Battling Again By the Bay


After a successful inaugural event in 2000, the Tampa Bay Classic was ready for a solid follow-up in 2001 but was cancelled due to the terrorist attacks of September 11th.
The tournament is back on track this year, though scheduled up against the WGC-American Express Championship that's being played in Ireland.
The inaugural champion, John Huston, will be welcomed back as the defending champ after shaking off back problems and coming from four strokes behind to capture the title in 2000.
Dan Forsman, who moved up 68 spots to 49th on the money list with his win at the SEI Pennsylvania Classic, will try to shorten the amount of time between his victories.
Prior to his win last week, Forsman had gone 10 years since his last win, the 1992 Buick Open. He hopes this time it's a mere seven days.
With many of the top-ranked players across the Atlantic, those in the field in Tampa will be trying to take advantage of the situation, either with a break-out win, a top-10 finish, or to bolster their positions on the money list.
Two spots on the money list to keep an eye on are the 30th and 125th. The top 30 are invited to the upcoming season-ending Tour Championship and the top 125 represents those who will retain their tour cards for next year.
Kevin Sutherland and Paul Stankowski are currently 30th and 125th on the money list, following the SEI Pennsylvania Classic.
The event is played at the long 7,280-yard par-71 Westin Innisbrook Copperhead course just outside of Tampa. Some of the tour players are quite familiar with the course, as the now defunct JC Penny Classic was held there for many years.
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