CANADIAN - Canadian Tour Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, August 25th through Sunday, August 28th
SITE: Ambassador Golf Club, Windsor, Ontario
COURSE ARCHITECT: Stanley Thompson and Robert Trent Jones Sr (1949)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,033
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 363 Yds10 - Par 4 452 Yds
2 - Par 4 380 Yds11 - Par 4 442 Yds
3 - Par 5 507 Yds12 - Par 4 467 Yds
4 - Par 4 387 Yds13 - Par 5 551 Yds
5 - Par 3 188 Yds14 - Par 3 237 Yds
6 - Par 4 489 Yds15 - Par 4 321 Yds
7 - Par 5 513 Yds16 - Par 3 242 Yds
8 - Par 3 189 Yds17 - Par 4 431 Yds
9 - Par 4 463 Yds18 - Par 4 411 Yds
36 3,479 Yds35 3,554 Yds
Annual:  10th
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Aaron Goldberg (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Brian Unk, Josh Habig, Kane Hanson, Mitch Gillis, Clayton Rask
Tournament Record:  265 (Aaron Goldberg, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Lucas Lee, Andrew Parr, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Lucas Lee, Scott Gibson, Graham DeLaet,
  Andy Matthews, 2009)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Byron Smith, 2007 - National Pines Golf Club)
Total Purse:  $200,000 (Canadian dollars)
Payouts:  1st Place - $32,000; 2nd Place - $19,200; 3rd Place - $12,000
2010 Finish
Aaron Goldberg265Clayton Rask271
Brian Unk271John Ellis272
Josh Habig271Andres Gonzales272
Kane Hanson271Devin Carrey272
Mitch Gillis271Four players at273
Past Canadian Tour Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Aaron Goldberg (265) -- Brin Unk, Josh Habig, Kane Hanson, Mitch Gillis,
Clayton Rask
2009*James Love (269) -- Lucas Lee
2008Tom Stankowski (272) -- Wes Heffernan, Graham DeLaet
2007Bret Guetz (274) -- Byron Smith
2006Stuart Anderson (273) -- Matt McQuillan
2005*Michael Harris (275) -- Anders Hultman
2004Chris Wisler (276) -- Dirk Ayers, Brad Fritsch, Scott Hawley,
Clint Jensen
2003Rodney Butcher (278) -- Jon Mills
2002Jeff Quinney (282) -- Dave Christensen, Mario Tiziani

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Brian UnkT-23---T-22T-55T-2
Josh HabigT-42mcT-38mcT-2
Adam Hadwin------------T-10
Wes HeffernanT-13T-17T-2T-6T-24
Stuart AndersonWonmcmcT-32T-24
Mike Grobmc4thT-19T-40T-24
Lucas Lee---------2ndT-32
Hugo Leon---------mcT-32
J.d.J. Rodriguez------------T-32
Mike MezeimcmcmcT-40T-43
Andrew Parr---mcT-55T-12T-46
James Love---T-33T-15Wonmc
Alan McLeanT-31------T-3mc
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Hugo Leon
Darkhorse - Darren Griff
Last Week's Pick to Win (Brian Unk) - Won
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kent Fukushima) - Missed the cut
The Canadian Tour remains in Ontario for the second straight week for the 10th edition of the Canadian Tour Championship. The event is being played at Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor for the first time.

Fourteen of the top-15 players on the money list are playing this week. Jose de Jesus Rodriguez sits atop the standings with $80,641 in earnings. He leads Hugo Leon by $15,780. Rodriguez is the only two-time winner in 2011. Canadian Adam Hadwin is also in the field. Hadwin won the Pacific Colombia Tour Championship earlier this season and finished tied for fourth at the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour.

Last year, Aaron Goldberg closed with a five-under 65 in the final round -- his best round of the week -- to win by six shots over five players. It was the American's third win of the season, netting him $52,000 and the all-time Canadian Tour record for most money earned in a season with $151,912. That broke the previous single-season mark of $129,158 set by Trevor Dodds in 1996. Dodds also holds the season wins record, capturing four during that season. Goldberg carded four consecutive rounds of 67 or better to finish with a 15-under 265 on the St. Catharines course.

In 2009, James Love parred the first playoff hole to beat Lucas Lee, salvaging a season that featured little success. Love, who closed with a three-under 67 in the final round, had missed the cut in six of his previous nine starts. But all that disappointment faded away on the St. Catharines course after Love chipped within tap-in range for his winning par in the playoff. It was his first career win.

In 2008, Tom Stankowski birdied his final two holes to earn his first victory on the Canadian Tour. He shot a final-round, three-under 69 and won the title by two strokes over Wes Heffernan and Graham DeLaet at 16-under 272.

In 2007, Bret Guetz held off a hard-charging Byron Smith in the final round to earn his first victory on the Canadian Tour. Guetz carded rounds of 67-70-65-72 to finish at 14-under-par 274. That was only good for a one-shot victory over Smith, whose 10-under 62 in the final round established a new course record at National Pines Golf Club.

The top two players on the Order of Merit at the conclusion of play are exempted into the second stage of the PGA Tour National Qualifying School.

08/24 18:56:01 ET

As of August 24, 2011, at 06:56 PM ET

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