Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th
SITE: Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, Savannah, Georgia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Cupp/Sam Snead (1999), Robert Cupp (2003, renovation)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,087 (Legends)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 338 Yds10 - Par 4 386 Yds
2 - Par 4 427 Yds11 - Par 5 530 Yds
3 - Par 3 224 Yds12 - Par 4 434 Yds
4 - Par 5 533 Yds13 - Par 5 595 Yds
5 - Par 4 406 Yds14 - Par 4 324 Yds
6 - Par 4 438 Yds15 - Par 3 172 Yds
7 - Par 5 599 Yds16 - Par 4 422 Yds
8 - Par 3 172 Yds17 - Par 3 210 Yds
9 - Par 4 420 Yds18 - Par 4 457 Yds
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36 3,557 Yds36 3,530 Yds
 
YARDAGE: 6,742 (Raphael)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 338 Yds10 - Par 4 386 Yds
2 - Par 4 384 Yds11 - Par 5 530 Yds
3 - Par 3 199 Yds12 - Par 4 377 Yds
4 - Par 5 533 Yds13 - Par 5 515 Yds
5 - Par 4 406 Yds14 - Par 4 324 Yds
6 - Par 4 408 Yds15 - Par 3 172 Yds
7 - Par 5 558 Yds16 - Par 4 422 Yds
8 - Par 3 165 Yds17 - Par 3 186 Yds
9 - Par 4 420 Yds18 - Par 4 419 Yds
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36 3,411 Yds36 3,530 Yds
 
YARDAGE: 6,177 (Demaret)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 338 Yds10 - Par 4 363 Yds
2 - Par 4 384 Yds11 - Par 5 499 Yds
3 - Par 3 171 Yds12 - Par 4 377 Yds
4 - Par 5 487 Yds13 - Par 5 515 Yds
5 - Par 4 349 Yds14 - Par 4 292 Yds
6 - Par 4 375 Yds15 - Par 3 154 Yds
7 - Par 5 477 Yds16 - Par 4 388 Yds
8 - Par 3 132 Yds17 - Par 3 158 Yds
9 - Par 4 343 Yds18 - Par 4 375 Yds
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36 3,056 Yds36 3,121 Yds
 
Annual:  36th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 12:30-2:30 a.m. (et) - replay,
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-3 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Michael Allen and David Frost
Runner-Up:  John Cook and Joey Sindelar
72-Hole Team Record:  249 (Charles Coody and Dale Douglass, 1990)
54-Hole Team Record:  185 (Andy North and Tom Watson, 2008)
54-Hole Individual Record:  201 (Jay Haas, 2006)
36-Hole Team Record:  121 (Charles Coody and Dale Douglass, 1990;
  Andy North and Tom Watson, 2008)
36-Hole Individual Record:  132 (George Archer, 1993)
18-Hole Team Record:  58 (Al Geiberger and Harold Henning, 1991)
18-Hole Individual Record:  63 (Dale Douglass, 1993 - Barton Creek CC)
Course Record:  60 (Andy Bean and Chien Soon Lu, 2010; Keith Fergus and Wayne
  Levi, Russ Cochran and Mark Wiebe, 2011;
  Brad Bryant and Tom Purtzer, 2012)
Total Purse:  $3,500,000 ($2,700,000 for Legends)
Legends Shares:  1st Place - $460,000; 2nd - $270,000; 3rd - 222,000 (Per Team)
Raphael Shares:  1st Place - $120,000; 2nd - $68,000; 3rd - $45,000 (Per Team)
Demaret Shares:  1st Place - $120,000; 2nd - $68,000; 3rd - $45,000 (Per Team)
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
M.Allen/D.Frost187F.Couples/J.Haas190
J.Cook/J.Sindelar188G.Hallberg/C.Pavin190
B.Faxon/J.Sluman189B.Clampett/A.North191
A.Bean/C.Soon Lu189Four teams at193
B.Bryant/T.Purtzer189
 
Past Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Michael Allen/David Frost (187) -- John Cook/Joey Sindelar
2011*David Eger/Mark McNulty (189) -- Scott Hoch/Kenny Perry
2010*Mark O'Meara/Nick Price (188) -- John Cook/Joey Sindelar
2009*Bernhard Langer/Tom Lehman (189) -- Jeff Sluman/Craig Stadler
2008Andy North/Tom Watson (185) -- Jeff Sluman/Craig Stadler
2007*Jay Haas (207) -- Tom Kite
2006Jay Haas (201) -- Peter Jacobsen, Craig Stadler
2005Des Smyth (208) -- Tom Jenkins
2004Hale Irwin (205) -- Gary Koch, Gil Morgan
2003Bruce Lietzke (206) -- David Eger, Dana Quigley
2002Doug Tewell (205) -- Bobby Wadkins
2001#Jim Colbert/Andy North (124) -- Bruce Fleisher/David Graham
2000Jim Colbert/Andy North (191) -- Bruce Fleisher/David Graham
1999Hubert Green/Gil Morgan (194) -- John Mahaffey/Tom Wargo
1998*Charles Coody/Dale Douglass (192) -- Hugh Baiocchi/David Graham
1997John Bland/Graham Marsh (192) -- Hubert Green/Gil Morgan
1996Mike Hill/Lee Trevino (198) -- Orville Moody/Jimmy Powell,
Jack Nicklaus/Gary Player,
Harold Henning/Chi Chi Rodriguez
1995Mike Hill/Lee Trevino (195) -- Gibby Gilbert/J.C.Snead
1994Charles Coody/Dale Douglass (188) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez/Jim Dent,
Bob Murphy/Jim Colbert
1993*Harold Henning (204) -- Don January, Tom Weiskopf
1992Mike Hill/Lee Trevino (251) -- Jim Colbert/Tommy Aaron
1991Mike Hill/Lee Trevino (252) -- Al Geiberger/Harold Henning
1990Charles Coody/Dale Douglass (249) -- Al Geiberger/Harold Henning
1989Al Geiberger/Harold Henning (251) -- Bob Charles/Bruce Devlin
1988*Bruce Crampton/Orville Moody (254) -- Tommy Aaron/Lou Graham,
Joe Jimenez/Mike Souchak
1987Bruce Crampton/Orville Moody (251) -- Butch Baird/Fred Haas,
Fred Hawkins/Bobby Nichols
1986Don January/Gene Littler (255) -- Jim Ferree/Charles Sifford
1985Don January/Gene Littler (257) -- Miller Barber/Gay Brewer,
Billy Casper/Lee Elder,
Bob Goalby/Sam Snead
1984Gay Brewer/Billy Casper (258) -- Miller Barber/Julius Boros
1983Roberto De Vicenzo/Rod Funseth (258) -- Jack Burke/Paul Harney
1982#Don January/Sam Snead (183) -- Gene Littler/Bob Rosburg,
Chin Shei-Ha/Bob Toski,
Bob Goalby/Roberto de Vicenzo
1981Gene Littler/Bob Rosburg (257) -- Peter Thomson/Kel Nagle
1980Tommy Bolt/Art Wall (187) -- Sam Snead/Don January
1979*Roberto De Vicenzo/Julius Boros (195) -- Tommy Bolt/Art Wall
1978Gardner Dickinson/Sam Snead (193) -- Kel Nagle/Peter Thomson

