Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Administaff Small Business Classic Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Friday, October 22nd through Sunday, October 24th
SITE: The Woodlands Country Club (Tournament Course), The Woodlands, Texas
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin (1978),
         Carlton Gipson (1996, renovation)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,018
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 520 Yds10 - Par 4 421 Yds
2 - Par 4 371 Yds11 - Par 4 417 Yds
3 - Par 3 158 Yds12 - Par 4 377 Yds
4 - Par 4 413 Yds13 - Par 5 533 Yds
5 - Par 4 456 Yds14 - Par 3 190 Yds
6 - Par 5 573 Yds15 - Par 5 521 Yds
7 - Par 4 414 Yds16 - Par 3 175 Yds
8 - Par 3 237 Yds17 - Par 4 382 Yds
9 - Par 4 418 Yds18 - Par 4 442 Yds
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36 3,560 Yds36 3,458 Yds
 
Annual:  7th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Sunday -- 8:30-10:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  John Cook
Runner-Up:  Jay Haas, Bob Tway
Tournament Record:  191 (Bernhard Langer, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Bernhard Langer, 2007)
Course Record:  62 (Bernhard Langer, 2007)
Total Purse:  $1,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $255,000; 2nd Place - $149,600; 3rd Place - $122,400
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
John Cook205Dan Forsman208
Jay Haas207Olin Browne209
Bob Tway207Russ Cochran209
Bernhard Langer208Tom Watson209
Tom Lehman208Three players at210
 
Past Administaff Small Business Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009John Cook (205) -- Jay Haas, Bob Tway
2008Bernhard Langer (204) -- Lonnie Nielsen
2007Bernhard Langer (191) -- Mark O'Meara
2006#Jay Haas (128) -- Bruce Lietzke, Tom Purtzer
2005Mark McNulty (200) -- Gil Morgan
2004*Larry Nelson (202) -- Hale Irwin

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200420052006200720082009
John Cook---------T-36T-39Won
Jay Haas---T-5WonT-4T-6T-2
Bob Tway---------------T-2
Bernhard Langer---------WonWonT-4
Dan Forsman------------T-20T-4
Tom Lehman---------------T-4
Olin Browne---------------T-7
Russ Cochran---------------T-7
David Frost---------------T-10
Nick Price------------T-6T-14
Keith FergusT-19T-25T-39T-24T-39T-14
Fred Funk---------T-183rdT-19
Bruce LietzkeT-23T-5T-2T-46T-13T-19
Mark O'Meara---------2ndT-62T-23
Loren Roberts------T-16---T-6T-26
Tom KiteT-8T-22T-663rdT-35T-26
Jeff Sluman---------T-1212thT-30
Hal Sutton------------T-23T-30
Allen DoyleT-16---T-32T-66wdT-30
Larry NelsonWonT-56T-7---T-39T-42
D.A. WeibringT-16T-39T-7T-14T-23T-46
Tom JenkinsT-19T-12T-10T-6T-47T-62
Hale Irwin2nd3rd---T-24T-35T-74
Fred Couples------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Nick Price
Darkhorse - Tom Kite
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Bernhard Langer) - Finished tied for 9th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mark Calcavecchia) - Withdrew after 2nd round
 
NOTES:
The Administaff Small Business Classic is one of just two regular season events remaining for players to gain entrance into the Champions Tour Charles Schwab Cup Championship in California. In other words, a stellar field is on hand, not to mention some local favorites, as well as players who have had success in the Lone Star state. The top-11 players on the money list are in the field, including money leader and two-time winner of this event, Bernhard Langer. Langer, who has won five times in 2010, leads the money list by $362,180 over Fred Couples, who has captured three titles this year. Langer also leads the Charles Schwab Cup Standings by 790 points over Couples.

Keith Fergus is the man "on the bubble" at No. 30 on the official money list. Fergus is $2,951 ahead of Bob Tway. The top 30 after next week's AT&T Championship in San Antonio earn a spot in the season-ending $2.5 million Charles Schwab Cup Championship and fully-exempt status for 2011.

Kenny Perry and Steve Lowery will make their Champions Tour debuts this week. Perry has captured 14 PGA Tour titles and Lowery is a three-time winner.

Keith Fergus, Tom Jenkins, Bruce Lietzke and Fuzzy Zoeller all played collegiately at the University of Houston and are in the field this week. Champions Tour players competing this year who won in Houston include Wayne Levi (1979 Houston Open), Curtis Strange (1980 & 1986 Houston Open, 1988 Independent Insurance Agent Open), Jay Haas (1987 Houston Open on PGA Tour & 2006 Administaff Small Business Classic on Champions Tour), Fulton Allem (1991 Houston Open), Phil Blackmar (1997 Houston Open), Hal Sutton (2001 Houston Open), Larry Nelson (2004 Administaff Small Business Classic), Fred Funk (1992 Houston Open), Langer (2007 and 2008 Administaff Small Business Classic), John Cook (2009 Administaff Small Business Classic), Couples (2003 Houston Open) and Corey Pavin (1984 Houston Coca-Cola Open).

Arnold Palmer, national spokesperson for Administaff, made his last official tour playing appearance in Houston in 2006 at this event. Palmer won two times on the PGA Tour (1957, 66) and one unofficial Champions Tour event in 1984 (Doug Sanders Celebrity Pro-Am) in Houston.

Last year, John Cook came from behind with a four-under 68 in the final round to win this event by two strokes over Haas and Bob Tway. Cook, who won for the third time on the Champions Tour, finished the victory at 11-under-par 205.

In 2008, Langer used a pair of back-nine birdies in the final round to hold on for victory and a successful title defense. Langer finished the championship at 12-under 204 thanks to a final-round three-under 69 and won by two strokes over second-round co-leader Lonnie Nielsen at The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course. Langer was the only player in the field to fire three rounds in the 60s. Langer pocketed $255,000 and vaulted past Haas and into first place on the Champions Tour money list, where he wound finish the year.

Langer shot rounds of 62-65-64 in 2007 to cruise to an eight-shot victory over Mark O'Meara for his first Champions Tour victory. He closed the tournament with 34 consecutive bogey-free holes. Langer finished with an overall score of 25-under 191 to smash the tournament scoring record by nine shots and match the Champions Tour record for a 54-hole score. He also broke the course record with a 62 in the first round and established a new 36-hole mark at 127. Langer's win came in only his fourth start on the Champions Tour.

In 2006, Haas, who led by five strokes after the second round, was declared the winner after the final round was canceled due to rain. Haas joined Bob Charles as the only players to win in Houston on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.

Lee Trevino leads all active Champions Tour players in the number of career tour victories in the state of Texas with seven (three PGA Tour, four Champions Tour). Tom Watson has won six times in the Lone Star State (five PGA Tour, one Champions Tour), while Palmer has six PGA Tour titles in the state of Texas. Ben Crenshaw, Lietzke and Jack Nicklaus all won four times on the PGA Tour in Texas, while Chi Chi Rodriguez claimed four Champions Tour titles in the Lone Star State.

The Champions Tour completes its two-week stay in Texas next week as play begins in San Antonio for the AT&T Championship, where Phil Blackmar won last season.

10/19 16:24:01 ET

As of October 19, 2010, at 04:24 PM ET