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PGA - Frys.com Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, October 11th through Sunday, October 14th
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:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 4-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Bryce Molder
Runner-Up:  Briny Baird
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; Rocco Mediate, 2010)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Mark Hensby, 2007; Kevin Stadler, 2008;
  Troy Matteson (twice), Mike Weir, 2009 - Grayhawk GC)
Course Record:  62 (Will MacKenzie, Jim Renner, 2011)
Total Purse:  $5,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $900,000; 2nd Place - $540,000; 3rd Place - $340,000
2011 Finish
Bryce Molder *267John Rollins271
Briny Baird267Eight players at273
Bud Cauley269
Shane Bertsch270
Ernie Els270

* - Won in Playoff

Past Frys.com Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Bryce Molder (267) -- Briny Baird
2010Rocco Mediate (269) -- Alex Prugh
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
Bryce Moldermc---T-6mcWon
Ernie Els------------T-4
Billy Mayfair3rdT-17T-50T-63T-36
Troy Matteson------WonmcT-42
Chad Campbell------T-33T-13T-50
Justin LeonardT-6---T-13T-24T-60
Rocco MediatemcT-29T-13WonT-67
Rory Sabbatini---T-43T-39mcmc
Cameron BeckmanT-35Wonmcmcmc
Fredrik JacobsonT-18---mcT-16---
Aaron BaddeleymcT-11mcT-30---
Mike WeirWonT-4T-6------
Jonas Blixt---------------
Nicolas Colsaerts---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Nicolas Colsaerts
Darkhorse - Jonas Blixt
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ryan Moore) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (John Huh) - Finished tied for 13th
The PGA Tour travels to California this week for the second event of the Fall Series, the Frys.com Open. Two of the top 35 players in the world are in the field - Ernie Els (22) and Nicolas Colsaerts (35). Els captured the British Open in July for his fourth major championship title but has not finished higher than 26th since that win. Colsaerts was part of the victorious European Ryder Cup team two weeks ago at Medianah Country Club in Illinois.

There are only three tournaments left for players to get inside the top-125 on the money list and keep their card for 2013. Jeff Maggert currently sits at No. 125, although less than $4,000 separates Maggert from Rod Pampling, who is No. 126.

This tournament is being held at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California for the third straight year. 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.

Last year, Bryce Molder emerged from a six-hole playoff with a winning birdie on the 18th hole to beat third-round leader Briny Baird and win for the first time on the PGA Tour. The Arkansas native shot a 7-under 64 in the final round to finish 72 holes at 17-under 267 along with Baird. A four-time first-team All-American and teammate of Matt Kuchar at Georgia, Molder has spent a considerable portion of his early career on the Web.com Tour.

In 2010, Rocco Mediate holed out for an eagle in every round, and he needed every one of those strokes to earn the victory. After coughing up a three- stroke lead in the final round, Mediate birdied 16 and holed out for eagle on 17 to shoot 2-over 73. It was good enough to give him a one-stroke win at 15-under-par 269 over Alex Prugh and Bo Van Pelt. Mediate won in wire-to-wire fashion, as he fired rounds of 64-65-67 over the first three days.

In 2009, Troy Matteson birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark. Matteson opened with a 2-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, as he 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.

The PGA Tour Fall Series moves to Sea Island, Georgia next week for The McGladrey Classic, where Ben Crane captured the 2011 title.

10/09 18:08:42 ET

As of October 9, 2012, at 06:08 PM ET

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