Picks: BMW Charity Pro-Am

May 11, 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 BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Dell's picks Zaccardi's picks
Martin Piller. The flood gates might have opened for the former Texas A&M star who's in his second season on Tour. He came close often last year trying for that first win, but finally got it two weeks ago in Athens, Ga. With leading-money winner and fellow Aggie Bobby Gates not in the field, maybe Piller, who's No. 2 on the money list, can move closer to his former college teammate.
Jamie Lovemark. Many Nationwide Tour players with loads of talent hit a snag in recent weeks, including Lovemark. The former Southern California collegiate star recorded two straight top-fives and looked primed for a breakthrough. However, he followed that up with back-to-back missed cuts in Georgia. Hopefully a change of state is just what he needs.
Daniel Summerhays. He placed second in Athens and will hopefully have some momentum built up. This week is a little more difficult since the event takes place on three courses, so it will take some consistency to win. With him it's been feast-or-famine in '10, as he has made two cuts in seven starts but notched two top-10s.
Fabian Gomez. Gomez has already won this year, and he finished runner-up at the BMW Charity Pro-Am last year, succumbing to the untouchable Michael Sim in a playoff. With Sim now on the PGA TOUR, I look for Gomez to take the throne as the first multiple winner on the Nationwide Tour this season.
Dell's sleeper Zaccardi's sleeper
Mark Anderson. Maybe because he has such a common last name he's slipped under the radar. The Tour rookie, a 2008 graduate of South Carolina, has made six of seven cuts and could be on the verge of that first win. He made the 36-hole cut at the Verizon Heritage earlier this year on the PGA TOUR as a sponsor's exemption. Playing in his home state should help him this week.
Michael Putnam. I remember Putnam as a budding 23-year-old PGA TOUR regular three years ago when he began the season with 12 of 13 made cuts. He sputtered to end 2007 outside the top 125 and has been tuning his game on the Nationwide Tour since. With that talent and a T5 and a T34 in the Georgia events, he's a fine sleeper.
Standings after Week 8
Nick Zaccardi's T34 with Chris Kirk was the highest finish by the six players last week:
Pos. Expert Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 25s Money earned
1 Nick Zaccardi
Nationwide Tour Producer
1 3 3 4 $256,928.70
2 John Dell
Nationwide Tour Insider
- - 2 4 $71,884.83

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