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PGA - Viking Classic Preview
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DATES: Thursday, September 30th through Sunday, October 3rd
SITE: Annandale Golf Club, Madison, Mississippi
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (1981), redesign (1998)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,199
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 385 yds10 - Par 4 407 yds
2 - Par 3 213 yds11 - Par 5 579 yds
3 - Par 4 406 yds12 - Par 3 171 yds
4 - Par 4 465 yds13 - Par 4 414 yds
5 - Par 5 522 yds14 - Par 4 473 yds
6 - Par 4 424 yds15 - Par 3 176 yds
7 - Par 5 556 yds16 - Par 4 408 yds
8 - Par 3 209 yds17 - Par 4 409 yds
9 - Par 4 450 yds18 - Par 5 532 yds
36 3,630 yds36 3,569 yds
Annual:  42nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 8-10 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Will MacKenzie
Runner-Up:  Brian Gay, Marc Turnesa
Tournament Record:  263 (Dan Halldorson, 1986 - Par 70)
  266 (Steve Lowery, Skip Kendall, 2000;
  Fred Funk, 2004 - Par 72)
54-Hole Record:  196 (Steve Lowery, 2000)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Dwight Nevil, 1973; Jim Gallagher, Jr., 1985;
  Steve Lowery, 2000)
Course Record:  61 (Keith Clearwater, 1996)
Total Purse:  $3,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $648,000; 2nd Place - $388,800; 3rd Place - $244,800
2008 Finish
Will MacKenzie *269Casey Wittenberg272
Brian Gay269Greg Kraft273
Marc Turnesa269Five players at274
Steve Allan272
Bill Haas272

* - Won in Playoff

Past Viking Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009Tournament canceled due to unplayable course conditions from rain
2008*Will MacKenzie (269) -- Brian Gay, Marc Turnesa
2007Chad Campbell (275) -- Johnson Wagner
2006*D.J. Trahan (275) -- Joe Durant
2005Heath Slocum (267) -- Carl Pettersson, Loren Roberts
2004Fred Funk (266) -- Ryan Palmer
2003John Huston (268) -- Brenden Pappas
2002#Luke Donald (201) -- Deane Pappas
2001Cameron Beckman (269) -- Chad Campbell
2000*Steve Lowery (266) -- Skip Kendall
1999&Brian Henninger (202) -- Chris DiMarco
1998Fred Funk (270) -- Paul Goydos, Franklin Langham, Tim Loustalot
1997Billy Ray Brown (271) -- Mike Standly
1996Willie Wood (268) -- Kirk Triplett
1995Ed Dougherty (272) -- Gil Morgan
1994*#Brian Henninger (135) -- Mike Sullivan
1993Greg Kraft (267) -- Morris Hatalsky, Tad Rhyan
1992Richard Zokol (267) -- Mike Donald, Bob Eastwood, Mike Nicolette,
Greg Twiggs
1991*Larry Silveira (266) -- Russ Cochran, Mike Nicolette
1990Gene Sauers (268) -- Jack Ferenz
1989*#Jim Booros (199) -- Mike Donald
1988Frank Conner (267) -- Brian Mogg
1987David Ogrin (267) -- Nick Faldo
1986Dan Halldorson (263) -- Paul Azinger
1985*#Jim Gallagher Jr (131) -- Paul Azinger
1984*#Lance Ten Broeck (201) -- Mike Smith
1983#Russ Cochran (203) -- Sammy Rachels
1982Payne Stewart (270) -- Jay Cudd, Bruce Douglass
1981*Tom Jones (268) -- Mike Smith
1980*#Roger Maltbie (65) -- Lee Carter
1979*Bobby Walzel (272) -- Buddy Gardner
1978Craig Stadler (268) -- Bob Eastwood, Bruce Fleisher
1977Mike McCullough (269) -- Orville Moody, Gary Groh
1976Dennis Meyer (271) -- Artie McNickle, Tom Purtzer
1975Bob Wynn (270) -- Mike Morley
1974#Dwight Nevil (133) -- Bunky Henry, Gil Morgan
1973Dwight Nevil (268) -- Bert Greene
1972Mike Morley (269) -- Rick Rhoads
1971Roy Pace (270) -- Jack Lewis, Jr.
1970Chris Blocker (271) -- Roy Pace, Martin Roesink
1969Larry Mowry (272) -- Larry Hinson, Alvin Odom
1968*B.R. McLendon (269) -- Pete Fleming

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Magnolia State Classic (1968-85), Deposit Guaranty
Golf Classic (1986-98), Southern Farm Bureau Classic (1999-2006). Became an official event in 1994.

