PGA Tour
PGA - Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, November 8th through Sunday, November 11th
SITE: Walt Disney World Resort (Magnolia, Palm Courses), Lake Buena Vista, FL
COURSE ARCHITECT: Joe Lee (1971), (1993 - redesign, Magnolia)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,516 (Magnolia Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 428 Yds10 - Par 5 526 Yds
2 - Par 4 417 Yds11 - Par 4 399 Yds
3 - Par 3 170 Yds12 - Par 3 169 Yds
4 - Par 5 542 Yds13 - Par 4 384 Yds
5 - Par 4 492 Yds14 - Par 5 592 Yds
6 - Par 3 231 Yds15 - Par 3 203 Yds
7 - Par 4 422 Yds16 - Par 4 450 Yds
8 - Par 5 614 Yds17 - Par 4 485 Yds
9 - Par 4 500 Yds18 - Par 4 492 Yds
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36 3,816 Yds36 3,700 Yds
 
YARDAGE: 7,011 (Palm Course)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 498 Yds10 - Par 4 441 Yds
2 - Par 4 424 Yds11 - Par 5 544 Yds
3 - Par 3 167 Yds12 - Par 3 206 Yds
4 - Par 4 422 Yds13 - Par 4 358 Yds
5 - Par 4 410 Yds14 - Par 5 547 Yds
6 - Par 4 411 Yds15 - Par 4 422 Yds
7 - Par 5 524 Yds16 - Par 3 195 Yds
8 - Par 3 205 Yds17 - Par 4 399 Yds
9 - Par 4 380 Yds18 - Par 4 458 Yds
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36 3,441 Yds36 3,570 Yds
 
Annual:  42nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 1-4 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Luke Donald (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Justin Leonard
Tournament Record:  262 (John Huston, 1992; Duffy Waldorf, 2000)
54-Hole Record:  193 (Tim Simpson, 1990)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Chris DiMarco, 2002; Carl Pettersson, 2005;
  Justin Rose, 2006)
  Course Record:60 (Justin Rose, 2006 - Palm Course)
  61 (Payne Stewart, 1990 - Magnolia Course)
Total Purse:  $4,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $846,000; 2nd Place - $507,600; 3rd Place - $319,600
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Luke Donald271Trevor Immelman275
Justin Leonard273Billy Mayfair275
Kevin Chappell274Nick O'Hern275
Sunghoon Kang274John Rollins275
Tom Pernice, Jr.274Webb Simpson275
 
