Large purse beckons at Boise Open

The relatively large purse on offer this week at the Nationwide Tour's Albertson's Boise Open in Idaho will ensure that all players who are exempt for the event will line-up in what might prove a key week for those in pursuit of 2011 PGA Tour playing credentials.

With US$130,500 to the winner at week's end this is a week that could quickly change the career of any of those currently inside the top 85 on this year's money list.

A victory by a player even at the wrong end of the top 100 could see them earn their way to the PGA Tour and that in itself makes for an intriguing week at the Hillcrest Country Club in Boise.

Last year's champion Fran Quinn is now on the PGA Tour but 2008 winner Chris Tidland, who also has PGA Tour status in 2010 is back to hopefully get his career back on track. Tidland is in the middle of a horror run of form in recent months and perhaps this might provide the kick start he needs.

2007 winner, Jon Mills, is also in the field and likely needing only a top three finish this week to secure a return to the PGA Tour on which he played in 2006 he will enjoy the opportunity to do so in familiar and comfortable surroundings.

Money list leaders Chris Kirk, Jamie Lovemark, Tommy Gainey and Martin Piller look to further enhance their chances of finishing in the number one position at season's end.

Bradley Iles leads the Australasians on the money list this season, his runner-up finish last week in Utah moving him 30 places to 33rd. If the New Zealander was able to repeat his performance in this event last year when he finished a very meritorious 5th he would get within striking distance of a place on the PGA Tour next year.

Iles will be joined by fellow countryman Steve Alker and Australians Adam Bland, Steve Bowditch, Andrew Buckle, Gavin Coles, Nick Flanagan, Scott Gardiner, Mathew Goggin, Bronson La'Cassie, Won Joon Lee, Jarrod Lyle, David McKenzie and Alistair Presnell.

Goggin's appearance is of interest. The Tasmanian has struggled for much of this season on the PGA Tour and is clearly in this week's field to get his game in shape before the Fall Series back on the PGA Tour which begins in two weeks time. Goggin is in danger of losing his status at the higher level so is not doubt keen to have his game at the ready when the gun goes off at the Viking Classic in Mississippi.

It will be Goggin's first Nationwide event since the Tour Championship in 2005.

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