NATIONWIDE - Midwest Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, August 18th through Sunday, August 21st
SITE: Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kansas
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (2001)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,237
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 427 Yds10 - Par 4 487 Yds
2 - Par 3 211 Yds11 - Par 4 447 Yds
3 - Par 4 467 Yds12 - Par 5 592 Yds
4 - Par 5 562 Yds13 - Par 4 386 Yds
5 - Par 4 447 Yds14 - Par 3 158 Yds
6 - Par 5 570 Yds15 - Par 4 363 Yds
7 - Par 4 364 Yds16 - Par 4 447 Yds
8 - Par 3 188 Yds17 - Par 3 231 Yds
9 - Par 4 448 Yds18 - Par 4 442 Yds
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36 3,684 Yds35 3,553 Yds
 
Annual:  2nd
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Michael Sim (Not defending)
Runners-Up:  Josh Teater
Tournament Record:  264 (Michael Sim, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Michael Sim, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Paul Claxton, Tom Gillis, Michael Sim, 2009)
Course Record:  63 (Michael Clark II, Paul Claxton, Josh Teater, 2009)
Total Purse:  $550,000
Shares:  1st Place - $99,000; 2nd Place - $59,400; 3rd Place - $37,400
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Michael Sim264Hunter Haas271
Josh Teater266Sal Spallone271
Michael Clark II268Steve Wheatcroft271
Blake Adams269Four players at272
Chad Collins270
 
Past Midwest Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Michael Sim (264) -- Josh Teater
Note:Formerly called Christmas in October Classic (2009).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20092010
Steve WheatcroftT-6---
Jeff BrehautT-13---
Scott GardinerT-13---
Gary ChristianT-23---
Jeff GoveT-39---
J.J. Killeenmc---
Daniel Chopra------
Mathias Gronberg------
Troy Kelly------
Ted Potter Jr------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - J.J. Killeen
Darkhorse - Tommy Biershenk
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Danny Lee) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jonas Blixt) - Finished tied for 39th
 
NOTES:
The Nationwide Tour travels to Kansas this week for the Midwest Classic. The tournament returns this year after not being held in 2010. It was previously known as the Christmas in October Classic when it was played in 2009.

The event will be held at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park. The par-71 course, designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, opened in 2001. Nicklaus Golf Club hosted the Champions Tour in 2005 and 2006. Dana Quigley won the Bayer Advantage Classic in 2005 and also captured the event the next year when it was known as the Greater Kansas City Classic. Nicklaus played his final competitive event on the Champions Tour at the Bayer Advantage Classic in 2005, posting scores of 73-73 to tie for 64th.

In 2009, Michael Sim closed with a four-under 67 to win for the third time that year, which earned him a promotion to the PGA Tour. He completed the event at 20-under-par 264 and became the ninth player to earn the in-season promotion to the PGA Tour. Sim also shattered the tour's single season money record. The $112,000 he collected for the win boosted his season total to $527,079 and he would go on to finish the season with $644,143. Troy Matteson set the old mark of $495,009 in 2005.

The Nationwide Tour returns next week for the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Chris Kirk captured the title in 2010.

08/16 16:43:12 ET

As of August 16, 2011, at 04:43 PM ET

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