Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Charles Schwab Cup Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, November 4th through Sunday, November 7th
SITE: Harding Park Golf Course, San Francisco, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Willie Watson and Sam Whiting (1925),
         Chris Gray (renovation, 2003)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,135
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 415 Yds10 - Par 5 550 Yds
2 - Par 4 449 Yds11 - Par 3 200 Yds
3 - Par 3 183 Yds12 - Par 4 480 Yds
4 - Par 5 606 Yds13 - Par 4 428 Yds
5 - Par 4 429 Yds14 - Par 4 467 Yds
6 - Par 4 473 Yds15 - Par 4 405 Yds
7 - Par 4 344 Yds16 - Par 4 336 Yds
8 - Par 3 230 Yds17 - Par 3 175 Yds
9 - Par 5 525 Yds18 - Par 4 440 Yds
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36 3,654 Yds35 3,481 Yds
 
Annual:  21st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 4:30-7 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  John Cook
Runner-Up:  Russ Cochran
Tournament Record:  266 (John Cook, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Ray Floyd, 1992; John Cook, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Jim Thorpe, 2003; John Cook, 2009)
18-Hole Record:  62 (John Cook, 2009 - Sonoma Golf Club)
9-Hole Record:  29 (Isao Aoki, 1992 - Hyatt Dorado Beach - East Course)
Total Purse:  $2,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $440,000; 2nd Place - $254,000; 3rd Place - $213,000
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
John Cook266Bernhard Langer275
Russ Cochran271Loren Roberts275
Brad Bryant273Tom Watson275
Jeff Sluman273Eduardo Romero276
Phil Blackmar274Six players at277
 
Past Charles Schwab Cup Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009John Cook (266) -- Russ Cochran
2008Andy Bean (268) -- Gene Jones
2007Jim Thorpe (268) -- Fred Funk, Denis Watson
2006Jim Thorpe (271) -- Tom Kite
2005Tom Watson (272) -- Jay Haas
2004Mark McNulty (277) -- Tom Kite
2003Jim Thorpe (268) -- Tom Watson
2002Tom Watson (274) -- Gil Morgan
2001Bob Gilder (277) -- Doug Tewell
2000Tom Watson (270) -- John Jacobs
1999Gary McCord (276) -- Larry Nelson, Bruce Fleisher
1998Hale Irwin (274) -- Gil Morgan
1997Gil Morgan (272) -- Hale Irwin
1996Jay Sigel (279) -- Kermit Zarley
1995Jim Colbert (282) -- Ray Floyd
1994*Ray Floyd (273) -- Jim Albus
1993Simon Hobday (199) -- Ray Floyd, Larry Gilbert
1992Ray Floyd (197) -- George Archer, Dale Douglass
1991Mike Hill (202) -- Jim Colbert
1990*Mike Hill (201) -- Dale Douglass, Lee Trevino

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Previously called New York Life Champions (1990), Senior Tour
Championship (1991-92), Hyatt Senior Tour Champions (1993), Golf Magazine Senior Tour Championship (1994), Energizer Senior Tour Championship (1995-98), Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship (1999), IR Senior Tour Championship (2000), Senior Tour Championship at Gaillardia (2001-02).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
John Cook------------------------13thWon
Russ Cochran---------------------------2nd
Brad Bryant---------------T-13T-19T-103rdT-3
Jeff Sluman------------------------T-5T-3
Loren Roberts---------------T-5T-4T-134thT-6
Bernhard Langer------------------------T-18T-6
Tom WatsonWon4thWon2nd---WonT-6T-20---T-6
Jay Haas---------------2ndT-6T-20T-16T-10
Larry Mize---------------------------T-10
Mark Wiebe------------------------T-21T-16
Mark O'Meara---------------------------T-16
Dan Forsman---------------------------T-18
Tom KiteT-8T-7T-213rd2nd3rd2ndT-7T-1420th
Mike Reid---------------T-17---------23rd
Nick Price------------------------T-524th
Fred Funk---------------------T-2T-25T-25
Joey Sindelar------------------------T-21wd
Joe Ozaki---------------------T-10------
Michael Allen------------------------------
Tommy Armour III------------------------------
Olin Browne------------------------------
Mark Calcavecchia------------------------------
Fred Couples------------------------------
David Frost------------------------------
Tom Lehman------------------------------
Chien Soon Lu------------------------------
Corey Pavin------------------------------
David Peoples------------------------------
Tom Pernice Jr------------------------------
Peter Senior------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - John Cook
Darkhorse - Corey Pavin
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Russ Cochran) - Finished tied for 44th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mike Reid) - Finished tied for 59th
 
