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Thursday, August 14th through Sunday, August 17th

Course Info

Site: Fox Den Country Club, Knoxville, Tennessee

Course Architect: William Byrd (1969)

Par: 71

Yardage: 7,071

Hole by Hole

Front Nine: 35 3,494 Yds

1 - Par 4 482 Yds

2 - Par 3 193 Yds

3 - Par 4 409 Yds

4 - Par 4 436 Yds

5 - Par 5 533 Yds

6 - Par 3 198 Yds

7 - Par 4 422 Yds

8 - Par 4 400 Yds

9 - Par 4 421 Yds

Back Nine: 36 3,577 Yds

10 - Par 5 561 Yds

11 - Par 4 413 Yds

12 - Par 4 373 Yds

13 - Par 3 166 Yds

14 - Par 4 368 Yds

15 - Par 4 427 Yds

16 - Par 3 214 Yds

17 - Par 4 458 Yds

18 - Par 5 597 Yds

Tournament Info

Year: 25th

Television: None

Champion: Peter Malnati (Not defending)

Runner Up: Blayne Barber, Matt Bettencourt, Miguel Angel Carballo, James White

Tournament Record: 261 (Tim Conley, 1993)

54-Hole Record: 194 (Tim Conley, 1993)

36-Hole Record: 128 (Tim Conley, 1993; John Mallinger, 2011)

Course Record: 62 (Scott Gardiner, 2012)

Total Purse: $550,000

Shares: 1st Place - $99,000; 2nd Place - $59,400; 3rd Place - $37,400

2013 Final Leaderboard

Peter Malnati 268

Blayne Barber 269

Matt Bettencourt 269

Miguel Angel Carballo 269

James White 269

Kevin Kisner 270

Tim Wilkinson 270

Mark Anderson 271

Richard Scott 272

Seven players at 273

Past Winners

2013: Peter Malnati (268). Runner up: Blayne Barber, Matt Bettencourt, Miguel Angel Carballo, James White

2012: Darron Stiles (266). Runner up: Scott Gardiner, D.J. Brigman, Nicholas Thompson

2011: Kirk Triplett (267). Runner up: Marco Dawson

2010: Chris Kirk (268). Runner up: Travis Bertoni

2009: *Kevin Johnson (268). Runner up: Bradley Iles

2008: *Jarrod Lyle (269). Runner up: Chris Kirk

2007: Chez Reavie (271). Runner up: Kyle McCarthy

2006: Hunter Haas (269). Runner up: Gary Christian, Parker McLachlin

2005: Kim Felton (277). Runner up: David Peoples

2004: *Hunter Haas (275). Runner up: Shane Bertsch, Justin Bolli

2003: *Vaughn Taylor (268). Runner up: Joe Ogilvie

2002: Darron Stiles (272). Runner up: Aaron Baddeley, Steve Ford

2001: Heath Slocum (265). Runner up: Keoke Cotner, Joe Daley

2000: J.J. Henry (273). Runner up: Tripp Isenhour, Gene Sauers, Chris Smith, Spike McRoy

1999: Jeff Gove (277). Runner up: Marco Dawson, Carl Paulson, Glen Hnatiuk

1998: *Robin Freeman (270). Runner up: Ryan Howison

1997: Dave Rummells (271). Runner up: Matt Gogel, Terry Price

1996: Eric Johnson (272). Runner up: Patrick Lee, Matt Peterson

1995: *Tom Scherrer (275). Runner up: Mike Sposa

1994: Vic Wilk (275). Runner up: Bill Murchison

1993: Tim Conley (261). Runner up: Jerry Haas, Larry Silveira, Tommy Tolles, Greg Whisman

1992: #Brian Henninger (200). Runner up: Curt Byrum, Tom Shaw, Rick Todd

1991: #Frank Conner (198). Runner up: Perry Arthur, Paul Goydos

1990: #*Jeff Maggert (202). Runner up: Greg Ladehoff

* - Won in Playoff

# - 54-Hole tournament

Formerly called Knoxville Open (1990-2009); Knoxville News Sentinel Open (2010).

Top Contenders

Aron Price


2010: T-16

2011: mc

2012: T-31

2013: T-10

Franklin Corpening





2013: T-10

Ashley Hall





2013: T-10

F. Mechereffe


2010: T-52

2011: mc

2012: mc

2013: T-44

Kevin Johnson

2009: Won



2012: mc

2013: mc

Darron Stiles


2010: mc

2011: mc

2012: Won


Zac Blair






Sebastian Cappelen






Jon Curran






Carlos Sainz Jr.






Zack Sucher






NOTES: The granddaddy of them all, the News Sentinel Open, takes center stage this week, as players try to gain valuable experience in efforts to reach the "Big Show," the PGA Tour. This event is the oldest tournament on the Web.com Tour schedule. Dating back to 1990, winners are past and present PGA Tour players, such as Jeff Maggert, Brian Henninger, Tom Scherrer, Dave Rummells, J.J. Henry, Heath Slocum, Vaughn Taylor, Chez Reavie, Chris Kirk and Kirk Triplett.

Zack Sucher is the top player on the money list in the field. Sucher is currently third, behind Carlos Ortiz and Andrew Putnam. Ortiz and Putnam are not in the field this week, therefore, Sucher can take over the top spot with a victory. Sucher won the Midwest Classic in July and has finished in the top four in three of his last four events.

This is the 16th straight year in which Fox Den Country Club is hosting the tournament. Willow Creek Country Club hosted the first five years, followed by Three Ridges Golf Club the next four years.

This tournament is one of four original Web.com Tour events remaining on the schedule. The others are the Price Cutter Charity Championship in Missouri, the Air Capital Classic in Kansas and the Boise Open in Idaho.

Last year, Peter Malnati emerged from a crowded leaderboard in the final round with a birdie at his final hole to close out a 6-under 65 and claim a 1-stroke victory over four players. Malnati earned his first career victory on the Web.com Tour at 16-under-par 268.

Malnati will not be on hand to defend his title, as he earned his PGA Tour card for 2014 and is playing in the Wyndham Championship this week. His best finish this season was a tie for 14th at the Puerto Rico Open in March.

Darron Stiles shot rounds of 67-66-66-67 in 2012 to take the title by a single stroke over Scott Gardiner, D.J. Brigman and Nicholas Thompson. Gardiner put pressure on Stiles by firing a course-record, 9-under 62 in the final round, but Stiles did just enough to keep his lead, winning with a score of 18-under 266.

In 2011, Triplett carded rounds of 67-64-68-68 to collect his first Web.com Tour title. The 49-year-old Triplett finished at 21-under-par 267 and became the oldest winner in tour history.

Jarrod Lyle birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Kirk in 2008. Lyle shot four rounds in the 60s (66-67-67-69) and finished with Kirk at 19-under-par 269 to head into the extra session. The Australian Lyle became the first international champion in the history of the tournament.

In 2007, Chez Reavie fired rounds of 65-68 on the weekend to cruise to his first victory on the Web.com Tour. He completed his first win at 17-under- par 271 and won by three shots over Kyle McCarthy. It was an amazing week for McCarthy, who missed out on Monday qualifying, but got in as the 31st alternate. He grabbed a 15-year-old caddie, did not play a practice round, and made his first cut of the year.

The Web.com Tour travels to Oregon next week for the inaugural Winco Foods Portland Open at Witch Hollow at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains.

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