May 30, 2011
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
The Nationwide Tour will reach one of its most important stretches of the season this week with the playing of the Melwood Prince George's County Open at the University of Maryland Golf Course.
The Tour will play four weeks in a row with plenty at stake.
Headlining the field for this week's tournament are the top two money leaders, Mathew Goggin and Garth Mulroy.
All four rounds will be broadcast on the Golf Channel. Thursday and Friday's round will be broadcast from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with Saturday's live coverage from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday's final round coverage will be 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Last year's winner was Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey, who has moved to the PGA TOUR where he ranks 32nd on the FedExCup points list.
|Power Rankings: Melwood Prince George's County Open |
| || ||Mathew |
|The Tour's leading money winner is also leading in the all-important scrambling statistic. In six tournaments Goggin has a victory, a second and a tie for fourth. He's been on a serious roll and that will likely continue into the heat of the summer.|
| || ||Paul |
|The former University of Georgia player hasn't hit his stride yet this season but last year at this course he tied for fourth at 15 under. After missing two straight cuts he tied for 25th two weeks ago at the BMW Charity Pro-Am. That's a good sign.|
| || ||Garth |
|He may be a little travel weary after winning the BMW then playing in the HP Byron Nelson on the PGA TOUR this past week. Mulroy held his own at the Byron finishing tied for 24th. He is second on the Nationwide Tour money list and is in a nice groove, thanks to the belly putter.|
| || ||Roberto |
|The former Georgia Tech player has quietly moved up to 22nd on the money list thanks to a tie for fourth at the BMW. He also has four other finishes inside the top 20 and is off to a great start in his second full season on the Nationwide Tour.|
| || ||Jin |
|Talk about a shot in the dark, that's what this is in picking Park among the top five. He's missed all seven cuts this season with just two rounds in the 60s. But last year in College Park he shot 16 under for four rounds and tied for second. He'll love seeing a course that he's played well on in the past.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.