With No Gore Cox Classic Up for Grabs

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2006 Preferred Wichita OpenThis week for the 11th time, the Cornhusker state welcomes the Nationwide Tour as it ends a three week tour of the Midwest at the 2006 Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb.
 
This years tournament will again be hosted by the Champions Club, which hopes to provide another memorable weekend of golf. Last years event was highlighted by winner Jason Gore, who became the third person in Nationwide Tour history to record a 59.
 
Gore needed every stroke of that memorable round as he found himself locked into a playoff on Sunday afternoon with Roger Tambellini. Gore emerged victorious with a birdie on the second playoff hole to earn himself an immediate battlefield promotion to the PGA TOUR, an honor given to Nationwide Tour players who win three times in a season.
 
Today, Gore and Tambellini are fighting to regain their TOUR cards for the 2007 season, leaving the gates open for a new champion.
 
Last week Kevin Johnson, a past winner on the Nationwide Tour, recorded four sub-69 rounds to capture the Preferred Health Systems Witchita Open with a score of 18-under-par. Johnson won by a stroke over third round leader Matt Kuchar.
 
Kuchar who seemed destined to win his second tournament of the 2006 season shot a tournament low 64 in his second round. After posting 69-68 in weekend rounds, Kuchar ended his final round with a bogey on 17, giving Johnson the chance for his first win on the Nationwide Tour in five years.
 
A great deal is at stake this week to all players aspiring for a mid-season push for their PGA TOUR card with the purse at $650,000 and $117,000 allocated to the winner.
 
Four days of coverage begins Thursday, August 3rd at 1:30pm EST on The Golf Channel.
 
Next up, the Nationwide Tour heads east to Rochester, NY where on a busy East Avenue they will tee it up on the grounds of Irondequoit Country Club, a block away from the training camp of the NFLs Buffalo Bills.
 
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