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Legends of Golf (1978-79).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2009201020112012
M.Allen/D.Frost------T-3Won
A.Bean/C.Soon Lu---3rdT-25T-3
B.Faxon/J.Sluman---------T-3
F.Couples/J.Haas---T-4---T-6
B.Langer/T.LehmanWonT-4---T-9
D.Eger/M.McNultyT-16---WonT-13
T.Kite/G.MorganT-5T-1511thT-13
L.Mize/H.Sutton---T-20T-8T-19
M.O'Meara/N.PriceT-7WonT-12---
A.North/T.WatsonT-11T-12T-12---
J.Cook/C.Pavin------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman
Darkhorse - Fred Funk and Mike Goodes
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (David Frost) - Finished tied for 36th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Peter Senior) - Finished tied for 36th
 
NOTES:The event that spawned the creation of the Champions Tour, the Liberty
Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf, takes center stage this week in Savannah, Georgia. The Legends started in 1978, two years before the Champions Tour came into being. The event is an official team competition with a two-man, better- ball format, with the players on the winning team receiving a one-year exemption into all Champions Tour events with the exception of the major championships.

The Legends division will play a 54-hole, two-man better-ball competition, while the Raphael (50-69 years old) & Demaret divisions (70-plus years old) will play 36 holes. The Raphael and Demaret divisions will play for unofficial money. The Raphael Division is named for the late Fred Raphael, who passed away in 2001. Raphael got his start in the golf business when he developed the long-running Shell's Wonderful World of Golf series.

This tournament is the second oldest Champions event behind the Senior PGA Championship. The purse for this tournament the first year was $400,000, the largest in professional golf at the time. This event is also the longest- running televised golf tournament.

For the 10th straight year, the event will be held at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, the eighth different venue in the 36-year history of the tournament.

Last year, Michael Allen and David Frost combined for a 10-under 62 in the final round to win by a single stroke. Allen and Frost finished at 29-under 187 and edged the team of John Cook and Joey Sindelar. Mark James and Des Smyth won the Raphael Division for the second year in a row, while Gibby Gilbert and J.C. Snead also captured the Demaret Division for the second consecutive year.

In 2011, David Eger and Mark McNulty parred the second playoff hole to defeat Scott Hoch and Kenny Perry. Eger and McNulty entered the day four shots off the lead, but posted an impressive 11-under 61 in the final round en route to the victory. They finished at 27-under-par 189, made possible by Eger's 35- foot birdie putt up the ridge at the 18th. It was McNulty's eighth career Champions Tour victory and first since 2009, while Eger won his fourth title on tour. It was the first win for both players at this event.

Nick Price made par on the second playoff to lead himself and Mark O'Meara to victory in 2010. They beat Cook and Sindelar, who bogeyed both of the playoff holes. For O'Meara, who won two majors and 16 tournaments overall on the PGA Tour, it marked the first time he was victorious in 58 starts on the Champions Tour. John Bland and Graham Marsh won the Raphael Division, while Bob Charles and Gary Player captured the Demaret Division.

In 2009, Tom Lehman rolled in a 3-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to give himself and Bernhard Langer the victory. Lehman, who became the 13th player in Champions Tour history to win in his debut, and Langer defeated Craig Stadler and Jeff Sluman.

In 2008, Tom Watson and Andy North fired an opening-round 59 and led wire- to-wire to hold off Sluman and Stadler for a 1-shot win. Watson and North completed the event at 31-under-par 185. Their total of 185 broke the old record of 187 that Tommy Bolt and Art Wall set in 1980. The event had been an individual stroke-play event for six years, but returned to its roots as a team event in 2008.

Mike Hill and Lee Trevino have won this tournament four times. Sam Snead and Don January posted the biggest winning margin in 1982, when they won by 12 strokes over three other teams. Snead, Roberto de Vicenzo, Gene Littler and January are the only players to win with two different partners.

The Champions Tour moves to Texas next week for the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands Country Club, where Fred Funk captured the 2012 title.

04/23 15:20:56 ET

As of April 23, 2013, at 03:21 PM ET