PGA Tour
PGA - Children's Miracle Network Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, November 12th through Sunday, November 15th
SITE: Walt Disney World Resort (Magnolia, Palm Courses), Lake Buena Vista, FL
COURSE ARCHITECT: Joe Lee (1971), (1993 - redesign, Magnolia)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,516 - Magnolia
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 428 Yds10 - Par 5 526 Yds
2 - Par 4 417 Yds11 - Par 4 399 Yds
3 - Par 3 170 Yds12 - Par 3 169 Yds
4 - Par 5 542 Yds13 - Par 4 384 Yds
5 - Par 4 492 Yds14 - Par 5 592 Yds
6 - Par 3 231 Yds15 - Par 3 203 Yds
7 - Par 4 422 Yds16 - Par 4 450 Yds
8 - Par 5 614 Yds17 - Par 4 485 Yds
9 - Par 4 500 Yds18 - Par 4 492 Yds
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36 3,816 Yds36 3,700 Yds
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,975 - Palm
Annual:  39th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 1-4 p.m. (et),
  Thursday/Sunday -- 7-10 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Davis Love III
Runner-Up:  Tommy Gainey
Tournament Record:  262 (John Huston, 1992; Duffy Waldorf, 2000)
54-Hole Record:  193 (Tim Simpson, 1990)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Chris DiMarco, 2002; Carl Pettersson, 2005;
  Justin Rose, 2006)
Course Record:  60 (Justin Rose, 2006 - Palm Course)
  61 (Payne Stewart, 1990 - Magnolia Course)
9-Hole Record:  28 (Nolan Henke, 1996 - Magnolia Course)
Total Purse:  $4,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $846,000; 2nd Place - $507,600; 3rd Place - $319,600
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Davis Love III263Troy Matteson270
Tommy Gainey264Scott Sterling270
Steve Marino268Kevin Streelman270
Scott Verplank268Michael Allen272
Joe Durant269Six players at273
 
Past Children's Miracle Network Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Davis Love III (263) -- Tommy Gainey
2007Stephen Ames (271) -- Tim Clark
2006Joe Durant (263) -- Frank Lickliter II, Troy Matteson
2005Lucas Glover (265) -- Tom Pernice, Jr.
2004Ryan Palmer (266) -- Vijay Singh, Briny Baird
2003Vijay Singh (265) -- Scott Verplank, Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink
2002Bob Burns (263) -- Chris DiMarco
2001Jose Coceres (265) -- Davis Love III
2000Duffy Waldorf (262) -- Steve Flesch
1999Tiger Woods (271) -- Ernie Els
1998John Huston (272) -- Davis Love III
1997*David Duval (270) -- Dan Forsman
1996Tiger Woods (267) -- Payne Stewart
1995#Brad Bryant (198) -- Hal Sutton, Ted Tryba
1994Rick Fehr (265) -- Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller
1993Jeff Maggert (265) -- Greg Kraft
1992John Huston (262) -- Mark O'Meara
1991Mark O'Meara (267) -- David Peoples
1990Tim Simpson (264) -- John Mahaffey
1989Tim Simpson (272) -- Donnie Hammond
1988*Bob Lohr (263) -- Chip Beck
1987Larry Nelson (268) -- Morris Hatalsky, Mark O'Meara
1986*Ray Floyd (275) -- Lon Hinkle, Mike Sullivan
1985Lanny Wadkins (267) -- Mike Donald, Scott Hoch
1984Larry Nelson (266) -- Hubert Green
1983Payne Stewart (269) -- Nick Faldo, Mark McCumber
1982*Hal Sutton (269) -- Bill Britton
1981Vance Heafner/Mike Holland (275) -- Chip Beck/Rex Caldwell
1980Danny Edwards/David Edwards (253) -- Gibby Gilbert/Dan Halldorson,
Mike Harmon/Barry Harwell,
Grier Jones/Dana Quigley
1979George Burns/Ben Crenshaw (255) -- Scott Bess/Dan Halldorson,
Jeff Hewes/Peter Jacobsen,
Sammy Rachels/D.A. Weibring
1978Wayne Levi/Bob Mann (254) -- Bobby Wadkins/Lanny Wadkins
1977Gibby Gilbert/Grier Jones (253) -- Steve Melnyk/Andy North
1976*Woody Blackburn/Bill Kratzert (260) -- Gay Brewer, Bobby Nichols
1975Jim Colbert/Dean Refram (252) -- Bobby Cole/Victor Regalado,
John Schlee/Curtis Sifford
1974Hubert Green/Mac McClendon (255) -- Sam Snead/J.C. Snead,
Ed Sneed/Bert Yancey
1973Jack Nicklaus (275) -- Mason Rudolph
1972Jack Nicklaus (267) -- Jim Dent, Bobby Mitchell, Larry Wood
1971Jack Nicklaus (273) -- Deane Beman

