CHAMPIONS - Kaanapali Champions Skins Game Preview
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DATES: Saturday, January 29th and Sunday, January 30th
SITE: Royal Kaanapali Golf Course (North Course), Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Sr (1962), Robin Nelson (2006)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,700
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 519 Yds10 - Par 4 454 Yds
2 - Par 3 190 Yds11 - Par 4 424 Yds
3 - Par 4 421 Yds12 - Par 4 362 Yds
4 - Par 4 373 Yds13 - Par 4 390 Yds
5 - Par 4 474 Yds14 - Par 4 405 Yds
6 - Par 5 460 Yds15 - Par 3 202 Yds
7 - Par 4 324 Yds16 - Par 4 437 Yds
8 - Par 3 185 Yds17 - Par 3 155 Yds
9 - Par 5 485 Yds18 - Par 4 440 Yds
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37 3,431 Yds34 3,269 Yds
 
Annual:  24th
Television:  Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Jack Nicklaus/Tom Watson
Runner-Up:  Fuzzy Zoeller/Ben Crenshaw
Tournament Skins Record:  14 Skins (Chi Chi Rodriguez, 1988, Ray Floyd, 1995)
Tournament Money Record:  $530,000 (Ben Crenshaw and Fuzzy Zoeller, 2009)
Total Purse:  $770,000
Shares:  Holes 1 through 6 are worth $30,000 each
  Holes 7 through 12 are worth $40,000 each
  Holes 13 through 17 are worth $50,000 each
  Hole 18 is worth $100,000
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Nicklaus/T.Watson10 Skins Couples/Price3 Skins
Crenshaw/Zoeller5 Skins Player/Roberts 0 Skins
 
Past Kaanapali Champions Skins Game Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Jack Nicklaus/Tom Watson (10 Skins) -- Ben Crenshaw/Fuzzy Zoeller
2009Ben Crenshaw/Fuzzy Zoeller (13 Skins) -- Jay Haas/ Greg Norman
2008*Peter Jacobsen/Fuzzy Zoeller (6 Skins) -- Jack Nicklaus/ Tom Watson
2007Jack Nicklaus/Tom Watson (9 Skins) -- Gary Player/ Jay Haas
2006Raymond Floyd/Dana Quigley (10 Skins) - Jack Nicklaus/ Tom Watson
2005Jack Nicklaus (11 Skins) -- Craig Stadler
2004Tom Watson (10 Skins) -- Arnold Palmer
2003Lee Trevino (6 Skins) -- Hale Irwin
2002Hale Irwin (11 Skins) -- Jack Nicklaus
2001*Hale Irwin (7 Skins) -- Jack Nicklaus
2000*Gary Player (4 Skins) -- Tom Watson
1999Hale Irwin (7 Skins) -- Raymond Floyd
1998Raymond Floyd (11 Skins) -- Hale Irwin
1997Raymond Floyd (8 Skins) -- Jack Nicklaus
1996Raymond Floyd (8 Skins) -- Jim Colbert
1995Raymond Floyd (14 Skins) -- Jack Nicklaus
1994Raymond Floyd (8 Skins) -- Arnold Palmer
1993Arnold Palmer (6 Skins) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1992Arnold Palmer (7 Skins) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1991Jack Nicklaus (10 Skins) -- Lee Trevino
1990Arnold Palmer (8 Skins) -- Jack Nicklaus
1989Chi Chi Rodriguez (4 Skins) -- Gary Player
1988Chi Chi Rodriguez (15 Skins) -- Gary Player

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Senior Skins Game (1988-2002), ConAgra Foods Skins Game
(2003); Wendy's Champions Skins Game (2004-10).

