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DATES: Thursday, July 24th through Sunday, July 27th
SITE: Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate, Overland Park, Kansas
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (2001)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,237
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 487 Yds10 - Par 4 427 Yds
2 - Par 4 447 Yds11 - Par 3 211 Yds
3 - Par 5 592 Yds12 - Par 4 467 Yds
4 - Par 4 386 Yds13 - Par 5 562 Yds
5 - Par 3 158 Yds14 - Par 4 447 Yds
6 - Par 4 363 Yds15 - Par 5 570 Yds
7 - Par 4 447 Yds16 - Par 4 364 Yds
8 - Par 3 231 Yds17 - Par 3 188 Yds
9 - Par 4 448 Yds18 - Par 4 442 Yds
35 3,559 Yds36 3,678 Yds
Annual:  5th
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Jamie Lovemark (Not defending)
Runners-Up:  Mark Anderson
Tournament Record:  258 (James Nitties, 2011)
54-Hole Record:  193 (James Nitties, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  128 (J.J. Killeen, James Nitties, 2011)
Course Record:  60 (Scott Dunlap, 2011)
Total Purse:  $600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $108,000; 2nd Place - $64,800; 3rd Place - $40,800
2013 Finish
Jamie Lovemark266Paul Claxton270
Mark Anderson267Adam Crawford270
Matt Davidson268Scott Harrington270
Chesson Hadley268Roger Sloan270
Edward Loar269Brett Stegmaier270
Past Midwest Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Jamie Lovemark (266) -- Mark Anderson
2012Shawn Stefani (267) -- Russell Henley, Luke List
2011James Nitties (258) -- Jonas Blixt, Nick Flanagan
2010Not Held
2009Michael Sim (264) -- Josh Teater
Note:Formerly called Christmas in October Classic (2009).

Top Contenders in the Field
Matt Davidson---mc---T-3
James Nitties---WonT-11T-34
Alex Cejka---------T-34
Steven AlkerT-23mcT-60T-40
Scott HarringtonT-47---T-53T-49
Matt Weibring------T-4mc
Steve WheatcroftT-6T-41---mc
Andres Gonzales------mc---
Jon Curran------------
Andrew D. Putnam------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Andrew D. Putnam
Darkhorse - Chase Wright
Last Week's Pick to Win (Alex Cejka) - Withdrew after 1st round
Last Week's Darkhorse (Tony Finau) - Missed the cut
NOTES:The Tour travels to Kansas this week for the Midwest Classic.
Two of the top three players on the money list are in the field -- Andrew Putnam and 4-time European Tour winner Alex Cejka.

Carlos Ortiz currently leads Putnam by $60,488 for the money lead. With Ortiz not in the field, Putnam can take over the top spot with a win or a solo second place finish this week.

The event will be held at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park. The par-71 course, designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, opened in 2001. Nicklaus Golf Club hosted the Champions Tour in 2005 and 2006. Dana Quigley won the Bayer Advantage Classic in 2005 and also captured the event the next year when it was known as the Greater Kansas City Classic. Nicklaus played his final competitive event on the Champions Tour at the Bayer Advantage Classic in 2005, posting scores of 73-73 to tie for 64th.

Last year, Jamie Lovemark carded rounds of 65-66 on the weekend to grab a 1- stroke victory over Mark Anderson. Lovemark captured his second career victory on the Tour at 18-under-par 266. His previous win came at the 2010 Mexico Open.

Lovemark will not be on hand to defend his title, as he is playing at the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour. He earned his PGA Tour card for 2014 by finishing 21st on the 2013 Tour money list.

Shawn Stefani fired a 7-under 64 in the final round in 2012 to earn a 2-stroke win for his first title on the Tour. Stefani began the final day in a tie for 13th place, four shots off the lead. But he turned in a flawless round, carding seven birdies and five on the back nine.

James Nitties fired rounds of 65-63-65-65 in 2011 to win by five strokes over Jonas Blixt and Nick Flanagan. Nitties, who won for the first time on the Tour, ended at 26-under-par 258. The Australian smashed Michael Sim's tournament scoring record of 264 from 2009.

In 2009, Sim closed with a 4-under 67 to win for the third time that year, which earned him a promotion to the PGA Tour. He completed the event at 20- under-par 264 and became the ninth player to earn the in-season promotion to the PGA Tour. Sim also shattered the tour's single season money record. The $112,000 he collected for the win boosted his season total to $527,079 and he would go on to finish the season with $644,143. Troy Matteson set the old mark of $495,009 in 2005.

The Tour returns next week for the Stonebrae Classic in Hayward, California, where Alex Aragon captured the title the last time it was played in 2012.

07/23 17:04:53 ET

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