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PGA - TOUR Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, September 11th through Sunday, September 14th
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: 7,307
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 424 yds10 - Par 4 469 yds
2 - Par 3 214 yds11 - Par 3 197 yds
3 - Par 4 390 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 4 455 yds
9 - Par 5 600 yds18 - Par 3 235 yds
35 3,636 Yds35 3,671 Yds
Annual:  28th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 1-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (et) -replay
  - Saturday -- 12-2:30 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday -- 2:30-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Saturday -- 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Sunday -- 12-1:30 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Sunday -- 1:30-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 7 p.m.-1 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion:  Henrik Stenson (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker
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
2013 Finish
Henrik Stenson267Justin Rose273
Jordan Spieth270Billy Horschel274
Steve Stricker270Zach Johnson274
Webb Simpson271Three players at275
Dustin Johnson272
Past TOUR Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Henrik Stenson (267) -- Jordan Spieth, Steve Stricker
2012Brandt Snedeker (270) -- Justin Rose
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
Jordan Spieth---------------------------T-2
Webb Simpson---------------------22ndT-54th
Justin Rose---------T-11------T-15T-202nd6th
Zach Johnson13th---16thT-2---T-16T-9---T-15T-7
Billy Horschel---------------------------T-7
Sergio GarciaT-15T-20---4th2nd---------T-15T-9
Jim Furyk---13th2ndT-11T-6T-7Won---7thT-14
Adam ScottT-21T-7WonT-26------27thT-619thT-14
Jason Day------------------T-17T-6---T-14
Hunter Mahan---------T-5T-1724thT-152ndT-8T-20
Gary Woodland---------------------T-13---T-22
Bill Haas---------------------Won---T-24
Matt Kuchar------------------T-25T-20T-10T-26
Bubba Watson------------30th---T-17T-23T-5---
Rory McIlroy------------------------T-10---
Rickie Fowler------------------------T-23---
John Senden---------------T-10---25th26th---
Geoff Ogilvy------T-19T-17---T-16T-13T-11------
Ryan Palmer------------------28th---------
Kevin Na---------------30thT-17---------
Russell Henley------------------------------
Morgan Hoffmann------------------------------
Martin Kaymer------------------------------
Chris Kirk------------------------------
Hideki Matsuyama------------------------------
Patrick Reed------------------------------
Brendon Todd------------------------------
Cameron Tringale------------------------------
Jimmy Walker------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bubba Watson
Darkhorse - Morgan Hoffmann
Last Week's Pick to Win (Rory McIlroy) - Finished tied for 8th
Last Week's Darkhorse (John Senden) - Finished tied for 23rd
NOTES:The final event of the FedExCup Playoffs begins this week, as the top
30 players on the playoff points list qualified for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Ga. This group will battle it out for the top prize of $1,440,000, but the winner of the FedExCup on Sunday will pocket $10 million.

Chris Kirk is in the top spot with 4,314 points, followed by Billy Horschel with 4,305, Bubba Watson with 4,058, World No. 1 Rory McIlroy with 3,735, and Hunter Mahan with 3,363. Mahan captured the first playoff event, The Barclays; Kirk won the second playoff event at the Deutsche Bank Championship; and Horschel captured the BMW Championship. The points are reset prior to this tournament. Kirk leads with 2,500 points, followed by Horschel with 2,250, Watson with 2,000, McIlroy with 1,800, and Mahan with 1,600.

The top five players (Kirk, Horschel, Watson, McIlroy and Mahan) on the points list can win the FedExCup 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.

Nine players are competing in this event for the first time. They are: Russell Henley, Morgan Hoffmann, Martin Kaymer, Kirk, Hideki Matusyama, Patrick Reed, Brendon Todd, Cameron Tringale and Jimmy Walker.

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, 2004-14 PGA Tour Championships.

The Champions Golf Club in Houston 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.

Last year, Henrik Stenson led wire-to-wire as he fired four rounds in the 60s to win by three strokes over Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker. The Swede finished his fourth PGA Tour title at 13-under-par 267 and also won the FedExCup. Stenson became the first European to win the FedExCup and he was also the first European to win The Tour Championship. Stenson also became the fifth player to win in his first appearance. Tom Watson (1987), Chad Campbell (2003), Bart Bryant (2005) and Bill Haas (2011) also accomplished the feat. Spieth became the youngest player to ever play in The Tour Championship at 20 years old, and his share of second was the best-ever finish by a rookie at this event

In 2012, Brandt Snedeker won this title and in the process, captured the FedExCup. Snedeker, a third-round co-leader, shot weekend rounds of 64-68 and finished at 10-under 270. He won by three shots over Justin Rose. Snedeker had a very lucrative day, as he pocketed $10 million for the FedExCup win and an additional $1.44 million for the victory. Snedeker began the week in fifth place on the playoff points list.

In 2011, 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.

Jim Furyk fired rounds of 67-65-70-70 to win the tournament and the FedExCup in 2010. 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, Phil 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, 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 tournament.

Woods closed with a 4-under 66 in the final round to cruise to his seventh win of the season in 2007. Woods completed the event at 23-under-par 257 and easily won the inaugural FedExCup 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 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 3-shot win over Howell.

In two weeks, the PGA Tour will be in Scotland for the 40th Ryder Cup Matches at Gleneagles Golf Club in Perthshire, where Europe will defend the Cup against the United States.

09/09 14:31:37 ET

As of September 9, 2014, at 02:32 PM ET

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