Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Regions Charity Classic Preview
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DATES: Friday, May 14th through Sunday, May 16th
SITE: Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Ross Bridge, Hoover, Alabama
COURSE ARCHITECT: Roger Rulewich and Bobby Vaughn (2005)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,525
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 442 yds10 - Par 4 417 yds
2 - Par 3 195 yds11 - Par 3 197 yds
3 - Par 5 592 yds12 - Par 4 429 yds
4 - Par 4 447 yds13 - Par 5 614 yds
5 - Par 4 410 yds14 - Par 3 176 yds
6 - Par 5 620 yds15 - Par 4 415 yds
7 - Par 4 467 yds16 - Par 5 571 yds
8 - Par 4 445 yds17 - Par 4 447 yds
9 - Par 3 180 yds18 - Par 4 461 yds
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36 3,798 yds36 3,727 yds
 
Annual:  19th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday -- 2-4 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped
  - Sunday/Monday -- 12-2 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Keith Fergus
Runner-Up:  Gene Jones
Tournament Record:  195 (Hale Irwin, 2001)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan, 2001)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Jack Kiefer, 1992; Graham Marsh, 1995; Terry Dill, 1998;
  Gil Morgan, 2001; Hale Irwin, 2002; Tom Kite, 2005)
Course Record:  63 (Jim Thorpe, 2006)
Total Purse:  $1,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $255,000; 2nd Place - $149,600; 3rd Place - $122,400
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Keith Fergus #132Tom Jenkins137
Gene Jones135Tom McKnight137
Joe Ozaki136Loren Roberts137
Jay Don Blake137Jim Thorpe137
Brad Bryant137Larry Mize137

# - Weather-shortened

 
Past Regions Charity Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009#Keith Fergus (132) -- Gene Jones
2008Andy Bean (203) -- Loren Roberts
2007*Brad Bryant (204) -- R.W. Eaks
2006Brad Bryant (199) -- Mark McNulty
2005D.A. Weibring (201) -- Tom Jenkins, Tom Kite
2004Bruce Fleisher (200) -- Bruce Lietzke, D.A. Weibring
2003Tom Jenkins (200) -- Bruce Fleisher
2002*Sammy Rachels (201) -- Dana Quigley
2001Hale Irwin (195) -- Stewart Ginn
2000*John Jacobs (203) -- Gil Morgan
1999Larry Nelson (205) -- Dana Quigley
1998Hubert Green (203) -- Hale Irwin
1997Jay Sigel (205) -- Gil Morgan
1996*John Bland (208) -- John Paul Cain, Kermit Zarley
1995Graham Marsh (201) -- J.C. Snead
1994Jim Dent (201) -- Bob Charles
1993Bob Murphy (203) -- Bob Charles, Lee Trevino, Larry Gilbert,
Kermit Zarley
1992George Archer (208) -- Jack Kiefer, Rocky Thompson

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Bruno's Memorial Classic (1992-2005).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Keith Fergus---------------T-26T-11T-22T-11Won
Gene Jones------------------------T-262nd
Joe Ozaki---------------------T-22T-653rd
Tom JenkinsT-4T-14T-8Won4thT-2T-29T-22T-8T-4
Brad Bryant---------------T-8WonWonT-11T-4
Denis Watson---------------------T-3T-5T-11
Joey Sindelar------------------------T-11T-11
Dan Forsman---------------------------T-11
Tim Simpson---------------------T-15T-30T-18
Bruce FleisherT-6T-19T-82ndWonT-8T-48T-61T-30T-18
Larry NelsonT-20T-503rdT-45T-5T-26T-55---T-49T-18
Andy Bean---------T-37T-25T-41T-39T-12WonT-25
Mike Goodes---------------------T-464thT-25
Bernhard Langer------------------------T-5T-25
Tom KiteT-22T-3T-8T-18T-5T-2T-22T-372ndT-25
Fred Funk---------------------------T-25
Jeff Sluman------------------------3rdT-34
Allen DoyleT-4T-3T-15T-26T-33T-26T-11T-46T-30T-34
Mark Wiebe------------------------T-20T-44
Eduardo Romero---------------------------T-44
David Eger---------T-51T-52T-64T-39T-46T-20T-60
Hale IrwinT-14Won4thT-3T-20T-6T-11T-6T-55T-74
R.W. Eaks---------------40th---2ndT-8wd
D.A. Weibring------------T-2WonT-55T-15T-11---
John Cook------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Brad Bryant
Darkhorse - Joey Sindelar
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Mark O'Meara) - Finished tied for 23rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Dan Forsman) - Finished tied for 12th
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour travels to Alabama this week for the Regions Charity Classic. Four of the top-10 players on the money list are in the field - Bernhard Langer, John Cook, Joey Sindelar and David Eger. Langer has won twice this year and is currently second on the money list, trailing Fred Couples by more than $200,000. Couples and Langer are the only multiple winners on tour this year. Couples, who is not in the field this week, has won three times.

