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DATES: Thursday, October 4th through Sunday, October 7th
SITE: TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Maryland
COURSE ARCHITECT: Ed Ault, Tom Clark, Ed Sneed (1986),
         Stephen Wenzloff and Jim Hardy (2007 - redesign)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,139
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 440 Yds10 - Par 5 560 Yds
2 - Par 5 619 Yds11 - Par 4 470 Yds
3 - Par 3 225 Yds12 - Par 3 168 Yds
4 - Par 4 440 Yds13 - Par 4 360 Yds
5 - Par 4 365 Yds14 - Par 4 299 Yds
6 - Par 4 484 Yds15 - Par 4 490 Yds
7 - Par 4 452 Yds16 - Par 4 412 Yds
8 - Par 4 467 Yds17 - Par 3 222 Yds
9 - Par 3 201 Yds18 - Par 4 463 Yds
35 3,693 Yds35 3,446 Yds
Annual:  6th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Steve Wheatcroft (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Ryan Armour, Jon Mills
Tournament Record:  255 (Steve Wheatcroft, 2011)
54-Hole Record:  191 (Steve Wheatcroft, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Steve Wheatcroft, 2011)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Steve Wheatcroft, 2011 - The University of Maryland GC)
Total Purse:  $600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $108,000; 2nd Place - $64,800; 3rd Place - $40,800
2011 Finish
Steve Wheatcroft255Michael Thompson270
Ryan Armour267Gary Christian271
Jon Mills267James Sacheck271
Nicholas Thompson268Matt Davidson272
J.J. Killeen269Greg Owen272
Past Neediest Kids Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Steve Wheatcroft (255) -- Ryan Armour, Jon Mills
2010Tommy Gainey (267) -- Frank Lickliter II, Jin Park
2009Mathias Gronberg (269) -- Justin Bolli, Robert Damron
2008Jeff Klauk (276) -- Jeff Brehaut, David Mathis
2007Paul Claxton (270) -- James Driscoll, Jaco Van Zyl
NOTE:Formerly called Melwood Prince George's County Open (2007-11).

Top Contenders in the Field
Ryan Armour------T-10mcT-2
Nicholas ThompsonT-52---------4th
Paul ClaxtonWonmcmcT-4T-17
Jin Park------mcT-2T-21
Will MacKenzie------------T-38
Jeff KlaukT-31Won------T-51
Luke List---------mcmc
Casey Wittenbergmcmc---mc---
Patrick Cantlay---------------
Luke Guthrie---------------
Paul Haley II---------------
Morgan Hoffmann---------------
Ben Kohles---------------
Robert Streb---------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Justin Hicks
Darkhorse - Aaron Goldberg
Last Week's Pick to Win (Danny Lee) - Finished tied for 30th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jeff Gove) - Finished tied for 23rd
The sixth annual Neediest Kids Championship Open begins this week in Potomac, Maryland, and the top eight players on the money list are in the field. Luke Guthrie is currently tops the money list with $382,463 in earnings. Casey Wittenberg trails Guthrie by $39,810 for the top spot.

Guthrie, Wittenberg and Ben Kohles each have two victories this season and would earn an instant promotion to the PGA Tour with one more win. Guthrie will be looking for his third straight title, as he captured the Albertsons Boise Open and WNB Golf Classic in his last two starts.

The tournament is being held at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm for the first time. The course previously hosted the PGA Tour from 1987-2006 and the Champions Tour in 2010. TPC Potomac is the second TPC facility to host all three tours, joining TPC Sawgrass. Previous winners of the PGA Tour event at TPC Potomac are Tom Kite, Steve Stricker, Justin Leonard and Adam Scott. Mark O'Meara captured the Constellation Senior Players Championship at TPC Potomac in 2010. The first three years of the tournament were held at The Country Club at Woodmore and the last two were staged at the University of Maryland Golf Club.

Last year, Steve Wheatcroft eagled the final hole and won by a Web.com Tour-record 12 strokes. Wheatcroft finished at 29-under-par 255. His total of 255 broke the previous tour mark of 258, which Chris Smith set in 1997 and Daniel Chopra matched in 2004. Along the way, Wheatcroft set the course record at the University of Maryland Golf Course with his 11-under 60 in the second round, the 36-hole scoring mark of 126 and the 54-hole record of 191. Also, Wheatcroft's 12-stroke win was the largest in the tour history, breaking the old mark of 11 held by Smith (1997 Omaha Classic) and Marc Leishman (2008 WNB Golf Classic).

Wheatcroft will not be on hand to defend his title, as he earned his PGA Tour card for 2012 and is playing at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He will need a strong finish to his season to keep his PGA Tour card, as he is currently 199th on the money list.

In 2007, Paul Claxton fired a bogey-free, 5-under 67 in the final round to win the inaugural event by one stroke. Claxton finished at 18-under-par 270, one clear of James Driscoll and Jaco Van Zyl. With the victory, Claxton became the first player in Web.com Tour history to crack the $1 million barrier in career earnings. It was his first Web.com Tour win since the 2001 Louisiana Open.

The Web.com Tour travels to Florida next week for the Miccosukee Championship in Miami, where Jason Kokrak captured the 2011 title.

10/02 16:51:39 ET

As of October 2, 2012, at 04:51 PM ET

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