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CHAMPIONS - AT&T Championship Preview
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DATES: Friday, October 29th through Sunday, October 31st
SITE: Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio, Texas
COURSE ARCHITECT: A.W. Tillinghast (1922); Jay Moorish (1983 - redesign)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,735
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 351 Yds10 - Par 5 513 Yds
2 - Par 3 175 Yds11 - Par 4 450 Yds
3 - Par 4 456 Yds12 - Par 4 474 Yds
4 - Par 4 383 Yds13 - Par 3 218 Yds
5 - Par 5 610 Yds14 - Par 4 323 Yds
6 - Par 4 371 Yds15 - Par 5 527 Yds
7 - Par 4 458 Yds16 - Par 4 384 Yds
8 - Par 4 309 Yds17 - Par 4 367 Yds
9 - Par 3 163 Yds18 - Par 3 203 Yds
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35 3,276 Yds36 3,459 Yds
 
Annual:  26th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Sunday -- 4:30-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Phil Blackmar
Runner-Up:  Andy Bean, Tom Kite, Jay Haas
Tournament Record:  195 (Mark McNulty, 2004)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Mark McNulty, 2004)
Course Record:  62 (Gil Morgan, 2004; John Harris, 2005)
Total Purse:  $1,750,000
Shares:  1st Place - $262,500; 2nd Place - $154,000; 3rd Place - $126,000
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Phil Blackmar203Hale Irwin206
Andy Bean204Keith Fergus207
Tom Kite204Bernhard Langer207
Jay Haas204Scott Simpson207
John Cook205Four players at208
 
Past AT&T Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Phil Blackmar (203) -- Andy Bean, Tom Kite, Jay Haas
2008John Cook (197) -- Keith Fergus
2007John Cook (198) -- Mark O'Meara
2006Fred Funk (201) -- Chip Beck
2005Jay Haas (199) -- Tom Purtzer
2004Mark McNulty (195) -- Gary McCord
2003Craig Stadler (198) -- Bob Gilder
2002Dana Quigley (201) -- Bob Gilder
2001Larry Nelson (199) -- Bob Gilder, Gary McCord
2000Doug Tewell (202) -- Larry Nelson, Walter Hall
1999*John Mahaffey (204) -- Jose Maria Canizares, Bruce Fleisher
1998Lee Trevino (205) -- Mike McCullough
1997David Graham (206) -- John Jacobs
1996Tom Weiskopf (207) -- Bob Dickson, Gary Player, Graham Marsh
1995Jim Albus (205) -- Ray Floyd, Jay Sigel
1994Jim Albus (208) -- George Archer, Graham Marsh, Lee Trevino
1993J.C. Snead (214) -- Bobby Nichols, Gary Player
1992Lee Trevino (201) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1991#Lee Trevino (137) -- Charles Coody, Mike Hill, Rocky Thompson
1990Jim Dent (205) -- Harold Henning
1989Larry Mowry (201) -- Gay Brewer
1988Billy Casper (205) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1987Chi Chi Rodriguez (203) -- Butch Baird
1986Bruce Crampton (202) -- Bob Charles
1985Don January (206) -- Gay Brewer

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called SBC Championship (2000-05), Southwestern Bell Dominion
(1997-99), SBC Dominion Seniors (1996), SBC Presents The Dominion Seniors (1995), Vantage at The Dominion (1987-88, 90-94), RJR at The Dominion (1989), Benson & Hedges Invitational at The Dominion (1986), The Dominion Seniors (1985).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Phil Blackmar---------------------T-12T-42Won
Jay Haas---------------WonT-7T-18T-3T-2
Andy Bean---------T-40T-57T-14T-25T-28T-20T-2
Tom Kite---T-16T-12T-4T-4T-6T-13T-3T-36T-2
John Cook---------------------WonWon5th
Hale Irwin---T-16T-14T-4T-10T-19T-38---T-206th
Keith Fergus------------T-46T-23T-25T-222ndT-7
Scott Simpson---------------T-193rdT-10T-8T-7
Bernhard Langer---------------------T-38---T-7
Jeff Sluman---------------------T-46T-5T-10
Mike Goodes------------------------T-20T-10
Russ Cochran---------------------------T-10
Mark Wiebe---------------------T-7---T-22
Tom JenkinsT-16T-11T-38T-26T-12T-23T-32T-44T-16T-14
Chip Beck------------------2ndT-38T-30T-14
David Frost---------------------------T-14
Dan Forsman------------------------T-8T-18
Morris Hatalsky------T-46---T-7T-11T-25T-38T-36T-18
Mark O'Meara---------------------2ndT-64T-18
Gil Morgan4thT-165thT-16T-25T-6T-25T-22T-30T-22
Mark James------------T-463rdT-13T-7T-5T-32
Bob Gilder---T-22nd2ndT-17T-28T-48T-22T-30T-36
Bob Tway---------------------------T-36
Tom Purtzer------T-38T-43---2ndT-20T-12T-20T-42
Fred Funk------------------WonT-3T-36T-61
Larry NelsonT-2WonT-389thT-7T-28T-55T-66T-20---
Dana Quigley15thT-11WonT-22T-7T-4T-25T-46------
Tom Lehman------------------------------
Kenny Perry------------------------------
Nick Price------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Russ Cochran
Darkhorse - Mike Reid
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Nick Price) - Finished tied for 42nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Tom Kite) - Finished tied for 56th
 
