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DATES: Thursday, October 22nd through Sunday, October 25th
SITE: Grayhawk Golf Club (Raptor Course), Scottsdale, Arizona
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Fazio (1995)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,125
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 413 yds10 - Par 4 390 yds
2 - Par 4 395 yds11 - Par 5 572 yds
3 - Par 4 460 yds12 - Par 4 468 yds
4 - Par 5 562 yds13 - Par 3 230 yds
5 - Par 3 203 yds14 - Par 4 429 yds
6 - Par 4 345 yds15 - Par 4 332 yds
7 - Par 4 498 yds16 - Par 3 211 yds
8 - Par 3 174 yds17 - Par 4 464 yds
9 - Par 4 464 yds18 - Par 4 515 yds
35 3,514 yds35 3,611 yds
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 5-7 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Sunday -- 9:30-11:30 p.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Cameron Beckman
Runner-Up:  Kevin Sutherland
Tournament Record:  262 (Cameron Beckman, Kevin Sutherland, 2008)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Kevin Sutherland, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Ryan Moore, 2007; Arron Oberholser, 2008)
Course Record:  61 (Mark Hensby, 2007; Kevin Stadler, 2008)
Total Purse:  $5,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $900,000; 2nd Place - $540,000; 3rd Place - $340,000
2008 Finish
Cameron Beckman *262Arron Oberholser266
Kevin Sutherland262Steve Allan267
Mathew Goggin263Paul Goydos267
J.J. Henry266Pat Perez267
Mike Weir266Michael Sim267

* - Won in Playoff

Past Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008*Cameron Beckman (262) -- Kevin Sutherland
2007Mike Weir (266) -- Mark Hensby

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Fry's Electronics Open (2007).

Top Contenders in the Field
Cameron BeckmanT-35Won
Kevin SutherlandT-482nd
Mathew Gogginmc3rd
Mike WeirWonT-4
Arron OberholserT-18T-4
J.J. HenrymcT-4
Pat PerezT-6T-7
Paul Goydos---T-7
George McNeillT-16T-11
Aaron BaddeleymcT-11
Billy Mayfair3rdT-17
Steve Elkington---T-17
Tim ClarkT-18T-29
Rocco MediatemcT-29
Martin Laird---T-34
Rory Sabbatini---T-43
Steve FleschT-27T-50
Ryan MooreT-6mc
Daniel Chopra---mc
Nick O'Hern---mc
Justin LeonardT-6---
Chad Campbell------
Marc Turnesa------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Chad Campbell
Darkhorse - Tim Petrovic
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jim Furyk) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Leif Olson) - Withdrew after 1st round
The PGA Tour travels to Scottsdale, Arizona this week for the third event of the Fall Series, the Open. Five of the top-50 players in the world are playing this week, including world No. 30 and 2007 champion Mike Weir. The other players in the top-50 joining Weir are: Tim Clark (39), Justin Leonard (40), Chad Campbell (44) and Rory Sabbatini (49).

There are only three tournaments left for players to get inside the top-125 on the money list and keep their card for 2010. Chris Stroud currently sits at No. 125, however, less than $19,000 separates Stroud from Matt Jones, who is No. 128 on the money list. Fourteen of the top-50 on the money list are expected tom compete this week.

Last year, Cameron Beckman parred the second playoff hole to defeat Kevin Sutherland and win this event at Grayhawk Golf Club. The second playoff hole was the difficult 17th at Grayhawk and both players landed in the short grass of the tee. Sutherland played first and hit a terrible shot right of the green. The ball bounced along a cart path and left Sutherland with a nearly impossible pitch to the green. Beckman hit a spectacular approach right of the putting surface, but the ball took the hill down within seven feet of the stick. Sutherland hit as good a chip as he could, but the ball ran through the green. Knowing Beckman was in great shape to at lest two-putt for par, Sutherland tried to hole his chip, but could not. Beckman rolled his birdie putt past the hole, but stepped up and converted the par save for his second PGA Tour victory. His first win came at the 2001 Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Beckman fired a seven-under 63 in the final round and finished regulation tied with Sutherland at 18-under 262.

In 2007, Weir returned to the winner's circle for the first time in over three years when he won this event. Weir carded rounds of 69-64-65-68 to win by a stroke. The Canadian finished at 14-under-par 266, which was good for the victory over Mark Hensby.

This is the second PGA Tour event played in Scottsdale, Arizona this year. Kenny Perry won the FBR Open in February in a playoff over Charley Hoffman at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale.

This week's event is being held at the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Raptor Course was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1995. It staged the inaugural Williams World Challenge in 1999, won by Tom Lehman and the semifinals and finals of the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf, Tommy Bahama's Desert Marlin, AJGA Thunderbird International Junior, the National Team Championships presented by Golf World, Antigua Team Challenge, as well as FBR Open Pro-ams.

The PGA Tour Fall Series moves to Madison, Mississippi next week for the Viking Classic, where Will MacKenzie captured the 2008 title.

10/20 17:28:12 ET

As of October 20, 2009, at 05:28 PM ET