Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Charles Schwab Cup Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 6th
SITE: TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Willie Watson and Sam Whiting (1925),
         Chris Gray (renovation, 2003)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,135
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 415 Yds10 - Par 5 550 Yds
2 - Par 4 449 Yds11 - Par 3 200 Yds
3 - Par 3 183 Yds12 - Par 4 480 Yds
4 - Par 5 606 Yds13 - Par 4 428 Yds
5 - Par 4 429 Yds14 - Par 4 467 Yds
6 - Par 4 473 Yds15 - Par 4 405 Yds
7 - Par 4 344 Yds16 - Par 4 336 Yds
8 - Par 3 230 Yds17 - Par 3 175 Yds
9 - Par 5 525 Yds18 - Par 4 440 Yds
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36 3,654 Yds35 3,481 Yds
 
Annual:  22nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 4:30-7 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  John Cook
Runner-Up:  Michael Allen
Tournament Record:  266 (John Cook, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Ray Floyd, 1992; John Cook, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Jim Thorpe, 2003; John Cook, 2009)
Course Record:  61 (Michael Allen, 2010)
Total Purse:  $2,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $440,000; 2nd Place - $254,000; 3rd Place - $213,000
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
John Cook267Fred Funk273
Michael Allen269Tom Lehman273
David Frost272Tom Pernice, Jr.273
Bernhard Langer272Tom Kite274
Russ Cochran273Fred Couples275
Corey Pavin275
 
Past Charles Schwab Cup Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010John Cook (267) -- Michael Allen
2009John Cook (266) -- Russ Cochran
2008Andy Bean (268) -- Gene Jones
2007Jim Thorpe (268) -- Fred Funk, Denis Watson
2006Jim Thorpe (271) -- Tom Kite
2005Tom Watson (272) -- Jay Haas
2004Mark McNulty (277) -- Tom Kite
2003Jim Thorpe (268) -- Tom Watson
2002Tom Watson (274) -- Gil Morgan
2001Bob Gilder (277) -- Doug Tewell
2000Tom Watson (270) -- John Jacobs
1999Gary McCord (276) -- Larry Nelson, Bruce Fleisher
1998Hale Irwin (274) -- Gil Morgan
1997Gil Morgan (272) -- Hale Irwin
1996Jay Sigel (279) -- Kermit Zarley
1995Jim Colbert (282) -- Ray Floyd
1994*Ray Floyd (273) -- Jim Albus
1993Simon Hobday (199) -- Ray Floyd, Larry Gilbert
1992Ray Floyd (197) -- George Archer, Dale Douglass
1991Mike Hill (202) -- Jim Colbert
1990*Mike Hill (201) -- Dale Douglass, Lee Trevino

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Previously called New York Life Champions (1990), Senior Tour
Championship (1991-92), Hyatt Senior Tour Champions (1993), Golf Magazine Senior Tour Championship (1994), Energizer Senior Tour Championship (1995-98), Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship (1999), IR Senior Tour Championship (2000), Senior Tour Championship at Gaillardia (2001-02).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
John Cook---------------------13thWonWon
Michael Allen---------------------------2nd
Bernhard Langer---------------------T-18T-6T-3
David Frost---------------------------T-3
Russ Cochran------------------------2ndT-5
Tom Lehman---------------------------T-5
Tom Pernice, Jr.---------------------------T-5
Fred Couples---------------------------T-10
Corey Pavin---------------------------T-10
Mark O'Meara------------------------T-16T-12
Nick Price---------------------T-524thT-12
Jeff Sluman---------------------T-5T-315th
Jay Haas------------2ndT-6T-20T-16T-1016th
Olin Browne---------------------------T-17
Chien Soon Lu---------------------------T-17
Tommy Armour III---------------------------T-20
Tom Watson4thWon2nd---WonT-6T-20---T-6T-22
Loren Roberts------------T-5T-4T-134thT-6T-24
Peter Senior---------------------------26th
Brad Bryant------------T-13T-19T-103rdT-327th
Mark Wiebe---------------------T-21T-1628th
Joey Sindelar---------------------T-21wdT-29
Mark Calcavecchia---------------------------T-29
David Eger------T-10T-528th---T-20T-528th---
Hale IrwinT-74thT-4T-7T-13T-11T-7---------
Chip Beck------------------------------
Jay Don Blake------------------------------
John Huston------------------------------
Kenny Perry------------------------------
Rod Spittle------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tom Lehman
Darkhorse - Corey Pavin
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tommy Armour III) - Finished tied for 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Chien Soon Lu) - Finished tied for 10th
 
NOTES:
The final regular-season event of the 2011 schedule is upon us with key races yet to be decided. It's quite fitting that this tournament will produce not only the Player of the Year, but also the $1 million annuity for capturing the Charles Schwab Cup and the money title. Tom Lehman leads the money list by $328,701 over John Cook. Lehman leads Mark Calcavecchia in the race for the Charles Schwab Cup by 382 points and double points are awarded this week. There are five first-timers in the field this week - Chip Beck, Jay Don Blake, John Huston, Kenny Perry and Rod Spittle.

