Australia’s leading men's amateur over the last 18 months, Min Woo Lee, will tee it up with Victorian Brett Coletta and New South Wales’ Jamie Arnold and they'll be joined by New Zealanders Nick Voke, Steve Alker and Tim Wilkinson.
The two layouts at Whirlwind Golf Club (The Cattail and Devil’s Claw) near Phoenix will be used over the four days with the leading 40 players and ties earning exemption into at least the first eight events of the season prior to the first re-shuffle.
135 players are in the field as they contend for the various categories up for grabs.
The medallist at Final Stage (and ties) will receive fully exempt status for the 2019 Web.com Tour Regular Season.
Finishers 2-10 (and ties) at Final Stage will receive exempt status for the first 12 events of the 2019 Web.com Tour Regular Season and will be subject to subsequent reshuffles (which occur in four-event intervals).
Finishers 11-40 (and ties) will receive exempt status for the first eight events and will be subject to subsequent reshuffles.
Lee is currently the 7th highest ranked male amateur in world golf and a former US Junior Champion. The brother of leading female golfer Minjee Lee, the 20-year-old is considered a significant talent with outstanding shot-making skills and graduated to the Final Stage via Stage Two.
Coletta, the winner of the PGA Tour of Australasia’s 2016 Queensland Open as an amateur, has played the Canadian Tour in his first two years as a pro and, although plagued by illness for much of the time, there is little doubting his considerable talent.
Arnold is the brother of former Australian Amateur Champion, Scott, and has played the Web.com Tour over the past few years with limited success. He retains limited status on the Web.Com Tour for 2019 but is no doubt keen to improve his standing this week.
Nick Voke - seen here after one of his China Tour wins - is looking to improve his standing on the Web.Com Tour
Voke is considered one of New Zealand’s bright hopes with three wins on the China Tour this season. That success has earned him conditional status for the Web.Com Tour for 2019 but, like others in that situation, this week offers the chance to improve his standing in that regard.
Wilkinson and Alker have both played the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour over several seasons but find themselves hoping to improve their status for 2019.
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