Past Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Luke Donald (271) -- Justin Leonard
2010Robert Garrigus (267) -- Roland Thatcher
2009*Stephen Ames (270) -- Justin Leonard, George McNeill
2008Davis Love III (263) -- Tommy Gainey
2007Stephen Ames (271) -- Tim Clark
2006Joe Durant (263) -- Frank Lickliter II, Troy Matteson
2005Lucas Glover (265) -- Tom Pernice, Jr.
2004Ryan Palmer (266) -- Vijay Singh, Briny Baird
2003Vijay Singh (265) -- Scott Verplank, Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink
2002Bob Burns (263) -- Chris DiMarco
2001Jose Coceres (265) -- Davis Love III
2000Duffy Waldorf (262) -- Steve Flesch
1999Tiger Woods (271) -- Ernie Els
1998John Huston (272) -- Davis Love III
1997*David Duval (270) -- Dan Forsman
1996Tiger Woods (267) -- Payne Stewart
1995#Brad Bryant (198) -- Hal Sutton, Ted Tryba
1994Rick Fehr (265) -- Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller
1993Jeff Maggert (265) -- Greg Kraft
1992John Huston (262) -- Mark O'Meara
1991Mark O'Meara (267) -- David Peoples
1990Tim Simpson (264) -- John Mahaffey
1989Tim Simpson (272) -- Donnie Hammond
1988*Bob Lohr (263) -- Chip Beck
1987Larry Nelson (268) -- Morris Hatalsky, Mark O'Meara
1986*Ray Floyd (275) -- Lon Hinkle, Mike Sullivan
1985Lanny Wadkins (267) -- Mike Donald, Scott Hoch
1984Larry Nelson (266) -- Hubert Green
1983Payne Stewart (269) -- Nick Faldo, Mark McCumber
1982*Hal Sutton (269) -- Bill Britton
1981Vance Heafner/Mike Holland (275) -- Chip Beck/Rex Caldwell
1980Danny Edwards/David Edwards (253) -- Gibby Gilbert/Dan Halldorson,
Mike Harmon/Barry Harwell,
Grier Jones/Dana Quigley
1979George Burns/Ben Crenshaw (255) -- Scott Bess/Dan Halldorson,
Jeff Hewes/Peter Jacobsen,
Sammy Rachels/D.A. Weibring
1978Wayne Levi/Bob Mann (254) -- Bobby Wadkins/Lanny Wadkins
1977Gibby Gilbert/Grier Jones (253) -- Steve Melnyk/Andy North
1976*Woody Blackburn/Bill Kratzert (260) -- Gay Brewer, Bobby Nichols
1975Jim Colbert/Dean Refram (252) -- Bobby Cole/Victor Regalado,
John Schlee/Curtis Sifford
1974Hubert Green/Mac McClendon (255) -- Sam Snead/J.C. Snead,
Ed Sneed/Bert Yancey
1973Jack Nicklaus (275) -- Mason Rudolph
1972Jack Nicklaus (267) -- Jim Dent, Bobby Mitchell, Larry Wood
1971Jack Nicklaus (273) -- Deane Beman

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Children's Miracle Network Classic (2007-10), FUNAI
Classic at Walt Disney World Resort (2003-06), Disney Golf Classic (2002), National Car Rental Golf Classic (1998-2001), Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic (1985-97), Walt Disney World Golf Classic (1982-84), Walt Disney World National Team Championship (1974-81), Walt Disney World Open Invitational (1971-73).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Justin Leonard------------mcT-6---T-2mc2nd
Gary Woodland---------------------------T-12
Ryan Palmer------WonT-3T-36T-74T-16T-40T-19T-20
Heath SlocummcT-57mcT-13T-9T-9T-60mcT-45T-20
Joe DurantT-28T-45T-33T-32WonT-265thmcT-40T-44
Chris DiMarco2ndmcT-16mcT-43---T-52T-15T-72T-46
Brian GayT-17mcT-41mcmcT-13mcT-36T-12T-59
Robert Garrigus------------mcmcT-10mcWonmc
Davis Love IIIT-17T-5------T-5---WonwdT-19mc
Ben Curtis------T-16mcmcmc------T-54mc
Stephen Ames---T-39T-28------WonT-33Won---mc
Brendon de Jonge---------------T-63---T-47T-30---
Jonas Blixt------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Robert Garrigus
Darkhorse - Brendon de Jonge
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Luke Donald) - Finished tied for 18th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Shane Lowry) - Finished 32nd
 
NOTES:
Golfers better wield a hot putter this week and make plenty of birdies or they'll be setting their sights for the Magic Kingdom and the rest of the Disney attractions, as they'll most assuredly miss the cut. The cut last year came at 3-under par.

This is the final official event of the Fall Series and PGA Tour season. Players will try to jockey for position in the top 125 of the money list in attempts to retain their PGA Tour cards for 2013. Billy Mayfair currently resides on the No. 125 bubble, only $2,665 ahead of Trevor Immelman.

The final two rounds will be played on the Magnolia course after rotating the first two rounds on both the Magnolia and Palm layouts. Twelve of the last 17 Walt Disney tournaments have been decided either by a playoff or by one stroke. Since 1982, there have been 16 1-stroke wins and five playoffs.

