May 16, 2019
By Staff, golfguidedirectory.com
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The first group tees off this morning at Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, TN at 6:50 am and the weather forecast is perfect with 81 degrees and mostly sunny this week at The Web dot com Knoxville Open.
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Inside the Field
The four-day Web.com tournament tees off Thursday.
Here are five things to know about the tournament.
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Past winners of this event include Jeff Maggert, Heath Slocum, and Chris Kirk. That trio went on to combine for 11 PGA Tour tournament victories. Other alumni of this tournament include major champions John Daly, Bubba Watson, Lucas Glover, Jimmy Walker, and David Toms.
Looking for the next rising star?
Keep an eye on 23-year-old Doug Ghim, an Illinois native who made three eagles during the 2018 Masters en route to being the low amateur.
Ghim won college golf’s Ben Hogan Award in 2018 as a senior at Texas. He placed third at last year’s NCAA Tournament. Ghim has two top-20 finishes at PGA Tour events this year.
The field also includes 20-year-old Norman Xiong. The Guam native was listed No. 1 in December on PGATour.com’s list of top 10 players. Xiong turned pro after two seasons at Oregon. In 2018, he earned college golf’s Haskins Award and Jack Nicklaus Award.
The field also includes 2017 Knoxville Open champion, Talor Gooch. He has a pair of top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this year. This will be his first tournament since the Players Championship in March because of a thumb injury.
The field features notable names
Several veterans of the PGA Tour will play in the tournament, including Boo Weekley, Daniel Summerhays, Frank Lickliter II, and Dicky Pride.
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The field includes players with area connections. Wes Roach, a Webb School of Knoxville alumnus who played for Duke, will return to Fox Den after he tied for fourth last year.
Also in the field are Eric Axley, a McMinn County alumnus who played at East Tennessee State, and former Tennessee golfers Rick Lamb and David Holmes, who is a West High alumnus.
About the course
Last year, the par-4, 499-yard No. 1 was the toughest hole, with a scoring average of 4.2. The par-5, 561-yard 10th was the easiest hole, with a scoring average of 4.5.
Stephan Jaeger won last year’s tournament at 16-under.
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