CHAMPIONS - Pacific Links Hawaii Championship Preview
From The Sports Network
|DATES: Friday, September 14th through Sunday, September 16th|
|SITE: Kapolei Golf Course, Kapolei, Hawaii|
|COURSE ARCHITECT: Ted Robinson (1995)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 5 533 Yds||10 - Par 4 407 Yds|
|2 - Par 4 430 Yds||11 - Par 4 377 Yds|
|3 - Par 4 435 Yds||12 - Par 3 183 Yds|
|4 - Par 4 404 Yds||13 - Par 4 437 Yds|
|5 - Par 3 188 Yds||14 - Par 5 526 Yds|
|6 - Par 4 356 Yds||15 - Par 4 409 Yds|
|7 - Par 5 586 Yds||16 - Par 3 205 Yds|
|8 - Par 3 202 Yds||17 - Par 5 526 Yds|
|9 - Par 4 353 Yds||18 - Par 4 415 Yds|
|36 3,487 Yds||36 3,485 Yds|
|Annual: || 1st|
|Television: || Golf Channel - Friday/Sunday -- 7:30-10 p.m. (et)|
|Total Purse: || $1,800,000|
|Shares: || 1st Place - $270,000; 2nd Place - $158,400; 3rd Place - $129,600|
|Past Pacific Links Hawaii Championship Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|1st||Year of the Event|
|Top Players in the Field|
|Michael Allen||1st on money list, 2 wins in 2012|
|Jay Don Blake||Won Boeing Classic, 12th on money list|
|Brad Bryant||14th on money list, 8 top-10 finishes in 2012|
|John Cook||6th on money list, 6 top-10 finishes in 2012|
|Fred Funk||10th on money list, Won Insperity Championship|
|Tom Lehman||3rd on money list, Won Regions Tradition|
|Mark O'Meara||Finished 2nd last week at Boeing Classic|
|Corey Pavin||11th on money list, Won Allianz Championship|
|Peter Senior||13th on money list, 8 top-10 finishes in 2012|
|Jeff Sluman||15th on money list, 7 top-10 finishes in 2012|
|Sports Network Selections|
|Pick to Win - Michael Allen|
|Darkhorse - Willie Wood|
|Last Week's Pick to Win (Kenny Perry) - Finished tied for 21st|
|Last Week's Darkhorse (Joey Sindelar) - Finished tied for 37th|
The Champions Tour travels to Hawaii this week for the inaugural Pacific Links
Hawaii Championship in Kapolei on the island of Oahu. Two of the top three
players on the money list are in the field - Michael Allen and Tom Lehman.
Allen currently leads Bernhard Langer by more than $40,000 for the top spot.
Lehman trails Allen by more than $175,000. Lehman currently leads Langer by
150 points in the Charles Schwab Cup Standings. Allen is fourth, 512 points
There are many players in the field that have won the Sony Open in Hawaii on
the PGA Tour, including Brad Faxon (2001), Jeff Sluman (1999), John Cook
(1992), Corey Pavin (1986-87), Mark O'Meara (1985) and Hale Irwin (1981).
There are also players in the field that have won the Mitsubishi Electric
Championship at Hualalai on the Champions Tour, including Dan Forsman (2012),
Cook (2011), Fred Funk (2008), Irwin (1997, 2007), Tom Kite (2002) and Gil
Irwin was a 6-time winner of the Turtle Bay Championship (1997, 2000-03, 2005)
and a 3-time winner of the Senior Skins (1999, 2001-02), which were both
staged in Hawaii. Irwin has earned $4,386,450 in the state in his career,
including 12 wins.
This will be the Champions Tour's ninth event held on the island of Oahu. Chi
Chi Rodriguez won the first tournament on Oahu in 1992 at the Ko Olina Senior
Invitational at Ko Olina Golf Club.
Kapolei Golf Course hosted the 1996-2001 LPGA Ladies Hawaiian Open and was
ranked as one of the best courses on Oahu by Golf Digest and the Zagat Survey.
Winners of the Ladies Hawaiian Open at Kapolei included Meg Mallon, Annika
Sorenstam, Betsy King and Catriona Matthew.
In three weeks, the Champions Tour heads to North Carolina for the SAS
Championship, where Kenny Perry captured the 2011 title.
09/11 15:22:11 ET
As of September 11, 2012, at 03:22 PM ET