Expert Picks: Albertsons Boise Open

September 15, 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 former Nationwide Tour and PGATOUR.COM employee Jordan Crampton -- 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 Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft.
Crampton's picks Mobley's picks
Alex Prugh. Comfortably inside "THE 25" and playing steady down the stretch, Prugh is but a few more paychecks away from a guaranteed spot on TOUR next season.Since May, Prugh has missed just two cuts in 12 events, and he has notched four top-10s in that stretch.Prugh had a very consistent showing in Boise last season, posting all four rounds in the 60s; if he shows that form again, he is definitely a favorite this week.
Tom Gillis. How has this guy only won once this season? He hasn't missed a cut, and in 10 starts, his worst finish is a tie for 36th. He has one win, three top-fives, one top-10 and three top-25s this season. He leads the Tour in multiple categories, including: Greens in Regulation, Birdie Average, Scoring Average and Ballstriking -- all of which will come in handy in Boise. He's also rested after a couple of weeks off.
Josh Teater. I'm very surprised Teater was still on the table for me this week, having won last week's event with ease in the final round.Teater has been the hottest player in the past four weeks, notching three top-15s, including a runner-up finish and his first Nationwide Tour win. Teater has already enjoyed a successful rookie season so far in '09; a second win would push him over the top and really boost his confidence for next season.
Chris Tidland. Normally I avoid defending champs because on this Tour, if they're back, it usually means they haven't played too well. On the contrary for Tidland, who scored his second Tour win just last month. He also had ties for 16th and eighth and a solo fourth in August, as well as a tie for ninth in late July, so you could say he's on a roll. He missed the cut in Utah, but I'm not worried about that -- it just means he had some time to recharge.
Crampton's sleeper Mobley's sleeper
Rickie Fowler. Maybe a bit of a stretch for his first event as a professional, but Fowler is on cloud nine right now having just completed his final event as amateur, capturing the Walker Cup as a part of the victorious U.S. squad. Fowler was 4-0 during his matches, where he was a combined 16 up. The former No. 1 amateur golfer in the world will have high expectations as a professional, and a solid finish this week will surely grab everyone's attention.
Jon Mills. The 2007 Boise Open champion has had a hot-or-cold season, with eight missed cuts as well as 10 top-25s or better, so you never know what's going to come out of the bag with Mills. But he has been on a bit of a run in recent weeks, picking up ties for 10th, 20th and ninth in his last three starts. That kind of confidence will serve him well coming into a tournament he knows he can win. At 38th on the money list, he needs a good week.

Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft: Tee times | Field | Power Rankings

Standings after week 23
Pos. Expert Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 25s Money earned
1 Jordan Crampton
Former employee, Nationwide Tour and PGATOUR.COM
3 2 10 10 $690,412.16
2 Ceri Mobley
Associate Site Producer, PGATOUR.COM
- 7 9 11 $500,402.27

LAST WEEK: Ceri Mobley continued to gain ever so slightly on Jordan Crampton with ties for seventh and 25th out of two of her picks, but Crampton was still solid with a tie for 25th also.