Bill Glasson is making his Champions Tour debut this week. Glasson, who turned 50 on April 29th, won seven times on the PGA Tour. Ken Green will be playing in his first stroke-play event this week since surviving a fatal accident last June which claimed the lives of his brother, girlfriend and dog. That crash resulted in the amputation of Green's lower-right leg. Green tied for 26th with partner Mike Reid three weeks ago at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Last year, Keith Fergus polished off his second six-under 66 on Sunday to win the weather-shortened event by three shots over Gene Jones. Two long delays on Saturday set the tournament back and the plan was to finish the second round Sunday morning and get back out to the Robert Trent Jones Trail at Ross Bridge to play the final round in the same groups. Mother Nature didn't cooperate. More storms came in Sunday and the second round wasn't completed before play was stopped. Some golfers already began the final round, but tournament officials decided to trim the tournament to 36 holes. It marked the first time in almost three years that a Champions Tour event was shortened for weather. For Fergus, this marked his second win of the 2009 season on the elder circuit. He took home the trophy at The Cap Cana Championship and this was his third win on tour.

In 2008, Andy Bean held off a late rally by Loren Roberts in the final round to win this event. Bean led wire-to-wire with rounds of 65-68-70 to finish his second Champions Tour win at 13-under-par 203. Roberts was the only player in the field to shoot three rounds in the 60s.

In 2007, Brad Bryant successfully defended his title as he birdied the third playoff hole to defeat R.W. Eaks and win this event at Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa. Bryant not only became the first to repeat as champion at this event, but he also became the first multiple winner. Prior to 2007, the Regions Charity Classic was the only event on the Champions Tour schedule that had been played at least 15 years and did not have a repeat winner.

Bryant set a Champions Tour record by hitting 53 of 54 greens in regulation in 2006, breaking the old mark of 51 of 54 set by three players - Jay Sigel (1994 Northville Long Island Classic), John Paul Cain (1994 Ameritech Senior Open) and Lee Trevino (1995 Brickyard Crossing Championship). Bryant's only missed green was the 10th hole in the second round. He also became the 18th player in Champions Tour history to play an event without recording a bogey.

World Golf Hall of Fame member Seve Ballesteros played in his only Champions Tour event at this tournament in 2007, finishing tied for last. It was the last tournament that Ballesteros would play before announcing his retirement in July, 2007.

When Hale Irwin captured this event in 2001, he became the first player since Gary Player in 1998 at the Northville Long Island Classic to shoot the same score all three days and win. Irwin set a tournament record of 195 with his three consecutive 65s. Irwin has the most top-10 finishes at this event with eight.

Dana Quigley tied the Champions Tour all-time-record for consecutive birdies when he made eight in a row in the first round in 2005. He tied the record set by Chi Chi Rodriguez at the 1987 Silver Pages Classic and Jim Colbert at the 2000 TD Waterhouse Championship. Joe Ozaki matched the feat in 2006 at the Ford Senior Players Championship.

There have been four playoffs in the event's history. The first overtime session was in 1996, when John Bland prevailed over Kermit Zarley and John Paul Cain despite a bogey six on the third extra hole. In 2000, John Jacobs came from six strokes back to earn a spot in a playoff with Gil Morgan. Jacobs bested Morgan with a par five on the first extra hole. In 2002, Sammy Rachels defeated Quigley in extra holes. In 2007, Bryant defeated Eaks when he birdied the third playoff hole.

Since its inception in 1992, no winner of this event has shot a round higher than 71 and 14 of the 18 winners have started with rounds in the 60s. George Archer was the only winner to record an over-par score during the tournament, closing with a two-over 74 in 1992.

The Champions Tour moves to Denver, Colorado in two weeks for the first major of its season, the Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club. Michael Allen captured last year's event at Canterbury Golf Club in Ohio.

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As of May 11, 2010, at 04:50 PM ET