RALEIGH, N.C. — The 32nd Rex Hospital Open begins play Thursday at the Country Club at Wakefield Plantation (formerly TPC at Wakefield Plantation).
With the summer heat kicking in, the fairways are running firm and the greens are receptive setting up for another pin-seeking affair on the Web.com Tour event that returns to the City of Oaks.
Here are a few things to know before you go to watch how these guys #LiveUnderPar.
Who’s won here and where are they now?
Every tournament champion over the past eight years eventually earned their card to play the following season on the PGA Tour.
Champions Conrad Shindler (2017), Kyle Thompson (2007, 2011, 2015) and Byron Smith (2014) played the next year on the PGA Tour following their wins, and eventually returned to continue competing on the Web.com Tour and are all in the field this year.
Thompson seeking fourth career title
As the tournament’s career leader and owner of Rex Open crystal showpieces, Thompson recently announced his retirement from playing on Tour, save for another chance to win at Wakefield Plantation – his 16th showing in the event.
It is four years since he won his last title, a cycle which has yielded winning results previously.
Playing as an exempt past champion, he figures that since he knows the course very well – he shot a 30 on the back-9 during Wednesday’s pro-am – why not give it one last shot.
How they got here
Twenty of the Tour’s Top-25 are in the field with No. 2 Scottie Scheffler, winner of the preceding event, the Evans Scholars Invitational, leading that pack.
Here is the breakdown of this year’s field and how participating golfers qualified or which exemptions they received to do so.
José de Jesús Rodríguez
Past Champion of Current Week’s Event
Leading Money winner Latinoamérica/Canada/China & WCT QT Winner
Top 75 Money Leaders from the Web.com Tour Regular Season
Next 25 Money Leaders – Web.com Tour Finals
Former Fully-Exempt PGA TOUR Members
PGA TOUR Members 48-49 Years Old
Frank Lickliter II
Special Members/Medical (Exempt)
Sponsor Exemptions (Members Not Otherwise Exempt)
Sponsor Exemptions (Unrestricted)
Open qualifiers (12)
Top 25 From Previous Event
Paul Haley II
Top 25 Official Money List at the time of the Reorder
PGA TOUR – Not Exempt for current Event
Tyrone Van Aswegen
First reorder category
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