Knoxville Open Week underway at Fox Den

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- It is tournament week in Knoxville as we get ready for tee off on
Thursday of the 30th annual Knoxville Open.

Yes, it's a milestone for one of the charter events on
what is now the tour. Some of the best the sport
of golf has to offer are making their way into town.
Some are already here taking part today in the first
of two Pro-Am's at the Fox Den course this week. The second will be
on Wednesday.

Now Monday is also qualifying day. While most of the field is set, a dozen spots remained open for this week's event., but if you're not a regular on tour, then you had to try and qualify to get in. Talk about pressure, one round to go as low as you can in order to earn
a pay check. Among those living that life, former vol golfer Michael Nagy who says, "you know a lot of times it's 8-to-6, 8-to-7, sun up to sun down day if you wanna separate yourself. There's guys that put in 12 hour days on a regular basis. to separate themselves. Of golf? Yes, of golf and being on the road a lot. I've put so many miles on my car in these last few months, traveling around."

There were 160 golfers Monday vying for 12 spots including Nagy, who unfortunately shot a 3-over-75 and won't be among those competing in this week's Open.