Most Money Won, One Year:  Floyd/Quigley ($530,000 - 2009)
Most Money Won, One Hole:  Floyd/Quigley ($410,000 - 2006)
Most Money Won, 1st Nine:  Nicklaus/Watson ($270,000 - 2008)
Most Money Won, 2nd Nine:  Floyd/Quigley ($510,000 - 2006)
Most Skins Won, One Year:  Chi Chi Rodriguez, Raymond Floyd (14 - 1988, 1995)
Most Skins Won, One Hole:  Jack Nicklaus, Floyd/Quigley (9 - 1991, 2006)
Most Skins Won, 1st Nine:  Jack Nicklaus (8 - 1990)
  Jack Nicklaus/Tom Watson (8 - 2006, 2008)
Most Skins Won, 2nd Nine:  Hale Irwin (11 - 2002)
Most Consecutive Skins:  Hale Irwin, Jack Nicklaus (11 - 2002, 2005)
Most Consecutive Holes without a Skin:  10 (1991)

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
Jack Nicklaus2nd2nd3rd3rdWon2ndWon2nd4thWon
Tom Watson---------Won3rd2ndWon2nd4thWon
Fuzzy Zoeller---T-3---------------WonWon2nd
Ben Crenshaw------------------------Won2nd
Fred Couples---------------------------3rd
Nick Price---------------------------3rd
Bernhard Langer------------------------3rd---
Mark O'Meara------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson
Darkhorse - Ben Crenshaw and Fuzzy Zoeller
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (John Cook) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Michael Allen) - Finished tied for 8th
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour remains in the Aloha State this week with the 24th annual Champions Skins Game. Four teams will make up the tournament, led by defending champions Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. Nicklaus and Watson also captured this event in 2007. Nicklaus has won this tournament a total of four times, while Watson has three titles. Other pairings include: Ben Crenshaw and Fuzzy Zoeller, Fred Couples and Nick Price, and Bernhard Langer and Mark O'Meara. This is the sixth consecutive time that the legendary twosome of Nicklaus and Watson will be playing together.

The eight players competing this week have combined to win 38 major championships on the PGA Tour - Nicklaus (18), Watson (8), Price (3), Crenshaw (2), Langer (2), O'Meara (2), Zoeller (2) and Couples (1). The players also have combined to win 17 Champions Tour major titles - Nicklaus (8), Watson (5), Langer (2), O'Meara (1) and Zoeller (1).

Last year, Nicklaus and Watson picked up seven skins on Saturday and three skins on Sunday to cruise to a big win at this event. Nicklaus and Watson finished with 10 skins and $350,000. Crenshaw and Zoeller, the 2009 champions, took second place with five skins and $230,000. They earned all five skins on Sunday. Couples and Price birdied the playoff hole to win two of their three skins. They collected $190,000 with those three skins. Gary Player and Loren Roberts were shut out.

In 2005, Nicklaus, playing his first competitive round in nine months, recorded 11 skins and a career record payday of $340,000 to defeat Craig Stadler, Watson and Arnold Palmer.

Nicklaus will be competing in his 20th Champions Skins Game this week. The Golden Bear is the all-time skins winner with 114 and ranks first in money earned with $2,605,000. There have been only five eagles in Champions Skins Game history and Nicklaus has four of them. He and partner Watson both recorded eagles in 2004.

During the mid 1990s, six-time winner Floyd dominated this event, winning five straight years from 1994-98 and finishing second in 1999. Floyd ranks second to Nicklaus in skins and earnings.

Lee Trevino, who won this event in 2003, is the only player to record a hole- in-one in Skins Game history (the PGA Tour edition in 1987). Chi Chi Rodriguez and Player hold the record for the fewest skins won by a champion of this event. In 1989, Rodriguez won with four skins over Player, while Player turned the tables on Watson in 2000.

This is the fourth Skins Game at Royal Kaanapali Golf Course, following seven years at Wailea Resort and 11 at Mauna Lani on the Big Island of Hawaii. The first Skins Game was played in 1988 at Turtle Bay Golf Club on Oahu, and the second in 1989 at La Quinta, California. The North Course at Royal Kaanapali hosted a Champions Tour event from 1987-2000 before it moved to Oahu.

The Champions Tour travels to Florida in two weeks for the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, where Bernhard Langer will defend the first of his five titles from 2010.

01/25 15:56:30 ET

As of January 25, 2011, at 03:56 PM ET
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