Last year, tour sensation Jason Gore, who had recently come off an emotional weekend at the 2005 U.S. Open, started the final round one stoke behind third round leader Dan Olsen. On Sunday, Gore carded a 4-under-par 68 to go on to win the first of a string of three straight on the tour.
Gore, who is in his rookie season on the PGA TOUR, was at Medinah last weekend playing for the 88th PGA Championship. After making the 36 holes cut, a mediocre weekend led him to finish 7-over-par, in a tie for 62nd.
This year, the Bridgeport tournament will be held once again at Pete Dye Golf Club. Built in 1995 and named after legendary course architect, Pete Dye, it has been hailed by golf critics who have rated the course one of Americas Top 100 Golf Courses.
The $600,000 purse will be fiercely contended by those currently sitting outside the Nationwides Top 20. Players such as Paul Gow and Justin Bolli who remain just out of the Top 20, need to capitalize this week in order to automatically receive their PGA TOUR card for the 2006 season.
Four days of coverage begins Thursday, August 24th at 1:30pm EST on The Golf Channel.
Next week, players head to Highland Heights, OH, for the Legend Financial Group Classic Presented by Cynergies Solutions. Defending champion, Andrew Johnson hopes to repeat last year's performance in which he carded 23 birdies en route to his first professional victory on tour.