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Players Start To Arrive For SSJC

A few recognizable names trickled in Monday like Tim Herron who worked out some kinks on the range. Corey Pavin returns to Memphis for the first time since 1990. Larry Mize, the 1983 winner at Colonial South is also in the field.  Just a few months away from the Champions Tour, this will probably the last time we see him.  

Big John Daly played in the Pro-Am. He loves his home town fans but hasn't had much luck here. In 17 tries, his best finish is 7th. Another guy who hasn't had much luck PERIOD, is 2000 winner Notah Begay. Back problems have sidelined a once promising career.

'I'm 35 years old but I have a 65 year old back. After winning here in 2000 I ruptured a disc and then did so again last year. So its been hard to play a full injury free season.'

Loren Roberts won't tee it up this year at his home course. The Memphian is firmly entrenched on the Seniors Tour, where he's 5th on the money list.  

'You know it's my hometown and I miss it but I'm just out here enjoying a round with some amateurs and checking out the golf course. It's in great shape and the they have a good field, but I'm 53 now so I'll leave it to these 20 somethings.'

In return it opens up a spot for guys like fellow Memphian Vance Veazy. He's battled for years on the Nationwide Tour and has made good use of his sponsor exemptions...coming in 10th at the Stanford St. Jude Championship last year.  

'I played the final round with Retief Goosen which was a thrill. And then to shoot a 67 and finish 10th...it was awesome.'

Top draws Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els are expected to show up sometime Tuesday.

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