Michael Long, the champion at last week's Virginia Beach Open, hopes to continue his good fortune and take one step closer to PGA Tour's Battlefield Promotion, where three Nationwide Tour victories gain the player an immediate exemption to the big leagues.
Thus far in 2003, seven events have produced seven different winners with each of the champions occupying the top seven spots on the money list. Long's winner's check vaulted him from 68th all the way up to fifth. He is only the 19th foreign born player to ever bring home a trophy on the Nationwide Tour.
Zoran Zorkic will be back to defend his title this week in the $500,000 event that has $90,000 going to the champion. No one in the 14 year history of the tour has successfully defended their title.
The players will face a tough course in the Hale Irwin-designed 7,257-yard, par-71 TPC at Wakefield Plantation, making it the fifth-longest course on the Nationwide Tour, and it is one of two TPC's to play host to a tour event - the other is the TPC of Virginia Beach, site of the aforementioned Long victory.