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DATES: Thursday, September 20th through Sunday, September 23rd
SITE: East Lake Golf Course, Atlanta, Georgia
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Bendelow (1908), Donald Ross (1913), George Cobb (1959),
         Rees Jones (1994 - redesign; 2008 - renovation)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,319
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 424 yds10 - Par 4 469 yds
2 - Par 3 214 yds11 - Par 3 197 yds
3 - Par 4 387 yds12 - Par 4 391 yds
4 - Par 4 440 yds13 - Par 4 476 yds
5 - Par 4 520 yds14 - Par 4 442 yds
6 - Par 3 209 yds15 - Par 5 525 yds
7 - Par 4 434 yds16 - Par 4 481 yds
8 - Par 4 405 yds17 - Par 4 470 yds
9 - Par 5 600 yds18 - Par 3 235 yds
35 3,633 Yds35 3,686 Yds
Annual:  26th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 1-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 1-2 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday -- 2-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 12-1:30 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Sunday -- 1:30-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Bill Haas (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Hunter Mahan
Tournament Record:  257 (Tiger Woods, 2007)
54-Hole Record:  191 (Tiger Woods, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Tiger Woods, 2007)
Course Record:  60 (Zach Johnson, 2007)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,440,000; 2nd Place - $864,000; 3rd Place - $552,000
2011 Finish
Bill Haas *272Jason Day274
Hunter Mahan272Charles Howell III274
K.J. Choi273Adam Scott274
Luke Donald273Bo Van Pelt275
Aaron Baddeley273Phil Mickelson276

* - Won in Playoff

Past TOUR Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Bill Haas (272) -- Hunter Mahan
2010Jim Furyk (272) -- Luke Donald
2009Phil Mickelson (271) -- Tiger Woods
2008*Camilo Villegas (273) -- Sergio Garcia
2007Tiger Woods (257) -- Mark Calcavecchia, Zach Johnson
2006Adam Scott (269) -- Jim Furyk
2005Bart Bryant (263) -- Tiger Woods
2004Retief Goosen (269) -- Tiger Woods
2003Chad Campbell (268) -- Charles Howell III
2002Vijay Singh (268) -- Charles Howell III
2001*Mike Weir (270) -- Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, David Toms
2000Phil Mickelson (267) -- Tiger Woods
1999Tiger Woods (269) -- Davis Love III
1998*Hal Sutton (274) -- Vijay Singh
1997David Duval (273) -- Jim Furyk
1996Tom Lehman (268) -- Brad Faxon
1995Billy Mayfair (280) -- Steve Elkington, Corey Pavin
1994*Mark McCumber (274) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
1993Jim Gallagher Jr (277) -- David Frost, John Huston, Greg Norman,
Scott Simpson
1992Paul Azinger (276) -- Lee Janzen, Corey Pavin
1991*Craig Stadler (279) -- Russ Cochran
1990*Jodie Mudd (273) -- Billy Mayfair
1989*Tom Kite (276) -- Payne Stewart
1988*Curtis Strange (279) -- Tom Kite
1987Tom Watson (268) -- Chip Beck

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Nabisco Championships (1989-90), Nabisco Golf
Championships (1988), Nabisco Championships of Golf (1987).

Top Contenders in the Field
Hunter Mahan---------------T-5T-1724thT-152nd
Luke Donald---------T-14T-5------T-252ndT-3
Adam Scott------T-21T-7WonT-26------27thT-6
Bo Van Pelt------------------------24th9th
Phil MickelsonT-5---T-19------20thT-3WonT-2210th
Keegan Bradley---------------------------T-11
Jason Dufner---------------------T-19---T-13
Steve Stricker---------------T-17T-246thT-2515th
Brandt Snedeker---------------T-29---------T-16
Justin Rose---------------T-11------T-15T-20
Matt Kuchar------------------------T-25T-20
Webb Simpson---------------------------22nd
Bubba Watson------------------30th---T-17T-23
Dustin Johnson---------------------27thT-22T-23
John Senden---------------------T-10---25th
Nick Watney---------------------T-13T-4T-26
Jim FurykT-188th---13th2ndT-11T-6T-7Won---
Ernie ElsT-1317thT-10---T-10T-26T-69thT-7---
Zach Johnson------13th---16thT-2---T-16T-9---
Ryan Moore------------------------T-9---
Tiger WoodsT-726th2nd2nd---Won---2nd------
Sergio Garcia28th---T-15T-20---4th2nd---------
Carl Pettersson------------18th---21st---------
Rickie Fowler------------------------------
Robert Garrigus------------------------------
John Huh------------------------------
Rory McIlroy------------------------------
Louis Oosthuizen------------------------------
Scott Piercy------------------------------
Lee Westwood------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Rory McIlroy
Darkhorse - Ryan Moore
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dustin Johnson) - Finished tied for 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kevin Stadler) - Finished tied for 45th
The final event of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup begins this week, as the top 30 players on the FedEx Cup Playoff Points list qualified for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia. This group will battle it out for the top prize of $1,440,000, but the winner of the FedEx Cup on Sunday will pocket $10 million.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is in the top spot on the points list after winning the last two events - the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship. Nick Watney captured the first playoff event, The Barclays. The points are reset prior to this tournament. McIlroy leads with 2,500 points, followed by world No. 2 Tiger Woods with 2,250, Watney with 2,000, Phil Mickelson with 1,800 and Brandt Snedeker with 1,600.

