PGA Tour
PGA - Verizon Heritage Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, April 15th through Sunday, April 18th
SITE: Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete Dye (1969) with Jack Nicklaus, redesign by Dye (2000)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,973
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 410 Yds10 - Par 4 444 Yds
2 - Par 5 502 yds11 - Par 4 436 yds
3 - Par 4 437 yds12 - Par 4 430 yds
4 - Par 3 200 yds13 - Par 4 373 yds
5 - Par 5 530 yds14 - Par 3 192 yds
6 - Par 4 419 yds15 - Par 5 571 yds
7 - Par 3 195 yds16 - Par 4 395 yds
8 - Par 4 470 yds17 - Par 3 185 yds
9 - Par 4 332 yds18 - Par 4 452 yds
36 3,495 yds35 3,478 yds
Annual:  42nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-2:30 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Brian Gay
Runner-Up:  Briny Baird, Luke Donald
Tournament Record:  264 (Brian Gay, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Justin Leonard, 2002)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Jack Nicklaus, 1975; Phil Mickelson, 2002)
Course Record:  61 (David Frost, 1994)
Total Purse:  $5,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,026,000; 2nd Place - $615,600; 3rd Place - $387,600
2009 Finish
Brian Gay264Jose Maria Olazabal276
Briny Baird274Tim Wilkinson276
Luke Donald274Rory Sabbatini277
Lee Janzen275Tim Petrovic277
Todd Hamilton275Matt Weibring277
Past Verizon Heritage Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Brian Gay (264) -- Briny Baird, Luke Donald
2008Boo Weekley (269) -- Aaron Baddeley, Anthony Kim
2007Boo Weekley (270) -- Ernie Els
2006Aaron Baddeley (269) -- Jim Furyk
2005Peter Lonard (277) -- Billy Andrade, Darren Clarke, Jim Furyk,
Davis Love III
2004*Stewart Cink (274) -- Ted Purdy
2003*Davis Love III (271) -- Woody Austin
2002Justin Leonard (270) -- Heath Slocum
2001*Jose Coceres (273) -- Billy Mayfair
2000Stewart Cink (270) -- Tom Lehman
1999*Glen Day (274) -- Jeff Sluman, Payne Stewart
1998Davis Love III (266) -- Glen Day
1997Nick Price (269) -- Brad Faxon, Jesper Parnevik
1996Loren Roberts (265) -- Mark O'Meara
1995*Bob Tway (275) -- David Frost, Nolan Henke
1994Hale Irwin (266) -- Greg Norman
1993David Edwards (273) -- David Frost
1992Davis Love III (269) -- Chip Beck
1991Davis Love III (271) -- Ian Baker-Finch
1990*Payne Stewart (276) -- Steve Jones, Larry Mize
1989Payne Stewart (268) -- Kenny Perry
1988Greg Norman (271) -- David Frost, Gil Morgan
1987Davis Love III (271) -- Steve Jones
1986Fuzzy Zoeller (276) -- Chip Beck, Roger Maltbie, Greg Norman
1985*Bernhard Langer (273) -- Bobby Wadkins
1984Nick Faldo (270) -- Tom Kite
1983Fuzzy Zoeller (275) -- Jim Nelford
1982*Tom Watson (280) -- Frank Conner
1981Bill Rogers (278) -- Bruce Devlin, Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan, Craig Stadler
1980*Doug Tewell (280) -- Jerry Pate
1979Tom Watson (270) -- Ed Sneed
1978Hubert Green (277) -- Hale Irwin
1977Graham Marsh (273) -- Tom Watson
1976Hubert Green (274) -- Jerry McGee
1975Jack Nicklaus (271) -- Tom Weiskopf
1974Johnny Miller (276) -- Gibby Gilbert
1973Hale Irwin (272) -- Jerry Heard, Grier Jones
1972Johnny Miller (281) -- Tom Weiskopf
1971Hale Irwin (279) -- Bob Lunn
1970Bob Goalby (280) -- Lanny Wadkins
1969Arnold Palmer (283) -- Richard Crawford, Bert Yancey

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Heritage Classic (1969-70), Sea Pines Heritage
Classic (1971-86), MCI Heritage Classic (1987-95), MCI Classic (1996-2000), Worldcom Classic - The Heritage of Golf (2001-02), MCI Heritage (2003-05).

