June 20, 2011
John Dell, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
One of the longest stretches of the season on the Nationwide Tour will end this week at the Mexico Open presented by Banamex.
It's the fourth straight tournament for the Nationwide Tour with the purse at $700,000 with $108,000 going to the winner. Jamie Lovemark, the Player of the Year last season, was the winner in 2010 when he beat B.J. Staten in a playoff.
Winning for the second time this season on Sunday was Mathew Goggin, who is the tour's leading money winner. He'll take this week off, he says, to stay fresh for the rest of the season. His next victory will put him back on the PGA TOUR via a Battlefield Promotion.
"Today, it was a real fight," Goggin said after Sunday's victory. "I had to play well and I felt like I had to really go win this one as opposed to letting the other guys lose it. It was a real nice victory."
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| || ||B.J. |
|It's never fun to lose in a playoff, but now Staten has a chance to redeem himself a year later. Staten could use a big week since he's 53rd on the money list with just two top-25s in nine events this season.|
| || ||Kyle |
|Since Goggin isn't playing this week Thompson can try to gain some ground on the money list. Thompson has a victory and a second place in his last two tournaments and is second on the tour's money list. He's had eight straight rounds in the 60s and is the hottest player in the field.|
| || ||Frank |
|The year of the veteran is upon us, and Lickliter certainly falls into that category. He finished tied for fifth in Mexico last year with rounds of 72-68-72-67, so that could help him this time around.|
| || ||Rob |
|Is coming off a 10th-place finish on Sunday. Going back to his last 15 Nationwide Tour tournaments he has made 15 straight cuts. He's 19th on the money list this season with six top-25 finishes.|
| || ||Scott |
|Made a nice jump from 16th to ninth on the money list thanks to his tie for third on Sunday. He tied for second the week before at the Rex Hospital Open and is on a serious roll. He's very close to putting up the right numbers.|
The Nationwide Tour will take two weeks off after the stop in Mexico.
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.