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CANADIAN - Desert Dunes Classic Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 6th
SITE: Desert Dunes Golf Club, Desert Hot Springs, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1989)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,876
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 544 Yds10 - Par 4 386 Yds
2 - Par 4 417 Yds11 - Par 4 357 Yds
3 - Par 4 334 Yds12 - Par 4 382 Yds
4 - Par 4 406 Yds13 - Par 5 586 Yds
5 - Par 3 176 Yds14 - Par 3 192 Yds
6 - Par 4 375 Yds15 - Par 4 431 Yds
7 - Par 4 398 Yds16 - Par 5 530 Yds
8 - Par 3 181 Yds17 - Par 3 192 Yds
9 - Par 5 546 Yds18 - Par 4 443 Yds
35 3,377 Yds36 3,499 Yds
Annual:  2nd
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Adam Hadwin
Runner-Up:  Richard H. Lee
Tournament Record:  269 (Adam Hadwin, Richard H. Lee, 2010)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Adam Hadwin, Richard H. Lee, Ryan Yip, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Adam Hadwin, 2010)
Course Record:  63 (Adam Hadwin, 2010)
Total Purse:  $150,000
Payouts:  1st Place - $24,000; 2nd Place - $14,400; 3rd Place - $9,000
2010 Finish
Adam Hadwin *269Will Strickler274
Richard H. Lee269Thomas Petersson275
Ryan Yip270Johnny Bloomfield276
Jim Rutledge274Byron Smith276
Andres Gonzales274Aaron Goldberg276
Matt Marshall276

* - Won in Playoff

Past Desert Dunes Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010*Adam Hadwin (269) -- Richard H. Lee

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Adam HadwinWon
Ryan Yip3rd
Jim RutledgeT-4
Kent EgerT-12
Brad FritschT-15
Garrett SappT-21
Wes HeffernanT-25
Roger SloanT-25
Cody SloverT-33
Danny SahlT-50
Mike Grobmc
Stuart Anderson---
Tom Hoge---
Hugo Leon---
Joe Panzeri---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Garrett Sapp
Darkhorse - Matt Hoffman
Last Week's Pick to Win - Tour Championship (Hugo Leon) - Finished T-29
Last Week's Darkhorse - Tour Championship (Darren Griff) - Missed the cut
The Canadian Tour returns this week in the United States for the Desert Dunes Classic in Desert Hot Springs, California. This is the final event on the Canadian Tour in 2011 and first since the Canadian Tour Championship in August.

Seven of the top 10 players on the Order of Merit are scheduled to compete this week. Money leader Jose de Jesus Rodriguez is not in the field. Rodriguez leads Hugo Leon by $13,876. Leon is playing this week and can win the Order of Merit if he wins or finishes in second place alone.

Canadian Adam Hadwin is back to defend his title. Hadwin won the Pacific Colombia Tour Championship in March. He has played in five PGA Tour events this year, making the cut in all five. Hadwin finished tied for 39th at the U.S. Open, tied for fourth at the RBC Canadian Open and tied for seventh at the Open.

This tournament is being held between the first and second stages of PGA Tour Qualifying School to help keep players sharp for the final stages. Rodriguez and Leon are exempted into the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School for being first and second on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit following the Canadian Tour Championship.

Last year, Hadwin parred the first playoff hole to defeat Richard Lee and earn his first Canadian Tour win. Hadwin fired rounds of 63-67-69-70 to finish with Lee at 19-under-par 269. Hadwin held at least a share of the lead after every round.

Desert Dunes Golf Club was designed by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and opened in 1989. The course has been rated as one of the top-30 public courses in the United States and a Four Star place to play by Golf Digest.

11/01 17:06:22 ET

As of November 1, 2011, at 05:06 PM ET

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