Nationwide Tour Looking for Breakout Star


After taking a week off from the schedule, the Nationwide Tour gets back on the tracks with this week's Chattanooga Classic in Tennessee.
The 10th event of the 31 tournament season, the tour heads into the summer months looking for someone to break out and assume a starring roll.
In nine events this year there have been nine different winners, eight of which are in the top-10 on the season long money list.
Currently led by second-year player Troy Matteson with $236,608, the top-20 on the tour's money list at the end of the season automatically receive their PGA Tour cards for 2006.
Matteson also leads the tour in most top-10 finishes, already notching five top-10s in just nine starts. Included in that total are a win at the Virginia Beach Open and a pair of runner-up finishes at the Rex Hospital Open and the Rheem Classic.
Another player starting to make a name for himself is rookie Camilo Villegas, a former college star at the University of Florida.
Sitting in the 10th position on the money list, Villegas has a second, third, seventh and an eighth place finish in his eight starts on the Nationwide Tour. He also had a 10th place showing at the European Tour's Heineken Classic in early February.
Also in the field this week is Big Break II winner Kip Henley, who is coming off a rough outing at the FedEx St. Jude Classic on the PGA Tour. Bothered by a sore elbow, Henley never quite got on track and finished near the bottom of the leaderboard.
With the Chattanooga Classic just down the road from his home in Crossville, Tenn., Henley hopes the familiar surroundings will bode well as he makes the second of his six starts this year on Nationwide Tour.
In only its third year in existence, the Chattanooga Classic will again be played at the 7,217-yard par-72 Black Creek Club. The purse is $450,000 with $81,000 going to the winner.
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