PGA Tour
PGA - FBR Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, January 29th through Sunday, February 1st
SITE: Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale (Stadium Course), Scottsdale, AZ
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf (1986)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,216
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 410 Yds10 - Par 4 403 Yds
2 - Par 4 416 Yds11 - Par 4 469 Yds
3 - Par 5 554 Yds12 - Par 3 195 Yds
4 - Par 3 175 Yds13 - Par 5 595 Yds
5 - Par 4 453 Yds14 - Par 4 477 Yds
6 - Par 4 436 Yds15 - Par 5 552 Yds
7 - Par 3 215 Yds16 - Par 3 162 Yds
8 - Par 4 470 Yds17 - Par 4 332 Yds
9 - Par 4 464 Yds18 - Par 4 438 Yds
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35 3,593 Yds36 3,623 Yds
 
Annual:  75th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 4-7:30 p.m. (et),
  Thursday/Friday -- 8-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  J.B. Holmes
Runner-Up:  Phil Mickelson
Tournament Record:  256 (Mark Calcavecchia, 2001)
54-Hole Record:  189 (Mark Calcavecchia, 2001)
36-Hole Record:  125 (Mark Calcavecchia, 2001)
Course Record:  60 (Grant Waite, 1996; Mark Calcavecchia, 2001;
  Phil Mickelson, 2005)
Total Purse:  $6,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,080,000; 2nd Place - $648,000; 3rd Place - $408,000
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
J.B. Holmes *270Kevin Sutherland272
Phil Mickelson270Ben Crane272
Charles Warren271Kevin Na272
Stuart Appleby272Four players at273
Steve Elkington272

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past FBR Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008*J.B. Holmes (270) -- Phil Mickelson
2007Aaron Baddeley (263) -- John Rollins
2006J.B. Holmes (263) -- J.J. Henry, Steve Lowery, Ryan Palmer,
Scott Verplank, Camilo Villegas
2005Phil Mickelson (267) -- Scott McCarron, Kevin Na
2004Jonathan Kaye (266) -- Chris DiMarco
2003Vijay Singh (261) -- John Huston
2002Chris DiMarco (267) -- Kaname Yokoo, Kenny Perry
2001Mark Calcavecchia (256) -- Rocco Mediate
2000Tom Lehman (270) -- Rocco Mediate, Robert Allenby
1999Rocco Mediate (273) -- Justin Leonard
1998Jesper Parnevik (269) -- Tommy Armour III, Brent Geiberger, Steve Pate,
Tom Watson
1997Steve Jones (258) -- Jesper Parnevik
1996*Phil Mickelson (269) -- Justin Leonard
1995*Vijay Singh (269) -- Billy Mayfair
1994Bill Glasson (268) -- Bob Estes
1993Lee Janzen (273) -- Andrew Magee
1992Mark Calcavecchia (264) -- Duffy Waldorf
1991Nolan Henke (268) -- Gil Morgan, Curtis Strange, Tom Watson
1990Tommy Armour III (267) -- Jim Thorpe
1989Mark Calcavecchia (263) -- Chip Beck
1988*Sandy Lyle (269) -- Fred Couples
1987Paul Azinger (268) -- Hal Sutton
1986Hal Sutton (267) -- Calvin Peete, Tony Sills
1985Calvin Peete (270) -- Morris Hatalsky, Doug Tewell
1984Tom Purtzer (268) -- Corey Pavin
1983*Bob Gilder (271) -- Rex Caldwell, Johnny Miller, Mark O'Meara
1982Lanny Wadkins (263) -- Jerry Pate
1981David Graham (268) -- Lon Hinkle
1980Jeff Mitchell (272) -- Rik Massengale
1979#Ben Crenshaw (199) -- Jay Haas
1978Miller Barber (272) -- Lee Trevino, Jerry Pate
1977*Jerry Pate (277) -- Dave Stockton
1976Bob Gilder (268) -- Roger Maltbie
1975Johnny Miller (260) -- Jerry Heard
1974Johnny Miller (271) -- Lanny Wadkins
1973Bruce Crampton (268) -- Steve Melnyk, Lanny Wadkins
1972Homero Blancas (273) -- Lanny Wadkins
1971Miller Barber (261) -- Billy Casper, Dan Sikes
1970Dale Douglass (271) -- Howie Johnson, Gene Littler
1969Gene Littler (263) -- Miller Barber, Don January, Billy Maxwell
1968George Knudson (272) -- Julius Boros, Sam Carmichael, Jack Montgomery
1967Julius Boros (272) -- Ken Still
1966Dudley Wysong (278) -- Gardner Dickinson
1965Rod Funseth (274) -- Bert Yancey
1964Jack Nicklaus (271) -- Bob Brue
1963Arnold Palmer (273) -- Gary Player
1962Arnold Palmer (269) -- Billy Casper, Don Fairfield, Bob McCallister,
Jack Nicklaus
1961*Arnold Palmer (270) -- Doug Sanders
1960*Jack Fleck (273) -- Bill Collins
1959Gene Littler (268) -- Art Wall
1958Ken Venturi (274) -- Walter Burkemo, Jay Hebert
1957Billy Casper (271) -- Cary Middlecoff, Mike Souchak
1956Cary Middlecoff (276) -- Mike Souchak
1955Gene Littler (275) -- Billy Maxwell, Johnny Palmer
1954*Ed Furgol (272) -- Cary Middlecoff
1953Lloyd Mangrum (272) -- Johnny Bulla, Ted Kroll, Bo Winiger
1952Lloyd Mangrum (274) -- E.J. Harrison
1951Lew Worsham (272) -- Lawson Little
1950Jimmy Demaret (269) -- Sam Snead
1949*Jimmy Demaret (278) -- Ben Hogan
1948Bobby Locke (268) -- Jimmy Demaret
1947Ben Hogan (270) -- Lloyd Mangrum, Ed Oliver
1946*Ben Hogan (273) -- Herman Keiser
1945Byron Nelson (274) -- Denny Shute
1944*Harold McSpaden (273) -- Byron Nelson
1943Not Held due to World War II
1942Herman Barron (276) -- Henry Picard
1941Ed Oliver (275) -- Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson
1940Ed Oliver (205) -- Ben Hogan
1939Byron Nelson (198) -- Ben Hogan
1938Not Held due to recession
1937Not Held due to recession
1936Not Held due to recession
1935Ky Laffoon (281) -- Craig Wood
1934Ky Laffoon (Pro-Am) -- Johnny Revolta
1933Harry Cooper (281) -- Horton Smith, Ray Mangrum
1932Ralph Guldahl (285) -- John Perelli