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort (2003-06),
Disney Golf Classic (2002), National Car Rental Golf Classic (1998-2001), Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic (1985-97), Walt Disney World Golf Classic (1982-84), Walt Disney World National Team Championship (1974-81), Walt Disney World Open Invitational (1971-73).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Davis Love III---T-132ndT-17T-5------T-5---Won
Steve Marino------------------------T-20T-3
Joe Durantmcmc---T-28T-45T-33T-32WonT-265th
Ryan Palmer---------------WonT-3T-36T-74T-16
J.B. Holmes---------------------T-21T-9T-25
Ken Duke---------------86th------T-41T-25
Stephen AmesmcmcT-30---T-39T-28------WonT-33
Carl Pettersson------------T-63T-10T-15mcT-26T-33
Tom Pernice JrmcmcT-21T-17T-18T-742ndmcT-41T-33
John Rollins---mc---T-6T-5T-49T-21T-17---T-33
Chris DiMarcoT-17T-18T-322ndmcT-16mcT-43---T-52
Heath Slocum------mcmcT-57mcT-13T-9T-9T-60
Zach Johnson---------------T-28---------T-62
Brian Gay---mcmcT-17mcT-41mcmcT-13mc
Fredrik Jacobson---------------T-41------T-41mc
Ben Crane---------wdT-18T-68---T-62T-52mc
Daniel Chopra---------------T-49T-21mcT-52mc
George McNeill------------------------mcmc
Nicholas Thompson---------------------T-68---mc
Justin Leonard---------------------mcT-6---
Justin Rose---------------T-24T-34th------
David TomsT-57T-18T-6T-6------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Zach Johnson
Darkhorse - Rickie Fowler
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tiger Woods) - Finished tied for 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Sean O'Hair) - Finished tied for 62nd
 
NOTES:
You better wield a hot putter this week and make plenty of birdies or you'll be setting your sights for the Magic Kingdom and the rest of the Disney attractions, as you will most assuredly miss the cut. The last nine champions of the Children's Miracle Network Classic have posted 26-under, 23-under, 25- under, 23-under, 22-under, 23-under, 25-under, 17-under and 25-under-par totals. In fact, the cut last year came at five-under par. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $4.7 million, with the winner receiving $846,000.

This is the final official event of the Fall Series and PGA Tour season. With that in mind, players will try to jockey for position in the top 125 of the money list in attempts to retain their PGA Tour cards for 2010. Former British Open champion David Duval currently resides on the No. 125 bubble, $10,633 ahead of Jeff Maggert. There are 128 players in the field, including four of the top-50 players in the world - Zach Johnson (24), David Toms (36), Brian Gay (39) and Justin Leonard (42).

Last year, Davis Love III fired an eight-under 64 in the final round to come from behind and win the title at this event. Love finished the championship at 25-under 263 and collected his 20th career victory on the PGA Tour. That magic win total earned him a lifetime exemption on tour. The win was Love's first since the 2006 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Love won by a single stroke over the unlikeliest of runner-ups, Tommy Gainey. Gainey, best known for wearing two black gloves while playing, was a contestant on The Golf Channel's "Big Break" program.

