CHAMPIONS - Dick's Sporting Goods Open Preview

08/12/2014 4:10 PM

08/12/2014 4:18 PM

Friday, August 15th through Sunday, August 17th

Course Info

Site: En-Joie Golf Course, Endicott, New York

Course Architect: Ernie Smith (1927), Dr. Michael Hurdzan (1996)

Par: 72

Yardage: 6,957

Hole by Hole

Front Nine: 37 3,604 Yds

1 - Par 4 367 Yds

2 - Par 4 379 Yds

3 - Par 5 554 Yds

4 - Par 3 158 Yds

5 - Par 5 565 Yds

6 - Par 4 433 Yds

7 - Par 3 188 Yds

8 - Par 5 553 Yds

9 - Par 4 407 Yds

Back Nine: 35 3,353 Yds

10 - Par 4 356 Yds

11 - Par 4 441 Yds

12 - Par 5 545 Yds

13 - Par 4 442 Yds

14 - Par 3 212 Yds

15 - Par 4 432 Yds

16 - Par 4 321 Yds

17 - Par 3 185 Yds

18 - Par 4 419 Yds

Tournament Info

Year: 8th

Television: Golf Channel - Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped, - Saturday/Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped

Champion: Bart Bryant

Runner Up: Russ Cochran, Corey Pavin

Tournament Record: 195 (Lonnie Nielsen, 2009)

54-Hole Record:

36-Hole Record: 128 (Bart Bryant, 2013)

Course Record: 62 (R.W. Eaks, 2007; Bart Bryant, 2013)

Total Purse: $1,850,000

Shares: 1st Place - $277,500; 2nd Place - $162,800; 3rd Place - $133,200

2013 Final Leaderboard

Bart Bryant 200

Russ Cochran 201

Corey Pavin 201

Gene Sauers 202

Duffy Waldorf 202

Chien Soon Lu 203

John Cook 204

Kenny Perry 204

Rod Spittle 204

Five players at 205

Past Winners

2013: Bart Bryant (200). Runner up: Russ Cochran, Corey Pavin

2012: *Willie Wood (203). Runner up: Michael Allen

2011: John Huston (200). Runner up: Nick Price

2010: Loren Roberts (201). Runner up: Fred Funk

2009: Lonnie Nielsen (195). Runner up: Ronnie Black, Fred Funk

2008: Eduardo Romero (199). Runner up: Fulton Allem, Gary Koch

2007: R.W. Eaks (199). Runner up: Bruce Vaughan

Top Contenders

Bart Bryant

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011:

2012:

2013: Won

Russ Cochran

2007:

2008:

2009: T-24

2010: T-17

2011:

2012:

2013: T-2

Corey Pavin

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011:

2012: T-26

2013: T-2

Kenny Perry

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011:

2012: T-3

2013: T-7

John Cook

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010: T-36

2011: T-23

2012: T-7

2013: T-7

Bernhard Langer

2007:

2008: T-26

2009:

2010:

2011:

2012: T-7

2013: T-10

Fred Funk

2007:

2008:

2009: T-2

2010: 2nd

2011: T-27

2012: T-14

2013: T-10

Tom Pernice, Jr.

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011: T-23

2012:

2013: T-15

David Frost

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010: 10th

2011: T-10

2012: T-48

2013: T-16

Jeff Sluman

2007:

2008:

2009: T-22

2010:

2011: T-64

2012: T-23

2013: T-21

Mark Wiebe

2007:

2008: T-10

2009: T-36

2010: T-11

2011: 3rd

2012: T-21

2013: T-35

Michael Allen

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011:

2012: 2nd

2013: T-40

Colin Montgomerie

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011:

2012:

2013: T-53

Willie Wood

2007:

2008:

2009:

2010:

2011:

2012: Won

2013: T-60

Jay Haas

2007:

2008:

2009: T-5

2010: T-30

2011: T-45

2012: T-18

2013: T-60

NOTES: The Champions Tour travels to New York this week for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott. The top six players on the money list are in the field - Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Jay Haas, Kenny Perry, Jeff Sluman and Michael Allen. The purse increased $50,000 from last year to $1.85 million, with the winner receiving $277,500.

Langer is the only player that has eclipsed the $2 million mark in earnings so far this season. Langer, Montgomerie and Perry are the only players with multiple victories. Langer has four wins in 2014, while Montgomerie and Perry have two each. Langer leads Montgomerie by more than $530,000 for the top spot.

This tournament is being played in Endicott, N. Y., at En-Joie Golf Course, designed by Ernie Smith in 1927. En-Joie hosted the B.C. Open on the PGA Tour from 1971 to 2005. Past winners of that event include Gil Morgan, Tom Kite, Don Pooley, Jay Haas, Wayne Levi, Fred Couples, John Daly, Hal Sutton, Fred Funk, Brad Faxon, Jeff Sluman and Craig Stadler.

En-Joie was the first corporate-built golf course in the country. It was built for the Endicott Johnson workers in 1927-28 and opened in 1929. Endicott- Johnson was a large shoe manufacturer in the Endicott area. En-Joie was completely redesigned due to flooding that has occurred over the years. The course was built in an apple orchard. However, currently no apple trees remain on the course. The bunkers, greens and tees were redesigned in 1996 by Michael Hurdzan. It is a level course that is tree-lined, with water hazards in play on 10 holes. Most of the greens are slightly sloped, but some of them are very undulating.

Last year, Bart Bryant carded rounds of 66-62 on the first two days and hung on for a 1-stroke win over Russ Cochran and Corey Pavin following a final- round 72. Bryant claimed his first career victory on the Champions Tour at 16- under-par 200. With the win, Bryant became the 1,000th winner on the Champions Tour. Bryant's last career win came at the 2005 Tour Championship on the PGA Tour.

Willie Wood parred the first playoff hole in 2012 to defeat Michael Allen for his first victory in 16 years. Wood, a Monday qualifier, drained a long birdie putt at the 18th to match Allen atop the leaderboard and force a playoff. It was Wood's first win on the Champions Tour, and first overall since the 1996 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic on the PGA Tour.

In 2011, John Huston shot a final-round, 7-under 65 to earn his first win on the Champions Tour in only his third start. He finished at 16-under 200 and won by three strokes over Nick Price.

Lonnie Nielsen fired a 9-under 63 in the final round to come from behind and win in 2009. Nielsen established a new tournament scoring record with a 21- under 195 for a 3-shot win over Ronnie Black and Funk. The victory was Nielsen's second on the Champions Tour and both have come in New York, where he has a residence. He also captured the 2007 Commerce Bank Championship.

Argentina's Eduardo Romero carded rounds of 65-65-69 in 2008 to pick up his second Champions Tour title. Romero completed the event at 18-under-par 199 for a 1-stroke win over Fulton Allem and Gary Koch. With the win, Romero became the first international winner at this golf course since 1997, when Gabriel Hjertstedt captured the B.C. Open.

In 2007, R.W. Eaks fired weekend rounds of 62-66 to cruise to a 3-stroke win over Bruce Vaughan at the inaugural event. Eaks closed his first Champions Tour win at 17-under-par 199.

The Champions Tour heads to Snoqualmie, Washington, next week for the Boeing Classic at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge, where John Riegger is the defending champion.

08/12 16:05:24 ET

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