PGA Tour
PGA - Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, October 6th through Sunday, October 9th
SITE: CordeValle Golf Club, San Martin, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1999, renovation 2010)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,368
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 422 yds10 - Par 4 425 yds
2 - Par 4 434 yds11 - Par 3 236 yds
3 - Par 3 230 yds12 - Par 5 605 yds
4 - Par 4 418 yds13 - Par 4 407 yds
5 - Par 4 454 yds14 - Par 4 497 yds
6 - Par 4 480 yds15 - Par 5 568 yds
7 - Par 3 166 yds16 - Par 3 210 yds
8 - Par 4 478 yds17 - Par 4 358 yds
9 - Par 5 555 yds18 - Par 4 425 yds
35 3,637 yds36 3,731 yds
Annual:  5th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 5-8 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Rocco Mediate
Runner-Up:  Alex Prugh, Bo Van Pelt
Tournament Record:  262 (Cameron Beckman, Kevin Sutherland, 2008;
  Troy Matteson, Rickie Fowler, Jamie Lovemark, 2009)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Troy Matteson, 2009)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Ryan Moore, 2007; Arron Oberholser, 2008;
  Rickie Fowler, Greg Owen, 2009; Rocco Mediate, 2010)
Course Record:  61 (Mark Hensby, 2007; Kevin Stadler, 2008;
  Troy Matteson, Mike Weir, 2009)
Total Purse:  $5,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $900,000; 2nd Place - $540,000; 3rd Place - $340,000
2010 Finish
Rocco Mediate269David Duval274
Alex Prugh270Ryuji Imada274
Bo Van Pelt270Will MacKenzie274
Rickie Fowler271Kevin Stadler274
Chris Tidland272Charles Warren274
Graham DeLaet274Tim Clark274
Past Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Rocco Mediate (269) -- Alex Prugh
2009*Troy Matteson (262) -- Rickie Fowler, Jamie Lovemark
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
Rocco MediatemcT-29T-13Won
Alex Prugh---------T-2
Chad Campbell------T-33T-13
Justin LeonardT-6---T-13T-24
Paul Goydos---T-7T-50T-27
Pat PerezT-6T-7T-13T-38
Billy Mayfair3rdT-17T-50T-63
Troy Matteson------Wonmc
Rory Sabbatini---T-43T-39mc
Cameron BeckmanT-35Wonmcmc
Kevin NaT-61mc------
Paul Casey------------
Ernie Els------------
Louis Oosthuizen------------
Tiger Woods------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Spencer Levin
Darkhorse - David Hearn
Last Week's Pick to Win (Nick Watney) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Carl Pettersson) - Finished tied for 5th
The PGA Tour travels to California this week for the second event of the Fall Series, the Open. Three of the top 50 players in the world are playing this week; however, the big story is the return of Tiger Woods, who will play for the first time since missing the cut at the PGA Championship in August. Woods has fallen to No. 51 in the world rankings and is out of the top 50 for the first time since 1996. This is the first time that he will play in a Fall Series event. Paul Casey is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 20. Former major champions Ernie Els (45) and Louis Oosthuizen (49) are also in the field.

There are only three tournaments left for players to get inside the top-125 on the money list and keep their card for 2012. Tim Clark currently sits at No. 125; however, less than $8,000 separates Clark from David Mathis, who is No. 129.

Last year, Rocco Mediate holed out for an eagle in every round, and he needed every one of those strokes to earn the victory. After coughing up a three- stroke lead in the final round, Mediate birdied 16 and holed out for eagle on 17 to shoot two-over 73. It was good enough to give him a one-stroke win at 15-under-par 269 over Alex Prugh and Bo Van Pelt. Mediate won in wire-to-wire fashion, as he fired rounds of 64-65-67 over the first three days.

In 2009, Troy Matteson birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Fowler and Jamie Lovemark. Matteson opened with a two-over par 72 in the first round, but fired consecutive course-record-tying 61s in the second and third rounds to surge in front. He closed with a final-round 68 to finish at 18-under-par 262 with Fowler and Lovemark. The victory was Matteson's second on the PGA Tour and first since 2006.

In 2007, Mike Weir returned to the winner's circle for the first time in over three years, as he 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 tournament is being held at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California for the second straight year. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and opened in 1999. Located 30 minutes south of San Jose, CordeValle was named No. 7 on the list of best courses you can play in California by Golfweek magazine in 2010. The first three years of the event were staged at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The PGA Tour Fall Series moves to Sea Island, Georgia next week for The McGladrey Classic, where Heath Slocum captured the 2010 title.

10/04 14:14:54 ET

As of October 4, 2011, at 02:15 PM ET