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2006 Miccosukee ChampionshipThis week, South Florida welcomes the Nationwide Tour back for another go around at the Miccosukee Championship, where last year the tournament was cancelled due to incoming storm of Hurricane Wilma.
 
Players will face a historic test on the courses at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, formerly known as Miami National Golf Course, which has seen tournaments competed in by golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.
 
The course, a 6,700 yard par-72 setup, is split into two separate 9-hole layouts, The Marlin and The Barracuda. The fishy names should bring no surprise to players in that water is in play on every hole of the golf course.
 
The Miccosukee Championship is in its fourth year and is the final full-field event on tour this year before the season ending Tour Championship, which will feature the top 60 money leaders of the 2006 season.
 
After last week in South Carolina, Stephen Marino and Jason Caron find themselves just outside of the top 60 at No. 61 and No. 62 respectively. In addition, there are 9 players within $10,000 of the No. 60 spot, so with a final push any player could make a run at scrambling up the last few Tour Championship entries.
 
In addition, Ken Dukes second place finish last week at the PalmettoPride Classic has helped him replace Johnson Wagner at No. 1 on the money list. Previously, Duke sat at No. 4.
 
Wagner and Duke, who have both been at the top of the money list all year, will both be in attendance this week to fight for the No. 1 spot. Currently, Duke leads Wagner by just over $6,000.
 
This years purse is set at $500,000 with $90,000 allocated to the winner.
 
The Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds live beginning Thursday at
1:30 p.m. ET.
 
Next week, the Nationwide Tours top 60 players will square off at The Houstonian Golf & Country Club in Richmond, TX, in what is to be the most anticipated Nationwide tournament of the year, the 2006 Nationwide Tour Championship.
 
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