Chance to Break into the Winners Circle


The Nationwide Tour rolls into Raleigh, N.C., this week for the SAS Carolina Classic, played at the beautiful TPC at Wakefield Plantation.
Daniel Chopra, the champion at last week's Henrico County Open, has returned to the PGA Tour which gives the rest of the field a fighting chance for victory this week. Chopra, a PGA Tour rookie this year, has twice entered a Nationwide Tour event and on both occassions walked a way the winner.
The other two-time winner on tour, Jimmy Walker, is again in the enviable spot of needing to claim just one more win to earn the coveted Battlefield Promotion which grants a player immediated membership to the PGA Tour after his third win in a season.
Walker, who is the tour's leading money winner, came close last week after getting within a couple of shots of Chopra on Sunday before falling back into sixth place.
Thus far in 2004, the nine events played have produced seven different winners with each of the champions occupying the top seven spots on the money list. The top-20 players on the money list at season's end make their way to the PGA Tour.
David Morland will not be back to defend his title this week as he has since graduated the PGA Tour.
No one in the 15 year history of the tour has successfully defended their title.
The players will face a tough course in the Hale Irwin-designed 7,257-yard, par-71 TPC at Wakefield Plantation, making it one of the longest courses on the Nationwide Tour, and it is one of two TPC's to play host to a tour event - the other is the TPC of Virginia Beach.
The purse this week is $500,000 with a first-place check of $90,000.
The tour heads into Tennessee next week to the Fox Den Country Club for the Knoxville Open.
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