Last year, Luke Donald birdied the first six holes of the back nine in the final round en route to an 8-under 64. That helped him earn a 2-stroke victory over Justin Leonard. Donald ended at 17-under-par 271. The victory was his second on the PGA Tour in 2011 and the fourth of his career. With the $846,000 first-place paycheck, Donald overtook Webb Simpson for the PGA Tour money title as well, becoming the first player from England to accomplish the feat. He would go on to win the European Tour Order of Merit in 2011 and become the first player to top both lists in the same season. Donald will not be on hand to defend his title, as one of his children is scheduled to undergo a medical procedure.

In 2010, Robert Garrigus captured his first PGA Tour win, as he came from five shots back in the final round with an 8-under 64 to comfortably beat third-round leader Roland Thatcher by three strokes. Garrigus finished at 21-under 267. He had eight birdies in a flawless final round at Disney's Magnolia course. Garrigus became the 17th player to earn his first PGA Tour title in Orlando. He also became the first player since John Daly in 1995 to lead the PGA Tour in driving distance and win in the same season.

Stephen Ames parred the second playoff hole to topple George McNeill and Justin Leonard in 2009 for his fourth PGA Tour victory and second in three years at this championship. Ames fired a final-round 64 to come from three shots back to finish at 18-under-par 270. Ames, at 45 years old, became the eighth player over the age of 40 to win this event, joining Raymond Floyd (44 - 1986), Larry Nelson (40 - 1987), Brad Bryant (40 - 1995), Vijay Singh (40 - 2003), Joe Durant (42 - 2006), Ames (43 - 2007) and Davis Love III (44 - 2008).

In 2008, Love fired an 8-under 64 in the final round to come from behind and win. Love finished the championship at 25-under 263 and collected his 20th career victory on the PGA Tour. That magic win total earned him a lifetime exemption on tour. The win was Love's first since the 2006 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.

Justin Rose set a new course record on the Palm Course in 2006 in the first round with a 60, breaking the previous mark of 61 held by Mark Lye (1984) and Carl Pettersson (2005). Rose finished in fourth place, five shots back of Durant.

In 2005, Lucas Glover fired a 7-under 65 in the final round to break through for his first PGA Tour win. Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the 72nd hole to complete the event at 23-under-par 265. Glover, at 25 years old, became the youngest player to win since Woods captured the title in 1999 at 23.

Ryan Palmer came from five strokes back in the final round in 2004 and rolled to a 3-stroke win. Palmer closed with a 10-under 62 to finish at 22-under-par 266 for his first PGA Tour title. Palmer joined Hal Sutton, Woods and Jose Coceres as the only PGA Tour rookies to win this event. Sutton captured the 1982 title, Woods won in 1996 and Coceres in 2001.

Bob Lohr and Tim Simpson are the only players to win wire-to-wire: Lohr in 1988 and Simpson in 1990. David Duval, the 1997 winner, won in a playoff, parring the first extra hole for the win and in doing so, became the first player in PGA Tour history to win playoffs in consecutive weeks. The week before, Duval won the Michelob Championship in a playoff over Duffy Waldorf and Grant Waite. Ames, Woods, Tim Simpson, Larry Nelson and John Huston are the only two-time winners, while Jack Nicklaus is a three-time champion. Nelson also has the largest final-round comeback in tournament history, making up a 6-stroke deficit in 1987 to defeat Morris Hatalsky and Mark O'Meara by one stroke after a 63 on Sunday.

Tom Pernice, Jr. set the tournament all-time 72-hole putting record with just 95 total putts over four days in 2005. The previous low was 101 by Payne Stewart in 1984 and Jim Furyk in 2003. Pernice needed just 19 putts in the third round, including 15 one-putts, one off the PGA Tour record.

The PGA Tour travels to Henderson, Nevada November 13 for the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge against the Champions Tour and LPGA Tour.

11/07 17:32:28 ET

As of November 7, 2012, at 05:32 PM ET