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NATIONWIDE - News Sentinel Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, August 25th through Sunday, August 28th
SITE: Fox Den Country Club, Farragut, Tennessee
COURSE ARCHITECT: William Byrd (1969)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,110
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 521 Yds10 - Par 5 561 Yds
2 - Par 3 193 Yds11 - Par 4 413 Yds
3 - Par 4 409 Yds12 - Par 4 373 Yds
4 - Par 4 436 Yds13 - Par 3 166 Yds
5 - Par 5 533 Yds14 - Par 4 368 Yds
6 - Par 3 198 Yds15 - Par 4 427 Yds
7 - Par 4 422 Yds16 - Par 3 214 Yds
8 - Par 4 400 Yds17 - Par 4 458 Yds
9 - Par 4 421 Yds18 - Par 5 597 Yds
36 3,533 Yds36 3,577 Yds
Annual:  22nd
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Chris Kirk (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Travis Bertoni
Tournament Record:  261 (Tim Conley, 1993)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Tim Conley, 1993)
36-Hole Record:  128 (Tim Conley, 1993)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Tommy Tolles, 1992 - Willow Creek Country Club)
Course Record:  63 (Thomas Hagler IV, 2008; Blake Adams, Bradley Iles, 2009;
  Chris Kirk, Keegan Bradley, 2010)
Total Purse:  $500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $90,000; 2nd Place - $54,000; 3rd Place - $34,000
2010 Finish
Chris Kirk268Brian Stuard273
Travis Bertoni270Jonas Blixt274
Matt Davidson271Jim Herman274
Kirk Triplett271Russell Knox274
Mark Hensby273Won Joon Lee274
Andrew Svoboda274
Past News Sentinel Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Chris Kirk (268) -- Travis Bertoni
2009*Kevin Johnson (268) -- Bradley Iles
2008*Jarrod Lyle (269) -- Chris Kirk
2007Chez Reavie (271) -- Kyle McCarthy
2006Hunter Haas (269) -- Gary Christian, Parker McLachlin
2005Kim Felton (277) -- David Peoples
2004*Hunter Haas (275) -- Shane Bertsch, Justin Bolli
2003*Vaughn Taylor (268) -- Joe Ogilvie
2002Darron Stiles (272) -- Aaron Baddeley, Steve Ford
2001Heath Slocum (265) -- Keoke Cotner, Joe Daley
2000J.J. Henry (273) -- Tripp Isenhour, Gene Sauers, Chris Smith,
Spike McRoy
1999Jeff Gove (277) -- Marco Dawson, Carl Paulson, Glen Hnatiuk
1998*Robin Freeman (270) -- Ryan Howison
1997Dave Rummells (271) -- Matt Gogel, Terry Price
1996Eric Johnson (272) -- Patrick Lee, Matt Peterson
1995*Tom Scherrer (275) -- Mike Sposa
1994Vic Wilk (275) -- Bill Murchison
1993Tim Conley (261) -- Jerry Haas, Larry Silveira, Tommy Tolles,
Greg Whisman
1992#Brian Henninger (200) -- Curt Byrum, Tom Shaw, Rick Todd
1991#Frank Conner (198) -- Perry Arthur, Paul Goydos
1990#*Jeff Maggert (202) -- Greg Ladehoff

* - Won in Playoff

# - 54-Hole tournament

Note:Formerly called Knoxville Open (1990-2009);
Knoxville News Sentinel Open (2010).

Top Contenders in the Field
Travis Bertoni------------2nd
Matt Davidson------------T-3
Kirk Triplett------------T-3
Brian Stuard------T-33T-8T-5
Jonas Blixt---------T-34T-7
Bradley Iles------T-242ndT-16
John Daly------------T-42
J.J. Killeen------T-14---mc
Nick Flanaganmc---------mc
Kevin Johnsonmc---mcWon---
Erik Comptonmcmc---------
Troy Kelly---mc---------
Mathew Goggin---------------
James Nitties---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Troy Kelly
Darkhorse - Jason Kokrak
Last Week's Pick to Win (J.J. Killeen) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Tommy Biershenk) - Missed the cut
The granddaddy of them all, the News Sentinel Open, takes center stage this week, as players try to gain valuable experience in efforts to reach the "Big Show," the PGA Tour. This event is the oldest tournament on the Nationwide Tour schedule. Dating back to 1990, winners are past and present PGA Tour players, such as Jeff Maggert, Brian Henninger, Tom Scherrer, Dave Rummells, J.J. Henry, Heath Slocum, Vaughn Taylor, Chez Reavie and Chris Kirk.

The top-15 players on the money list are in the field, led by money leader and two-time winner J.J. Killeen. Killeen leads Mathew Goggin by less than $6,000 in the money race. Killeen and Goggin are the only multiple winners this year on the Nationwide Tour and both can earn a promotion to the PGA Tour with wins this week.

Last year, Kirk fired rounds of 63-67 on the weekend to win by two shots over Travis Bertoni and capture his second Nationwide Tour victory of 2010. Kirk, who also won the Fort Smith Classic, finished with a 20-under 268 and secured the two-stroke win with birdies on his last two holes.

Kirk will not be on hand to defend his title, as he earned his PGA Tour card for 2011 by finishing second on the 2010 Nationwide Tour money list. Kirk won the Viking Classic for his first PGA Tour victory this year and is playing in the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup. He finished the regular season in 33rd place on the FedExCup points list.

In 2008, Jarrod Lyle birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Kirk. Lyle shot four rounds in the 60s (66-67-67-69) and finished with Kirk at 19-under-par 269 to head into the extra session. The Australian Lyle became the first international champion in the history of the tournament.

In 2007, Chez Reavie fired rounds of 65-68 on the weekend to cruise to his first victory on the Nationwide Tour. He completed his first win at 17-under- par 271 and won by three shots over Kyle McCarthy. It was an amazing week for McCarthy, who missed out on Monday qualifying, but got in as the 31st alternate. He grabbed a 15-year-old caddie, did not play a practice round and made his first cut of the year.

This is the 13th straight year in which Fox Den Country Club is hosting the tournament. Willow Creek Country Club hosted this event the first five years, followed by Three Ridges Golf Club the next four years.

This tournament is one of four original Nationwide Tour events remaining on the schedule. The others are the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Missouri, the Wichita Open in Kansas and the Boise Open in Idaho.

The Nationwide Tour travels to Pennsylvania next week for the Mylan Classic at Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg outside of Pittsburgh, where Kevin Kisner captured the 2010 title.

08/24 18:55:39 ET

As of August 24, 2011, at 06:55 PM ET

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