Champions Tour

CHAMPIONS - Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Preview
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DATES: Friday, March 27th through Sunday, March 29th
SITE: Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Mississippi
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Fazio (2006)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,119
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 543 Yds10 - Par 4 420 Yds
2 - Par 4 455 Yds11 - Par 4 396 Yds
3 - Par 3 193 Yds12 - Par 4 382 Yds
4 - Par 4 423 Yds13 - Par 5 541 Yds
5 - Par 4 461 Yds14 - Par 3 161 Yds
6 - Par 5 520 Yds15 - Par 5 565 Yds
7 - Par 4 330 Yds16 - Par 4 418 Yds
8 - Par 3 186 Yds17 - Par 3 206 Yds
9 - Par 4 459 Yds18 - Par 4 460 Yds
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36 3,570 Yds36 3,549 Yds
 
Annual:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 12-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Jeff Maggert
Runner-Up:  Billy Andrade
Tournament Record:  200 (Tom Lehman, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Tom Lehman, 2011)
Course Record:  63 (Fred Couples, 2012)
Total Purse:  $1,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $240,000; 2nd Place - $140,800; 3rd Place - $115,200
 
2014 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Jeff Maggert205Seven players at210
Billy Andrade207
Jay Haas208
Bernhard Langer208
Fred Couples209
 
Past Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014Jeff Maggert (205) -- Billy Andrade
2013Michael Allen (205) -- Bernhard Langer
2012Fred Couples (202) -- Michael Allen
2011Tom Lehman (200) -- David Frost, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman
2010David Eger (205) -- Tommy Armour III

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20102011201220132014
Jeff Maggert------------Won
Billy Andrade------------2nd
Jay HaasT-19T-5T-17T-18T-3
Fred Couples------WonT-125th
Jeff SlumanT-17T-2T-3T-27T-6
Bart Bryant---------T-54T-6
Steve Pate------T-43T-70T-6
Colin Montgomerie------------T-6
Michael Allen---T-132ndWonT-13
Mark O'MearaT-23T-13T-43T-6T-13
Tom Lehman---WonT-26---T-13
Tom Pernice, Jr.---T-25T-3T-3T-22
Rocco Mediate---------T-6T-34
Marco Dawson---------------
Paul Goydos---------------
Lee Janzen---------------
Miguel A. Jimenez---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bart Bryant
Darkhorse - Mark O'Meara
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lee Janzen) - Finished tied for 46th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Esteban Toledo) - Finished tied for 37th
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour travels to "The Magnolia State" this week for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Biloxi. The top 17 players on the money list are in the field.

Bart Bryant currently leads the money list by more than $60,000 over Paul Goydos. Bryant has not claimed a victory this season, but has finished in the top-10 in all four events this year, including two runner-up finishes. All four tournament winners in 2015 are in the field - Miguel Angel Jimenez, Goydos, Lee Janzen and Marco Dawson.

This week's tournament is being held at Fallen Oak Golf Club, which was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2006. Golf Digest ranks Fallen Oak as the 36th best public course in the United States. Fallen Oak was the eighth-most- difficult course on the Champions Tour in 2014, with a scoring average of 72.317 (+.317). The toughest hole last year was the par-4 second hole, which was ranked 39th-hardest on tour.

Last year, Jeff Maggert shot a 4-under 68 in the final round to rally and beat Billy Andrade by two strokes. Maggert, who was making his Champions Tour debut, finished at 11-under-par 205. He had three bogeys in the final round after having four in the first two rounds combined, but his seven birdies on the final day helped him to come from behind for the title. Maggert became the 17th player in Champions Tour history to win his tour debut.

Fred Couples birdied the final hole in 2012 to earn a 1-stroke win over Michael Allen. Couples, who won for the seventh time on the Champions Tour, fired a course-record 63 in the first round and held at least a share of the lead after every round. He ended at 14-under-par 202.

In 2011, Tom Lehman shot three rounds in the 60s to post a 4-shot win over David Frost, Jeff Sluman and Nick Price. Lehman finished 54 holes at 16-under- par 200 to capture his fourth Champions Tour title and second of three in 2011, on his way to being the Champions Tour Player of the Year.

David Eger captured his first victory in nearly five years at this event in 2010. Eger finished three rounds on the Fallen Oak course at 11-under 205, beating Tommy Armour III by a shot. It was the third Champions Tour win for Eger and first since August 21, 2005, when he titled at the Seattle stop. Eger was the only player in the field to card three rounds in the 60s.

The Champions Tour moves to Georgia in three weeks for the Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, where Jimenez won last year.

03/24 16:57:43 ET

As of March 24, 2015, at 04:58 PM ET

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