Atmosphere Relaxed at Reno

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The sixth edition of the Reno-Tahoe Open starts Thursday and, as in the previous years, is situated opposite on the schedule as the WGC-NEC Invitational across the country in Ohio.
 
And though the world's top golfers and major players are at Firestone Country Club, the Reno-Tahoe Open can still boast a field that has a solid list of former major winners.
 
Rich Beem, Jose Maria Olazabal, Scott Simpson, Mark Brooks, Mark Calcavecchia, Larry Mize, Corey Pavin and Steve Elkington all will arrive at the Montreux Golf & Country Club in Reno in pursuit of the $540,00 first prize.
 
With the final major behind them, the players in Reno find the event to be a bit more relaxed than other tournament sites, with the nearby casinos an obvious draw for many of them.
 
Though in its sixth year, the tournament has recently come under financial troubles due in part to several sponsors reducing their contributions, including one of the founding sponsors, The Reno Gazette-Journal.
 
Despite its troubles, it is for many in the field one of the more enjoyable tournaments in which to participate for not only the nightlife but also the course itself. The beautiful Jack Nicklaus-designed course sits on the edge of the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe, stretching out to 7,472-yards and sitting in the shadow of the 10,800-foot Mount Rose.
 
Two former champions of the event, Notah Begay III (1999) and John Cook (2001), are schedule to tee it up, as is sponsor's exemption Bill Haas, whose father Jay was just named to the U.S. Ryder Cup squad.
 
Several PGA Tour players with local ties to the event are also entered, including Reno resident Scott McCarron.
 
The Golf Channel will televise all four rounds starting Thursday at 8 p.m.
 
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