Top Contenders in the Field
Brian GaymcT-42mcmcmcmcT-9T-16mcWon
Briny Baird---mcmcT-27---mcT-36T-29T-17T-2
Luke Donald------mcT-69mc------------T-2
Lee JanzenT-34T-2167thT-58T-39mcmcmcT-41T-4
Woody AustinmcmcT-192ndT-32T-32T-17mcT-23T-11
Paul Casey---------------------------T-11
Boo Weekley---------------------WonWonT-13
Aaron Baddeley---mc------------WonT-10T-2T-21
Davis Love IIIT-3T-7T-5WonT-32T-2T-47T-36T-36T-21
Scott VerplankT-11T-3T-5T-38T-32T-10T-21T-59T-53T-21
Lucas Glover------mc---T-16T-47T-12mcT-7T-26
Camilo Villegas------------------mcT-29T-7T-37
Tim Clark---------T-18T-45T-47T-7mcT-29T-37
Zach Johnson------------T-53T-47---6thmcT-37
Stewart CinkWonT-10mcT-10WonT-47T-27T-50T-7T-62
Rod Pampling---mcmcT-10T-16T-6T-40T-16mcT-65
Chris DiMarco------------------T-52mcT-61T-69
Glen DayT-61T-28T-62T-18T-53mcmcT-29T-6476th
Jim Furyk------T-15T-10---T-22ndmc4thmc
Robert Allenbymc75th------------wd---T-14mc
Brandt Snedeker---------------T-47---T-16T-53mc
Daniel Chopra---------------T-25mcdqT-57mc
Sergio Garcia---mcT-19---------------------
K.J. Choi---mc------------------------
Robert Karlsson------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - K.J. Choi
Darkhorse - Jeff Maggert
Last Week's Pick to Win - (P.Casey, J.Furyk, P.Harrington) - MC, MC, MC
Last Week's Darkhorse - (K.Choi, R.Goosen, L.Donald) - T-4, T-38, MC
NOTES:The PGA Tour's annual trek to the shores of South Carolina continues
this week, as players attempt to add their name to the list of impressive champions at the Verizon Heritage. Past winners of this prestigious event include: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Fuzzy Zoeller, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Bernhard Langer, Payne Stewart, Nick Price and Davis Love III. Ten of the top 30 players in the world are expected to play this week, including five of the top 20: Jim Furyk (6), Paul Casey (7), Camilo Villegas (13), Robert Allenby (17) and Sergio Garcia (19).

Last year, Brian Gay fired a seven-under 64, the lowest score of the final round, to cruise to an easy 10-stroke victory over Briny Baird and Luke Donald. Gay finished at 20-under 264, which established a new tournament record. Loren Roberts shot the old mark of 265 back in 1996 when he won, but Gay's 10-shot win also represented a new tournament record for margin of victory. The win was Gay's second on the PGA Tour. He was the only player in the field to fire four rounds in the 60s. Gay carded just two bogeys in four rounds last year, the fewest since 1983 when Roberts had three.

In 2008, Boo Weekley shot rounds of 69-64-65-71 to successfully defend his title. He finished the event at 15-under-par 269. Weekley holed two shots from off the green on the back nine in the final round, both times for birdie, and did enough to fend off Anthony Kim and Aaron Baddeley for a three-shot win. Weekley has claimed both of his PGA Tour wins at Harbour Town. He was the first player to win this event in his first two appearances. Weekley became the first back-to-back Heritage champion since Love, a five-time winner, won in 1991-92. Weekley, Love and Stewart are the only players to win this event two straight years -- Love in 1991-92 and Stewart in 1989-90.

