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DATES: Wednesday, December 1st through Monday, December 6th
SITE: Orange County National (Crooked Cat and Panther Lake), Winter Garden, FL
COURSE ARCHITECT: Phil Ritson, Dave Harman, Isao Aoki (1997)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,277 (Crooked Cat Course)
Hole-By-Hole: 1 - Par 5 503 Yds0 - Par 4 459 Yds
2 - Par 4 439 Yds1 - Par 4 446 Yds
3 - Par 4 396 Yds2 - Par 4 461 Yds
4 - Par 5 544 Yds3 - Par 3 210 Yds
5 - Par 4 403 Yds4 - Par 5 528 Yds
6 - Par 3 204 Yds5 - Par 3 235 Yds
7 - Par 4 414 Yds6 - Par 4 454 Yds
8 - Par 3 217 Yds7 - Par 5 506 Yds
9 - Par 4 400 Yds8 - Par 4 458 Yds
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36 3,520 Yds36 3,757 Yds
 
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,152 (Panther Lake Course)
Hole-By-Hole: 1 - Par 4 459 Yds0 - Par 5 520 Yds
2 - Par 5 515 Yds1 - Par 3 228 Yds
3 - Par 4 470 Yds2 - Par 4 439 Yds
4 - Par 3 200 Yds3 - Par 4 441 Yds
5 - Par 4 405 Yds4 - Par 5 622 Yds
6 - Par 3 186 Yds5 - Par 3 227 Yds
7 - Par 4 419 Yds6 - Par 4 426 Yds
8 - Par 4 428 Yds7 - Par 3 167 Yds
9 - Par 4 430 Yds8 - Par 5 570 Yds
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36 3,512 Yds36 3,640 Yds
 
Annual:  55th
Television:  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-4 p.m. (et),
  - Monday -- 12:30-4 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Troy Merritt (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Jeff Maggert
Tournament Record:  400 (Stephen Allan, 2000, Harrison Frazar, 2008)
90-Hole Record:  330 (David Morland IV, 2000)
72-Hole Record:  261 (Andrew McLardy, 2000)
54-Hole Record:  192 (Frank Lickliter, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  124 (Frank Lickliter, 2007)
18-Hole Record:  59 (David Gossett, 2000 - PGA West-Nicklaus Private Course;
  Harrison Frazar, 2008- PGA West-Nicklaus Tournament
  Course)
Total Purse:  $1,057,500
Shares:  1st Place - $50,000; 2nd Place - $40,000; 3rd Place - $35,000;
  4th Place - $30,000; 5th Place - $27,500; 6th-25th - $25,000
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Troy Merritt410Neal Lancaster415
Jeff Maggert411 Billy Horschel416
Matt Jones413 Graham DeLaet417
Martin Flores414J.P. Hayes417
Brendon de Jonge415David Lutterus417
 
Past PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Troy Merritt (410) -- Jeff Maggert
2008Harrison Frazar (400) -- Derek Fathauer, James Nitties
2007Frank Lickliter II (403) -- Brett Rumford
2006George McNeill (409) -- Robert Garrigus
2005J.B. Holmes (408) -- Alex Cejka
2004Brian Davis (415) -- Rob Rashell
2003Mathias Gronberg (412) -- Danny Ellis
2002Jeff Brehaut (416) -- Chris Anderson, Alex Cejka, James H. McLean
2001Pat Perez (405) -- Bob Burns, Pete Jordan, Kenneth Staton
2000Stephen Allan (400) -- David Morland IV, Brian Wilson
1999Blaine McCallister (401) -- Ben Bates, Neal Lancaster, Sean Murphy,
David Peoples, Jay Williamson
1998Mike Weir (408) -- Jonathan Kaye, Deane Pappas
1997Scott Verplank (407) -- Blaine McCallister
1996Allen Doyle/Jimmy Johnston (352) -- Doug Barron, Chip Sullivan
1995Carl Paulson (409) -- Omar Uresti, Steve Hart
1994Woody Austin (414) -- Eduardo Romero
1993Ty Armstrong/Dave Stockton, Jr/Robin Freeman (415)
1992Massy Kuramoto/Skip Kendall/Brett Ogle/Perry Moss/Neale Smith (423)
1991Mike Standly (412) -- Carl Cooper
1990Duffy Waldorf (413) -- John Inman
1989David Peoples
1988Robin Freeman
1987John Huston
1986Steve Jones
1985Tom Sieckmann
1984Paul Azinger
1983Willie Wood
1982Donnie Hammond
1981Robert Thompson/Tim Graham
1981Billy Glisson
1980Bruce Douglass
1980Jack Spradlin
1979Tom Jones
1979Terry Mauney
1978Jim Thorpe/John Fought
1978Wren Lum
1977Ed Fiori
1977Phil Hancock
1976Keith Fergus
1976Bob Shearer/Woody Blackburn
1975Jerry Pate
1975Joey Dills
1974Fuzzy Zoeller
1973Ben Crenshaw
1972Larry Stubblefield/John Adams
1971Bob Zender
1970Robert Barbarossa
1969Doug Olson
1969Bob Eastwood
1968Grier Jones
1968Bob Dickson
1967Bobby Cole
1966Harry Toscano
1965John Schlee

