Expert Picks: Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open

March 02, 2010
PGA TOUR staff
PGATOUR.COM will have expert picks and sleepers for each Nationwide Tour event this year. Our experts -- Nationwide Tour producer Nick Zaccardi and Nationwide Tour Insider John Dell -- 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 Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open Presented by Samsung.
Dell's picks Zaccardi's picks
Kevin Chappell. OK, I'm getting my you-know-what kicked so far by Nick, but I'm ready to make a move. I'm taking the kid from UCLA. In three events he has two top-10s and ranks 11th on the money list. He's too good not to win soon, so I think he breaks through at the new stop this week. With no status in '09, he scrambled his way onto the Tour after making six cuts in nine starts, but 2010 will be much different. His closing 67 in Panama moved him from a T24 to a T4.
D.J. Brigman. I see John's going with the younger guys this week, so I'll throw a 30-something at him. Try finding Nationwide Tour players as consistent as Brigman, 33, so far this season. There aren't many. He's made all three cuts and finished 44th or better every time. Plus, he tied for fourth at the Panama Claro Championship last week for his best result. He should handle this week's new environment better than the young guys.
Chris Kirk. Much like Chappell, Kirk is ready for that elusive victory on the Nationwide Tour. All he's done this year is place second after losing in a playoff to Jim Herman at the Moonah Classic and tie for ninth on Sunday. He has a tidy 69.92 scoring average. He ranks fourth on the money list and has made very few mistakes so far in 2010. On Sunday in Panama he shot a final-round 66 for one of the lowest rounds of the day. He began Sunday tied for 43rd but vaulted up the leaderboard.
Mark Hensby. Throw out that opening-round 73 in Panama. He rebounded with a 68 and only missed the cut by two. I have faith in the Aussie. He's still got a fifth and a tie for 32nd on the Nationwide Tour and an even more impressive tie for 13th on the PGA TOUR in three different countries in 2010. Like Brigman, he's a Tour veteran who can hopefully better adapt a new course than the potential-heavy yet inconsistent 20-somethings playing this week.
Dell's sleeper Zaccardi's sleeper
Manny Villegas. It's a home game for Villegas, Camilo's younger brother. While Camilo helped bring the event to Colombia, he won't be around to play. But Manny will be playing and, while there are plenty of distractions for him to deal with, he's got the game to contend. With no status on tour he's playing on sponsor's exemptions hoping for a break through.
Camilo Benedetti. I'll steal John's idea and go with a Colombian. I think I've got a better choice. At 30, Benedetti is slightly more experienced than the younger Villegas, and he looked better than Villegas in Panama. Benedetti, also a Florida alum, opened with rounds of 69, 70 and 67 before a final-round 75 knocked him to 50th. Villegas missed the cut.
Standings after Week 2
John Dell moved a little closer to Nick Zaccardi in the standings thanks to Chris Kirk's T9 at the Panama Claro Championship:
Pos. Expert Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 25s Money earned
1 Nick Zaccardi
Nationwide Tour Producer
- 2 2 2 $128,978.75
2 John Dell
Nationwide Tour Insider
- - 2 2 $38,822.33

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