PGA Tour
PGA - Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, October 14th through Sunday, October 17th
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:  4th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 4-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Troy Matteson
Runner-Up:  Rickie Fowler, Jamie Lovemark
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)
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
2009 Finish
Troy Matteson *262Bryce Molder265
Rickie Fowler262Mike Weir265
Jamie Lovemark262Five players at267
Tim Clark264
Bill Lunde264

* - Won in Playoff

Past Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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
Troy Matteson------Won
Rickie Fowler------T-2
Jamie Lovemark------T-2
Tim ClarkT-18T-29T-4
Bill Lunde------T-4
Bryce Moldermc---T-6
Pat PerezT-6T-7T-13
Rocco MediatemcT-29T-13
Justin LeonardT-6---T-13
Bo Van PeltT-44mcT-29
Chad Campbell------T-33
Rory Sabbatini---T-43T-39
Paul Goydos---T-7T-50
Billy Mayfair3rdT-17T-50
Cameron BeckmanT-35Wonmc
Aaron BaddeleymcT-11mc
Henrik Stenson---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bo Van Pelt
Darkhorse - Joe Durant
Last Week's Pick to Win (Zach Johnson) - Finished tied for 12th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Chris Stroud) - Finished tied for 66th
The PGA Tour travels to California this week for the third event of the Fall Series, the Open. Four of the top-50 players in the world are playing this week, including world No. 30 and 2010 PLAYERS champion Tim Clark. The other players in the top-50 joining Clark are American Ryder Cup team member Rickie Fowler (33), Bo Van Pelt (43) and Henrik Stenson (45).

There are only two tournaments left for players to get inside the top-125 on the money list and keep their card for 2011. Aron Price currently sits at No. 125, however, less than $9,000 separates Price from Bob Estes, who is No. 127 on the money list.

Last year, 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 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 tournament is being held at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California for the first time. 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 Las Vegas, Nevada next week for the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, where Martin Laird captured the 2009 title. In addition, Graeme McDowell, David Toms, Martin Kaymer and Ernie Els will play in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf on October 19-20 in Bermuda.

10/12 14:47:00 ET

As of October 12, 2010, at 02:47 PM ET