Teeing off - Franklin Langham

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Langham has bounced back and forth between the PGA and Nationwide tours since turning pro, and he undertakes a second consecutive season at the lower level with the confidence of a veteran who has qualified for Tour Championships at every level.

Langham.  File/Staff
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Langham.

"I feel like my game is better than it's ever been," he said despite failing to get his PGA Tour card back through Nationwide money or Q-school. "I can make more quality starts."

With full Nationwide status instead of the conditional status he carried into last season, Langham doesn't feel he has to wear himself out following the tour to the Southern Hemisphere before it swings through the southeast U.S. in the spring. He'll play the season opener in Panama in January than pick it back up in Louisiana in March.

Langham has graduated twice from the Nationwide Tour to the PGA in 1995 and 2004. He is ready to do it again and make the most of it this time. He believes if he had played in 2005 on the PGA Tour as well as he did last season on the Nationwide Tour he would have retained his card.

"From my perspective the newness is not there," he said of making the jump from one tour to the other. "If I can just get some starts and make some cuts I feel like I can play my way back on the tour. My goal is to get in top 20, as high up as I possibly can, get that card back and hope for the best."

FRANKLIN LANGHAM

AGE: 38

HOMETOWN: Thomson

RESIDENCE: Peachtree City, Ga.

HIGH SCHOOL: Thomson

COLLEGE: Georgia

TOUR: Nationwide

EXEMPT STATUS: 49th on 2006 money list

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