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True South Classic plays opposite Open

(Photo: Bruce Young)
There is little doubt where the focus of attention will be this week in terms of PGA Tour golf but for those golfers who were unable to get a start at Royal Lytham & St Annes there is the option of playing the True South Classic in Madison in Mississippi.

The tournament has been known as the Viking Classic in recent years but the Annandale Golf Club remains as the tournament host.

The US$3,000,000 event may not carry a lot of prize-money in comparative terms but for many of those in the field a win could change their lives as much as a win at the Open Championship might do for the elite of the game. For some perhaps even more as it might well prove the difference between a place on the PGA Tour in 2013 and beyond or the need to play somewhere else.

Leading players in the event based on current form are Brendan de Jonge, Blake Adams and Ken Duke

De Jonge appears to be a very good chance given the fact that he has been 13th and 3rd in each of his last two starts in the event and given he has made his last 14 cuts this year against much stronger opposition then he faces this week then he is very well placed.

Ken Duke has put together several good tournaments at this event and in the past two months or so he has produced three or four top tens in PGA Tour events. This could potentially be Duke's big opportunity to win on the PGA Tour.

Blake Adams has been reeling off midfield finishes without really threatening to win but against this weaker field he stands a great chance of doing so. That he finished 9th in his only start in the event last year adds further appeal.

The Australasian chances include Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones, Nathan Green, Mathew Goggin, Stuart Appleby, Mark Hensby, Gavin Coles, Peter Lonard and Danny Lee.

Appleby seems to be headed in the right direction now after a horror run and stands a very good chance of being the leading Australian.

Lonard contended late in this event last year before a double bogey at his 17th hole cost him dearly. He was the leading Australian at last week's Nationwide Tour event in Utah so he could again do well in one of his very few PGA Tour starts.

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