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Sony Open Golf Field 2012 includes Nationwide Tour class of 2011

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – As the PGA TOUR’s first full-field event of 2012, this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii will feature the debut of the Nationwide Tour class of 2011.  

Twenty-three of last year’s 25 graduates who earned their PGA TOUR cards based on their finish on the Nationwide Tour money list will be at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu for the $5.5 million tournament.

To access the field as it stands at 1100 hours, GMT, Tuesday, 10 January 2012, click here.

We shall be providing full coverage to include 2010/2011 Sony Open information, blogs, news, draws, tee times, pairings, betting odds, tv times, scores, purse, prizemoney, results &c. on a round by round basis, so please stay tuned into the Golfblogger Network.

To access first round tee times and pairings when these published, click here.

To access the 2012 Sony Open Purse and Prize money breakdown, please click here.

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The 23 players are (with final 2011 money list position in first column, plus age as of Jan. 1st): 

1 J.J. Killeen  (R) 30 2 Fort Worth, TX Texas Christian U.

2 Ted Potter, Jr.  (R) 27 2 Ocala, FL --

4 Jason Kokrak  (R) 26 2 Warren, OH Xavier U.

5 Jonas Blixt  (R) 27 Jacksonville Beach, FL Florida State U.

6 Danny Lee  (R) 21 1 Irving, TX / Rotorua, New Zealand (South Korea) --

7 Ken Duke 42 1 Palm City, FL Henderson State U.

8 Scott Brown  (R) 28 North Augusta, SC U. of S. Carolina-Aiken

9 Gary Christian  (R) 40 1 Chelsea, AL (England) Auburn U.

10 Miguel Angel Carballo  (R) 32 1 Bahia Blanca, Argentina --

11 Troy Kelly 33 Tacoma, WA U. of Washington 

12 Russell Knox  (R) 26 1 Jacksonville Beach, FL (Scotland) Jacksonville U.

13 Erik Compton  (R) 32 1 Coral Gables, FL U. of Georgia

14 John Mallinger 32 Las Vegas, NV Long Beach State U.

15 Kyle Thompson 32 1 Greenville, SC U. of South Carolina

16 Kyle Reifers 28 Atlanta, GA Wake Forest U.

17 Gavin Coles 43 1 Winter Garden, FL (Australia) --

18 Matt Every 28 Jacksonville Beach, FL U. of Florida

19 Daniel Chopra 38 1 Orlando, FL (Sweden) --

20 Steve Wheatcroft 33 1 Jacksonville, FL  Indiana U.

22 Mark Anderson  (R) 25 Beaufort, SC U. of South Carolina

23 Roberto Castro  (R) 26 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech U. 

24 Martin Flores 29 Dallas, TX U. of Oklahoma

25 Billy Hurley III  (R) 29 Annapolis, MD U.S. Naval Academy

(R) = will be first-year member of PGA TOUR in 2012

Thirteen of the 23 players are first-year members of the PGA TOUR (denoted by “R” next to their name above).  Former U.S. Amateur winner (2008) Danny Lee, 21, is the youngest member of the class of 2011. 

The only players not entered in Hawaii are Mathew Goggin of Australia and Charlotte, N.C. (No. 3 on the money list) and Garth Mulroy of South Africa and Raleigh, N.C. (No. 21).  Mulroy is in South Africa competing in European Tour events.

The class of 2011 follows a very successful 2010 group of 25 graduates, five of whom won a total of six PGA TOUR events last year, more than any other Nationwide Tour class.  Headlining the class was Keegan Bradley, who won a major, the PGA Championship, as well as the HP Byron Nelson Championship.  At season’s end he was named PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year.

The Sony Open in Hawaii features a 144-player field, of which 101 are Nationwide Tour alumni.

The 2012 Nationwide Tour season kicks off next month with three events in Latin America, beginning with the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Samsung (Feb. 16-19) in Bogotá.  It will be followed by the Panama Claro Championship (March 1-4) in Panama City and the Chile Classic presented by Pacific Rubiales (March 8-11) in Santiago.

ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE TOUR

Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf's biggest stage. As the official proving ground of the PGA TOUR, two out of three PGA TOUR members are Nationwide Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won 320 PGA TOUR titles, including 14 majors and four PLAYERS Championships. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards will be at stake over the course of 27 events in 2012.  Nationwide Insurance is the Tour’s umbrella sponsor through 2012.  The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its three tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, supports over 2,000 local charities and has surpassed $1.7 billion in charitable giving.  To learn more about the PGA TOUR and to follow the Nationwide Tour’s season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, Twitter and Facebook.

NATIONWIDE

Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by A.M. Best. The company provides a full range of personalized insurance and financial services, including auto, motorcycle, boat homeowners, life, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions and long-term savings plans. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

ABOUT ALLIED INSURANCE

Allied Insurance, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a member of the Nationwide family of companies.  At some Nationwide Tour events you will see Allied Insurance-branded tournament signage reflecting a strong local presence of Allied Insurance Operations.

Nationwide, Allied Insurance, the Nationwide Framemark and On Your Side are federally registered service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

Source: PGA Tour Media Release, powered by the Golfblogger Network

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