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PGA - Turning Stone Resort Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, October 1st through Sunday, October 4th
SITE: Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort, Verona, New York
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Fazio (2004)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,482
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 398 yds10 - Par 4 422 yds
2 - Par 4 447 yds11 - Par 3 230 yds
3 - Par 3 198 yds12 - Par 5 580 yds
4 - Par 4 414 yds13 - Par 4 439 yds
5 - Par 5 550 yds14 - Par 4 410 yds
6 - Par 3 185 yds15 - Par 4 442 yds
7 - Par 4 433 yds16 - Par 3 177 yds
8 - Par 5 576 yds17 - Par 4 478 yds
9 - Par 4 479 yds18 - Par 5 624 yds
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36 3,680 yds36 3,802 yds
 
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 4-6 p.m. (et),
  Thursday/Sunday -- 10:30 pm-12:30 a.m.(et)- replay
Defending Champion:  Dustin Johnson
Runner-Up:  Robert Allenby
Tournament Record:  270 (Steve Flesch, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Steve Flesch, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Steve Flesch, 2007)
Course Record:  63 (Michael Allen, 2006 - B.C. Open)
Total Purse:  $6,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,080,000; 2nd Place - $648,000; 3rd Place - $408,000
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Dustin Johnson279Ryuji Imada281
Robert Allenby280Robert Garrigus281
Steve Allan281Charles Howell III281
Woody Austin281Davis Love III281
Mathew Goggin281Five players at282
 
Past Turning Stone Resort Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Dustin Johnson (279) -- Robert Allenby
2007Steve Flesch (270) -- Michael Allen

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20072008
Dustin Johnson---Won
Robert AllenbyT-252nd
Mathew GogginT-5T-3
Robert GarrigusT-39T-3
Woody Austin---T-3
Charles Howell III---T-3
Davis Love III---T-3
Nick O'HernT-35T-10
Ryan MooremcT-25
Michael Allen2ndT-27
John SendenT-3T-27
Steve MarinomcT-36
Carl PetterssonT-5T-55
Steve FleschWonT-61
Rod Pampling---82nd
John RollinsT-18mc
Jeff QuinneyT-25mc
Will MacKenzie---mc
John MallingerT-3wd
Michael Simmc---
K.J. Choi------
Ben Curtis------
Justin Rose------
Rory Sabbatini------
Adam Scott------
Jeev Milkha Singh------
Brandt Snedeker------
Mark Wilson------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Robert Allenby
Darkhorse - Bill Haas
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Padraig Harrington) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Sean O'Hair) - Finished 3rd
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour travels to Verona, New York this week for the first event of the Fall Series. Tiger Woods captured the FedExCup last week after finishing second at THE TOUR Championship. Phil Mickelson won THE TOUR Championship and finished second in the FedExCup standings. The Fall Series consists of five events that will finish in mid-November. All events will be official victories, award official prize money and finalize eligibility for next year.

Fifteen of the top-50 players on the PGA Tour money list are playing this week. Rory Sabbatini is the top money winner in the field at 21st on the money list with $2,607,792 in earnings. Robert Allenby is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 30 in the world.

Last year, Dustin Johnson birdied each of the last two holes on the final day to close out a round of three-under 69, which gave him his first PGA Tour title at this event. Johnson completed his first tour crown at nine-under-par 279 for a one-stroke win over Allenby.

Johnson started the final round two shots out of the lead. He got going with five straight pars before a birdie on the sixth. Johnson moved to minus-eight with a birdie on the par-five eighth. However, Johnson stumbled to a bogey at nine. He recovered that stroke with a birdie at 12, but gave that shot right back as he tripped to a bogey at 13. Johnson rolled in a six-foot birdie putt on the 17th to grab a share of the lead at minus-eight. He came right back with an up-and-down birdie on the par-five 18th to collect his first PGA Tour win.

Johnson captured his second PGA Tour title this year at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He played in THE TOUR Championship last week and finished 14th on the FedExCup Playoff Points list.

In 2008, Steve Flesch fired rounds of 66-65-66 and needed just a one-over-par 73 in the final round to pick up his second win of 2007 at this event. Flesch completed the championship at 18-under-par 270 for a two-stroke win over Michael Allen. He won earlier in the year at the Reno-Tahoe Open. The victory at Turning Stone was his fourth on the PGA Tour.

This week's event is being held at Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort. Atunyote Golf Club hosted the 2006 B.C. Open on the PGA Tour after flooding damaged the host course, En-Joie Golf Club. John Rollins captured that event by one stroke over Bob May. It was first time in the history of the B.C. Open that it was not held at En-Joie Golf Club. Atunyote Golf Club was named one of the "10 Best New Public/Resort Courses" in 2004 by Travel & Leisure Golf and one of the "Top 10 New Courses You Can Play" in 2004 by GOLF Magazine. It was also named one of the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" in 2006 by GOLF Magazine.

The PGA Tour moves to San Francisco, California next week for The Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course, where the United States will defend the trophy against the International team. The Fall Series will continue in two weeks at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Marc Turnesa won last year.

09/29 14:51:28 ET

As of September 29, 2009, at 02:51 PM ET