The Cox Classic is one of the Tours most successful events and a very popular one among the players given the strong community support and turnout it receives in Omaha. Only one of the top-14 money winners is not scheduled to be at Champions Run, No. 5 Omar Uresti.
Champions Run, a 7,145-yard, par-71 layout, yielded the third-lowest scoring average on the Nationwide Tour last year when Johnson Wagner fired a 21-under-par 263 to defeat Craig Bowden by four shots. Wagner went on to finish second on the money list and has already earned $389,191 on the PGA TOUR this season.
Only two weeks removed from winning the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational as an amateur, Summerhays opted to take advantage of the Nationwide Tour exemption his win at Ohio State University afforded him by turning professional last Wednesday. The BYU All-American became the first amateur in Nationwide Tour history to win an event. Summerhays, 23, has indicated his goal is to finish inside the 25 and earn my PGA TOUR card.and maybe even win again.
Australian Nick Flanagan remains in pursuit of his third 2007 Nationwide Tour win and the PGA TOUR victory promotion that would come with it. Omaha history is on his side. Three players have captured their third win in the same season at the Cox Classic and made the immediate jump to the PGA TOUR -- Jason Gore (2005), Heath Slocum (2001) and Chris Smith (1997). Gore did so in particularly dramatic fashion when he eagled the 72nd hole in 2005 at Champions Run to get into a playoff with Roger Tamellini.
Tom Scherrer comes to Omaha fresh off a stellar 26-under par winning performance in the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper in Springfield, Mo. He was the only player to move into THE 25 last week. The Skaneateles, NY native began the week 64th on the money list and by Sunday he was 14th. Scherrer bumped Australian Greg Chalmers from No. 25 to No. 26. At season's end in November, the top-25 money winners will receive 2008 PGA TOUR playing privileges.
Past champions Chris Smith (1997) and Jay Delsing (2002) are in this week's field as they seek to earn their way back to the PGA TOUR.
All four rounds of the Cox Classic presented by Chevrolet will air on the GOLF CHANNEL, beginning Thursday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET.
This week's event is the second of three events in the Midwest. The Tour travels to Wichita, KS and the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open next week to complete a swing through Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas.