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Big Names Away Slocum Looks to Defend

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2006 Southern Farm Bureau ClassicThe old adage saying that, 'When the cat's away, the mice will play,' could very well be used at this week's PGA TOUR stop in Mississippi, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
 
Following last week's Ryder Cup, many of the world's top players are still stationed across the Atlantic for the WGC - America Express Championship in England, giving the field at the Southern Farm quite a bit of breathing room.
 
And with just five official events left before the Tour Championship, many players will be trying to use the opportunity to either solidify their position on the money list, or thinking bigger, to possibly make this week a stage for their breakout PGA TOUR victory.
 
One of the more trivial things affected by Hurricane Katrina last year was the scheduling of the Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
 
Following the storm, the tournament was pushed back four weeks as the area dealt with unprecedented devastation. Originally scheduled to play opposite the WGC-American Express Championship -- as it is this year -- it played opposite the Tour Championship instead.
 
In the end the tournament had a fitting champion -- Heath Slocum, whose father, a former Mississippi club pro, served as his caddie throughout.
 
Slocum, who spent part of his childhood growing up in nearby Vicksburg, earned a $540,000 paycheck for his second career win.
 
'I grew up close to here and had a lot of friends and family out, so it was really special,' Slocum said after firing a 6-under 66 on Sunday to edge a low-scoring field.
 
Loren Roberts and Carl Pettersson tied for second, two shots behind Slocum's 21-under-par winning score. There were eight other players who finished within four shots of the lead.
 
The Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET each day.
 
Next week it's the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, where K.J. Choi won last year.
 
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