Defending Champ Begay Withdraws From GHO


The PGA Tour will try to find a bit of normalcy this week at the $3.1 million Canon Greater Hartford Open in Cromwell, Conn.
For five weeks running, Mother Nature has delayed, extended and complicated events. It started with a Monday finish at the Kemper Insurance Open and has continued through to the Buick Classic, which also took five days to complete.
Neither Tiger Woods nor defending champion and former Stanford teammate Notah Begay will be playing the TPC at River Highlands this week. Begay withdrew early in the week due to a nagging back injury.
A talented field will vie for the $558,000 first-place check. Paul Azinger, Stewart Cink, John Daly, David Duval, Nick Faldo, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson and Hal Sutton are all scheduled to compete.
While Sergio Garcia, winner of last weeks Buick Classic, will not be in attendance this week, J.P. Hayes and Billy Andrade will. They all finished tied for third, along with Cink.
Mark Brooks will also be in attendance. It will be his first start since losing to Retief Goosen in an 18-hole Monday playoff in the U.S. Open two weeks ago. Brooks skipped last weeks Buick Classic, citing physical and mental fatigue.
Full field and tee times for the Canon Greater Hartford Open