Players Hope to Buckle Down in Texas


2005 Permian Basin Charity Golf ClassicThe Nationwide Tour returns to Midland Country Club this week for the Permian Basin Charity Golf Classic, in Midland, Texas for one of the last events of the 2006 season.
Last year luck and skill were on the side of now PGA TOUR member, Kris Cox, as he chipped in for birdie on the final two holes to win his first career title by two strokes over fellow Nationwide Tour players Craig Bowden, Jerry Smith, and Chris Tidland.
With the win, Cox catapulted to No. 7 on 2005 money list and secured himself a spot for the 2006 PGA Tour season. This year Cox has steadily improved his play, and as of late he has made 6 cuts in his last 10 tournaments on tour.
This week without Cox, and last weeks winner Kevin Na in the field, the Permian Basin Charity Classic is ripe for the taking. This years tournament offers a purse of $475,000 with the likes of $81,000 allocated to the winner.
Midland Country Club hopes to give players another tough test this week. Designed by Ralph Plummer in the 1950s, the Championship Golf Course measures in at 7,354 yards, and offers over 50 bunkers which are spread across the 350 acre 18 hole layout.
The field this week features eight players who finished in the top 10 last week in California, and also in attendance will be eight of the top 10 money leaders of the 2006 season, including the top three players Johnson Wagner, Ken Duke, and Jeff Quinney.
Also in the field this week are John Merrick and Paul Gow, who sit respectively at No. 21 and 22 on this years money list and are currently just out of reach of automatically qualifying for the 2007 PGA TOUR season.
With only four tournaments left, Merrick and Gow are each eying a top finish this week to push them into the top 20. Each will have to play their best as No. 19 Jess Daley, and No. 20 Jarrod Lyle are also in this weeks field, and look to secure their position on the money list.
Next week, Nationwide Tour players head to Miccosukee Golf & Country Club in Miami, Florida for another try at the Miccosukee Championship. Last year, PGA TOUR officials cancelled the event due to the threat of incoming Hurricane Wilma.
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