Top Players in the Field
Brian BatemanWon 2007 Buick Open
Glen DayWon 1999 MCI Classic
Carlos Franco4 PGA Tour wins, Won 2004 U.S. Bank Championship
Jason GoreWon 2005 84 Lumber Classic, 7 Nationwide Tour wins
Mark HensbyWon 2004 John Deere Classic
Lee JanzenWon 1993 and 1998 U.S. Open, 8 PGA Tour wins
Jonathan KayeWon 2003 Buick Classic and 2004 FBR Open
Danny Lee2008 U.S. Amateur champion
Peter LonardWon 2005 MCI Heritage, 9 wins on Australasia Tour
Will MacKenzieWon 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open and 2008 Viking Classic
Pablo Martin2 Euro Tour wins, Won 2010 Alfred Dunhill Championship
Billy Mayfair5 PGA Tour wins, 1987 U.S. Amateur champion
Scott McCarron3 PGA Tour wins, Won 2001 BellSouth Classic
George McNeillWon 2007 Frys.com Open, Won 2007 PGA Tour Q- School
Joe OgilvieWon 2007 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee
Greg OwenWon 2003 British Masters on European Tour
Dicky PrideWon 1994 Federal Express St. Jude Classic
Jeff Quinney2000 U.S. Amateur champion
Paul Stankowski2 PGA Tour wins, Won 1997 United Airlines Hawaiian Open
Marc TurnesaWon 2008 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Johnson WagnerWon 2008 Shell Houston Open

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Johnson Wagner
Darkhorse - Charles Warren
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Rickie Fowler) - Finished tied for 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Aaron Baddeley) - Finished tied for 65th
 
NOTES:
One of the most grueling events in sports, the six-day PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament begins in earnest this week, as 164 players will battle it out in an effort to reach the pinnacle in golf, a spot on the PGA Tour. The low 25 scores and ties will earn PGA Tour cards for 2011. The next number of finishers nearest 50 after the Qualifying Tournament graduates will earn fully exempt Nationwide Tour cards for 2011 and the remainder of the field will receive conditional Nationwide Tour status.

This week's event is being held at Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge in Winter Garden, Florida. This is the fourth time that Orange County is hosting the tournament. Mathias Gronberg was the medalist at Orange County in 2003, while J.B. Holmes won the event in 2005 and Frank Lickliter II in 2007.

Last year, Troy Merritt earned medalist honors after firing rounds of 67-69-68-67-70-69. Merritt secured a one-shot victory over three-time PGA Tour winner Jeff Maggert despite making a double-bogey on the last hole in the final round. He finished six rounds at Bear Lakes in West Palm Beach, Florida with a 22-under 410.

Merritt joined Scott Verplank (1997) and Lickliter (2007) as the only players since 1992 to hold or share the lead after each round of the tournament. Verplank is the only player to hold the lead outright for all six rounds.

Merritt will not be on hand to defend his title this week, as he kept his PGA Tour card for 2011 by finishing right on the number at No. 125 on the 2010 money list. Merritt made 12 cuts in 29 events this year, with his best finish coming at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April where he was third.

In 2008, despite a closing double-bogey, Harrison Frazar romped to a huge win. Frazar completed the six-round marathon at 32-under-par 400, eight strokes clear of the field. His six-round total of 400 tied Steve Allan's tournament record from 2000. Frazar fired a 13-under-par 59 in the fourth round. It was the second 59 shot in this tournament. David Gossett shot a 59 in 2000 at the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West. Frazar's 59 was at the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West.

In 2006, George McNeill was a runaway medalist, shooting a five-under 67 in the final round to finish five shots clear of the field at 23-under-par 409. McNeill went on to win the 2007 Frys.com Open on the PGA Tour in his rookie season.

Holmes shot all six rounds in the 60s in 2005, finishing with a three-under 69 in the final round, and won medalist honors. He finished the marathon event at 24-under-par 408 and won the tournament by three over Germany's Alex Cejka. Holmes went on to win the 2006 FBR Open in his rookie season on the PGA Tour. He won the FBR Open again in 2008 and was a key member of the victorious United States Ryder Cup team in 2008.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen is in the field this week and will be trying to regain his PGA Tour card. Janzen, the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Open winner, finished 147th on the 2010 PGA Tour money list.

The PGA Tour travels to Naples, Florida next week for the Shark Shootout, where Wisconsin natives Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker captured the title last year.

12/01 13:48:27 ET

As of December 1, 2010, at 01:48 PM ET