Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - JELD-WEN Tradition Preview
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DATES: Thursday, August 20th through Sunday, August 23rd
SITE: Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon
COURSE ARCHITECT: Bob Cupp and John Fought (1995)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,533
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 386 yds10 - Par 4 412 yds
2 - Par 5 582 yds11 - Par 4 454 yds
3 - Par 3 188 yds12 - Par 5 649 yds
4 - Par 4 413 yds13 - Par 3 171 yds
5 - Par 4 447 yds14 - Par 4 457 yds
6 - Par 5 603 yds15 - Par 4 396 yds
7 - Par 3 206 yds16 - Par 5 598 yds
8 - Par 4 427 yds17 - Par 3 232 yds
9 - Par 4 456 yds18 - Par 4 456 yds
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36 3,708 yds36 3,825 yds
 
Annual:  21st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday -- 7:30-10 p.m. (et),
  Friday -- 8-10:30 p.m. (et),
  Friday/Saturday -- 3:30 a.m.-6 a.m. (et) - replay,
  NBC - Saturday/ Sunday -- 4-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Fred Funk
Runner-Up:  Mike Goodes
Tournament Record:  265 (Doug Tewell, 2001)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Gil Morgan, 1997)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Tom Watson, 2003)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Doug Tewell, 2001 - GC at Desert Mountain;
  Tom Watson, 2003 - The Reserve Vineyards and GC)
Course Record:  64 (Tom Watson, Joe Ozaki, 2008)
Total Purse:  $2,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $390,000; 2nd Place - $228,800; 3rd Place - $187,200
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Fred Funk269Scott Simpson276
Mike Goodes272Seven players at277
Jay Haas274
Tom Watson274
Scott Hoch275
 
Past JELD-WEN Tradition Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Fred Funk (269) -- Mike Goodes
2007Mark McNulty (272) -- David Edwards
2006*Eduardo Romero (275) -- Lonnie Nielsen
2005*Loren Roberts (273) -- Dana Quigley
2004Craig Stadler (275) -- Allen Doyle, Jerry Pate
2003Tom Watson (273) -- Gil Morgan, Jim Ahern, Tom Kite
2002*Jim Thorpe (277) -- John Jacobs
2001Doug Tewell (265) -- Mike McCullough
2000*Tom Kite (280) -- Tom Watson, Larry Nelson
1999#Graham Marsh (136) -- Larry Nelson
1998Gil Morgan (276) -- Tom Wargo
1997Gil Morgan (266) -- Isao Aoki
1996Jack Nicklaus (272) -- Hale Irwin
1995*Jack Nicklaus (276) -- Isao Aoki
1994*Ray Floyd (271) -- Dale Douglass
1993Tom Shaw (269) -- Mike Hill
1992Lee Trevino (274) -- Jack Nicklaus
1991Jack Nicklaus (277) -- Jim Colbert, Jim Dent, Phil Rodgers
1990#Jack Nicklaus (206) -- Gary Player
1989Don Bies (275) -- Gary Player

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather Shortened

Note:Formerly called The Tradition at Desert Mountain (1989-91); The
Tradition (1992-99), The Countrywide Tradition (2000-02).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Fred Funk------------------------11thWon
Mike Goodes---------------------------2nd
Tom Watson---T-2---5thWonT-55T-9T-14T-6T-3
Jay Haas------------------T-23T-20T-14T-3
Scott Simpson---------------------T-63T-126th
Loren Roberts------------------WonT-14T-4T-7
Lonnie Nielsen---------------T-45T-532ndT-12T-7
Tom Jenkins13thT-25T-38T-13T-60T-19T-5T-14T-30T-7
Fuzzy Zoeller---------T-19T-20T-33T-49T-25T-40T-7
Gene Jones---------------------------T-7
Bernhard Langer---------------------------T-7
Bob Gilder------T-29T-3T-28T-24T-13T-20T-6T-14
John Cook---------------------------T-14
Tom Kite---WonT-24T-7T-2T-4T-36T-4T-4T-18
Eduardo Romero---------------------WonT-14T-18
Tim Simpson---------------------T-25T-30T-18
Jim ThorpeT-7T-15T-19WonT-7T-14T-67T-36T-40T-18
Bobby Wadkins---------T-13T-52T-24T-493rdT-52T-18
Mark Wiebe---------------------------T-18
Mark McNulty------------------8thT-46WonT-25
R.W. Eaks------------------T-9T-39T-9T-25
Brad Bryant------------------T-16T-14T-21T-25
Tom Purtzer---------T-7T-16T-29T-27T-4T-36T-25
Keith Fergus---------------T-36T-56T-9T-6T-31
Mark O'Meara------------------------T-14T-31
Gil Morgan---T-154thT-35T-2T-113rdT-29T-30T-31
Dana QuigleyT-36T-37T-34T-27T-7T-332ndT-32T-45T-31
Bruce Fleisher27th4thT-7T-9T-20T-4T-36T-20T-65T-31
Joey Sindelar---------------------------T-31
Jeff Sluman---------------------------T-31
Morris Hatalsky------------T-5T-14T-27T-29T-1438th
Dan Forsman---------------------------T-39
Mike Reid---------------T-45T-9T-39T-18T-41
Craig Stadler------------T-10WonT-23T-14T-30T-41
Hale IrwinT-20T-373rd6thT-1013thT-42T-32T-52T-41
Bruce Vaughan------------------------T-56T-41
Andy Bean---------------T-4T-538thT-27T-48
Bruce Lietzke---------T-16T-46T-1152ndT-9T-30T-48
Denis Watson------------------------T-9T-52
Ben Crenshaw---------T-64T-33T-55T-56T-32T-36T-52
Allen Doyle68th---T-10T-16T-42T-2T-36T-2573rdT-52
Vicente FernandezT-3T-19T-29T-44T-20T-4T-23T-39T-2158th
Graham MarshWonT-19T-5572ndT-2063rdT-49T-49T-21T-59
Mike McCulloughT-14T-92ndT-19T-20T-64T-67T-46T-3662nd
Peter Jacobsen---------------T-4T-42wdwd---
Gary PlayerT-50T-34T-19T-6275thT-64T-73T-76------
Tom Lehman------------------------------
Larry Mize------------------------------
Greg Norman------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Fred Funk
Darkhorse - Greg Norman
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Bernhard Langer) - Finished tied for 22nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Tom Kite) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The fourth major of the 2009 Champions Tour season is upon us, as the 21st JELD-WEN Tradition takes center stage. This is the third consecutive major championship on the Champions Tour. Michael Allen (Senior PGA), Loren Roberts (Senior British Open) and Fred Funk (U.S. Senior Open) won the first three majors of the year.

