Nicklaus Player Headline BMW Field

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The Nationwide Tours rolls into beautiful Greenville, S.C., for the playing of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs.
 
And headlining the star-studded field, befitting the two spectacular layouts at the Cliffs, are hall of famers Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, who will play along side celebrities such as Kevin Costner and Kurt Russell in the only event on the Nationwide Tour that features professionals paired with an amateur/celebrity partner in a two-day better-ball competition.
 
Joining Nicklaus at the event will be his for sons - Jack II, Steve, Gary and Michael. Likewise, Player will be playing his son Wayne.
 
'Two of my loves are competitive golf and having the chance to play golf with my sons,' said Nicklaus. 'To be able to combine the two is truly special for me. Last year was a great experience for us. Our family looks forward to getting back to Greenville.'
 
Added Player, 'I am really excited to be playing with my son Wayne in a professional tournament.
 
'We look forward to helping the beautiful community of Greenville and the surrounding communities make a difference with their charitable endeavors.'
 
Also set to tee it up are the top 4 players on the Nationwide Tour's money list, including last week's winner of the Rheem Classic, Franklin Langham.
 
Langham, a member of the PGA Tour from 1998-2002, will battle it out with the tour's top money winner and holder of two early season titles, Jimmy Walker.
 
Walker will again be in search of a third tournament win, which would result in the highly coveted 'Battlefield Promotion,' thus giving him automatic entry onto the PGA Tour.
 
The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000. All four rounds will be televised live by The Golf Channel.
 
Coverage begins Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET. The telecast will take viewers inside the ropes as competitors will be micd for play or wear heart-rate monitors. Host Brian Anderson and analyst Curt Byrum will be in the booth, with Jerry Foltz and Kay Cockerill calling the action on the course.
 
Brian Hull, who is sponsored by Kevin Costner on the Nationwide Tour, graduated from the University of Southern California in 1997 where he was a two time All-American. He turned pro the same year. Hull has been a member of the Nationwide Tour since 2001. He and Costner won the pro/celebrity portion of the tournament in 2001. Hull resides in La Canada, Calif.
 
The tournament wil be played for the fourth straight year at Cliffs Valley and The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards courses, in northern South Carolina.
 
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