Keeping an Eye on Mother Nature

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04 Henrico County OpenAfter taking a week off from play, the Nationwide Tour is back in action for the Henrico County Open at The Dominion Club in Richmond, Va.
 
And you can bet the most important thing on tournament official's minds this week will be Mother Nature and the weather forecast.
 
Last season heavy rains wrecked havoc on the event, forcing officials to cancel play each day because the weather left the course saturated and therefore unplayable. The event eventually was rescheduled for an open date on the tour's schedule in July.
 
When play was finally started back up after two months, Mark Hensby staged a dramatic final-round rally then birdied the first playoff hole to defeat the tour's eventual player of the year Zach Johnson. Hensby fired a 9-under 63 in the final round to make up the five shot deficit he had when he started the day.
 
This week the top-10 players from the tour's money list are entered into the field with Jimmy Walker in the top spot as he leads Euan Walters by $24,938. The top-20 on the money list at season's end are granted membership onto the PGA Tour.
 
Perhaps the hottest player on tour and the winner of the Chattanooga Classic two weeks ago is Jason Bolli. Bolli, who moved up to fourth on the tour's money list after his win, has four top-10s in his last five starts.
 
The Henrico County Open has seen it's share of excitement, particularly back in the second round of the tournament in 1998 when current PGA Tour player Notah Begay III became the first player in Nationwide Tour history to shoot 59 when he fired a 32 on the front side and then a course-scorching 27 on the back side.
 
Another PGA Tour star, Chad Campbell, set the tournament scoring record back in 2001 with a 25-under-par 263.
 
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