Theres No Place Like Home


Kansas City BBQ, 'Dust in the Wind', Dorothy and Toto, and the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open. Just a few of the things for which the state of Kansas is known. And although the Buy.Com tournament is not quite as famous as the others, it most certainly ranks as high to the 156 players teeing it up there this week.
And just as Dorothy clicked her heels in hopes of returning home, Jason Dufner must be doing something quite similar right about now. Last year, in only his second Buy.Com Tour start, Dufner came out of nowhere to win the event.
But so far, it has been the only time he's found the winner's circle, and this year he has missed the cut in nine of the 16 events he's entered. Currently ranked 84th on the money list, Dufner hopes the return to Kansas will be key in getting back on the yellow brick road that leads to the PGA Tour.
Interestingly, David Toms recorded one of his first career victories as a professional at this event back in 1995. And though he's sure to have fond memories of that win and of the place, he just so happens to have other plans this week. So a homecoming visit of sorts to Kansas and the Wichita Open is out of the question.
He'll be in Chaska, Minn., getting set to play with a couple of guys named Ernie and Elderick, and defending his PGA Championship.
For a former Buy.Com Tour player, that's some yellow brick road!

In its 13th year in Wichita, the event is now being played at the 6,913-yard par-72 Crestview Country Club.
Three of the 12 winners of this event have gone on to win a major championship title - Tom Lehman won the inaugural tournament in 1990, then collected the British Open in 1996; David Duval captured the 1993 event and eight years later found himself kissing the Claret Jug with a win in the British; and Toms, 1995 and the 2001 PGA.
Last week's winner of the LaSalle Bank Open and currently fifth on the Buy.Com money list, Marco Dawson will be in the field to try and make it two in a row. A fourth-place finish would give him the cycle, as he has posted a first, second and third place finish so far this season.

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