Open Opportunity in Madison


Though lacking the sizzle of the star-studded WGC-American Express Championship, this week's Southern Farm Bureau Classic still has a bunker full of familiar faces to keep things interesting as the PGA Tour heads down the stretch of its season.
Two of the more familiar faces, and the two you better get use to seeing over the course of the next year, are 2004 Ryder Cup captains Hal Sutton and Bernhard Langer. Both men still possess a highly competitive fire, and each time they face each other on the golf course from now until the matches next year at Oakland Hills, look for both to give it their best.
John Daly, a double major winner and crowd favorite, is also scheduled to appear. Coming off his recent withdrawal from the 84 Lumber Classic due to dehydration and chills, Daly will once again get back on the horse and do what he does best - and that's hit the golf ball a long way.
Another familiar face - big smile, white teeth - that has slipped off the radar somewhat is Matt Kuchar. Currently 174th on the money list, Kuchar has missed his last six cuts and 14 overall in his 22 starts in 2003. A high finish this week would turn around an otherwise dismal season for the former U.S. Amateur champion.
Notah Begay, a former Stanford teammate of Tiger Woods and a star in the making before back injuries befell him, hopes to secure his card for next year by continuing his steady move up the money list. A tie for eighth at the recent John Deere Classic moved him from hovering around the 125 spot to the 103rd position.
A face the golfing public was set to become accustomed with before mononucleosis derailed him last year, Ty Tryon is still struggling to make his mark on the highest level. Consistency is a key on tour and the young Tryon is still trying to keep the high numbers off his scorecard. A tie for 10th earlier in the year at the Bay Hill Invitational again showed his promise, but 14 missed cuts in 17 events highlights his uneven play.
For these and other players teeing it up in Madison, there is no better time than a week like this - when the Tigers, Ernies and Phils are out of the mix - to use the opportunity to salvage a season or to right a ship that has, for one reason or another, drifted off course.
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