Love, at 44 years old, became the seventh player over the age of 40 to win this event, joining Raymond Floyd (44 - 1986), Larry Nelson (40 - 1987), Brad Bryant (40 - 1995), Vijay Singh (40 - 2003), Joe Durant (42 - 2006) and Stephen Ames (43 - 2007). Love has shot 15 consecutive rounds in the 60s at this event, breaking the record of 14 set by Tiger Woods.

Erik Compton, playing on a sponsor's exemption, shot a six-under-par 282 last year to finish tied for 60th. Compton was playing just five months after his second heart transplant. He last played in a PGA Tour event in 2005.

In 2007, Ames closed with a four-under 68 in the final round to fend off Tim Clark and win this event by a single stroke. Ames completed the championship at 17-under-par 271. The winning total of 271 was the highest winning score since Woods won in 1999.

In 2006, Durant fired a seven-under in the final round to earn his first PGA Tour win in five years by capturing this event. He finished at 25-under-par 263, which was good for a four-shot victory over Frank Lickliter II and Troy Matteson. The win was Durant's fourth on the PGA Tour, but his first since he won back-to-back starts at the Bob Hope and at Doral in 2001.

Justin Rose set a new course record on the Palm Course in 2006 in the first round with a 60, breaking the previous mark of 61 held by Mark Lye (1984) and Carl Pettersson (2005). Rose finished in fourth place, five shots back of Durant.

In 2005, Lucas Glover fired a seven-under 65 in the final round to break through for his first PGA Tour win at this event. Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the 72nd hole to complete the event at 23-under-par 265. Glover became the 16th player in the history of this event to earn his first PGA Tour title in Orlando. Glover, at 25 years old, became the youngest player to win this event since Woods captured the title in 1999 at 23.

In 2004, Ryan Palmer came from five strokes back in the final round and rolled to a three-stroke win at this event. Palmer closed with a 10-under 62 to finish the event at 22-under-par 266 for his first PGA Tour title. Palmer joined Hal Sutton, Woods and Jose Coceres as the only PGA Tour rookies to win this event. Sutton captured the 1982 event, Woods won in 1996 and Coceres in 2001.

Bob Lohr and Tim Simpson are the only players to win this event wire-to-wire, Lohr in 1988 and Simpson in 1990. David Duval, the 1997 winner, won this event in a playoff, parring the first extra hole for the win and in doing so, became the first player in PGA Tour history to win playoffs in consecutive weeks. The week before, Duval won the Michelob Championship in a playoff over Duffy Waldorf and Grant Waite. Woods, Tim Simpson, Larry Nelson and John Huston are the only two-time winners of this tournament, while Jack Nicklaus is a three- time champion. Nelson also has the largest final-round comeback in tournament history, making up a six-stroke deficit in 1987 to defeat Morris Hatalsky and Mark O'Meara by one stroke after a 63 on Sunday.

The final two rounds will be played on the Magnolia course after rotating the first two rounds on both the Magnolia and Palm layouts. For the 12th time since 1981, only two courses will be used. Previously, the Lake Buena Vista course had also been used from 1982-97. Eleven of the last 14 Walt Disney tournaments have been decided either by a playoff or by one stroke. Since 1982, there have been 16 one-stroke wins and four playoffs.

Tom Pernice, Jr. set the Children's Miracle Network Classic all-time 72-hole putting record with just 95 total putts over four days in 2005. The previous low at this event was 101 by Payne Stewart in 1984 and Jim Furyk in 2003. Pernice needed just 19 putts in the third round, including 15 one-putts, one off the PGA Tour record.

The PGA Tour will be in China in two weeks for the OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup, where Sweden's Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson captured the 2008 event.

11/11 13:15:34 ET

As of November 11, 2009, at 01:15 PM ET