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CHAMPIONS - Charles Schwab Cup Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, October 30th through Sunday, November 2nd
SITE: Desert Mountain Club (Cochise Course), Scottsdale, Arizona
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (1986)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,929
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 397 Yds10 - Par 4 424 Yds
2 - Par 3 181 Yds11 - Par 3 189 Yds
3 - Par 4 475 Yds12 - Par 4 462 Yds
4 - Par 4 470 Yds13 - Par 3 138 Yds
5 - Par 4 448 Yds14 - Par 4 450 Yds
6 - Par 4 341 Yds15 - Par 5 548 Yds
7 - Par 3 215 Yds16 - Par 4 413 Yds
8 - Par 5 569 Yds17 - Par 3 225 Yds
9 - Par 4 433 Yds18 - Par 5 551 Yds
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36 3,529 Yds35 3,400 Yds
 
Annual:  25th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Saturday -- 4:30-7 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 3:30-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Fred Couples
Runner-Up:  Bernhard Langer, Mark O'Meara, Peter Senior
Tournament Record:  258 (Tom Lehman, 2012)
54-Hole Record:  193 (Tom Lehman, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Jay Haas, 2012)
Course Record:  60 (Jay Haas, 2012)
Total Purse:  $2,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $440,000; 2nd Place - $254,000; 3rd Place - $213,000
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Fred Couples267Rocco Mediate274
Bernhard Langer273Kenny Perry274
Mark O'Meara273Bart Bryant274
Peter Senior273Three players at275
Mark Calcavecchia274
 
Past Charles Schwab Cup Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Fred Couples (267) -- Bernhard Langer, Mark O'Meara, Peter Senior
2012Tom Lehman (258) -- Jay Haas
2011Jay Don Blake (276) -- M.Calcavecchia, J.Haas, L.Roberts, M.Allen
2010John Cook (267) -- Michael Allen
2009John Cook (266) -- Russ Cochran
2008Andy Bean (268) -- Gene Jones
2007Jim Thorpe (268) -- Fred Funk, Denis Watson
2006Jim Thorpe (271) -- Tom Kite
2005Tom Watson (272) -- Jay Haas
2004Mark McNulty (277) -- Tom Kite
2003Jim Thorpe (268) -- Tom Watson
2002Tom Watson (274) -- Gil Morgan
2001Bob Gilder (277) -- Doug Tewell
2000Tom Watson (270) -- John Jacobs
1999Gary McCord (276) -- Larry Nelson, Bruce Fleisher
1998Hale Irwin (274) -- Gil Morgan
1997Gil Morgan (272) -- Hale Irwin
1996Jay Sigel (279) -- Kermit Zarley
1995Jim Colbert (282) -- Ray Floyd
1994*Ray Floyd (273) -- Jim Albus
1993Simon Hobday (199) -- Ray Floyd, Larry Gilbert
1992Ray Floyd (197) -- George Archer, Dale Douglass
1991Mike Hill (202) -- Jim Colbert
1990*Mike Hill (201) -- Dale Douglass, Lee Trevino

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Previously called New York Life Champions (1990), Senior Tour
Championship (1991-92), Hyatt Senior Tour Champions (1993), Golf Magazine Senior Tour Championship (1994), Energizer Senior Tour Championship (1995-98), Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship (1999), IR Senior Tour Championship (2000), Senior Tour Championship at Gaillardia (2001-02).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2004200520062007200820092010201120122013
Fred Couples------------------T-10T-7T-4Won
Bernhard Langer------------T-18T-6T-3T-186thT-2
Mark O'Meara---------------T-16T-12T-23---T-2
Kenny Perry---------------------T-7T-17T-5
Bart Bryant---------------------------T-5
Tom Lehman------------------T-5T-18WonT-9
Fred Funk---------T-2T-25T-25T-5---T-4T-9
David Frost------------------T-36thT-1013th
Russ Cochran---------------2ndT-5T-77thT-14
Tom Pernice, Jr.------------------T-5T-12---T-14
Duffy Waldorf---------------------------T-14
Jay Haas---2ndT-6T-20T-16T-1016thT-22ndT-17
Gene Sauers---------------------------T-17
Esteban Toledo---------------------------T-17
John Cook------------13thWonWonT-20T-10T-20
Jeff Sluman------------T-5T-315thT-1227thT-20
Michael Allen------------------2ndT-2T-1022nd
Kirk Triplett------------------------T-17T-26
Olin Browne------------------T-17T-12T-8---
Billy Andrade------------------------------
Woody Austin------------------------------
Mark Brooks------------------------------
Marco Dawson------------------------------
Scott Dunlap------------------------------
Joe Durant------------------------------
Doug Garwood------------------------------
Paul Goydos------------------------------
Jeff Maggert------------------------------
Colin Montgomerie------------------------------
Wes Short Jr.------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bernhard Langer
Darkhorse - Marco Dawson
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kirk Triplett) - Finished tied for 8th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Joe Durant) - Finished tied for 44th
 
NOTES:The final regular-season event of the 2014 schedule is upon us. It's
quite fitting that this tournament will produce not only the Player of the Year, but also the $1 million annuity for capturing the Charles Schwab Cup and the money title. Bernhard Langer has almost every award in his grasp.