NOTES:
For the eighth year in a row, this event will serve as the final tournament for players to gain entrance into next week's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The top 30 players on the money list following this week's event will qualify for the tournament. Twenty-six of the top 30 players on the money list are playing this week. Currently holding down the 30th spot is Mark Wiebe, who is $7,666 ahead of Ted Schulz. Both players are in the field this week. Speaking of the Charles Schwab Cup, Bernhard Langer holds a 535-point lead over Fred Couples heading into the final two events. Langer is playing this week, but Couples is not. The purse increased $50,000 from last year to $1.75 million, with the winner receiving $262,500.

Last year, Phil Blackmar fired a seven-under 64 in the final round to come from behind and win this event by a single stroke after Jay Haas bogeyed the final hole. Blackmar got into the clubhouse at 10-under 203, then had to wait for the final three groups to finish. Andy Bean, playing alongside Haas, could have forced a playoff with a closing birdie, but he parred the last. Haas was tied for the lead with Blackmar with one hole to play but stumbled to a closing bogey. That gave Blackmar his first Champions Tour title.

In 2008, John Cook fired a six-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and successfully defend his title. Cook finished the tournament at 16-under 197 at Oak Hills Country Club and won the event by three shots over Keith Fergus. Cook became the third player in tournament history to win two in a row. Lee Trevino (1991-92) and Jim Albus (1994-95) were the first two players to accomplish the feat.

Cook took only two weeks to become a winner on the Champions Tour in 2007. An 11-time winner on the PGA Tour, he fired a six-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and win. He finished the tournament at 15-under 198 to win the title by two over Mark O'Meara. Cook had not won at all since the Reno- Tahoe Open on the PGA Tour in 2001. He became the youngest champion of this event at 50 years and 17 days old.

In 2006, Fred Funk birdied three holes in a row from the 15th to move past Chip Beck and collect his first Champions Tour win. Funk finished with a two- under 69 in the final round and took the title at 12-under 201. It was only Funk's third start on the 50-and-over circuit. He joined Albus (1994) as the only wire-to-wire winners in event history.

In 2005, Haas posted his second straight round of five-under 66 in the final round to win this championship by two shots. Haas completed the event at 14- under 199. Haas won for the third time at Oak Hills, also winning the Texas Open there in 1982 and 1993. He became the sixth player to capture both a Champions Tour and a PGA Tour event in San Antonio. Don January was the first, winning the inaugural event at The Dominion in 1985 after claiming the 1975 Texas Open. Other double Alamo City winners are Bruce Crampton (1964 Texas Open/1986 Benson & Hedges Invitational), Chi Chi Rodriguez (1967 Texas Open/1987 Vantage at The Dominion), Trevino (1980 Texas Open/1991-92 Vantage at The Dominion, 1998 Southwestern Bell Dominion) and John Mahaffey (1985 Texas Open/1999 SBC Championship).

Mark McNulty fired a six-under 65 in the final round of 2004 to cruise to victory. He posted an 18-under 195 total to win by eight over Gary McCord. McNulty's three-day total of 195 broke Craig Stadler's old tournament record of 198 from 2003. McNulty also established a new 36-hole record of 130.

After 17 years at the event's original site, the Dominion Country Club, the tournament moved to historic Oak Hills Country Club in 2002. Oak Hills has a long history of championship golf, having hosted the Texas Open from 1961 to 1966 and again from 1977 to 1994. Club highlights include Arnold Palmer's back-to-back victories in 1961-62, Bill Rogers' playoff win over Ben Crenshaw in 1981, and Mahaffey's extra-hole win over Jodie Mudd in 1985. Champions Tour stars Hale Irwin, Trevino, Jim Colbert and Crenshaw also won Texas Opens played at Oak Hills. Oak Hills hosted the inaugural Tour Championship, then called the Nabisco Championships of Golf, which was won by Tom Watson in 1987.

There has been only one playoff in tournament history. In 1999, Mahaffey overcame two rain delays totaling nearly six hours to shoot a final-round 70, then rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole in rapidly approaching darkness to capture his first Champions Tour title. Mahaffey was joined by Bruce Fleisher and Jose Maria Canizares in the extra session.

Trevino won this event in 1991-92 and 1998 and was runner-up in 1994. Trevino's first victory in 1991 came in the only rain-shortened event in tournament history. In 1994, Albus won by a stroke over George Archer, Graham Marsh and Trevino.

In the 25-year history of the tournament, only three winners have recorded a round of par or higher: J.C. Snead in 1993, Albus in 1994 and Blackmar in 2009. Trevino is the event's oldest winner, claiming his third title in 1998 at 58 years, three months and 28 days.

Chi Chi Rodriguez holds the Champions Tour record of four consecutive victories. He started his run at the 1987 AT&T Championship when he defeated Butch Baird by three shots.

The Champions Tour moves to California next week for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco, where Cook will defend his title.

10/26 16:06:45 ET

As of October 26, 2010, at 04:07 PM ET

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