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| ||The Nationwide Tour begins its 20th season where it normally starts every
year -- outside the country. With 19 of the 29 tournaments set to award
winner`s checks over $100,000 -- including this week`s event, which is
offering $108,000 -- and a record amount of $19 million set to be awarded
overall, the developmental tour is showing obvious growth. And it begins its
new campaign with a Nationwide Tour rarity: a defending champion. Scott
Dunlap will join fellow past champions Miguel Carballo (2007), Tripp Isenhour
(2006) and Vance Veazey (2005) as he tries to become the first Nationwide
Tour player to successfully defend a title. Last year, Dunlap`s three-under
277 became the highest winning score in the tournament`s five-year history.
It was also the highest winning score in 2008. The Nationwide Tour will take
a two-week break before returning for its second event of the season, the
Moonah Classic in Australia. Aussie Ewan Porter won the tournament last year.