Picks: Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open

August 05, 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 Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open.
Crampton's picks Mobley's picks
Henrik Bjornstad. In two starts at the Wichita Open, the Norwegian actually hasn't made a cut, but if you check out his '09 results, you'll see that's not going to be a problem. He has made his last five cuts in a row and has only missed four in 16 starts. He's improved on his finish each of the last three weeks, too, so I'm looking for that to keep going.
Blake Adams. Adams is fifth on the money list for two reasons: He's only missed two cuts all season, and he loads up on strong finishes almost every time he makes it to the weekend. He doesn't have a win -- yet -- but he's so consistently good, it's hard to imagine him finishing the year without one. Did I mention he tied for 12th here last year?
Alex Prugh. Ignore that unfortunate missed cut at the Cox Classic, and you have to go all the way back to April to see the last time Prugh slammed the trunk. He's already won once this year, and he's had two top-20s and two top-10s in his last five starts. He broke par in all four rounds here last year, too, so clearly he can handle Crestview CC.
Kevin Johnson. Waiting on one more win to gain that instant TOUR promotion, Johnson has to be thrilled to be in Wichita this week. "Why?" You ask. Because he's a past champ. He also has two other top-10s here. He's still a risk, since he's missed his last five cuts, but without Michael Sim in the field to get in his way, this is his perfect opportunity.
Crampton's sleeper Mobley's sleeper
Won Joon Lee. The second-longest driver on Tour tied for 11th last week in Ohio, which is one of his better finishes in 2009. He has missed a lot of cuts this season, but he'll be confident coming off that almost top-10, plus he tied for seventh in Wichita last year.
Brad Elder. It's been a struggle for Elder this season with seven missed cuts and a best finish of tied for 20th, but he's coming off a top-25 in Ohio, and he just happens to be a two-time winner of the Wichita Open and has an additional top-five at Crestview to boot.

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Standings after week 17
Pos. Expert Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 25s Money earned
1 Jordan Crampton
Marketing Assistant, PGATOUR.COM
2 - 6 7 $435,339.48
2 Ceri Mobley
Associate Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
- 5 4 7 $336,603.74

LAST WEEK: An unusual missed cut from Michael Sim derailed Ceri Mobley's run at the lead and allowed Jordan Crampton to maintain control of the picks; however, with the best finish only a tie for 34th in Ohio, neither expert had a particularly strong week.