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European Golf Tour
PGA European - Czech Open 2010 Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, August 19th through Sunday, August 22nd
SITE: Prosper Golf Resort (Old Course), Celadna, Czech Republic
COURSE ARCHITECT: Miguel Angel Jimenez (2001)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,155
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 544 Yds10 - Par 5 575 Yds
2 - Par 4 432 Yds11 - Par 4 428 Yds
3 - Par 3 213 Yds12 - Par 4 457 Yds
4 - Par 4 360 Yds13 - Par 4 335 Yds
5 - Par 4 411 Yds14 - Par 4 428 Yds
6 - Par 3 187 Yds15 - Par 3 168 Yds
7 - Par 5 611 Yds16 - Par 5 553 Yds
8 - Par 4 421 Yds17 - Par 3 216 Yds
9 - Par 4 363 Yds18 - Par 4 453 Yds
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36 3,542 Yds36 3,613 Yds
 
Annual:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (et)
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 8:30-11:30 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Oskar Henningsson
Runner-Up:  Steve Webster, Sam Little
Tournament Record:  264 (Bernhard Langer, 1997)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Ignacio Garrido, 1997)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Patrik Sjoland, Ignacio Garrido, Miguel A. Jimenez, 1997)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Patrik Sjoland, 1997 - Prague Karlstein Golf Club)
Total Purse:  $2,575,659 (2,000,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $429,272; 2nd Place - $286,181; 3rd Place - $161,236
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Oskar Henningsson275Marc Cayeux278
Steve Webster277Jose Manuel Lara279
Sam Little277Gareth Maybin279
Ignacio Garrido278Tano Goya280
Graeme Storm278Robert-Jan Derksen280
 
Past Czech Open 2010 Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009- Oskar Henningsson (275) -- Steve Webster, Sam Little
2008- Not Held
2007- Not Held
2006- Not Held
2005- Not Held
2004- Not Held
2003- Not Held
2002- Not Held
2001- Not Held
2000- Not Held
1999- Not Held
1998- Not Held
1997- Bernhard Langer (264) -- Niclas Fasth, Ignacio Garrido
1996- Jonathan Lomas (272) -- Daniel Chopra
1995- Peter Teravainen (268) -- Howard Clark
1994- Per-Ulrik Johansson (237) -- Klas Eriksson
Note:Formerly called Chemapol Trophy Czech Open (1994-97), Moravia Silesia
Open (2009).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2009
Oskar HenningssonWon
Steve WebsterT-2
Sam LittleT-2
Ignacio GarridoT-4
Graeme StormT-4
Jose Manuel LaraT-7
Patrik SjolandT-11
Simon DysonT-17
Miguel A. JimenezT-17
Danny WillettT-22
Chris WoodT-22
Jamie DonaldsonT-39
Thomas LevetT-39
Jonathan LomasT-65
Shane Lowrymc
Ross McGowanmc
Rhys Davies---
Ross Fisher---
Soren Hansen---
Peter Hanson---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Miguel Angel Jimenez
Darkhorse - Richie Ramsay
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (L.Oosthuizen, M.Kuchar, R.Karlsson) - MC, T-10, T-16
Last Week's Darkhorse (J.Overton, B.Molder, J.Walker) - 71st, T-12, MC
 
NOTES:The European Tour travels to the Czech Republic this week for the Czech
Open 2010 at the Old Course at Prosper Golf Resort. Miguel Angel Jimenez will have local knowledge of the course this week, as he was the architect. He will try to join fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal as the only golfers to win a European Tour event on a course they designed. Olazabal won the 2005 Mallorca Classic at Pula Golf Club.

Last year, Sweden's Oskar Henningsson fired his second straight five-under 67 in the final round to claim his first European Tour win at this event. Henningsson completed his first victory at 13-under-par 275. Steve Webster led entering the final round, but closed with an even-par 72 to share second place at minus-11 with Sam Little. Henningsson was one of two 2008 Qualifying School graduates to win on the 2009 European Tour International Schedule; Michael Hoey (Estoril Open de Portugal), being the other.

Henningsson two-putted for birdie on the first in the final round as his eagle putt hung on the lip. He birdied the fourth for the second straight day to move within two at 10-under. The Swede tapped in a three-foot birdie effort on eight and made it two in a row as he birdied the ninth at Prosper Golf Resort to grab a share of the lead. Henningsson parred the first three holes around the turn, then took the lead for good with an 18-foot birdie putt on the 13th. As his closest competitors fell backwards, Henningsson stretched his lead to three strokes with a seven-foot birdie putt on the 16th. After a par on 17, Henningsson failed to get up and down for par at the last, but that just cut his winning margin from three to two.

The 2009 tournament was the first European Tour event in the Czech Republic since 1997. The 12-year gap between tournaments is the longest between events for a country staging a European Tour event. The Chemapol Tropy Czech Open was staged from 1994 to 1997. Winners of the Chemapol Trophy Czech Open are Per- Ulrik Johansson (1994), Peter Teravainen (1995), Jonathan Lomas (1996) and World Golf Hall of Famer Bernhard Langer (1997).

Only three players in the field have won on a European event staged event on Czech soil. They are: Jonathan Lomas (1996 Czech Open), Henningsson (2009 Czech Open), on The European Tour and Stephen Gallacher (1998 KB Golf Challenge), on the European Challenge Tour.

The European Tour heads to Scotland next week for the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, where Peter Hedblom is the defending champion.

08/17 14:08:17 ET

As of August 17, 2010, at 02:08 PM ET