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NATIONWIDE - Nationwide Tour Players Cup
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, June 25th through Sunday, June 28th
SITE: Pete Dye Golf Club, Bridgeport, West Virginia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete Dye (1995)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,308
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 468 Yds10 - Par 4 390 Yds
2 - Par 5 604 Yds11 - Par 4 435 Yds
3 - Par 4 341 Yds12 - Par 4 368 Yds
4 - Par 3 196 Yds13 - Par 3 225 Yds
5 - Par 4 489 Yds14 - Par 5 580 Yds
6 - Par 5 533 Yds15 - Par 4 337 Yds
7 - Par 3 246 Yds16 - Par 3 196 Yds
8 - Par 4 399 Yds17 - Par 5 504 Yds
9 - Par 4 500 Yds18 - Par 4 497 Yds
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36 3,776 Yds36 3,532 Yds
 
Annual:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Rick Price (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Chris Anderson
Tournament Record:  265 (D.A. Points, 2004)
54-Hole Record:  195 (D.A. Points, 2004)
36-Hole Record:  127 (D.A. Points, 2004)
Course Record:  62 (D.A. Points, 2004)
Total Purse:  $1,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $180,000; 2nd Place - $108,000; 3rd Place - $68,000
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Rick Price *273Oskar Bergman276
Chris Anderson273D.J. Brigman276
David Branshaw275Stephen Dartnall277
David Hearn275Matt Weibring277
Peter Tomasulo275Four players at278

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Nationwide Tour Players Cup Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008*Rick Price (273) -- Chris Anderson
2007Jimmy Walker (273) -- Justin Hicks, Matthew Jones
2006*Jason Enloe (274) -- Boo Weekley
2005Jason Gore (271) -- Doug LaBelle II
2004D.A. Points (265) -- Nick Cassini

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Pete Dye West Virginia Classic (2004), National Mining
Association Pete Dye Classic (2005-07).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20042005200620072008
Chris AndersonT-41---mcmc2nd
David Hearn------T-37T-46T-3
Oskar Bergman------------T-6
Josh Broadaway------T-40T-51T-18
Vance VeazeyT-4T-49---mcT-45
Justin HicksT-31mc---T-2T-57
Scott Dunlap---wdmcT-12mc
Jason EnloemcT-66WonT-51mc
Matt Every---------mcmc
Ewan Porter---wd------mc
Bryan DeCorso------------mc
Kris Blanks---T-21---T-12wd
Kevin JohnsonT-60---wd------
Wil Collins---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Kevin Johnson
Darkhorse - Josh Broadaway
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Esteban Toledo) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Tom Scherrer) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The Nationwide Tour travels to West Virginia this week for the Nationwide Tour Players Cup, which along with the Soboba Classic and Nationwide Tour Championship, is the richest event on tour. Last year, The Players Cup became the first tournament with a $1,000,000 purse in Nationwide Tour history. The Nationwide Tour Championship became the second tournament with a $1 million purse in November of last year. The winner will receive $180,000, with second place earning $108,000.

Last year, Rick Price needed only a bogey at the first playoff hole to defeat Chris Anderson and win the Nationwide Tour Players Cup. The two went to the playoff thanks to a miscue by Price. The pair was knotted at 15-under par when they reached the par-five 17th. Price got on in two and two-putted from 55 feet for a birdie. Anderson left himself with seven feet to keep pace, but missed his birdie effort. At the closing hole, Price found the fairway off the tee, but sailed his approach long and right. He chunked a chip 20 feet short of the flagstick, but Anderson had his own problems. He too missed the putting surface, but had a better lie and chipped to three feet. Price's putt to win the championship stopped near Anderson's coin, but inside his mark. Anderson's par putt rattled in the hole and Price tapped in for bogey to force the extra session. The pair finished regulation at 15-under 273 and headed back to 18 as the rain came. Both found the fairway on the par-four 18th hole at Pete Dye Golf Club, but neither found the green in two. Both had tricky pitches although Anderson's proved much more difficult. Price was able to pitch to 20 feet, but Anderson blasted his third through the green. Anderson then chipped to 18 feet. Price missed his par putt, but Anderson had to make his to extend the extra session. As the rain intensified, Anderson missed the putt giving Price his second, but biggest, Nationwide Tour win.

Price will not be on hand to defend his title this week, as he received his PGA Tour card for 2009 by finishing 12th on the 2008 Nationwide Tour money list. Price has struggled this year on the PGA Tour, making five cuts in 12 events with his best finish being a tie for 54th at The 50th Bob Hope Classic in January. Price is currently 200th on the money list with $56,866 in earnings.

In 2007, Jimmy Walker fired a five-under 67 to erase a seven-shot deficit and win the Nationwide Tour Players Cup. Walker, who won for the third time on the Nationwide Tour, completed the event at 15-under-par 273. Hicks and Matthew Jones shared second place at minus-14. Parker McLachlin led by seven entering the final round, but a five-over-par front nine dropped him as many as four shots behind Walker on the last day. McLachlin closed with a five-over 77 to join Tom Carter in a tie for fourth place at minus-12.

The 500-yard, par-four ninth at Pete Dye Golf Club ranked as the eighth- toughest hole on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, with a scoring average of 4.406.

The Nationwide Tour moves to Ontario, Canada in two weeks for the Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic, where Justin Hicks captured the 2008 event.

06/23 18:01:49 ET

As of June 23, 2009, at 06:01 PM ET

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