Nationwide Tour Hits Razorback Country

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2006 Rheem ClassicThe Nationwide Tour heads into Arkansas for the Rheem Classic, where recent PGA TOUR winner Chris Couch blew away the field here last year, firing a sizzling 10-under-par 60 in the final round to win by five strokes over 2004 winner Troy Matteson, who won twice and was a four-time runner-up in 2005.
 
The win for Couch was his fourth on the Nationwide Tour. Couch, who chipped in for his first PGA TOUR win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans two weeks ago, started the final round last year five shots back of fellow PGA Tour player Camilo Villegas. Villegas closed with a 1-under 71 to end six strokes back.
 
Matteson was bidding to become the first player in Nationwide Tour history to win the same event in consecutive years. The event is in its ninth year on the tour schedule, but the only former champions in the field this week are Franklin Langham (2004) and Jay Delsing (2001).
 
The Hardscrabble Country Club course is one of the shortest courses on the Nationwide Tour and has hosted this event since its inception. In six of the first eight playings of this event, the winner held at least a share of the lead entering the final round.
 
The Golf Channel has two and a half hours of coverage of all four rounds this week.
 
The Nationwide Tour moves to Virginia next week for the Henrico County Open, where Chad Collins was victorious in 2005.
 
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