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Standings after week 9
Pos. Expert Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 25s Money earned
1 Jordan Crampton
Marketing Assistant, PGATOUR.COM
2 - 3 2 $307,643.78
2 Ceri Mobley
Associate Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
- 4 1 4 $211,818.40

LAST WEEK: Crampton finally overtook Mobley last week with his second win out of Michael Sim. Just under $100,000 separates them, so Mobley will need a win soon if she wants to regain the top spot in the standings.

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