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Arizona Open (1932-33), Phoenix Open (1934-2003).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
J.B. Holmes---------------------WonmcWon
Phil Mickelson61stT-10mcT-23T-9T-7WonT-7mc2nd
Jeff Quinney------mc---------------3rdT-17
Kenny PerryT-6T-23T-60T-2mcwd7thT-12T-32T-17
Mark CalcavecchiaT-26T-7WonmcT-49T-33T-9T-40mcT-20
Charles Howell III---------T-28T-18T-24T-40T-40T-23T-25
John Rollins------------T-11T-63T-11T-152ndT-30
Anthony Kim------------------------mcT-30
Rory Sabbatini---T-58mcT-8T-18mcT-61T-20T-59T-34
Camilo Villegas---------------------T-2mcT-34
Mike WeirT-22T-10T-23T-28T-9T-5T-61mcT-32T-43
Daniel Chopra------------------T-69T-2766thT-43
Justin Leonard2ndT-23mcmcT-24T-9mcT-7mcT-43
Pat Perez---------mcmcmcmcmcmcT-43
Rocco MediateWonT-22ndT-15T-28mc---mcmcT-50
Chris DiMarcoT-54T-61T-5WonT-132ndmcT-15T-59T-54
J.J. Henry---------mcT-37mc75thT-2mcT-58
Tom Lehman---WonT-7T-18T-4323rdT-45mcmcT-58
Ben Curtis------------------mcT-20T-62T-65
Aaron Baddeley------------mcmcT-49mcWonmc
David TomsT-26T-18T-9---T-11---T-419thT-8mc
Steve StrickerT-14mcT-7T-23T-18T-63------T-44mc
Rod Pampling---------T-8T-43T-14---T-40T-54mc
Steve FleschmcT-7T-23T-28mcT-3T-4T-59T-54mc
Stewart CinkT-10T-10T-9T-28mcT-14T-11T-15T-69mc
Geoff Ogilvy---------T-40mcmcT-27T-20mcmc
Jesper ParnevikT-14T-37mcmcT-18T-49T-11T-33mcmc
D.J. Trahan---------------------T-59mcmc
Chad Campbell---------mcT-14T-39mcT-70mcmc
Jonathan KayeT-33mcT-23---T-61WonT-40mc---mc
Ryuji Imada------------------T-36mcT-14wd
John Merrick------------------------T-23---
Zach Johnson------------------T-24mcwd---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Phil Mickelson
Darkhorse - Mike Weir
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Justin Leonard) - Finished tied for 42nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Steve Marino) - Finished tied for 25th
 
NOTES:
One of the players' favorite stops on tour takes place this week, as 11 of the top 30 players in the world, 11 former champions and 20 of last year's top 30 money winners compete for the coveted FBR Open title in the Arizona desert. The field is led by world No. 4 and two-time champion Phil Mickelson, 2006 U.S. Open champion and world No. 6 Geoff Ogilvy, world No. 9 and United States Ryder Cup hero Anthony Kim and world No. 10 Camilo Villegas. Mickelson is making his season debut this week on the PGA Tour.

All three winners on the 2009 PGA Tour are in the field this week. Ogilvy captured the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship, Zach Johnson won the Sony Open in Hawaii, while Pat Perez won the Bob Hope Classic last week for his first PGA Tour title.

