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DATES: Thursday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 25th
SITE: East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Georgia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Bendelow (1904), Donald Ross (1913), George Cobb (1959),
         Rees Jones (1994 - redesign; 2008 - renovation)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,319
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 424 yds10 - Par 4 469 yds
2 - Par 3 214 yds11 - Par 3 197 yds
3 - Par 4 387 yds12 - Par 4 391 yds
4 - Par 4 440 yds13 - Par 4 476 yds
5 - Par 4 520 yds14 - Par 4 442 yds
6 - Par 3 209 yds15 - Par 5 525 yds
7 - Par 4 434 yds16 - Par 4 481 yds
8 - Par 4 405 yds17 - Par 4 470 yds
9 - Par 5 600 yds18 - Par 3 235 yds
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35 3,633 Yds35 3,686 Yds
 
Annual:  25th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 1-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 1-2 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday -- 2-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 12-1:30 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Sunday -- 1:30-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Jim Furyk
Runner-Up:  Luke Donald
Tournament Record:  257 (Tiger Woods, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  191 (Tiger Woods, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Tiger Woods, 2007)
Course Record:  60 (Zach Johnson, 2007)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,440,000; 2nd Place - $864,000; 3rd Place - $552,000
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Jim Furyk272Charley Hoffman277
Luke Donald273K.J. Choi278
Retief Goosen274Ernie Els278
Paul Casey275Four players at279
Nick Watney275
 
Past TOUR Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Jim Furyk (272) -- Luke Donald
2009Phil Mickelson (271) -- Tiger Woods
2008*Camilo Villegas (273) -- Sergio Garcia
2007Tiger Woods (257) -- Mark Calcavecchia, Zach Johnson
2006Adam Scott (269) -- Jim Furyk
2005Bart Bryant (263) -- Tiger Woods
2004Retief Goosen (269) -- Tiger Woods
2003Chad Campbell (268) -- Charles Howell III
2002Vijay Singh (268) -- Charles Howell III
2001*Mike Weir (270) -- Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, David Toms
2000Phil Mickelson (267) -- Tiger Woods
1999Tiger Woods (269) -- Davis Love III
1998*Hal Sutton (274) -- Vijay Singh
1997David Duval (273) -- Jim Furyk
1996Tom Lehman (268) -- Brad Faxon
1995Billy Mayfair (280) -- Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin
1994*Mark McCumber (274) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
1993Jim Gallagher Jr (277) -- David Frost, John Huston, Greg Norman,
Scott Simpson
1992Paul Azinger (276) -- Lee Janzen, Corey Pavin
1991*Craig Stadler (279) -- Russ Cochran
1990*Jodie Mudd (273) -- Billy Mayfair
1989*Tom Kite (276) -- Payne Stewart
1988*Curtis Strange (279) -- Tom Kite
1987Tom Watson (268) -- Chip Beck

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Nabisco Championships (1989-90), Nabisco Golf
Championships (1988), Nabisco Championships of Golf (1987).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Luke Donald------------T-14T-5------T-252nd
Nick Watney------------------------T-13T-4
K.J. Choi---T-9T-1927th---26thT-219th---T-7
Geoff Ogilvy---------------T-19T-17---T-16T-13
Hunter Mahan------------------T-5T-1724thT-15
Justin Rose------------------T-11------T-15
Bubba Watson---------------------30th---T-17
Jason Day---------------------------T-17
Phil Mickelson---T-5---T-19------20thT-3WonT-22
Dustin Johnson------------------------27thT-22
Bo Van Pelt---------------------------24th
Steve Stricker24th---------------T-17T-246thT-25
Matt Kuchar---------------------------T-25
Adam Scott---------T-21T-7WonT-26------27th
John Senden------------------------T-10---
David TomsT-23rdT-21T-10T-22T-14------T-13---
Y.E. Yang------------------------18th---
Jason Dufner------------------------T-19---
Vijay Singh17thWonT-59thT-4T-8T-7T-22------
Jonathan Byrd------------------23rd---------
Aaron Baddeley------------------24th---------
Charles Howell III---2nd2nd---T-24---28th---------
Brandt Snedeker------------------T-29---------
Keegan Bradley------------------------------
Bill Haas------------------------------
Fredrik Jacobson------------------------------
Chez Reavie------------------------------
Webb Simpson------------------------------
Mark Wilson------------------------------
Gary Woodland------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Webb Simpson
Darkhorse - Chez Reavie
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jason Day) - Finished tied for 49th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brandt Snedeker) - Finished tied for 22nd
 
NOTES:
The final event of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup begins this week, as the top 30 players on the FedEx Cup Playoff Points list qualified for the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. This group will battle it out for the top prize of $1,400,000, but the winner of the FedEx Cup on Sunday will pocket $10 million.

