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The Nationwide Tour rock and rolls into Tennessee this week for the Knoxville Open with two players looking for back-to-back victories.
 
Guy Boros, the winner of last week's Lake Erie Charity Classic, and Tim Thelen, who was the first-place finisher at the PGA Club Pro Championship, are both set to tee it up this week in one of the tours oldest events.
 
2002 champion Darren Stiles, who took home the title last year in dramatic fashion, will not defend his crown as he graduated to the PGA Tour for 2003.
 
His one-shot victory last year over Steve Ford and Aaron Baddeley, came via two eagles on the event's final day, holing a wedge on the par-4 third and then doing the same with an 8-iron from 164-yards out on the par-4 436-yard 15th.
 
One of the inaugaral events on what was then the Ben Hogan Tour back in 1990, the 2003 Knoxville Open, now in it's 14th year, will be played at the gorgeous Fox Den Country Club.
 
Former winners in this event include PGA Tour veteran Jeff Maggert, Brian Henninger and Heath Slocum.
 
Zach Johnson, who overtook Joe Ogilvie for the top spot on the tour's money list this past week, is not scheduled to play. This will give Ogilvie a good opprotunity to jump back into the No. 1 slot. Only $4,000 seperate the two.
 

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