Field getting stronger for RTO |

Field getting stronger for RTO

While most of the big names will be teeing it up at the World Championship of Golf during August 21 through 27th, some notable PGA players will be making their way to Reno to play in the Reno-Tahoe Open.

Sergio Garcia, John Daly and Casey Martin have joined the ever-growing player list of entrants for the second-year tournament. Martin sued the PGA in 1998 for the right to use a cart during tournament play. He won the case under the American Disabilities Act because of a rare circulatory disease in his right leg known as Klippel-Trenaunay-Webber Syndrome, which makes it difficult for him to walk short distances. His best finish in a Tour event this year was 17th at the Tuscon Open.

Two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen is also slated to play in this year’s event.

“To get a Janzen or a Garcia is huge for us,” tournament director Jim Kline said. “It shows us that we’re not a secondary event.”

Last year’s Reno-Tahoe Open winner Notah Begay III will not make a return trip. Instead he will be playing in the World Series, having won four times this year and moved into the top 15 on the money list ($1,457,356), qualifying him for the stop in Ohio.

“It certainly helps to see someone go from no wins on the tour to four in one year,” Kline said. “But I don’t think that his first win being at the Reno-Tahoe Open has anything to do with it.”

Another commitment Kline recently received was from Scott Hoch, who won the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1997.

“It gives up hope that the players view us as a top-notch event,” Klein said.

In addition to the four-day tournament, there will be a junior clinic put on by a combination of Northern Nevada section professional and tour players. There will be a pro-am tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 22. While Kline is not certain which Tour players will compete in the two foursome contest, he said it will feature LPGA Tour player Patty Sheehan and All-American Angie Yoon from the University of Nevada at Reno pitted against each other.

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