Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Boeing Classic Preview
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DATES: Friday, August 24th through Sunday, August 26th
SITE: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Washington
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (1999)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,183
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 554 Yds10 - Par 4 353 Yds
2 - Par 4 410 Yds11 - Par 4 462 Yds
3 - Par 4 439 Yds12 - Par 4 426 Yds
4 - Par 4 426 Yds13 - Par 3 210 Yds
5 - Par 4 475 Yds14 - Par 4 431 Yds
6 - Par 3 207 Yds15 - Par 5 590 Yds
7 - Par 4 375 Yds16 - Par 4 380 Yds
8 - Par 5 529 Yds17 - Par 3 211 Yds
9 - Par 3 207 Yds18 - Par 5 498 Yds
36 3,622 Yds36 3,561 Yds
Annual:  8th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Mark Calcavecchia
Runner-Up:  Russ Cochran
Tournament Record:  198 (Loren Roberts, 2009; Bernhard Langer, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Bernhard Langer, 2010)
Course Record:  61 (Scott Simpson, Tom Jenkins, 2006)
Total Purse:  $2,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $300,000; 2nd Place - $176,000; 3rd Place - $144,000
2011 Finish
Mark Calcavecchia *202Kenny Perry209
Russ Cochran202Bill Glasson210
Chip Beck207Gary Hallberg211
Jeff Sluman208Steve Lowery212
Bob Gilder209D.A. Weibring213

* - Won in Playoff

Past Boeing Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Mark Calcavecchia (202) -- Russ Cochran
2010Bernhard Langer (198) -- Nick Price
2009Loren Roberts (198) -- Mark O'Meara
2008Tom Kite (202) -- Scott Simpson
2007*Denis Watson (207) -- Gil Morgan, Dana Quigley, R.W. Eaks, David Eger,
Joe Ozaki, Craig Stadler
2006*Tom Kite (201) -- Keith Fergus
2005David Eger (199) -- Tom Kite

* - Won in Playoff

NOTE:Formerly called Boeing Greater Seattle Classic (2005-06).

Top Contenders in the Field
Mark Calcavecchia---------------T-15Won
Jeff Sluman---------T-32T-9T-84th
Kenny Perry------------------T-5
Gary Hallberg---------T-19T-27T-418th
Bernhard Langer------------T-3WonT-11
Chien Soon Lu---------------T-46T-11
Fred Couples---------------3rdT-16
Larry Mize------------T-20T-8T-23
David EgerWonT-35T-2T-19T-11T-46T-23
Tom JenkinsT-33T-3T-17T-32T-2771stT-23
Michael Allen---------------72ndT-23
Scott Simpson---T-3T-172ndT-23T-15T-30
Mark Wiebe---------4thT-16T-25T-30
Bruce FleisherT-13T-40T-49T-7T-41T-31T-30
Olin Browne------------T-27T-52T-30
Mark O'Meara------T-11T-322ndT-19T-37
Gil MorganT-39T-40T-2T-55T-55T-21T-37
Mike Goodes---------T-44T-23T-31T-37
Loren Roberts------T-54---WonT-13T-43
Tom Kite2ndWonT-38WonT-16T-57T-43
John Cook---------3rdT-9T-25T-51
Fred Funk---------T-30T-55T-8---
Corey Pavin---------------------
Willie Wood---------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Kenny Perry
Darkhorse - Joey Sindelar
Last Week's Pick to Win (John Cook) - Finished tied for 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Dick Mast) - Finished tied for 12th
The Champions Tour travels to the West Coast this week for the Boeing Classic in the state of Washington, held at the Jack Nicklaus-designed TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Four of the top five players on the money list are in the field - 2010 champion Bernhard Langer (1), Michael Allen (2), Washington native Fred Couples (4) and defending champion Mark Calcavecchia (5).

Langer currently leads the money list by more than $26,000 over Allen, Couples, Allen and Roger Chapman are the only multiple winners on the Champions Tour in 2012. This is the first time that Couples will play since winning the Senior British Open in July. Langer has four straight top-10 finishes and nine top-10 finishes in his last 10 events. He leads the Champions Tour with 13 top 10s in 15 events.

Opened in 1999, the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge is ranked as one of the top-100 modern courses by Golfweek and was certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.

The Boeing Classic in 2005 marked the first Champions Tour event in the Seattle area since the 1995 GTE Northwest Classic. That event ran from 1986 to 1995 and included such standout winners as Walter Morgan, Dave Stockton, Mike Hill, George Archer, Al Geiberger, Bruce Crampton and Chi Chi Rodriguez.

Last year, Calcavecchia defeated Russ Cochran on the first playoff hole with a birdie to get his first Champions Tour victory. Calcavecchia and Cochran both fired rounds of 7-under 65 in the final round and tied at 14-under 202. Calcavecchia birdied his final three holes in regulation, including a pitch-in at 16, a downhill 25-footer at 17 and a 2-putt from 30 feet at the last. This was the first playoff victory on either the PGA Tour or Champions Tour for Calcavecchia.

Hale Irwin, the Champions Tour leader in career wins with 45, recorded the first hole-in-one of his Champions Tour career last year. The 66-year-old aced the par-3 ninth hole with a 6-iron from 185 yards in the first round. Irwin tied for 16th place.

In 2010, Langer fired three rounds in the 60s and cruised to his fifth victory of the season. Langer finished the tournament at 18-under 198, which matched Loren Roberts' tournament record from 2009. Langer won by three strokes over Nick Price.

In 2009, Roberts birdied the final two holes to beat Mark O'Meara by a single stroke. Roberts closed with a 7-under 65 to finish at 18-under-par 198. His total of 198 beat the old tournament record of 199 that David Eger set in 2005.

In 2008, Tom Kite fired a 6-under 66 in the final round to come from behind and collect his first Champions Tour victory in two years. Kite finished at 14-under-par 202 to win by two over Scott Simpson. It was his 10th victory on the Champions Tour and his first since this event in 2006. Kite was the only player to shoot all three rounds in the 60s.

In 2007, Denis Watson eagled the second playoff hole to end the largest playoff in Champions Tour history. Watson survived a 7-man playoff, the biggest on either the PGA or Champions Tour. There had been a 6-man playoff on the PGA Tour and a 5-player sudden death on the Champions Tour. Joe Ozaki, R.W. Eaks, Gil Morgan, Dana Quigley, David Eger and Craig Stadler were the other participants. They finished regulation at 9-under-par 207.

In three weeks, the Champions Tour travels to Hawaii for the inaugural Pacific Links Hawaii Championship at Kapolei Golf Course.

08/21 15:12:48 ET

As of August 21, 2012, at 03:12 PM ET