April 25, 2011
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
The Nationwide Tour swings back into action this week with the South Georgia Classic Presented by First State Bank and Trust Company.
The tournament, with a $625,000 purse and $112,500 going to the winner, will be played at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga.
Ewan Porter, a 28-year-old Australian, is the defending champion and is among those in the field. Last year Porter shot rounds of 67-71-69-70 to beat Jhonattan Vegas by one shot.
Daniel Chopra is also in the field. Chopra won the Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae outside of San Francisco earlier this month.
|Power Rankings: South Georgia Classic Pres'd by First State Bank and Trust |
| || ||Daniel |
|The 37-year-old is coming off his third career win on the Nationwide Tour in 54 tournaments. He's played in two Nationwide Tour events this season and is third on the money list with $108,000. Strike while the iron is hot and Chopra's hoping to keep it going this week.|
| || ||Garth |
|He won the South Georgia Classic in 2009 and played mostly on the PGA TOUR last season. He's played twice on the Nationwide Tour this year making one cut. There's usually a difference when you come back to a place where you've won before and Mulroy hopes that's the case this week.|
| || ||Mathew |
|The Tour's leading money winner had a great start to the season with a victory in Panama. After missing the cut on the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open, he tied for 40th and then tied for fourth in the Fresh Express Classic.|
| || ||Patrick |
|He didn't show much promise early by missing the cut at the first two tournaments of the season. He tied for 30th at the Fresh Express Classic so he has a little momentum. He's coming off a solid season where he finished 61st on the money list.|
| || ||Ewan |
|"I haven't done much this season" said Porter, the defending champion. He's hoping that seeing the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club will get him back on track. Porter has made just one cut and had to withdraw from one event so far this season.|
Here are the top five players going into this week's events.
John Dell has covered golf for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina for the last 17 years. His views do not necessarily represent the views of the PGA TOUR. You can reach him at email@example.com.