Stretch Drive on Nationwide Tour


The Nationwide Tour makes one last, long road trip as the players make their way from Virginia Beach all the way across the country and into the pacific northwest for the Oregon Classic near Eugene.
Playing literally and figuratively in the shadow of this week's Ryder Cup, the tour will again tee it up at the Shadow Hills Country Club in Junction City as the players continue to jostle for the top-20 spots on the money list. Just $3,316 separates the 20th and 21st position at the moment.
With the season winding down, players are also trying to get into position to crack the top 55 on the money list to qualify for the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.
Including this week's Oregon Classic, the tour has just six tournaments remaining prior to the season finale in Prattville, Alabama.
D.A. Points, currently the tours leader money winner, is not in the field this week giving No. 2 Jimmy Walker a golden opportunity to move into the top spot.
Walker sits just $1,195 behind Points and with a decent finish in Oregon will surely take over the No. 1 position. Closely behind Points and Walker are pair of consistent players in Ryuji Imada and Charles Warren.
Although Imada leads Warren on the money list, it is Warren who has already racked up two wins on the season. He, along with Walker and Kevin Stadler, are still holding out hope to become the sixth player to win the tour's coveted PGA Battlefield Promotion, which goes to a player achieving three wins in a single season.
Last season, Chris Couch defeated Jason Bohn with a birdie on the first playoff hole. It was the first time the Oregon Classic was decided by extra holes.
First played in 1998, the event has been held every year at the Shadow Hills CC, except in 2001 when the tournament was canceled due to tragedy of 9/11. Fran Quinn holds the course record at Shadow Hills with an 8-under 64 in 2002.
The Nationwide Tour slides east a little bit into Idaho for next week's Albertsons Boise Open, where Roger Tambellini is the defending champion.
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  • Full Coverage - Oregon Classic