Turning Stone begins PGA Tour's Fall Series

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NEW YORK, Sep 20 (Reuters) The PGA Tour's seven-tournament Fall Series kicks off today with the inaugural Turning Stone Resort Championship at the 7,475-yard Atunyote Golf Club in Verona, New York.

The Oneida Indian Nation, which owns Turning Stone Resort, will be the host organisation for the 6 million dollars event that offers a top prize of 1.08 million dollars to a field bereft of most of the top players following the FedExCup playoffs.

The parkland course, designed by Tom Fazio, is not a complete mystery to tour players since it hosted last year's B C Open after flooding in the Binghamton, New York, area hreatened to cancel the tournament.

John Rollins won last year at Atunyote. He has followed that success with four top-five finishes this year, though he has struggled in the second half of the season.

Bob May, runner-up to Rollins, and Japan's Shigeki Maruyama, who finished third in the B C Open, are also among the field of 144 players as are Australians Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby and long-hitting John Daly.

Players in this week's field that have US PGA Tour wins this season include Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Americans Fred Funk, Charley Hoffman, Steve Flesch and Joe Ogilvie.

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