Last year, after struggling with three bogeys around the turn in the final round, J.B. Holmes birdied the 18th hole in regulation to shoot a final-round, even-par 71 and force a playoff with Mickelson. Holmes, the 2006 winner, followed that closing birdie with a birdie on the first playoff hole, No. 18, to win for the second time on the PGA Tour, with both wins coming at this event. Mickelson, a two-time winner of this event, closed with a four-under 67 to join Holmes at 14-under-par 270.

In the playoff, Mickelson hit first and found the middle of the fairway. Holmes also found the short grass as he smashed a driver some 60 yards past Mickelson's three-wood tee ball. Mickelson pulled his approach onto the right edge of the green some 28 feet from the cup. Holmes responded by stuffing his second within eight feet. Mickelson ran his birdie putt some five feet past the right edge. Holmes, who mixed four birdies and four bogeys over his final round, ran home his birdie putt to claim the title.

This year, Holmes is looking to become the sixth player to win consecutive FBR Opens -- only Ben Hogan (1946-47), Jimmy Demaret (1949-50), Lloyd Mangrum (1952-53), Arnold Palmer (1961-63) and Johnny Miller (1974-75) have achieved the feat.

In 2007, Aaron Baddeley capitalized on a late collapse by Jeff Quinney to win by a shot. Trailing by three strokes with four holes to play, Baddeley made three consecutive birdies from No. 15 and walked away with his second career PGA Tour victory. He shot his second straight seven-under 64 in the final round for the lowest weekend score in tournament history. Quinney, who led after the second and third rounds, all but handed Baddeley the win by finishing with two inexplicable bogeys. He hit an ill-advised driver into the water at the 332-yard, par-four 17th, then chipped within four feet before missing the short putt and settling for bogey. Baddeley, meanwhile, made a 10- footer for birdie and pulled ahead by one shot. He closed with a routine par at the 18th to finish at 21-under-par 263. Quinney hit two bunkers and made another bogey at the 18th to close out a three-under 68.

In 2006, Holmes, then a 23-year-old PGA Tour rookie, won the FBR Open in only his fourth start as a professional. Holmes fired a five-under 66 in the final round to cruise to a seven-shot win. He finished at 21-under-par 263, and delighted a record weekend crowd of over 536,000. Holmes became the first player to win the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament and then win on the PGA Tour the next season since Mike Weir won the 1998 Q-School and the 1999 Air Canada Championship.

In 2005, Mickelson posted a three-under 68 in the final round to cruise to a five-shot win. Mickelson finished the event at 17-under-par 267. He shot a career low and tied the course record by firing a 60 in the second round. Mickelson's previous best round was a 61 at the 2001 Greater Hartford Open, which he also won.

Mickelson is the all-time leader in earnings at the FBR Open with $2,455,813. Holmes is second at $2,016,000. With his win in 2008, Holmes joined a select group of 14 multiple champions at this event, which includes: Hogan, Byron Nelson, Palmer, Miller, Singh and Mickelson. In 19 appearances at the FBR Open, Mickelson has two wins and nine top-10 finishes.

Singh's final-round 63 in 2003 tied the lowest final round by a champion, equaling the mark set by Mark Calcavecchia in 1992. Calcavecchia joined Palmer and Gene Littler as the only three-time winners of the event when he won in record fashion in 2001. Calcavecchia set 72-, 54- and 36-hole marks and tied the course record of 60. Calcavecchia has finished in the top 10 nine times since the event moved to the TPC of Scottsdale in 1987. Calcavecchia has won the event in three different decades (1989, 1992, 2001).

When Miller won the 1975 Phoenix Open, he posted the largest margin of victory at this event with a 14-shot win over Jerry Heard. With last year's playoff, there have now been 13 in the tournament's history. Before last year, the previous playoff happened in 1996 when Mickelson defeated Justin Leonard.

The TPC of Scottsdale has been the site of the FBR Open for the past 22 years. In that time, players who have held or shared the 54-hole lead have won 11 times. Prior to the TPC of Scottsdale, the event was held at Phoenix Country Club from 1932-54, 56, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70 and 1972-86 and at Arizona Country Club in the years 1955, 57-59, 61, 63, 65, 67, 69 and 71. FBR -- short for Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group, Inc. -- took over in 2004 as the title sponsor.

Over the years, players over the age of 40 have not fared well at this event, collecting only five wins. Julius Boros was the first over-40 winner in 1967, followed by Miller Barber (1978), Calvin Peete (1985), Tom Lehman (2000) and Calcavecchia (2001). When Singh won this event in 2003, he was two weeks shy of his 40th birthday.

The PGA Tour moves back to the state of California next week for the Buick Invitational, where Tiger Woods won last year for his first of four PGA Tour victories in 2008.

01/27 15:33:48 ET

As of January 27, 2009, at 03:34 PM ET