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DATES: Thursday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 25th
SITE: Champions Run, Omaha, Nebraska
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jeffrey Brauer (1992)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,170
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 490 Yds10 - Par 5 563 Yds
2 - Par 4 482 Yds11 - Par 4 401 Yds
3 - Par 3 217 Yds12 - Par 3 202 Yds
4 - Par 4 316 Yds13 - Par 4 403 Yds
5 - Par 4 379 Yds14 - Par 4 440 Yds
6 - Par 5 627 Yds15 - Par 4 471 Yds
7 - Par 4 455 Yds16 - Par 3 237 Yds
8 - Par 3 193 Yds17 - Par 5 539 Yds
9 - Par 4 315 Yds18 - Par 4 440 Yds
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35 3,474 Yds36 3,696 Yds
 
Annual:  18th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 3-5 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 2-4 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Ben Kohles (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Dawie van der Walt
Tournament Record:  258 (Chris Smith, 1997)
54-Hole Record:  192 (Chris Smith, 1997; David Branshaw, 2008)
36-Hole Record:  125 (Luke Guthrie, 2012)
Course Record:  59 (Jason Gore, 2005)
Total Purse:  $800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $144,000; 2nd Place - $86,400; 3rd Place - $54,400
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Ben Kohles260Jim Herman264
Dawie van der Walt263Russell Henley265
Justin Bolli264Justin Hicks265
Luke Guthrie264Three players at266
Adam Hadwin264
 
Past Cox Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Ben Kohles (260) -- Dawie van der Walt
2011J.J. Killeen (262) -- Jonas Blixt, Gary Christian, Ken Duke, Danny Lee
2010Martin Piller (261) -- Dicky Pride
2009Rich Barcelo (264) -- Tom Gillis
2008*Ryan Hietala (265) -- David Branshaw
2007Roland Thatcher (260) -- Jason Day
2006Johnson Wagner (263) -- Craig Bowden
2005*Jason Gore (261) -- Roger Tambellini
2004Charles Warren (267) -- John Elliott
2003Bo Van Pelt (262) -- Craig Lile
2002Jay Delsing (267) -- Anthony Painter
2001Heath Slocum (266) -- Rod Pampling
2000*David Berganio Jr (268) -- Ahmad Bateman
1999Mathew Goggin (264) -- Casey Martin
1998*Matt Gogel (271) -- Jay Williamson
1997Chris Smith (258) -- Barry Cheesman
1996Rocky Walcher (267) -- Michael Christie, Steve Larick

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called NIKE Omaha Classic (1996-99), BUY.COM Omaha Classic
(2000-02), Omaha Classic (2003).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20082009201020112012
Dawie van der Walt---------mc2nd
Matt Davidson------T-466thT-59
Will Wilcox---------T-29mc
Martin Piller---62ndWon---mc
Michael PutnammcmcT-34---mc
Ben Martin------------mc
Edward Loar---------T-65---
Miguel A. CarballoT-18mcmcmc---
Brett Wetterich---------mc---
Kevin Kisner------mc------
Matt Bettencourtmc------------
Blayne Barber---------------
Chesson Hadley---------------
Peter Malnati---------------
James White---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Kevin Kisner
Darkhorse - Miguel Angel Carballo
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Joe Durant) - Missed the cut
Last Week's Darkhorse (Fernando Mechereffe) - Finished tied for 44th
 
NOTES:
The Web.com Tour travels to Omaha, Nebraska this week for the Cox Classic, the 21st of 25 official events in 2013. With the season almost complete, players are vying to reach the top 60 on the money list in an effort to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship. The purse increased $150,000 from last year to $800,000, with the winner receiving $144,000.

Last year, Ben Kohles fired a 9-under 62 in the final round to win by three strokes over Dawie van der Walt. The victory was Kohles' second in two weeks, making him the first player in tour history to win his first two tour starts. Kohles ended at 24-under-par 260.

Kohles will not be on hand to defend his title, as he earned his PGA Tour card for 2013 by finishing eighth on the 2012 Web.com Tour money list. Kohles' best finish this year on the PGA Tour was a tie for seventh at the Tampa Bay Championship in March. He did not qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.

J.J. Killeen posted three late birdies in the final round in 2011 to rally for his second straight Web.com Tour title. Killeen, who won the Utah Championship the week before, finished the tournament at 22-under-par 262. That was also his winning score in Utah.

In 2010, Martin Piller fired a 7-under 64 in the final round to win by two shots. Piller finished 72 holes on the Champions Run course with a 23-under 261, beating Dicky Pride for his second victory of the season. He also won the Stadion Athens Classic in May 2010. Piller's victory was all the more remarkable considering he made the 36-hole cut by just one shot after going 69-66 over the first two rounds of the notoriously low-scoring event. He followed that with a 62-64 on the weekend.

In 2009, Rich Barcelo fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and win by one stroke over Tom Gillis. Barcelo completed the tournament at 20-under-par 264 for his first Web.com Tour title.

Jason Gore rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole in 2005 to edge Roger Tambellini, winning his third straight start and earning a "battlefield promotion" to the PGA Tour. Gore fired a 59 in the second round on his way to victory. It was only the third 59 shot on the Web.com Tour at the time.

The automatic promotion goes to a Web.com Tour player who wins three times in a single season. Gore was the third player to earn the battlefield by winning this event (Chris Smith 1997, Heath Slocum 2001). Gore went on to win the 84 Lumber Classic on the PGA Tour in 2005.

With his win in 2002, Jay Delsing became only the second wire-to-wire winner of this event, joining Smith (1997).

The Web.com Tour moves to Indiana next week for the inaugural Hotel Fitness Championship in Fort Wayne.

08/20 18:36:14 ET

As of August 20, 2013, at 06:36 PM ET