Langer already has the money title wrapped up, as he leads Colin Montgomerie by more than $1 million. Langer has won five times this year and has earned over $2.9 million. He also has already clinched the Charles Schwab Cup, as he leads Montgomerie by 845 points. Langer became the second player to clinch the Cup before the season-ending event, joining Hale Irwin (2002). It is also a safe bet that Langer will be named Player of the Year.

There are 11 first-timers in the field - Billy Andrade, Woody Austin, Mark Brooks, Marco Dawson, Scott Dunlap, Joe Durant, Doug Garwood, Paul Goydos, Jeff Maggert, Montgomerie and Wes Short Jr.

Last year, Fred Couples carded four rounds in the 60s to cruise to a 6-stroke victory over three players. Couples claimed his ninth career win on the Champions Tour at 17-under-par 267.

In 2012, Tom Lehman became the first-ever back-to-back Charles Schwab Cup winner when he fired rounds of 68-63-62-65 for a 6-stroke victory over Jay Haas at the Champions Tour finale. Lehman entered the regular-season ending event 211 points behind leader Langer in the race for the Charles Schwab Cup and its $1 million annuity. Several scenarios existed for a Lehman repeat, but he chose the most obvious one -- an outright win at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. After storming his way to the lead with a Champions Tour personal-best 62 on Saturday, Lehman maintained the advantage through the final round and birdied four of his last five holes to finish at 22-under-par 258 for his second tour victory of the season.

John Cook carded rounds of 64-69-67-67 in 2010 to successfully defend his title. Cook finished at 17-under 267 and defeated third-round leader Allen by two strokes. Langer captured the year-long Charles Schwab Cup title and the $1 million annuity.

Cook fired a 62 in the second round in 2009 to take the lead and never trailed again as he won by five strokes over Russ Cochran. The other big winner in 2009 was Loren Roberts, who finished in a tie for sixth at minus-13. The finish helped Roberts secure the season-long Charles Schwab Cup. It was the second time in three years that Roberts won that title.

In 2008, Andy Bean fired a 6-under 66 in the final round and cruised to a record-setting win. Bean finished four spectacular rounds at 20-under-par 268 for a 9-shot win over Gene Jones, the largest margin of victory in tournament history and the largest on the Champions Tour in 2008. Bean was the only player in the field to fire four rounds in the 60s.

Jim Thorpe birdied five of his last six holes in the final round of 2007, including his final four, to shoot a 6-under 66 and successfully defend his title. Thorpe ran away with it in the end. He finished at 20-under- par 268 and won by three strokes over Fred Funk and Denis Watson. Thorpe has three wins at this event, having previously won in 2003 and 2006.

In 2005, Tom Watson erased a 6-shot deficit in the final round to come from behind and win. He birdied the 72nd hole to fire an 8-under 64 and win the tournament by a single stroke at 16-under-par 272. The win not only gave Watson the tournament title, but it allowed him to win his second year-long Charles Schwab Cup title. He also won the Cup in 2003. Watson has won this event three times, having previously won in 2000 and 2002.

Hale Irwin has the most top-10 finishes in tournament history with nine, followed by Gil Morgan and Tom Kite with eight and Watson with seven. Jim Colbert and Thorpe are the only players to go wire-to-wire in winning the season-ending event. Colbert led from start-to-finish at the 1995 tournament despite a final-round 74, and Thorpe turned the trick in 2003.

There have been two playoffs in tournament history. In the inaugural event in 1990, Mike Hill defeated Dale Douglass and Lee Trevino with a birdie on the first extra hole. The other came in 1994, when Raymond Floyd bested Jim Albus with a birdie on the fifth extra hole.

Only one player leading the money list heading into this event has captured the title -- Irwin (1998). Irwin appeared in 13 consecutive tournaments from 1995-2007 and returned in 2011. Haas has the longest current streak with 10.

Although this is the final regular-season event, the Champions Tour continues action November 20-23 with the Champions Tour Q-School, where Wes Short Jr. was the medalist last year.

10/28 14:21:12 ET

As of October 28, 2014, at 02:24 PM ET

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