PGA Tour
PGA - Turning Stone Resort Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, August 5th through Sunday, August 8th
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:  4th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday -- 6:30-9 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 7-9 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Matt Kuchar (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Vaughn Taylor
Tournament Record:  270 (Steve Flesch, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Steve Flesch, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Steve Flesch, 2007)
Course Record:  63 (Peter Lonard, 2009)
Total Purse:  $4,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $720,000; 2nd Place - $432,000; 3rd Place - $272,000
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Matt Kuchar *271Jimmy Walker273
Vaughn Taylor271Harrison Frazar274
Leif Olson272Rod Pampling274
Tim Petrovic272Webb Simpson274
John Senden273Jeev Milkha Singh274
Bo Van Pelt274

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Turning Stone Resort Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009*Matt Kuchar (271) -- Vaughn Taylor
2008Dustin Johnson (279) -- Robert Allenby
2007Steve Flesch (270) -- Michael Allen

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200720082009
Vaughn TaylorT-18T-152nd
Tim PetrovicT-45mcT-3
John SendenT-3T-27T-5
Rod Pampling---82ndT-7
Webb Simpson------T-7
Jeev Milkha Singh------T-7
Rory Sabbatini------T-12
Charles Howell III---T-3T-18
Robert GarrigusT-39T-3T-23
Will MacKenzie---mcT-35
Brendon de JongeT-13---T-47
Mark Wilson------T-47
Michael Simmc---T-55
Dean Wilson------T-55
Woody Austin---T-3mc
Steve FleschWonT-61mc
Jeff QuinneyT-25mcmc
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Brendon de Jonge
Darkhorse - Dean Wilson
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Nick Watney) - Not in final field
Last Week's Darkhorse (Charley Hoffman) - Finished tied for 83rd
 
NOTES:The PGA Tour travels to Verona, New York, this week for the Turning
Stone Resort Championship. The top players in the world are in Akron, Ohio, for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this week, so the highest-ranked player in the field is Michael Sim at No. 65.

Last year, Matt Kuchar parred the sixth playoff hole on Monday to defeat Vaughn Taylor and win his second PGA Tour title at this event. After the playoff was halted for darkness after two holes on Sunday, the pair returned to Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone Resort bright and early Monday morning. Monday's fourth hole -- and the sixth playoff hole of the tournament -- was the 13th. Taylor had the honor and drove his ball right into the water; Kuchar split the fairway, giving himself a huge advantage. Play was contested under lift, clean and place conditions throughout, and Taylor placed his third after a penalty. He came up well short of the green, but Kuchar took a risky line and barely got over the water with his second. Taylor chipped his fourth to five feet, and Kuchar hit a beautiful pitch to tap-in range. Taylor missed his bogey putt, and that all but handed Kuchar the title. Kuchar needed two putts from two feet for his second win and handled it in one putt for his first victory on tour since the 2002 Honda Classic.

Kuchar will not be on hand to defend his title this week, as he is playing in the Bridgestone Invitational. The only past champion in the field this week is 2007 winner Steve Flesch.

In 2008, 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. Johnson completed his first tour crown at nine-under-par 279 for a one-stroke win over Robert Allenby.

In 2007, 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. 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 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 Kohler, Wisconsin, next week for the final major of 2010, the PGA Championship, where Y.E. Yang will defend his title.

08/03 14:01:46 ET

As of August 3, 2010, at 02:01 PM ET