NOTES:
The final regular-season event of the 2010 schedule is upon us with key races yet to be decided. It's quite fitting that this tournament will produce not only the Player of the Year, but also the $1-million annuity for capturing the Charles Schwab Cup and the money title. Bernhard Langer leads the money list by $182,544 over Fred Couples. Langer also leads Couples in the race for the Charles Schwab Cup by 582 points. Double points are awarded this week. There are 12 first-timers in the field this week - Michael Allen, Tommy Armour III, Olin Browne, Mark Calcavecchia, Couples, David Frost, Tom Lehman, Chien Soon Lu, Corey Pavin, David Peoples, Tom Pernice Jr. and Peter Senior.

Last year, John Cook fired a course-record 62 in the second round to take the lead and never trailed again as he won this event by five strokes over Russ Cochran. Cook matched the record for lowest 54-hole score in a 72-hole event in Champions Tour history at 197 set by Jack Nicklaus at the 1990 Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship. He completed the season's final tournament at 22-under-par 266. Cook also set the tournament's 72-hole scoring record. The previous record of 268 was set by Jim Thorpe in 2003, then matched by Thorpe in 2007 and Andy Bean in 2008.

The other big winner last year was Loren Roberts. He finished in a tie for sixth at minus-13. That helped Roberts secure the season-long Charles Schwab Cup. It was the second time in three years that Roberts won that title.

In 2008, Andy Bean fired a six-under 66 in the final round and cruised to a record-setting win. Bean finished four spectacular rounds at 20-under-par 268 for a nine-shot win over Gene Jones, the largest margin of victory in tournament history and the largest on the Champions Tour in 2008. Bean was the only player in the field to fire four rounds in the 60s.

Thorpe birdied five of his last six holes in the final round of '07, including his final four, to shoot a six-under 66 and successfully defend his title. Thorpe ran away with it in the end. He finished at 20-under-par 268 and won by three strokes over Funk and Denis Watson. Thorpe has three wins at this event.

In 2005, Tom Watson erased a six-shot deficit in the final round to come from behind and win. He birdied the 72nd hole to fire an eight-under 64 and win the tournament by a single stroke at 16-under-par 272. The win not only gave Watson the tournament title, but it allowed him to win his second year-long Charles Schwab Cup title. He also won the Cup in 2003. Watson has won this event three times, having previously won in 2000 and 2002.

Hale Irwin has the most top-10 finishes in tournament history with nine, followed by Gil Morgan with eight and Tom Kite and Tom Watson with seven. Jim Colbert and Thorpe are the only players to go wire-to-wire in winning the season-ending event. Colbert led from start-to-finish at the 1995 tournament despite a final-round 74 and Thorpe turned the trick in 2003.

After seven years at Sonoma Golf Club in California, the tournament moves to its sixth different venue, Harding Park Golf Club in San Francisco this year. Hyatt Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico hosted this tournament the first four years. The Dunes Golf and Beach Club had hosted this event six straight years prior to the 2000 move to the TPC of Myrtle Beach. Gaillardia Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma staged the event in 2001-02.

There have been two playoffs in tournament history. In the inaugural event in 1990, Mike Hill defeated Dale Douglass and Lee Trevino with a birdie on the first extra hole. The other came in 1994, when Raymond Floyd bested Jim Albus with a birdie on the fifth extra hole.

Only one player leading the money list heading into this event has captured the title -- Irwin (1998). This is the third straight year that Irwin is not competing in this event. He appeared in 13 consecutive tournaments from 1995-2007. Kite will play in his 11th consecutive Charles Schwab Cup Championship this year, the longest current streak. Tom Watson (61) is the only 60-year old in the field this week. Watson is the all-time money winner at this event with $1,922,000 in earnings. Thorpe, with his three wins and five top-10s is second ($1,681,616).

Although this is the final regular-season event, the Champions Tour continues action November 9, as they compete against the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour at the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge in Nevada. Langer, Kenny Perry and Nick Price will represent the Champions Tour.

11/02 15:40:24 ET

As of November 2, 2010, at 03:40 PM ET