1st Place - $117,000; 2nd Place - $70,200; 3rd Place - $44,200
Past Cox Classic Winners
Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up
J.J. Killeen (262) -- Jonas Blixt, Gary Christian, Ken Duke, Danny Lee
Martin Piller (261) -- Dicky Pride
Rich Barcelo (264) -- Tom Gillis
*Ryan Hietala (265) -- David Branshaw
Roland Thatcher (260) -- Jason Day
Johnson Wagner (263) -- Craig Bowden
*Jason Gore (261) -- Roger Tambellini
Charles Warren (267) -- John Elliott
Bo Van Pelt (262) -- Craig Lile
Jay Delsing (267) -- Anthony Painter
Heath Slocum (266) -- Rod Pampling
*David Berganio Jr (268) -- Ahmad Bateman
Mathew Goggin (264) -- Casey Martin
*Matt Gogel (271) -- Jay Williamson
Chris Smith (258) -- Barry Cheesman
Rocky Walcher (267) -- Michael Christie, Steve Larick
* - Won in Playoff
Note:Formerly called NIKE Omaha Classic (1996-99), BUY.COM Omaha Classic
(2000-02), Omaha Classic (2003).
Top Contenders in the Field
Paul Haley II
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Tag Ridings
Darkhorse - Sam Saunders
Last Week's Pick to Win (Scott Gutschewski) - Tied for 14th
Last Week's Darkhorse (James Love) - Missed the cut
NOTES:The Nationwide Tour travels to Omaha, Nebraska this week for the Cox
Classic, the 16th of 27 official events in 2012. With the season over half
complete, players are vying to reach the top 60 on the money list in an effort
to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship.
Last year, J.J. Killeen posted three late birdies in the final round to rally
for his second straight Nationwide Tour title. Killeen, who won the Utah
Championship the week before, finished the tournament at 22-under-par 262.
That was also his winning score in Utah. Killeen became the sixth player in
Nationwide Tour history to win back-to-back events, and first since Jason Gore
did so in July, 2005.
Killeen will not be on hand to defend his title, as he earned his PGA Tour
card for 2012 by finishing first on the 2011 Nationwide Tour money list.
Killeen's best finish this year on the PGA Tour is eighth place at the True
South Classic in July.
In 2010, Martin Piller fired a 7-under 64 in the final round to win by two
shots. Piller finished 72 holes on the Champions Run course with a 23-under
261, beating Dicky Pride for his second victory of the season. He also won the
Stadion Athens Classic in May 2010. Piller's victory was all the more
remarkable considering he made the 36-hole cut by just one shot after going
69-66 over the first two rounds of the notoriously low-scoring event. He
followed that with a 62-64 on the weekend.
In 2009, Rich Barcelo fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to come from
behind and win by one stroke over Tom Gillis. Barcelo completed the tournament
at 20-under-par 264 for his first Nationwide Tour title.
In 2007, Roland Thatcher fired rounds of 64-63-68-65 for his second victory of
2007 on the Nationwide Tour. He finished the event at 24-under-par 260 for a
one-stroke win over Jason Day. Day shot rounds of 62-63 on the weekend for a
total of 125. His final two rounds equaled the lowest 36-hole score in
Nationwide Tour history.
Jason Gore rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole in 2005
to edge Roger Tambellini, winning his third straight start and earning a
"battlefield promotion" to the PGA Tour. Gore fired a 59 in the second round
on his way to victory. It was only the third 59 shot on the Nationwide Tour.
The automatic promotion goes to a Nationwide Tour player who wins three times
in a single season. Gore was the third player to earn the battlefield by
winning this event (Chris Smith 1997, Heath Slocum 2001). Gore went on to win
the 84 Lumber Classic on the PGA Tour in 2005.
With his win in 2002, Jay Delsing became only the second wire-to-wire winner
of this event, joining Smith (1997).
The Nationwide Tour moves to Springfield, Missouri next week for the Price
Cutter Charity Championship, where Steve Friesen captured the 2011 title.
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