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Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - AT&T Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Friday, October 26th through Sunday, October 28th
SITE: TPC San Antonio (AT&T Canyons Course), San Antonio, Texas
COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete Dye and Bruce Lietzke (2010)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,735
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 351 Yds10 - Par 5 613 Yds
2 - Par 3 175 Yds11 - Par 4 450 Yds
3 - Par 4 456 Yds12 - Par 4 474 Yds
4 - Par 4 383 Yds13 - Par 3 218 Yds
5 - Par 5 610 Yds14 - Par 4 323 Yds
6 - Par 4 371 Yds15 - Par 5 527 Yds
7 - Par 4 458 Yds16 - Par 4 384 Yds
8 - Par 4 309 Yds17 - Par 4 367 Yds
9 - Par 3 163 Yds18 - Par 3 203 Yds
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35 3,276 Yds36 3,459 Yds
 
Annual:  28th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Sunday -- 5:30-7:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Fred Couples (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Mark Calcavecchia
Tournament Record:  193 (Fred Couples, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Fred Couples, 2011)
Course Record:  62 (Fred Couples, 2011)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Gil Morgan, 2004; John Harris, 2005 - Oak Hills CC)
Total Purse:  $1,850,000
Shares:  1st Place - $277,500; 2nd Place - $162,800; 3rd Place - $133,200
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Fred Couples193Michael Allen205
Mark Calcavecchia200Jeff Hart205
John Cook202John Huston205
Tom Lehman202Corey Pavin206
Peter Senior203Three players at207
 
Past AT&T Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Fred Couples (193) -- Mark Calcavecchia
2010*Rod Spittle (201) -- Jeff Sluman
2009Phil Blackmar (203) -- Andy Bean, Tom Kite, Jay Haas
2008John Cook (197) -- Keith Fergus
2007John Cook (198) -- Mark O'Meara
2006Fred Funk (201) -- Chip Beck
2005Jay Haas (199) -- Tom Purtzer
2004Mark McNulty (195) -- Gary McCord
2003Craig Stadler (198) -- Bob Gilder
2002Dana Quigley (201) -- Bob Gilder
2001Larry Nelson (199) -- Bob Gilder, Gary McCord
2000Doug Tewell (202) -- Larry Nelson, Walter Hall
1999*John Mahaffey (204) -- Jose Maria Canizares, Bruce Fleisher
1998Lee Trevino (205) -- Mike McCullough
1997David Graham (206) -- John Jacobs
1996Tom Weiskopf (207) -- Bob Dickson, Gary Player, Graham Marsh
1995Jim Albus (205) -- Ray Floyd, Jay Sigel
1994Jim Albus (208) -- George Archer, Graham Marsh, Lee Trevino
1993J.C. Snead (214) -- Bobby Nichols, Gary Player
1992Lee Trevino (201) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1991#Lee Trevino (137) -- Charles Coody, Mike Hill, Rocky Thompson
1990Jim Dent (205) -- Harold Henning
1989Larry Mowry (201) -- Gay Brewer
1988Billy Casper (205) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1987Chi Chi Rodriguez (203) -- Butch Baird
1986Bruce Crampton (202) -- Bob Charles
1985Don January (206) -- Gay Brewer

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called SBC Championship (2000-05), Southwestern Bell Dominion
(1997-99), SBC Dominion Seniors (1996), SBC Presents The Dominion Seniors (1995), Vantage at The Dominion (1987-88, 90-94), RJR at The Dominion (1989), Benson & Hedges Invitational at The Dominion (1986), The Dominion Seniors (1985).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Mark Calcavecchia------------------------T-132nd
John Cook---------------WonWon5thT-3T-3
Tom Lehman------------------------T-34T-3
Michael Allen---------------------------T-6
Corey Pavin------------------------T-69th
Chien Soon Lu------------------------T-3T-10
Mark O'Meara---------------2ndT-64T-18T-13T-10
Russ Cochran---------------------T-10T-44T-10
Tommy Armour III------------------------T-40T-13
Tom JenkinsT-38T-26T-12T-23T-32T-44T-16T-14T-48T-13
Mark Wiebe---------------T-7---T-22T-27T-18
Bernhard Langer---------------T-38---T-7T-9T-22
Jeff Sluman---------------T-46T-5T-102ndT-27
Jay Don Blake---------------------T-61T-6T-29
Jay Haas---------WonT-7T-18T-3T-2T-9T-29
Steve Lowery------------------------T-11T-29
Hale IrwinT-14T-4T-10T-19T-38---T-206thT-13T-29
Bob Gilder2nd2ndT-17T-28T-48T-22T-30T-36T-44T-34
Gil Morgan5thT-16T-25T-6T-25T-22T-30T-22T-21T-39
Morris HatalskyT-46---T-7T-11T-25T-38T-36T-18T-34T-39
Mark McNulty------WonT-11T-7T-22T-16T-73---T-39
Rod Spittle---------T-74---T-63------WonT-54
Phil Blackmar---------------T-12T-42WonT-27T-54
Fred Funk------------WonT-3T-36T-61T-21---
Duffy Waldorf------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Fred Funk
Darkhorse - Mark Wiebe
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tom Lehman) - Finished tied for 24th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Andrew Magee) - Finished tied for 24th
 
