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Dick's Open field again among Tour's best

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ENDICOTT, N.Y. -

The Dick's Sporting Goods Open is less than a month away.  Tournament Director John Karedes again says that this year's field is one of, if not the best field on the Champions Tour.

Year in and year out the best players on the Champions Tour make a point to play the DSGO because of the community support and the home town feel of the event.  This year's field is better than last year's as this year's event won't have to compete with the Olympics.  Because the event is back in August, several players, like Bernhard Langer, who did not make the trip last year will be back.  For Defending Champion Paul Goydos, that makes repeating all that much harder.

"There's 50 guys here that could win this tournament.  Maybe 78 because the field is 78," Goydos said.  "The quality of the depth over my last three years is unbelievable."

As for how the DSGO is a "can't miss" for players on the Champions Tour.

"It's talking to players, making sure their needs are being met, that they've got their hotel taken care of, that they have transportation picking them up at the airport," Karedes said.  "It's all the little things that we try to do as a tournament staff to make their experience here very painless.  If we can do that, make the player happy, their wife happy, their caddie happy it's our feeling that if we get them here once, they'll want to come back again and again."

The Dick's Sporting Goods Open week begins August 14 with first round play on Friday, August 18.  

The field as of July 14, 2017:

Michael Allen
Stephen Ames
Billy Andrade
Tommy Armour III
Woody Austin
Michael Bradley
Paul Broadhurst
Olin Browne
Bart Bryant
Brad Bryant
Tom Byrum
Mark Calcavecchia
Russ Cochran
John Cook
John Daly
Marco Dawson
Glen Day
Scott Dunlap
Joe Durant
Steve Flesch
Dan Forsman
Bob Friend
David Frost
Fred Funk
Bobby Gage
Doug Garwood
Bob Gilder
Mike Goodes
Paul Goydos
Jay Haas
Todd Hamilton
Scott Hoch
John Huston
Peter Jacobsen
Tom Jenkins
Miguel Angel Jiminez
Brandt Jobe
Jerry Kelly
Skip Kendall
Bernhard Langer
Wayne Levi
Steve Lowery
Jeff Maggert
Miguel Angel Martin
Billy Mayfair
Scott McCarron
Larry Mize
Colin Montgomerie
Larry Nelson
Mark O'Meara
Jose Maria Olazabal
Scott Parel
Jesper Parnevik
Corey Pavin
Tom Pernice, Jr.
Kenny Perry
Tim Petrovic
Phillip Price
Fran Quinn
Loren Roberts
Gene Sauers
Wes Short, Jr.
Joey Sindelar
Jeff Sluman
Jerry Smith
Craig Stadler
Kevin Sutherland
Esteban Toledo
Bob Tway
Duffy Waldorf
Willie Wood
Ian Woosnam