Expert picks: Dick's Sporting Goods Open

June 24, 2009
PGA TOUR staff
Who will win the Dick's Sporting Goods Open? Champions Tour producer Lauren Deason and former PGA TOUR and Champions Tour winner Joe Inman make their picks.

Inman captured one title on the PGA TOUR at the 1976 Kemper Open, and won the SBC Senior Classic -- now the AT&T Champions Classic -- three consecutive times on the Champions Tour. He's currently the men's golf coach at Georgia State University.

Inman and Deason will each choose one player they consider a favorite as well as a sleeper pick. Here are their selections for this week's event in Endicott, N.Y.
Inman's picks Deason's picks
Winner: Jay Haas. He will do well at En-Joie GC, a course that rewards shot-making. He has not played this year like he has in years gone by, but I expect him to make a resurgent comeback at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.
Winner: Joey Sindelar. This is a no-brainer. He's from nearby Horseheads, N.Y., and finished fourth at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open last year. Plus he won twice at En-Joie GC (1985, '87) when it hosted a PGA TOUR event from 1983-2005.
Sleeper: Gene Jones. It's a good course for him. First, because he hits it straight and this course is narrow. Plus, he needs the money. I like to pick the guys who need the money; he's out there grinding every week and deserves a win.
Sleeper: Mike Hulbert. We haven't seen much out of Hulbert this year, but Sindelar's close pal also hails from Horseheads, N.Y. -- the pair grew up together -- and he won the B.C. Open at En-Joie GC in 1989. He should be comfortable here.

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