Last year, Funk fired four rounds in the 60s as he won his first major championship title by three shots over Mike Goodes at the JELD-WEN Tradition. Funk closed with a three-under 69 to post 19-under-par 269. Funk ran off three birdies in a four-hole span from the third in the final round to jump to 19- under, which gave him a five-shot lead. After four straight pars, Funk drained an eight-footer for birdie on the 11th to push his lead to six shots. Funk dropped in a six-foot birdie putt on 14th and came right back with a 14-footer for birdie at the 15th. After stumbling to a double-bogey on the par-five 16th, Funk had a long delay on 17. There was a two-group wait on the 17th tee and while that back-up was thinning out, there was a one-hour, five-minute weather delay due to lightning in the area. Funk missed the green at the par- three and could not save par as he dropped to minus-19. However, he made a routine par at the last to seal the three-shot win.

In 2008, Mark McNulty posted a four-under 68 in the final round to cruise to his first major title at The Tradition. He finished at 16-under-par 272 and won by five shots over David Edwards.

In 2006, Eduardo Romero picked up his first Champions Tour win as he won the JELD-WEN Tradition with a birdie on the first playoff hole over Lonnie Nielsen. Romero posted the low round of the week with his seven-under 65 in the final round. Romero joined Jack Nicklaus, Tom Kite and Loren Roberts as those who made this event their first Champions Tour win. Romero's five-stroke comeback on the final day was the largest in event history. There have been six playoffs in tournament history.

Romero, from Argentina, became the second international player to win this event, joining Australian Graham Marsh (1999). He joined Roberto De Vicenzo as the only players from Argentina to win a senior major and joined De Vicenzo and Vicente Fernandez as the only players from Argentina to win on the Champions Tour.

This will be the third year the event is being held at Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. The Golf Club at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona hosted this event the first 13 years. The Prospector Course at Superstition Mountain in Arizona was the venue in 2002, while the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Oregon hosted the event from 2003-06.

Nicklaus has won this event four times, finished second once and has nine top-10 finishes in his 12 appearances. Nicklaus is the first player to win the same Champions Tour event four times, with his last career victory coming at this event in 1996. It also marked his 100th professional win. Of Nicklaus' 10 career Champions Tour wins, eight have been majors.

When Doug Tewell captured the 2001 edition of this event, he joined Gil Morgan as the only wire-to-wire winners of this tournament. Morgan accomplished the feat in 1997. Fourteen of the 20 Traditions have been won by players 53 or younger. Gil Morgan and Nicklaus are the only players to successfully defend their titles at this tournament.

Only six players have had four straight rounds in the 60s in The Tradition, and only two of those six has won the event. In 1993, Mike Hill finished second to Tom Shaw after posting scores of 69-68-66-67. Dale Douglass finished second to Raymond Floyd in 1994 after scores of 68-68-69-66. Mike McCullough finished second in 2001 to Tewell after rounds of 67-69-69-69. Mike Goodes finished second in 2008 to Funk after rounds of 68-67-69-68. Gil Morgan shot scores of 66-66-67-67 in 1997 and cruised to a six-stroke victory. In 2008, Funk carded rounds of 69-66-65-69 to win by three strokes.

In the previous 20 JELD-WEN Traditions, the champion has posted an over-par score in any round just three times en route to victory. Nicklaus had a 73 in the second round of the 1991 event, but rallied to win that year. He also rebounded from a second-round 74 to win the 1996 event. In 2003, Tom Watson fired a one-over-par 73 Saturday, but closed with a two-under-par 70 on Sunday to wrap up his win. Only once has the winner of the JELD-WEN Tradition not finished in the top 30 on the money list at the end of the year. In 1996, Nicklaus won the event and eventually finished 38th on the final money list. Nicklaus added a second victory that season, but played in just seven events overall.

Hale Irwin, the Champions Tour's all-time victory leader with 45 titles, will try to join Nicklaus as the only other player to claim a fourth different major. An Irwin victory at this year?s JELD-WEN Tradition would also tie him with Nicklaus for the most senior majors (eight) and at two months past his 64th birthday, he would also become the Champions Tour's oldest winner.

Nicklaus won four JELD-WEN Tradition titles (1990-1991, 1995-996), a pair of U.S. Senior Opens (1991, 1993), the 1990 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship and the 1991 Senior PGA Championship. Irwin has won four Senior PGA Championships (1996-1997, 1998, 2004), a pair of U.S. Senior Opens (1998, 2000) and the 1999 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. He was the runner-up to Nicklaus in the 1996 Tradition

The Champions Tour moves north to the state of Washington next week for the Boeing Classic, where Tom Kite will defend his title.

08/18 15:37:27 ET

As of August 18, 2009, at 03:37 PM ET