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CHAMPIONS - Dick's Sporting Goods Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Friday, August 17th through Sunday, August 19th
SITE: En-Joie Golf Course, Endicott, New York
COURSE ARCHITECT: Ernie Smith (1927), Dr. Michael Hurdzan (1996)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,974
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 367 Yds10 - Par 4 356 Yds
2 - Par 4 379 Yds11 - Par 4 441 Yds
3 - Par 5 554 Yds12 - Par 5 545 Yds
4 - Par 3 175 Yds13 - Par 4 442 Yds
5 - Par 5 565 Yds14 - Par 3 212 Yds
6 - Par 4 433 Yds15 - Par 4 432 Yds
7 - Par 3 188 Yds16 - Par 4 321 Yds
8 - Par 5 553 Yds17 - Par 3 185 Yds
9 - Par 4 407 Yds18 - Par 4 419 Yds
37 3,621 Yds35 3,353 Yds
Annual:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  John Huston
Runner-Up:  Nick Price
Tournament Record:  195 (Lonnie Nielsen, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Fred Funk, 2009)
Course Record:  62 (R.W. Eaks, 2007)
Total Purse:  $1,800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $270,000; 2nd Place - $158,400; 3rd Place - $129,600
2011 Finish
John Huston200Jay Don Blake206
Nick Price203Peter Jacobsen206
Mark Wiebe204Ted Schulz206
Jim Gallagher Jr.205Peter Senior206
Joey Sindelar205Five players at207
Past Dick's Sporting Goods Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011John Huston (200) -- Nick Price
2010Loren Roberts (201) -- Fred Funk
2009Lonnie Nielsen (195) -- Ronnie Black, Fred Funk
2008Eduardo Romero (199) -- Fulton Allem, Gary Koch
2007R.W. Eaks (199) -- Bruce Vaughan

Top Contenders in the Field
John Huston------------Won
Nick Price------T-10T-32nd
Mark Wiebe---T-10T-36T-113rd
Mark Calcavecchia---------T-6T-10
David Frost---------10thT-10
Tom Lehman------------T-15
Brad Bryant---T-204thT-6T-19
Lonnie Nielsen3rdT-26WonT-30T-19
John Cook---------T-36T-23
Fred Funk------T-22ndT-27
Tom Watson------------T-38
Andy BeanT-4T-20T-22T-22T-45
Jay Haas------T-5T-30T-45
David Eger26thT-46T-50---T-45
David Peoples---------T-17T-61
Roger Chapman------------T-66
Loren Roberts---------Won---
Bernhard Langer---T-26---------
Michael Allen---------------
Corey Pavin---------------
Kenny Perry---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - John Cook
Darkhorse - Dick Mast
Last Week's Pick to Win (Mark Calcavecchia) - Finished tied for 10th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brad Faxon) - Finished tied for 59th
The Champions Tour travels to New York this week for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott. The top three players on the money list are in the field - Bernhard Langer, Michael Allen and Tom Lehman. The purse increased $50,000 from last year to $1.8 million, with the winner receiving $270,000.

Langer moved to the top of the money list with his first win of the year at the 3M Championship two weeks ago. He leads Allen by more than $130,000. Langer has recorded the most top-5 finishes on the Champions Tour this season with nine and the most top-10's with 12. Langer trails Lehman by 104 points in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

This tournament is being played in Endicott, New York at En-Joie Golf Course, designed by Ernie Smith in 1927. En-Joie hosted the B.C. Open on the PGA Tour from 1971 to 2005. Past winners of that event include Gil Morgan, Tom Kite, Don Pooley, Jay Haas, Wayne Levi, Fred Couples, John Daly, Hal Sutton, Fred Funk, Brad Faxon, Jeff Sluman and Craig Stadler.

En-Joie was the first corporate-built golf course in the country. It was built for the Endicott Johnson workers in 1927-28 and opened in 1929. Endicott- Johnson was a large shoe manufacturer in the Endicott area. En-Joie was completely redesigned due to flooding that has occurred over the years. The course was built in an apple orchard. However, currently no apple trees remain on the course. The bunkers, greens and tees were redesigned in 1996 by Michael Hurdzan and is a level course that is tree-lined, with water hazards in play on 10 holes. Most of the greens are slightly sloped, but some of them are very undulating.

Last year, John Huston shot a final-round, 7-under 65 to earn his first win on the Champions Tour in only his third start. He finished at 16-under 200 and won by three strokes over Nick Price at En-Joie Golf Club.

In 2009, Lonnie Nielsen fired a 9-under 63 in the final round to come from behind and win. Nielsen established a new tournament scoring record with a 21- under 195 for a 3-shot win over Ronnie Black and Funk. The victory was Nielsen's second on the Champions Tour and both have come in New York, where he has a residence. He captured the 2007 Commerce Bank Championship.

Argentina's Eduardo Romero carded rounds of 65-65-69 in 2008 to pick up his second Champions Tour title. Romero completed the event at 18-under-par 199 for a 1-stroke win over Fulton Allem and Gary Koch. With the win, Romero became the first international winner at this golf course since 1997, when Gabriel Hjertstedt captured the B.C. Open.

In 2007, R.W. Eaks fired weekend rounds of 62-66 to cruise to a 3-stroke win over Bruce Vaughan at the inaugural event. Eaks closed his first Champions Tour win at 17-under-par 199.

The Champions Tour heads to Snoqualmie, Washington next week for the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, where Mark Calcavecchia is the defending champion.

08/15 19:49:08 ET

As of August 15, 2012, at 07:49 PM ET

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