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NATIONWIDE - Moonah Classic Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st
SITE: Moonah Links (Open Course), Fingal, Victoria, Australia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Peter Thomson (2001)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,416
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 371 Yds10 - Par 4 464 Yds
2 - Par 5 565 Yds11 - Par 4 449 Yds
3 - Par 4 413 Yds12 - Par 4 421 Yds
4 - Par 5 609 Yds13 - Par 3 221 Yds
5 - Par 3 190 Yds14 - Par 4 409 Yds
6 - Par 4 441 Yds15 - Par 5 537 Yds
7 - Par 3 183 Yds16 - Par 4 449 Yds
8 - Par 4 468 Yds17 - Par 3 202 Yds
9 - Par 4 388 Yds18 - Par 5 636 Yds
36 3,628 Yds36 3,788 Yds
Annual:  2nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 8-10 a.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Ewan Porter
Runner-Up:  D.J. Brigman, Tee McCabe
Tournament Record:  275 (Ewan Porter, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  209 (Ewan Porter, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  138 (Ewan Porter, Wayne Perske, 2008)
Course Record:  66 (Ewan Porter, 2008)
Total Purse:  $600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $108,000; 2nd Place - $64,800; 3rd Place - $40,800
2008 Finish
Ewan Porter275Jarrod Lyle285
D.J. Brigman282Scott Gutschewski287
Tee McCabe282D.A. Points287
Terry Price284Alistair Presnell287
Fabian Gomez285Five players at288
Past Moonah Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Ewan Porter (275) -- D.J. Brigman, Tee McCabe

Top Contenders in the Field
Ewan PorterWon
D.J. BrigmanT-2
Tee McCabeT-2
Bryan DeCorsoT-10
Jim HermanT-22
Bubba DickersonT-33
Grant WaiteT-36
Matt EveryT-67
Scott Dunlapmc
Scott Gardinermc
Rich Barcelo---
Henrik Bjornstad---
Jeff Gove---
Justin Hicks---
Skip Kendall---
Danny Lee (a)---
Len Mattiace---
John Riegger---
Dustin Risdon---
Vance Veazey---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bryan DeCorso
Darkhorse - Len Mattiace
Last Week's Pick to Win (Josh Broadaway) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Matt Hansen) - Finished 69th
The Nationwide Tour continues its four-week international start to the 2009 season this week with the Moonah Classic in Australia. Vance Veazey captured the season-opening Panama Digicel Championship three weeks ago. Veazey is in the field this week in search of the $108,000 first-place check.

New Zealand amateur sensation Danny Lee is in the field this week. Last week, Lee won the Johnnie Walker Classic on the European Tour to become the youngest winner in European Tour history at 18 years and 213 days old. Lee won the U.S. Amateur last year, becoming the youngest player to ever win that event. World No. 1 Tiger Woods had been the youngest U.S. Amateur champion before Lee. Lee will play in The Masters in April and plans to turn professional following the tournament.

Last year, Ewan Porter owned at least a share of the lead after every round as he won the inaugural Moonah Classic. Porter closed with a bogey-free, six- under 66 in the final round, the low round of the week, to cruise to a seven- shot victory over D.J. Brigman and Tee McCabe. The Australian finished his first Nationwide Tour title at 13-under-par 275. He was the only player in the field to post four consecutive under-par rounds. Porter became the fourth player in Tour history to win by as many as seven strokes. Charles Warren was the last to accomplish the feat in 2004 at the Samsung Canadian PGA Championship. Porter will be on hand this week to try and become the first player in Nationwide Tour history to successfully defend his title.

This week's event is being held at Moonah Links, which is located 90 minutes south of Melbourne in Fingal, Victoria, Australia. Moonah Links was the site of the 2003 and 2005 Australian Opens, won by PGA Tour veterans Peter Lonard and Robert Allenby. Moonah Links was designed by five-time British Open champion Australian Peter Thomson and opened in 2001. This tournament replaced the Jacob's Creek Open, which was held in Adelaide, South Australia from 2002-07. This event is co-sanctioned by the Nationwide Tour and Australasian Tour.

Moonah Links ranked as the third-toughest course on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, with a scoring average of 74.545 (+2.545). The hardest hole was the 491- yard, par-four sixth, which played to a scoring average of 4.384, It ranked as the 12th-toughest hole on the Nationwide Tour last year.

The Nationwide Tour heads to New Zealand next week for the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship, where Darron Stiles captured the 2008 event.

02/24 16:50:43 ET

As of February 24, 2009, at 04:50 PM ET

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