Champions Tour
CHAMPIONS - Greater Gwinnett Championship Preview
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DATES: Friday, April 18th through Sunday, April 20th
SITE: TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Greg Norman (1997)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,270
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 434 Yds10 - Par 5 628 Yds
2 - Par 3 144 Yds11 - Par 3 189 Yds
3 - Par 4 389 Yds12 - Par 4 417 Yds
4 - Par 5 541 Yds13 - Par 4 310 Yds
5 - Par 4 441 Yds14 - Par 4 453 Yds
6 - Par 5 569 Yds15 - Par 4 406 Yds
7 - Par 4 458 Yds16 - Par 3 179 Yds
8 - Par 3 221 Yds17 - Par 4 455 Yds
9 - Par 4 472 Yds18 - Par 5 554 Yds
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36 3,669 Yds36 3,601 Yds
 
Annual:  2nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Bernhard Langer
Runner-Up:  Tom Lehman, Tom Pernice Jr.
Tournament Record:  206 (Bernhard Langer, 2013)
36-Hole Record:  138 (Esteban Toledo, 2013)
Course Record:  66 (Bernhard Langer, Jeff Sluman, 2013)
Total Purse:  $1,800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $270,000; 2nd Place - $158,400; 3rd Place - $129,600
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Bernhard Langer206Duffy Waldorf212
Tom Lehman209Six players at213
Tom Pernice Jr.209
Chien Soon Lu211
Mark Calcavecchia212
 
Past Greater Gwinnett Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Bernhard Langer (206) -- Tom Lehman, Tom Pernice Jr.

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2013
Bernhard LangerWon
Tom LehmanT-2
Tom Pernice Jr.T-2
Mark CalcavecchiaT-5
Fred FunkT-7
Jeff SlumanT-7
Michael AllenT-13
Jay HaasT-21
Rocco MediateT-24
John CookT-26
Mark O'MearaT-30
David FrostT-36
Kirk TriplettT-36
Billy Andrade---
Fred Couples---
Miguel A. Jimenez---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bernhard Langer
Darkhorse - Jay Haas
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Fred Couples) - Finished 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Colin Montgomerie) - Finished tied for 6th
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour travels to Georgia this week for the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth at TPC Sugarloaf. The top seven players on the money list are in the field. Eight members of the World Golf Hall of Fame are scheduled to play -- Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie, Larry Nelson and Nick Price.

The field is led by three players who performed very well at the Masters last week - Langer, Couples and Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is making his Champions Tour debut.

Langer finished tied for 8th last week at the Masters. He has also finished in the top-10 in all five Champions Tour events he has played this season, including a win at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Langer has 16 straight top-10 finishes dating back to last season. He currently leads the Champions Tour money list with over $700,000 in earnings. No other player has made $500,000.

Couples finished tied for 20th last week at the Masters. He has finished in the top-5 in all three Champions Tour events he has played this season, including a victory at the Toshiba Classic.

Jimenez finished fourth at the Masters last week. This will be his first start on the Champions Tour. Jimenez, who turned 50 in January, has 20 career victories on the European Tour, including a win in December at the Hong Kong Open. He has played on four European Ryder Cup teams.

This week's tournament is being held at TPC Sugarloaf, which was designed by Greg Norman and opened in 1997. TPC Sugarloaf hosted the BellSouth/AT&T Classic on the PGA Tour from 1997-2008. The 2013 tournament was the first time that the Champions Tour has played in the Atlanta area since the 2000 Nationwide Championship in Alpharetta, won by Irwin.

Last year, Langer opened with a 73, but bounced back with rounds of 66-67 to win the inaugural event by three strokes over Tom Lehman and Tom Pernice Jr. Langer finished 54 holes at TPC Sugarloaf at 9-under-par 206.

The Champions Tour moves to Texas in two weeks for the Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club, where Esteban Toledo won last year.

04/15 15:54:19 ET

As of April 15, 2014, at 03:54 PM ET

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