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CHAMPIONS - Allianz Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Friday, February 19th through Sunday, February 21st
SITE: The Old Course at Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, Florida
COURSE ARCHITECT: Joe Lee (1978), Gene Bates - redesign (2004)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,807
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 537 Yds10 - Par 4 396 Yds
2 - Par 4 410 Yds11 - Par 5 535 Yds
3 - Par 3 172 Yds12 - Par 4 401 Yds
4 - Par 4 342 Yds13 - Par 4 345 Yds
5 - Par 4 409 Yds14 - Par 3 207 Yds
6 - Par 5 568 Yds15 - Par 4 453 Yds
7 - Par 4 290 Yds16 - Par 3 203 Yds
8 - Par 3 169 Yds17 - Par 4 434 Yds
9 - Par 4 429 Yds18 - Par 5 507 Yds
36 3,326 Yds36 3,481 Yds
Annual:  4th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 2-4 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Mike Goodes
Runner-Up:  Fulton Allem
Tournament Record:  201 (Mark James, 2007; Mike Goodes, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  133 (Jay Haas, Mark James, Craig Stadler, 2007;
  Jerry Pate, 2008)
Course Record:  63 (Craig Stadler, 2007)
Total Purse:  $1,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $255,000; 2nd Place - $149,600; 3rd Place - $122,400
2009 Finish
Mike Goodes201Tom Jenkins205
Fulton Allem202Andy Bean206
Bernhard Langer204Russ Cochran206
Mark James205David Edwards206
Gil Morgan205Dan Forsman206
Larry Mize206
Past Allianz Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Mike Goodes (201) -- Fulton Allem
2008Scott Hoch (202) -- Brad Bryant, Bruce Lietzke
2007Mark James (201) -- Jay Haas

Top Contenders in the Field
Mike Goodes------Won
Bernhard Langer---T-353rd
Mark JamesWonT-18T-4
Gil MorganT-43T-18T-4
Tom JenkinsT-24T-42T-4
Andy BeanT-9T-39T-7
Eduardo Romero---T-4T-12
John Cook---T-6T-12
Jerry PateT-31T-9T-12
Jay Haas2ndT-6T-18
Mark McNulty---T-11T-18
Loren RobertsT-617thT-21
Brad BryantT-3T-2T-31
Keith FergusT-6T-6T-36
Jeff Sluman---T-18T-36
Dana QuigleyT-6T-42T-36
Bruce Lietzke---T-2T-47
Tom KiteT-24T-9T-47
Hale Irwin---T-18T-47
Tom PurtzerT-31T-15T-52
Allen DoyleT-9T-11T-60
Scott HochT-9Won---
Michael Allen---------
Tommy Armour III---------
Paul Azinger---------
Tom Lehman---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Mike Goodes
Darkhorse - Tommy Armour III
Last Week's Pick to Win (Fred Couples) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Hale Irwin) - Finished tied for 38th
The Champions Tour remains in Florida for the second straight week with the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton. Fred Couples captured his first Champions Tour title in just his second event last week at the ACE Group Classic in Naples. Tom Watson won the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship in January in Hawaii. Couples and Watson are not in the field this week, so someone will win their first event of 2010.

Last year, at the age of 52, Mike Goodes finally collected his first professional victory as he fired a six-under 66 in the final round to come from behind and win the title. He finished at 15-under 201 and won by a single stroke over Fulton Allem. Goodes was a lifelong amateur who collected three titles in his native North Carolina before giving the Champions Tour a chance. Allem got into the clubhouse at 14-under par after a two-putt birdie at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club's par-five closing hole. He had almost 18 feet for eagle, but missed and settled for a share of the lead with Goodes, who still had 18 to play. Goodes ripped a drive down the fairway and his second hit the green, but rolled off into a sprinkler head. He received a free drop and elected to putt his third. Goodes showed no signs of nerves when he lagged his eagle try inside two feet. After his playing partners finished, Goodes tapped in to get that first professional win. Goodes tied the tournament record of 201 set by Mark James in 2007.

This event is being played at The Old Course at Broken Sound Club, which is considered one of the premier golf course communities in Palm Beach County. One of two 18-hole tracks at the club, The Old Course features an abundance of trees and rolling fairways that give it a similar feel to courses in the Pinehurst, North Carolina area. It also features the largest stand of natural Florida maple trees in the country.

The Champions Tour played in Boca Raton in the mid-1980s for three years. Arnold Palmer won the Boca Grove Seniors Classic in 1983 and successfully defended his title the following year when it was known as the Quadel Seniors Classic. Gary Player won the Quadel Seniors Classic in 1985, becoming the fifth man to win in his first Champions Tour start.

In two weeks, the elder circuit travels to California for the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, where Eduardo Romero captured the 2009 event.

02/16 14:31:11 ET

As of February 16, 2010, at 02:31 PM ET

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