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CHAMPIONS - 3M Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd
SITE: TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota
COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (2000), Tom Lehman (Consultant)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,114
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 426 Yds10 - Par 4 379 Yds
2 - Par 4 388 Yds11 - Par 4 402 Yds
3 - Par 5 546 Yds12 - Par 5 593 Yds
4 - Par 3 177 Yds13 - Par 3 209 Yds
5 - Par 4 418 Yds14 - Par 4 423 Yds
6 - Par 5 571 Yds15 - Par 4 451 Yds
7 - Par 4 318 Yds16 - Par 4 387 Yds
8 - Par 3 204 Yds17 - Par 3 184 Yds
9 - Par 4 456 Yds18 - Par 5 582 Yds
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36 3,504 Yds36 3,610 Yds
 
Annual:  22nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 12-1:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Tom Pernice Jr.
Runner-Up:  Corey Pavin, Jeff Sluman
Tournament Record:  191 (David Frost, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  128 (R.W. Eaks, 2008)
Course Record:  61 (David Frost, 2010)
Total Purse:  $1,750,000
Shares:  1st Place - $262,500; 2nd Place - $154,000; 3rd Place - $126,000
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Tom Pernice Jr199Rod Spittle202
Corey Pavin200Colin Montgomerie203
Jeff Sluman200Kenny Perry203
Bart Bryant202Craig Stadler203
Jay Haas202Kirk Triplett203
 
Past 3M Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Tom Pernice Jr (199) -- Corey Pavin, Jeff Sluman
2012Bernhard Langer (198) -- David Peoples
2011Jay Haas (201) -- Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman, Peter Senior
2010David Frost (191) -- Mark Calcavecchia
2009Bernhard Langer (200) -- Andy Bean
2008R.W. Eaks (193) -- Gary Hallberg, Bernhard Langer
2007D.A. Weibring (198) -- Jay Haas
2006David Edwards (204) -- Brad Bryant, Craig Stadler
2005Tom Purtzer (201) -- Lonnie Nielsen, Craig Stadler
2004Tom Kite (203) -- Craig Stadler
2003Wayne Levi (205) -- Morris Hatalsky, Gil Morgan
2002Hale Irwin (204) -- Hubert Green
2001Bruce Lietzke (207) -- Doug Tewell
2000Ed Dougherty (197) -- Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan
1999Hale Irwin (201) -- Jim Dent, Dale Douglass
1998*#Leonard Thompson (134) -- Isao Aoki
1997Hale Irwin (199) -- Lee Trevino
1996Vicente Fernandez (205) -- Bruce Crampton, J.C. Snead
1995Raymond Floyd (201) -- Graham Marsh
1994Dave Stockton (203) -- Jim Albus
1993Chi Chi Rodriguez (201) -- Jim Colbert, Bob Murphy

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Burnet Senior Classic (1993-97), Coldwell Banker
Burnet Classic (1998-2000).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2004200520062007200820092010201120122013
Tom Pernice Jr---------------------------Won
Jeff Sluman------------T-9T-16T-6T-306thT-2
Corey Pavin---------------------T-17---T-2
Jay Haas---------2nd---T-13T-34WonT-39T-4
Kenny Perry---------------------T-2T-3T-7
Colin Montgomerie---------------------------T-7
Peter Senior------------------T-43T-2T-7T-11
John Cook------------T-30T-13T-8T-17---T-11
Tom KiteWonT-5T-4T-62T-64thT-61T-26T-7T-14
Fred Funk---------------T-34T-21---T-16T-14
Mark Wiebe---------------T-64T-50---T-23T-14
Mark Calcavecchia------------------2ndT-8T-10T-26
Mike Goodes---------T-40T-6T-22T-13T-22T-39T-26
Tom Lehman---------------------T-2T-23T-29
David Frost------------------WonT-26T-19T-54
Bernhard Langer------------T-2WonT-25T-22Won---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bernhard Langer
Darkhorse - Scott Dunlap
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Colin Montgomerie) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (David Frost) - Finished tied for 21st
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour visits Minnesota this week for the 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities. Bunker Hills Golf Club hosted this event from 1993-2000 before TPC Twin Cities took over as the host venue in 2001.

The top-5 players on the money list are in the field - led by 2-time champion Bernhard Langer. Langer is coming off a victory at the Senior British Open Championship last week for his second major title this season, having previously won the Constellation Senior Players Championship. Langer has four victories this year and currently leads the money list with over $2.2 million in earnings.

Last year, Tom Pernice, Jr. birdied his final two holes to claim a 1-stroke victory over Corey Pavin and Jeff Sluman. Pernice, who captured his second career victory on the Champions Tour and first since the 2009 SAS Championship, finished the tournament at 17-under-par 199.

In 2012, Langer fired a 10-under 62 in the final round to rally and win by two shots over David Peoples. Langer finished his 15th Champions Tour win at 18- under-par 198. He joined Hale Irwin as the only multiple winners of this tournament, having also won in 2009.

Jay Haas won for the first time in nearly two years back in 2011 and collected his 15th Champions Tour title. Haas shot rounds of 64-69-68 to finish at 15- under 201 for a 1-stroke win over Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman and Peter Senior.

David Frost eagled the last hole in 2010 for an 11-under 61 in the final round and his first Champions Tour victory. Frost finished at 25-under 191, which matched the Champions Tour record for lowest all-time 54-hole score and lowest score in relation to par. Frost won by seven shots over Mark Calcavecchia for the largest margin of victory in tournament history.

In 2006, David Edwards closed with a 5-under 67 in the final round to win by two strokes. Edwards completed his first Champions Tour win at 12-under-par 204. Edwards, who was a Champions Tour rookie in 2006, won an official event for the first time since the last of his four PGA Tour wins at the 1993 Heritage Golf Classic.

Raymond Floyd is the only player to claim a PGA Tour and a Champions Tour event in the Twin Cities area. Floyd won the 1995 3M Championship (then called Burnet Senior Classic) 30 years after winning the second of his 22 PGA Tour titles at the 1965 St. Paul Open at Keller Golf Club.

When Bruce Lietzke won in 2001, the victory came just 24 days after he turned 50, making him the youngest winner in event history. There has been only one playoff, coming in 1998, when Leonard Thompson defeated Isao Aoki in a rain-shortened tournament.

The Champions Tour travels to New York in two weeks for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, where Bart Bryant will defend his title.

07/29 14:51:40 ET

As of July 29, 2014, at 02:52 PM ET

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