Expert Picks: Nationwide Children's Hospital Inv.

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July 29, 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 Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.
Crampton's picks Mobley's picks
Matt Every. Fresh off his second top-five of the season, I'm sticking with the hot hand this week. Every has been steadily improving on his season; he's made six consecutive cuts, and he's shown he can bounce back from tough breaks. He needs to continue his good play and make a move to get into "THE 25" to secure his card.
Michael Sim. You know who else got a top-five last week? Yep, this guy. He hadn't played since the U.S. Open, but he didn't skip a beat and got right down to business at the Cox Classic. Racking up a Tour record season of earnings isn't the priority for Sim. He wants that third win and TOUR promotion, and he is going to get it.
Martin Piller. The weekends have not been kind to Piller in his last three events. He is consistently in a good position after two rounds; if he can keep his form this weekend, expect Piller to be a threat on the difficult Scarlet Course. Piller is a very consistent player, which will play to his advantage this week on a course that will yield a lot of big numbers.
Garth Mulroy. The South African is sixth on the money list coming into this week. He has six top-25 finishes this season (including a win). And he tied for sixth at this tournament last year. I'd say that's a devilishly good combination, wouldn't you? Cheesy? Yes. But he's still a great pick, and I feel confident he'll make something happen in Ohio.
Crampton's sleeper Mobley's sleeper
Nick Taylor. The No. 1 amateur golfer in the world has a great chance to make some noise this week. He was in the hunt on Saturday of the U.S. Open this year and nearly won the U.S. Amateur Public Links event two weeks ago. I was expecting something more out of Taylor at last week's RBC Canadian Open on the PGA TOUR, but he'll have a good shot this week in Columbus.
Josh Broadaway. Broadaway has been the picture of inconsistency this year, so he's a risky pick. He's slammed the trunk eight times this season, but when he does make it to the weekend, it's usually to a solid result. His last four starts have gone like this: Solo seventh, cut, tied for ninth, cut. Since he tied for sixth here in '08, I think he's headed for a top-10 again.

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Standings after week 16
Pos. Expert Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 25s Money earned
1 Jordan Crampton
Marketing Assistant, PGATOUR.COM
2 - 6 7 $425,439.48
2 Ceri Mobley
Associate Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
- 5 4 7 $333,368.12

LAST WEEK: Our experts were 5 for 6 in cuts made last week, and Ceri Mobley scored a top-five and a top-10 to Jordan Crampton's top-10 and top-25, which allowed her to make up some ground, but Crampton still leads her by more than $90,000.

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