Peter Koutroumpis – email@example.com
RALEIGH, N.C. – As the second day of practice rounds took place on Tuesday, the entire field for the 2014 Rex Hospital Open had been finalized the day before.
Two Monday-qualifier tournaments provided 12 more entrants into the 156-player field that will tee off in the Web.com Tour event at TPC at Wakefield Plantation on Thursday.
This year’s tournament features nine of the Web.com Tour’s current top 10 money list leaders (Carlos Ortiz, Andrew Putnam, Alex Cjeka, Jon Curran, Adam Hadwin, Jonathan Randolph, Justin Thomas, Max Homa, Daniel Berger), two past champions (Kyle Thompson – 2007, 2011; Kevin Johnson – 2009) as well as a major winner (Lee Janzen – 1993, 1998 U.S. Open).
The Rex Hospital Open Official Pro-Am takes place on Wednesday with morning and afternoon tee-offs and includes an honorary tee shot taking place at Noon by wounded veteran Staff Sergeant Alonzo Lundsford.
One of the survivors from the Ft. Hood domestic terror attack in 2009, Lunsford has been wounded seven times and is an advocate for American troops and a volunteer for the USO of NC resiliency programs.
By the end of the day, the field will be ready to tee it up early on Thursday and begin first-round play in the battle to make the cut in the competitive field by the end of second-round play on Friday.
Once the final cut is determined, the competition will heat up and the tournament’s supporting events will provide spectators a variety of things to do while watching the pros go low.
Saturday will feature Family Day at the Open presented by the Carolina Hurricanes and will include all-day events to include free face painting, bounce houses, a Canes Slapshot booth, mini-golf, rock climbing wall, snow cones, and more.
Sunday’s final round of play will highlight Service Appreciation Day presented by First Citizens Bank as the tournament will offer free admission for active and former military, police, fire and EMS personnel who will be part of the spectator gallery on the 18th hole that will cheer on the 2014 champion after he holes out to earn this year’s tournament title.
2014 Rex Hospital Open
|BY THE NUMBERS|
|Field size||156 players|
|Web.com Tour champions||61 (123 total wins)|
|PGA TOUR champions||18 (34 total wins)|
|Major champions||2 (Lee Janzen)|
|Current year money list||9 of top 10|
|HOW THEY QUALIFIED|
|Past Champion of Current Week’s Event|
|Leading Money winner Latinoamérica/Canada & WCT QT Winner|
|Winner – Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament|
|Next 25 Money Leaders – Web.com Tour Finals|
|Top 75 Money Leaders from the Web.com Tour Regular Season|
|Miguel Angel Carballo|
|Philip Pettitt, Jr.|
|Richard S Johnson|
|Finishers 2-10 & Ties Previous year’s Web.com Tour QT|
|Sung Joon Park|
|Carlos Sainz Jr|
|Former Fully-Exempt PGA TOUR Members|
|PGA TOUR Members 48-49 Years Old|
|Top 25 Money Leaders Web.com Regular Season/Top 25 Finals|
|Open Qualifiers (12)|
|Sponsor Exemptions (Members Not Otherwise Exempt)|
|Sponsor Exemptions (Unrestricted)|
|Sponsor Exemptions – Web.com|
|Top 25 From Previous Event|
|Harold Varner III|
|PGA TOUR – not Exempt for current Event|
|Doug LaBelle II|
|Reorder With $ Finishers 11-45 & ties as the prev year’s Tour Qua|
|Jose de Jesus Rodriguez|