Top Contenders in the Field
Will MacKenzie------------------T-66------Won
Brian GaywdT-20T-48T-11T-39mcmcmcmcT-2
Bill Haas------------------------T-3T-4
Woody AustinT-66---T-73mcT-31T-26T-571st---T-8
David Toms---------------------------T-8
Lee Janzen---T-43T-37T-20------mc3rdmcT-14
Troy Matteson---------------------T-8---T-14
David Duval---------------mcmcT-50T-44T-22
Cameron BeckmanT-31T-60WonT-11---T-43T-17T-25T-29T-40
John DalyT-36T-50------mc------T-57T-54T-40
Heath Slocum------T-37T-25T-5918thWonmcT-13T-56
Steve Lowery---Won------mcmcT-17T-43T-17mc
Chris DiMarco2nd------------------------mc
Chad Campbell------2nd4th------------Won---
D.J. Trahan------------------T-12WonT-49---
Sean O'Hair------------------------------
Henrik Stenson------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - David Toms
Darkhorse - Charlie Wi
Last Week's Pick to Win (Steve Stricker) - Finished tied for 25th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Adam Scott) - Finished 27th
The PGA Tour travels to Mississippi this week for the first event of the Fall Series, the Viking Classic, which was previously known as the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. The top players in the world are in Wales this week for the Ryder Cup, so only two players ranked in the top-50 of the world are in the field - Sean O'Hair (25) and Henrik Stenson (38). Although lacking some major star power, there are some former major championship winners in the field: Mark Brooks, John Daly, David Duval, Steve Elkington, Todd Hamilton, Trevor Immelman, Lee Janzen, Shaun Micheel and David Toms.

The 2009 tournament was canceled due to rain which made the course unplayable. The last time a tournament was rained out was the 1991 Independent Insurance Agent Open, which was originally scheduled for April and rescheduled to October. This event has been shortened due to weather nine times since its inception in 1968 and three times since moving to Annandale Golf Club in Madison in 1994. In 2005, the tournament was postponed and moved from October to November due to Hurricane Katrina.

In 2008, Will MacKenzie won a three-way playoff at this event to pick up his second career PGA Tour victory. MacKenzie birdied three of his last four holes to shoot a four-under 68 in the final round, then knocked off Marc Turnesa and Brian Gay in the playoff for his first title since the 2006 Reno-Tahoe Open. Turnesa, who led after each of the first three rounds, took a double-bogey on the 17th hole and shot a two-under 70, while Gay caught fire in the middle of his round on the way to a 68. The trio ended regulation tied at 19-under-par 269, and Gay was the only player who didn't make birdie on the first playoff hole. MacKenzie moved on with a two-putt birdie from 59 feet, while Turnesa rolled in an 11-footer at the par-five 18th to also advance. Back at No. 18 for the second extra hole, MacKenzie hit the green in two again and Turnesa needed three shots to knock his ball to 18 feet. Mackenzie two-putted for another birdie -- this time from 63 feet -- and clinched the win when Turnesa couldn't match him.

Chad Campbell captured his fourth PGA Tour title in 2007 as he won by one stroke over Johnson Wagner. Campbell drained birdies at the 16th and 17th holes in the final round to squeak out the victory.

In 2005, Heath Slocum fired a six-under 66 in the final round and edged a low- scoring field to win. Slocum finished at 21-under-par 267 for a two-stroke victory at Annandale Golf Club. Slocum embraced his father after rolling in his final par putt at 18. The elder Slocum, who caddied for his son, is a former Mississippi club pro who participated in this event nine times when it was held at Hattiesburg (MS) Country Club.

There have been five players over the age of 40 to win this event: Frank Conner (1988), Ed Dougherty (1995), Fred Funk (1998, 2004), Steve Lowery (2000) and John Huston (2003). There have been six first-time winners in the last 15 seasons. Dwight Nevil is the only player to win this event two straight years when he won in 1973-74.

The tournament was previously held at Hattiesburg Country Club for the first 26 years. Annandale Golf Club has hosted this event since 1994. This event became an official PGA Tour tournament in 1994. It was an unofficial event from 1968-82 and 1986-93, as money earned counted on the money list, but a victory wasn't an official PGA Tour win. From 1983-85, the event was part of the Tournament Players Series, the forerunner of the Nationwide Tour.

The Fall Series on the PGA Tour continues in Georgia next week for the inaugural McGladrey Classic at the Seaside Course in Sea Island.

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As of September 28, 2010, at 02:06 PM ET