NOTES:
For the 10th year in a row, this event will serve as the final tournament for players to gain entrance into the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The top 30 players on the money list following this week's event will qualify for the tournament.

Twenty-nine of the top 30 players on the money list are playing this week. Only Fred Couples, who is eighth, is not in the field due to a back injury. Currently holding down the 30th spot is Mark McNulty, who is $32,506 ahead of Tom Kite. Money leader Bernhard Langer holds a 111-point lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Standings over Tom Lehman heading into the final two events.

John Cook has played very well at this tournament. In five appearances, he has two wins, two third place finishes and a fifth place finish. Cook is the all-time money leader at this event with $792,900 and has shot in the 60s for 14 of his 15 rounds.

After 17 years at the event's original site, the Dominion Country Club, the tournament moved to historic Oak Hills Country Club in 2002. This will be the second year the event will be staged at TPC San Antonio, which was designed by Pete Dye and Bruce Lietzke and opened in 2010. The purse increased $50,000 from last year to $1,850,000, with the winner receiving $277,500.

Last year, Couples shot rounds of 65-62-66 to win by seven strokes over Mark Calcavecchia. Couples finished at 23-under-par 193. He established a new course record in the second round with a 62 and broke the 36-hole record. Couples also set the new tournament scoring mark with his total of 193.

In 2010, Canada's Rod Spittle parred the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Jeff Sluman and capture his first Champions Tour title. Spittle birdied three straight holes late in regulation, ending at the 17th, and shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to join Sluman in the lead and force the playoff.

In 2008, John Cook fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and successfully defend his title. Cook finished the tournament at 16-under 197 at Oak Hills Country Club and won by three shots over Keith Fergus. Cook became the third player in tournament history to win two in a row. Lee Trevino (1991-92) and Jim Albus (1994-95) were the first two players to accomplish the feat.

Cook took only two weeks to become a winner on the Champions Tour in 2007. An 11-time winner on the PGA Tour, he fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and win. He finished the tournament at 15-under 198 to win the title by two over Mark O'Meara. Cook had not won at all since the Reno- Tahoe Open on the PGA Tour in 2001. He became the youngest champion of this event at 50 years and 17 days old.

In 2006, Fred Funk birdied three holes in a row from the 15th to move past Chip Beck and collect his first Champions Tour win. Funk finished with a 2- under 69 in the final round and took the title at 12-under 201. It was only Funk's third start on the 50-and-over circuit. He joined Albus (1994) as the only wire-to-wire winners in event history.

In 2005, Jay Haas posted his second straight round of 5-under 66 in the final round to win this championship by two shots. Haas completed the event at 14-under 199. Haas won for the third time at Oak Hills, also winning the Texas Open there in 1982 and 1993. He became the sixth player to capture both a Champions Tour and a PGA Tour event in San Antonio. Don January was the first, winning the inaugural event at The Dominion in 1985 after claiming the 1975 Texas Open. Other double Alamo City winners are Bruce Crampton (1964 Texas Open/1986 Benson & Hedges Invitational), Chi Chi Rodriguez (1967 Texas Open/1987 Vantage at The Dominion), Trevino (1980 Texas Open/1991-92 Vantage at The Dominion, 1998 Southwestern Bell Dominion) and John Mahaffey (1985 Texas Open/1999 SBC Championship).

In the 27-year history of the tournament, only three winners have recorded a round of par or higher: J.C. Snead in 1993, Albus in 1994 and Phil Blackmar in 2009. Trevino is the event's oldest winner, claiming his third title in 1998 at 58 years, three months and 28 days.

Chi Chi Rodriguez holds the Champions Tour record of four consecutive victories. He started his run at the 1987 AT&T Championship when he defeated Butch Baird by three shots.

The Champions Tour moves to Arizona next week for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, where Jay Don Blake will defend his title.

10/23 16:14:25 ET

As of October 23, 2012, at 04:14 PM ET

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