Knoxville Hosts Nationwide Tour Event

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Nationwide TourThe Nationwide Tour heads south this week from Chicago and into the hills of Tennessee for the 17th edition of the Knoxville Open.
 
Nine of the top 10 on the Nationwide Tour's money list will be on hand with the exception of last week's winner Jason Dufner.
 
When it rains it pours, and for Dufner, an umbrella might be in need. Not only did his victory move him into the third spot on the money list but earlier in the week he was co-medalist with Matt Kuchar at sectional qualifying for this week's U.S. Open, which explains his absence from this week's field in Knoxville.
 
One of the original events on what was then known as the Ben Hogan Tour back in 1990, the tournament will be played for the eighth straight year at the Fox Den Country Club, and marks the 13th of 31 official events of the season.
 
Tripp Isenhour remains the only player on tour who has won twice and sits precariously close to the PGA TOUR Promotion, which was implemented in 1997, and grants immediate access to the PGA TOUR for any Nationwide Tour player who racks up three wins in a season. Jason Gore earned the promotion last year which ultimately led to his victory at the 84 LUMBER Classic.
 
The purse in Knoxville is $475,000 with $85,500 going to the winner.
 
Last year, Kim Felton birdied the 72nd hole to earn his first career. He's back in Knoxville trying to become the first player in the history of the tour to successfully defend his title.
 
The tour stays in Tennessee next week for the Chattanooga Classic.
 
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  • Full Coverage - Knoxville Open