Five Men and a Promotion


The Nationwide Tour rolls into Springfield, Mo., for the 15th edition of the Price Cutter Charity Championship at the Highland Springs Country Club.
And in a rare moment in the tours history, five players with at least two wins in the current season will be in the same field as they each try to capture an elusive third win and with it the Battlefield Promontion to the PGA Tour.
Jimmy Walker, currently third on the tour's money list, has been in search of his third victory since early in the year after he got off to a sizzling start by posting two wins in the season's first four events.
D.A. Points, the tour's overall money leader and second in the all-around ranking, got hot in June with a runner-up finish at the LaSalle Bank Open before winning his first title of the year the following week in a playoff at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. He then added his second victory of 2004 at the Pete Dye West Virginia Classic just a month later.
A the other end of the spectrum, however, are the other two-time winners on tour, Kevin Stadler and Daniel Chopra, who remarkably between them have four wins in just six combined starts.
Chopra, who is a current member of the PGA Tour, has twice be unable to make the field on the PGA Tour schedule and instead showed up those weeks on the Nationwide Tour. In both instances Chopra won the event, the second of his victories coming in a record-setting 30-under-par performance at the Henrico County Open.
Stadler, unlike Chopra, or even Points or Walker for that matter, had no playing privileges on tour except for the occasional sponsors exemption given to him, due in part to his famous father, 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler.
At one of the exemptions he accepted, the Lake Erie Charity Classic at Peek 'n Peak Resort, Stadler outlasted Michael Long and Bubba Watson and took home the $81,000 first place check, and perhaps more importantly, he had found a permanent place to play.
It didn't take Stadler long to capitalize on his new found security as he turned around two weeks later and won the Scholarship America Showdown, again by coming through in a tough three-hole playoff.
Finally, there's Charles Warren, fresh off his thrilling victory at this past week's Cox Classic. It was Warren's second title in three weeks and moved him up to fourth on the tour's money list.
The Highland Springs Country Club is the only course on which this event has ever been played.
The tour heads north into Canada next week for the Alberta Classic in Calgary.
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