A Double Dip in Arkansas

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Nationwide TourThe Nationwide Tour stays for another week in the state of Arkansas, the state that gave us two diamonds in the rough and two of America's favorite golfers, John Daly and Bill Clinton.
 
The Rheem Classic, formerly the Fort Smith Classic, is played at the Hardscrabble Country Club, which coincidentally is one of the shortest courses on tour, compared to last week's Arkansas Classic which was played on the tour's second longest track.
 
Ted Purdy, winner of last week's event, hopes to carry the added confidence and momentum into this week's championship and become the first to get two wins on the 2003 Nationwide schedule. Two wins for anybody on this tour gets them precariously close to jumping directly to the big leagues, due to the PGA Tours Battlefield Promotion.
 
Other players looking for their second victory of the season include Brett Wetterich, Ryan Palmer and Joe Ogilvie.
 
Last year's champion, Todd Fischer, used the victory to vault himself onto the season-ending top-15 money winners, thus securing a spot on the big tour for 2003.
 
The fifth event of the season carries a $475,000 purse with $85,000 going to the winner.
 
Next week Jack Nicklaus will be teeing up for the first time ever with all four of his boys in an official professional event at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs.
 

Statistical Preview of the Rheem Classic