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CHAMPIONS - Boeing Classic Preview
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DATES: Friday, August 26th through Sunday, August 28th
SITE: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, Snoqualmie, Washington
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (1999)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,183
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 554 Yds10 - Par 4 353 Yds
2 - Par 4 410 Yds11 - Par 4 462 Yds
3 - Par 4 439 Yds12 - Par 4 426 Yds
4 - Par 4 426 Yds13 - Par 3 210 Yds
5 - Par 4 475 Yds14 - Par 4 431 Yds
6 - Par 3 207 Yds15 - Par 5 590 Yds
7 - Par 4 375 Yds16 - Par 4 380 Yds
8 - Par 5 529 Yds17 - Par 3 211 Yds
9 - Par 3 207 Yds18 - Par 5 498 Yds
36 3,622 Yds36 3,561 Yds
Annual:  7th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Bernhard Langer
Runner-Up:  Nick Price
Tournament Record:  198 (Loren Roberts, 2009; Bernhard Langer, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Bernhard Langer, 2010)
Course Record:  61 (Scott Simpson, Tom Jenkins, 2006)
Total Purse:  $2,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $300,000; 2nd Place - $176,000; 3rd Place - $144,000
2010 Finish
Bernhard Langer198Russ Cochran209
Nick Price201Keith Fergus209
Fred Couples207Five players at210
Mike Reid208
Hal Sutton208
Past Boeing Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Bernhard Langer (198) -- Nick Price
2009Loren Roberts (198) -- Mark O'Meara
2008Tom Kite (202) -- Scott Simpson
2007*Denis Watson (207) -- Gil Morgan, Dana Quigley, R.W. Eaks, David Eger,
Joe Ozaki, Craig Stadler
2006*Tom Kite (201) -- Keith Fergus
2005David Eger (199) -- Tom Kite

* - Won in Playoff

NOTE:Formerly called Boeing Greater Seattle Classic (2005-06).

Top Contenders in the Field
Bernhard Langer------------T-3Won
Nick Price------T-33T-7T-112nd
Fred Couples---------------3rd
Hal Sutton------------5thT-4
Mike ReidT-9T-30T-49T-19T-50T-4
Russ Cochran------------T-35T-6
Keith FergusT-202ndT-14T-17T-59T-6
Jeff Sluman---------T-32T-9T-8
Larry Mize------------T-20T-8
Loren Roberts------T-54---WonT-13
Scott Simpson---T-3T-172ndT-23T-15
Mark Calcavecchia---------------T-15
Mark O'Meara------T-11T-322ndT-19
Gil MorganT-39T-40T-2T-55T-55T-21
Jay Haas---------------T-21
John Cook---------3rdT-9T-25
Mark Wiebe---------4thT-16T-25
Brad BryantT-3------T-14T-20T-25
Mike Goodes---------T-44T-23T-31
Bruce FleisherT-13T-40T-49T-7T-41T-31
Craig Stadler6th---T-2---6thT-41
Gary Hallberg---------T-19T-27T-41
David EgerWonT-35T-2T-19T-11T-46
Chien Soon Lu---------------T-46
Olin Browne------------T-27T-52
Tom Kite2ndWonT-38WonT-16T-57
Tom JenkinsT-33T-3T-17T-32T-2771st
Tom Lehman------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tom Lehman
Darkhorse - Peter Senior
Last Week's Pick to Win (Loren Roberts) - Finished tied for 28th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Hale Irwin) - Finished tied for 45th
The Champions Tour travels to the West Coast this week for the Boeing Classic in the state of Washington, held at the Jack Nicklaus-designed TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. The top-13 players on the money list are competing this week, including money leader and three-time winner Tom Lehman. Lehman currently leads the money list by $314,063 over fellow three-time winner John Cook. Lehman and Cook are the only multiple winners on the Champions Tour this season. They will be joined by Washington native Fred Couples, who is coming off his first major title on the Champions Tour last week at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $2 million, with the winner receiving $300,000.

Last year, Bernhard Langer fired three rounds in the 60s and cruised to his fifth victory of the season. Langer finished the tournament at 18-under 198, which matched Loren Roberts' tournament record from 2009. Langer won by three strokes over Nick Price.

In 2009, Roberts birdied the final two holes to beat Mark O'Meara by a single stroke. Roberts closed with a seven-under 65 to finish at 18-under-par 198. His total of 198 beat the old tournament record of 199 that David Eger set in 2005.

In 2008, Tom Kite fired a six-under 66 in the final round to come from behind and collect his first Champions Tour victory in two years. Kite finished at 14-under-par 202 to win by two over Scott Simpson. It was his 10th victory on the Champions Tour and his first since this event in 2006. Kite was the only player to shoot all three rounds in the 60s.

In 2007, Denis Watson eagled the second playoff hole to end the largest playoff in Champions Tour history. Watson survived a seven-man playoff, the biggest on either the PGA or Champions Tour. There has been a six-man playoff on the PGA Tour and five-player sudden death on the Champions Tour. Joe Ozaki, R.W. Eaks, Gil Morgan, Dana Quigley, Eger and Craig Stadler were the other participants at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. They finished regulation at nine- under-par 207.

The Boeing Classic in 2005 marked the first Champions Tour event in the Seattle area since the 1995 GTE Northwest Classic. That event ran from 1986 to 1995 and included such standout winners as Walter Morgan, Dave Stockton, Mike Hill, George Archer, Al Geiberger, Bruce Crampton and Chi Chi Rodriguez.

Opened in 1999, the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge is ranked as one of the top-100 modern courses by Golfweek and was certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.

In three weeks, the Champions Tour travels to Korea for the Songdo IBD Championship, where Russ Cochran won last year.

08/24 18:55:21 ET

As of August 24, 2011, at 06:55 PM ET

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