In 2007, Weekley escaped 17 and 18 with chip-in pars in the final round on Monday to win the title. Those closing pars secured a round of three-under 68 and Weekley's first PGA Tour crown. He finished the event at 14-under-par 270. The final round was completed Monday after strong winds blew threw Harbour Town on Sunday, rendering the course unplayable. Weekley was the only player in the field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s. With that win, Weekley became the 10th first-time winner in the history of this event and third straight, joining Irwin (1971), Graham Marsh (1977), Doug Tewell (1980), Faldo (1984), Love (1987), Glen Day (1999), Jose Coceres (2001), Peter Lonard (2005) and Aaron Baddeley (2006). Weekley also became the fifth player to win the Verizon Heritage in his first appearance, joining Palmer (1969), Bob Goalby (1970), Stewart Cink (2000) and Coceres (2001).

In 2006, Baddeley made par from the rough at the 18th hole in the final round, curling in a seven-foot putt to hang on for a one-shot victory over Furyk. Baddeley shot a one-under 70 in his final round and ended the tournament at 15-under-par 269 for his first PGA Tour victory. At 25-years-old, Baddeley became the youngest winner of this event since Love (23-years-old) in 1987.

In 2005, Lonard opened with a first-round 62 and held on to win. Lonard carded a four-over 75 in the final round to finish at seven-under-par 277 for his first career victory on the PGA Tour. He finished two strokes ahead of Billy Andrade, Darren Clarke, Furyk and Love. Lonard's first-round 62 tied the first-round course record set by Love in 2002. His final-round 75 set the tournament record for high finish by a winner, previously held by Palmer (74) in 1969. Lonard's 72-hole total of 277 was the highest winning score since Watson (280) in 1982. The scoring average for the 2005 tournament (73.246) was the highest in the history of the event since statistics were first kept in 1983. The previous highest scoring average (72.757) was in 1986.

David Frost set the PGA Tour record for fewest putts in a 72-hole event with 92 in 2005, breaking the mark of 93 set by Kenny Knox at this event in 1989 and Mark Calcavecchia at the 2002 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic. Frost finished in a tie for 38th.

The 2004 event marked the last of nine playoffs in event history, as Cink birdied the fifth playoff hole to defeat Ted Purdy. Cink overcame a nine- shot deficit in the final round to win. The tour record for largest final-round comeback is Paul Lawrie's 10-shot turnaround at the 1999 British Open, but Cink's is the biggest on American soil. Cink has fared well at this event with two wins (2000, 2004), five top-10s and just one missed cut.

In 2003, Love added his name to the history books when he became the 17th player to capture a single PGA Tour event at least five times. Love has played in each Heritage since he joined the tour in 1986. Not only does Love have five wins at this event (1987, 1991-92, 1998, 2003), he has 11 top-10s in 24 starts and has shot par or better in 64 of 87 rounds at Harbour Town. Love has recorded a top 10 at Harbour Town in eight of the last 14 seasons. It comes as no surprise that Love is the all-time money leader at this event with $2,627,066. Love can join the group of Harry Vardon, Alex Ross, Sam Snead, Nicklaus and Tiger Woods who have won a single event six times. Snead captured the Greater Greensboro Open an amazing eight times in his career.

This event has followed the Masters every year since 1983. In that time, only Bernhard Langer has followed up a Masters win with a victory at this event. Langer accomplished the trick in 1985 when he defeated Bobby Wadkins in a playoff. Masters champion Phil Mickelson is not in the field this week.

There have been only three wire-to-wire winners in tournament history: Miller in 1974, Watson in 1979 and Price in 1997. Of the 28 players who have won this event, 17 of those have won at least one of golf's four majors.

Harbour Town has the smallest greens on the PGA Tour and has hosted this event since its inception in 1969. The Ocean Course on Hilton Head Island was used for the first two rounds of this event in 1972. There have been nine multiple winners of this event.

The PGA Tour moves to Louisiana next week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where Jerry Kelly captured the title last year.

04/13 15:38:26 ET

As of April 13, 2010, at 03:38 PM ET