Week 11 Approach Shots: Melwood Prince George'sJune 03, 2009
The Nationwide Tour is near the nation's capital this week for the third playing of the Melwood Prince George's County Open in Mitchellville, Md. Located just 17 miles from Washington, D.C., the 7,059-yard Country Club at Woodmore has seen a couple of strong winners. The first two champions were Paul Claxton, who secured his PGA TOUR card in 2007 by finishing 10th on the money list. Last year's winner Jeff Klauk placed third on the season-ending money list and is having great success in 2009 on the PGA TOUR.
Quick Facts WHAT: 11th of 29 Nationwide Tour events WHEN: June 4-7 WHERE: Mitchellville, Md. COURSE: The Country Club at Woodmore WHAT'S AT STAKE: $675,000 purse ($121,500 for winner) KEY LINKS: Tee times | Leaderboard | Tournament page | "THE 25"
MICHAEL SIM PROVES HE'S HUMAN: Two-time 2009 Nationwide Tour winner Michael Sim cooled off some at The Rex Hospital Open last week. After winning two of his last three starts --with a playoff loss sandwiched in between -- the 24-year-old from Perth, Australia finished T30 in Raleigh, N.C. Sim was only two shots off the pace after both the first and second rounds but fell back on the weekend with rounds of 71-70 at the TPC Wakefield Plantation. He resumes his quest to become the quickest player in Nationwide Tour history to earn a three-win PGA TOUR promotion this week at the Melwood Prince George's County Open outside Washington, D.C.
SHOWING THEIR SKILLS: On Tuesday four Nationwide Tour players -- Martin Piller, Kris Cox, Josh Broadaway and Jason Schultz -- conducted a clinic for enlisted and retired servicemen at Andrews Air Force Base. The players arrived by helicopter after getting a view of the Potomac River and the many sites surrounding Washington, D.C. In addition to hosting the clinic, the foursome got a tour of the base.
FROM THE GRIDIRON: Former Washington Redskins star Brian Mitchell is the 2009 tournament host. Mitchell, who holds 13 NFL records, will be involved in all aspects of the tournament including the pro-celebrity shootout, the Half-Day Pro-Am, the pro-am pairings party, the community leader awards/pro-am awards dinner and closing ceremony. Mitchell is well known for his charitable endeavors in the Washington, D.C.-area, both when he was a player and since his retirement from the league.
Weather forecast for the Melwood Prince George's County Open THURSDAY, Rd. 1 FRIDAY, Rd. 2 SATURDAY, Rd. 3 SUNDAY, Rd. 4 PM t-storms
Temp: 80 high/67 low
Temp: 77 high/64 low
Temp: 83 high/65 low
Temp: 89 high/69 low
BMW Charity Pro-Am snippets Five for Johnson: The victory last week by Kevin Johnson at the Rex Hospital Open was his fifth on the Nationwide Tour. Only Sean Murphy, Matt Gogel and Jason Gore (six each) have won more. Veterans square off: In the 20th year of the Nationwide Tour, it was two veterans of the very first season of the Tour (1990) who battled in a playoff last week at the Rex Hospital Open -- Kevin Johnson and Jeff Gallagher. Another win: Steve Stricker's win last week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational was the 247th by a former Nationwide Tour player on the PGA TOUR. It was the 10th this season on the PGA TOUR by a Nationwide Tour alumnus.
GARTH MULROY SECURES CITIZENSHIP: On Wednesday of last week, South African-born Garth Mulroy passed his United States citizenship test. On Thursday he teed off in The Rex Hospital Open in which he managed a T23 finish playing in front of family and friends in his adopted hometown of Raleigh, N.C. Mulroy holds down the No. 2 spot on the money list and a lead of more than $14,000 on No. 3 Alex Prugh and Rex playoff winner Kevin Johnson, who jumped to No. 4. The last official step in Mulroy's quest for citizenship is the swearing-in ceremony.