Notable pairings for the first 36 holes include:
Brian Stuard, Stephan Jaeger (8:20 a.m. off No. 1): Stuard is a three-time PGA Tour winner, while Jaeger led the Korn Ferry Tour in scoring average last season.
Will Zalatoris, Davis Riley (12:40 p.m. off No. 1): Zalatoris nearly won his first PGA Tour event at the 2021 Masters, eventually finishing second. Riley earned his PGA Tour card for 2022 with a win at the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Championship.
Sam Saunders, Erik Barnes (7:40 a.m. off No. 10): Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, looks to regain his PGA Tour card after struggling with injuries. Barnes won the 2022 Lecom Suncoast Classic.
A total of 156 players will begin play Thursday in the first of four rounds. The top 65 and ties will make the cut after Friday’s second round. The champion will earn $135,000 and complete exemption onto the PGA Tour.
“We’re thrilled with the field for this year’s Visit Knoxville Open,” said Tournament Director Hannah McSweeney. “The talent and experience among players like Stuard, Jaeger, Zalatoris and others predict an exciting week of golf at a premier course like Fox Den.”