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Nationwide TourThe Nationwide Tour is back after a couple weeks' layoff and begins its season in earnest as the schedule calls for tournaments to fill up each weekend for the next three months.
 
First up is the First Tee Arkansas Classic in Hot Springs Village, Ark., played at the massive 7,519-yard Diamante Country Club. It is the second longest course on the Nationwide Tour.
 
It will be a good week for the players to become friendly and respectful of their drivers as four of the course's par-4s measure in at over an eye-popping 480-yards and its par-5s combine to average a staggering 600-yards.
 
Defending champion Jace Bugg will unfortunately not be back to defend the title he won in 2002 as he was diagnosed in November with leukemia. His final round 65 was just enough to clip Aaron Baddeley and Jason Caron by a stroke.
 
At the time, he was the 13th player on the Nationwide Tour to capture a title as a Monday qualifier.
 
Their are currently 17 players on the tour who are averaging over 300 yards off the tee with another 33 who average over 290. Those players will need all of their length if they hope to bring home the trophy.
 
The 156 players in the field will be fighting for the $450,000 purse with $81,000 going to the winner.
 

Statistical Preview for the Arkansas Classic