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PGA European - Moravia Silesia Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, July 30th through Sunday, August 2nd
SITE: Prosper Golf Resort (Old Course), Celadna, Czech Republic
COURSE ARCHITECT: Miguel Angel Jimenez (2001)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,155
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 544 Yds10 - Par 5 575 Yds
2 - Par 4 432 Yds11 - Par 4 428 Yds
3 - Par 3 213 Yds12 - Par 4 457 Yds
4 - Par 4 360 Yds13 - Par 4 335 Yds
5 - Par 4 411 Yds14 - Par 4 428 Yds
6 - Par 3 187 Yds15 - Par 3 168 Yds
7 - Par 5 611 Yds16 - Par 5 553 Yds
8 - Par 4 421 Yds17 - Par 3 216 Yds
9 - Par 4 363 Yds18 - Par 4 453 Yds
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36 3,542 Yds36 3,613 Yds
 
Annual:  5th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (et)
  Saturday/Sunday -- 8:30-11:30 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Bernhard Langer
Runner-Up:  Niclas Fasth, Ignacio Garrido
Tournament Record:  264 (Bernhard Langer, 1997)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Ignacio Garrido, 1997)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Patrik Sjoland, Ignacio Garrido, Miguel A. Jimenez, 1997)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Patrik Sjoland, 1997 - Prague Karlstein Golf Club)
Total Purse:  $2,829,128 (2,000,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $471,516; 2nd Place - $314,368; 3rd Place - $177,117
 
1997 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Bernhard Langer264Patrik Sjoland270
Niclas Fasth268Andrew Coltart271
Ignacio Garrido268Joakim Haeggman271
Miguel Angel Jimenez269Peter Hedblom271
Alex Cejka270Michael Long271
Lee Westwood271
 
Past Moravia Silesia Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
1997- Bernhard Langer (264) -- Niclas Fasth, Ignacio Garrido
1996- Jonathan Lomas (272) -- Daniel Chopra
1995- Peter Teravainen (268) -- Howard Clark
1994- Per-Ulrik Johansson (237) -- Klas Eriksson
Note:Formerly called Chemapol Trophy Czech Open (1994-97).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player1994199519961997
Ignacio Garrido---mc---T-2
Miguel A. Jimenez---------4th
Alex Cejka---T-19T-20T-5
Patrik Sjoland------T-24T-5
Andrew Coltart---mcT-24T-7
Joakim HaeggmanT-5T-25T-40T-7
Jonathan Lomas---mcWonT-15
David Howell------mcT-15
Thomas Levet---mcT-64---
Per-U. JohanssonWonmc------
Jamie Donaldson------------
Ricardo Gonzalez------------
Pablo Larrazabal------------
Chris Wood------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Miguel Angel Jimenez
Darkhorse - Jamie Donaldson
 
Last week's Pick to Win (Nick Dougherty) - Not in final field
Last week's Darkhorse (Johan Edfors) - Finished tied for 43rd
 
NOTES:
The European Tour travels to the Czech Republic this week for the Moravia Silesia Open at the Old Course at Prosper Golf Resort. Miguel Angel Jimenez is the top-ranked player in the field at 39th in the world. Jimenez will have local knowledge of the course this week, as he was the architect. He will try to join fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal as the only golfers to win a European Tour event on a course they designed. Olazabal won the 2005 Mallorca Classic at Pula Golf Club.

This is the first European Tour event in the Czech Republic since 1997. The 12-year gap between tournaments is the longest between events for a country staging a European Tour event. The Chemapol Tropy Czech Open was staged from 1994 to 1997. Winners of the Chemapol Trophy Czech Open are Per-Ulrik Johansson (1994), Peter Teravainen (1995), Jonathan Lomas (1996) and World Golf Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer (1997). Johansson and Lomas are in the field this week.

Only three players in the field have won on Czech soil. They are: Per-Ulrik Johansson (1994 Czech Open), Jonathan Lomas (1996 Czech Open) and Alex Cejka (1997 KB Golf Challenge). This event was part of the European Challenge Tour. In addition, only four players who played in the first European Tour event to be staged in the Czech Republic in 1994 are competing in 2009. They are: Johansson, Klas Eriksson, Joakim Haeggman and Barry Lane.

The European Tour heads to the United States next week for the final tune-up prior to the year's final major. Vijay Singh will defend his title at the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio before the players travel to Minnesota for the PGA Championship.

07/28 16:32:46 ET

As of July 28, 2009, at 04:32 PM ET

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