Golf's Nationwide Tour heads to Salt Lake City
pgatour.com has this report about the EnergySolutions Championship, which begins Thursday. All four rounds will be televised on the Golf Channel. Here are excerpts:
After a week of rest, the Nationwide Tour resumes play in Sandy, Utah, at the EnergySolutions Championship. With eight events remaining and so much on the line, including 25 PGA TOUR cards for 2008 and a top-60 spot for others, the field is stacked with 16 of the year's tournament winners.
For the ninth consecutive year, Willow Creek Country Club outside Salt Lake City will host the Nationwide Tour. Willow Creek Country Club, a 7,101-yard, par-72 layout, had the sixth lowest scoring average on the Nationwide Tour last year (70.965).
Three of the four previous winners of the Utah EnergySolutions Championship are now on the PGA TOUR, including this year's Master's champion, Zach Johnson (2003), and last week's runner-up at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Brett Wetterich (2004). At 10th and 22nd, respectively, Johnson and Wetterich are deep in the running for the FedExCup and its $10 million champion's bonus. Craig Kanada, last year's EnergySolutions champion, finished 103rd in the FedExCup standings.