Lehman has a chance to become the first player in history to win Player of the Year Honors on the Nationwide Tour, PGA Tour and Champions Tour. He was the Nationwide Tour Player of the Year in 1991 and the PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1996.

Last year, Cook carded rounds of 64-69-67-67 to successfully defend his title. Cook finished at 17-under 267 and defeated third-round leader Michael Allen by two strokes at the TPC Harding Park. Bernhard Langer captured the year-long Charles Schwab Cup title and the $1 million annuity.

In 2009, Cook fired a 62 in the second round to take the lead and never trailed again as he won by five strokes over Russ Cochran. Cook matched the record for lowest 54-hole score in a 72-hole event in Champions Tour history at 197 set by Jack Nicklaus at the 1990 Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship. He completed the season's final tournament at 22-under-par 266. Cook also set the tournament's 72-hole scoring record. The previous record of 268 was set by Jim Thorpe in 2003, then matched by Thorpe in 2007 and Andy Bean in 2008. The other big winner last year was Loren Roberts. He finished in a tie for sixth at minus-13. That helped Roberts secure the season-long Charles Schwab Cup. It was the second time in three years that Roberts won that title.

In 2008, Andy Bean fired a six-under 66 in the final round and cruised to a record-setting win. Bean finished four spectacular rounds at 20-under-par 268 for a nine-shot win over Gene Jones, the largest margin of victory in tournament history and the largest on the Champions Tour in 2008. Bean was the only player in the field to fire four rounds in the 60s.

Thorpe birdied five of his last six holes in the final round of 2007, including his final four, to shoot a six-under 66 and successfully defend his title. Thorpe ran away with it in the end. He finished at 20-under-par 268 and won by three strokes over Funk and Denis Watson. Thorpe has three wins at this event, having previously won in 2003 and 2006.

In 2005, Tom Watson erased a six-shot deficit in the final round to come from behind and win. He birdied the 72nd hole to fire an eight-under 64 and win the tournament by a single stroke at 16-under-par 272. The win not only gave Watson the tournament title, but it allowed him to win his second year-long Charles Schwab Cup title. He also won the Cup in 2003. Watson has won this event three times, having previously won in 2000 and 2002.

Hale Irwin has the most top-10 finishes in tournament history with nine, followed by Gil Morgan and Tom Kite with eight and Tom Watson with seven. Jim Colbert and Thorpe are the only players to go wire-to-wire in winning the season-ending event. Colbert led from start-to-finish at the 1995 tournament despite a final-round 74 and Thorpe turned the trick in 2003.

After seven years at Sonoma Golf Club in California, the tournament moved to its sixth different venue, TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, in 2010. Hyatt Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico hosted this tournament the first four years. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club had hosted this event six straight years prior to the 2000 move to the TPC Myrtle Beach. Gaillardia Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma staged the event in 2001-02.

There have been two playoffs in tournament history. In the inaugural event in 1990, Mike Hill defeated Dale Douglass and Lee Trevino with a birdie on the first extra hole. The other came in 1994, when Raymond Floyd bested Jim Albus with a birdie on the fifth extra hole.

Only one player leading the money list heading into this event has captured the title -- Irwin (1998). Irwin is back in the field this year after missing the last three seasons. He appeared in 13 consecutive tournaments from 1995-2007. Brad Bryant, Jay Haas and Loren Roberts have the longest current streaks with six.

Irwin (66) and Tom Watson (62) are the only 60-year olds in the field this week. Watson is the all-time money winner at this event with $1,955,000 in earnings. Thorpe, with his three wins and five top-10s is second ($1,681,616).

Although this is the final regular-season event, the Champions Tour continues action November 8, as they compete against the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour at the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge in Nevada. Haas, Calcavecchia and Perry will represent the Champions Tour.

11/01 15:43:38 ET

As of November 1, 2011, at 03:47 PM ET