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41 PGA Tour players in Web.com tourney

– If you were skeptical the new Hotel Fitness Championship at Sycamore Hills Golf Club would have any famous names, consider yourself corrected.

Forty-one players from the PGA Tour committed Tuesday to play in the tournament, which runs from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.

The list includes a Masters champion, a U.S. Open runner-up and some of the best up-and-coming players in the world.

And these players comprise only a part of the lineup for the tournament, which opens the four-event Web.com Tour Finals.

“Spectators are going to recognize a lot of these players, and it’s going to be exciting watching them compete with each other and Web.com Tour players to earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season,” tournament director Duke Butler IV said in a statement.

Highlighting the list of players announced was Trevor Immelman, who won the Masters in 2008, and Ricky Barnes, who tied for second at the US. Open in 2009.

Chad Campbell, who won the Tour Championship in 2003, will also be at Jack Nicklaus-designed Sycamore Hills, as will Robert Streb, the highest-rated player in this year’s FedExCup points list (No. 126) to say he will be in Fort Wayne.

Eligible to participate in the Hotel Fitness Championship are the top 75 players on the Web.com Tour, which is one tier below the PGA Tour, and the players ranked 126 to 200 on the FedExCup points list.

The deadline for player commitments is 5 p.m. Friday and coincides with the end of the Cox Classic in Omaha, Neb., which will determine the final regular-season rankings on the Web.com Tour.

There will be a $1 million purse at the Hotel Fitness Championship, with the winner getting $180,000, and the Tour Finals will determine 25 of 50 PGA Tour cards for the 2014 season.

jcohn@jg.net

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