Webb Simpson is in the top spot on the points list. The points are reset prior to this event. Simpson leads with 2,500 points, followed by Dustin Johnson with 2,250, Justin Rose with 2,000, world No. 1 Luke Donald with 1,800 and Matt Kuchar with 1,600. Johnson won the first playoff event at The Barclays, Simpson won the Deutsche Bank Championship and Rose captured the BMW Championship. Simpson has finished in the top-10 in all three playoff events.

The top five players (Simpson, Johnson, Rose, Donald and Kuchar) on the points list can win the FedEx Cup if they win this tournament. Other players outside of the top five need to win and have other scenarios take place in order to capture the FedEx Cup.

Seven players are competing in this event for the first time. They are: PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, Bill Haas, Fredrik Jacobson, Chez Reavie, Simpson, Mark Wilson and Gary Woodland.

Last year, Jim Furyk fired rounds of 67-65-70-70 to win the tournament and the FedEx Cup. Furyk finished at eight-under 272 and won by a stroke over Donald. Furyk picked up his third PGA Tour win of the season, which was a first in his career, but the big win was the year-long FedEx Cup race. He pocketed $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup.

After back-to-back bogeys in the final round at 16 and 17 cut his lead to a single stroke, Furyk walked up to the par-three 18th tee. He promptly dumped his tee ball into the bunker on the right side, but Furyk, one of the best bunker players in the world, blasted it inside two feet. In miserable, rainy conditions, Furyk turned his cap backward so the raindrops wouldn't impact his ball. He kicked in his two-foot par save, then the normally reserved Furyk unleashed a huge fist pump.

In 2009, Phil Mickelson fired a five-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and win, but Tiger Woods walked off with the biggest prize, the FedEx Cup. Woods managed only an even-par 70 in the final round to finish second to Mickelson at East Lake, but ended atop the FedEx Cup playoff points list for the second time in three years. Mickelson played brilliantly in the final round and won the title at nine-under 271 for his third win of 2009. Mickelson opened the tournament in 2009 with a three-over 73, the highest start for an eventual winner in the history of this event.

In 2007, Woods closed with a four-under 66 in the final round to cruise to his seventh win of the season. Woods completed the event at 23-under-par 257 and also won the inaugural FedEx Cup easily over Steve Stricker. Woods started three of the four playoff events in 2007 and finished second, first and first. Thanks in part to the soft greens at East Lake, Woods shattered the 36- and 54-hole scoring marks. With his 257 total, Woods also smashed the previous 72- hole scoring mark of 263, which Bart Bryant set in 2005. Woods won by eight over Zach Johnson and Mark Calcavecchia. Johnson fired a course-record 60 in the third round.

With his seventh win of the season in 2007, Woods became the first player in PGA Tour history to win seven or more times in a single season in four separate years. Woods' winning total of 257 is the fourth lowest in PGA Tour history.

In 2005, Bryant became the fifth player to have held at least a share of the lead after every round and win, joining Tom Watson (1987), Curtis Strange (1988), Craig Stadler (1991) and Billy Mayfair (1995). Bryant also became the third player to win in his first appearance. Watson (1987) and Chad Campbell (2003) also accomplished the feat.

East Lake, home to legendary amateur champion Bobby Jones, has hosted several big events, most notably the 1950 U.S. Women's Amateur, 1963 Ryder Cup, 101st United States Amateur Championship in 2001, and the 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004-10 PGA Tour Championships.

In 2003, Chad Campbell became the first player to earn his maiden PGA Tour title at this event. Campbell, trailing Charles Howell III by five shots heading into the weekend, carded a 61 in the third round and then closed with 68 for a three-shot win over Howell.

The Champions Golf Club in Houston has hosted five times. Pinehurst No. 2, The Olympic Club and Southern Hills Country Club have each hosted twice. Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Pebble Beach Golf Links and Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina played host the first three years of the tournament's existence, respectively.

Next week, the PGA Tour will be in Las Vegas for the start of the Fall Series at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where Jonathan Byrd captured the 2010 title.

09/20 16:48:20 ET

As of September 20, 2011, at 04:48 PM ET