The top five players (McIlroy, Woods, Watney, Mickelson and Snedeker) on the points list can win the FedEx Cup if they win this tournament. Other players outside of the top five need to win and have other scenarios take place in order to capture the Cup.

Seven players are competing in this event for the first time. They are: Rickie Fowler, Robert Garrigus, John Huh, McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen, Scott Piercy and Lee Westwood. The top 16 players in the world are in the field.

East Lake, home to legendary amateur champion Bobby Jones, has hosted several big events, most notably the 1950 U.S. Women's Amateur, 1963 Ryder Cup, 101st United States Amateur Championship in 2001, and the 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004-11 PGA Tour Championships.

Last year, Bill Haas parred the third playoff hole to defeat Hunter Mahan. Haas also won the $10 million prize for finishing first in the race for the FedExCup. Haas started the week 25th on the points list. He also became the fourth player to win in his first appearance. Tom Watson (1987), Chad Campbell (2003) and Bart Bryant (2005) also accomplished the feat.

In 2010, Jim Furyk fired rounds of 67-65-70-70 to win the tournament and the FedExCup. Furyk finished at 8-under 272 and won by a stroke over Luke Donald. Furyk picked up his third PGA Tour win of the season, which was a first in his career.

In 2009, Mickelson fired a 5-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and win, but Woods walked off with the biggest prize, the FedExCup. Woods managed only an even-par 70 in the final round to finish second to Mickelson at East Lake, but ended atop the FedExCup playoff points list for the second time in three years. Mickelson played brilliantly in the final round and won the title at 9-under 271 for his third win of 2009. Mickelson opened the tournament in 2009 with a 3-over 73, the highest start for an eventual winner in the history of this event.

In 2007, Woods closed with a 4-under 66 in the final round to cruise to his seventh win of the season. Woods completed the event at 23-under-par 257 and also won the inaugural FedExCup easily over Steve Stricker. Woods started three of the four playoff events in 2007 and finished second, first and first. Thanks in part to the soft greens at East Lake, Woods shattered the 36- and 54-hole scoring marks. With his 257 total, Woods also smashed the previous 72- hole scoring mark of 263, which Bryant set in 2005. Woods won by eight over Zach Johnson and Mark Calcavecchia. Johnson fired a course-record 60 in the third round.

With his seventh win of the season in 2007, Woods became the first player in PGA Tour history to win seven or more times in a single season in four separate years.

In 2005, Bryant became the fifth player to have held at least a share of the lead after every round and win, joining Tom Watson (1987), Curtis Strange (1988), Craig Stadler (1991) and Billy Mayfair (1995).

In 2003, Campbell became the first player to earn his maiden PGA Tour title at this event. Campbell, trailing Charles Howell III by five shots heading into the weekend, carded a 61 in the third round and then closed with 68 for a three-shot win over Howell.

The Champions Golf Club in Houston has hosted this event five times. Pinehurst No. 2, The Olympic Club and Southern Hills Country Club have each hosted twice. Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Pebble Beach Golf Links and Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina played host the first three years of the tournament's existence, respectively.

Next week, the PGA Tour will be in Illinois for the 39th Ryder Cup Matches at Medinah Country Club, where Europe will defend the Cup against the United States.

09/18 15:57:29 ET

As of September 18, 2012, at 03:57 PM ET

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