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Kentucky Open tees off Tuesday in Lexington

Matt Savage was all smiles in 2006 when he won his first Kentucky Open as an amateur. Savage won last year's tournament as a pro.
Matt Savage was all smiles in 2006 when he won his first Kentucky Open as an amateur. Savage won last year's tournament as a pro. Mark Cornelison

Defending champion Matt Savage headlines the PowerBilt Kentucky Open golf championship at Lexington Country Club this week.

Savage, who won the title as an amateur in 2006 and as a professional last year, will try to become the first three-time Kentucky Open champ since Dave Peege won it four times between 1983 and 1992.

Savage, who played at St. Xavier High School and Florida State, is now on the mini-tour circuit as he tries to reach the PGA Tour.

The 91st Kentucky Open, a 54-hole tournament that begins Tuesday and concludes Thursday, is at Lexington Country Club for the first time since 1941.

"You know you're somewhere special when you step on the first tee," said Mark Hill, executive director of the KGA/PGA.

Former champions in this year's field also include Trey Bowling (2008), Cale Barr (2005), Grant Sturgeon (2002) and Keith Ohr (2001).

Jordan and Seth Blann are also competing. Jordan beat his younger brother in a playoff to win the State Amateur championship in June.

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