Scores & Stats Tour - Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, September 11th through Sunday, September 14th
SITE: The Ohio State University Golf Club (Scarlet Course), Columbus, Ohio
COURSE ARCHITECT: Dr. Alister MacKenzie (1938), Jack Nicklaus (2005)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,455
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 435 Yds10 - Par 4 442 Yds
2 - Par 4 472 0ds11 - Par 4 473 Yds
3 - Par 4 429 Yds12 - Par 5 562 Yds
4 - Par 5 586 Yds13 - Par 3 221 Yds
5 - Par 3 233 Yds14 - Par 4 473 Yds
6 - Par 5 618 Yds15 - Par 4 443 Yds
7 - Par 4 401 Yds16 - Par 4 378 Yds
8 - Par 3 202 Yds17 - Par 3 221 Yds
9 - Par 4 427 Yds18 - Par 4 439 Yds
36 3,803 Yds35 3,652 Yds
Annual:  8th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday -- 2:30-4:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 1:30-4:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Seung-Yul Noh (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Edward Loar
Tournament Record:  270 (Harris English, 2011)
54-Hole Record:  199 (John Peterson, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  131 (John Peterson, 2011; Trevor Murphy, 2012)
Course Record:  63 (Jonathan Kaye, 2010; James Sacheck, 2011;
  Trevor Murphy, 2012)
Total Purse:  $1,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $180,000; 2nd Place - $108,000; 3rd Place - $68,000
2013 Finish
Seung-Yul Noh272Tyrone Van Aswegen279
Edward Loar277Seven players at280
John Peterson278
Ben Martin279
Chesson Hadley279
Past Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Seung-Yul Noh (272) -- Edward Loar
2012*Ben Kohles (272) -- Luke Guthrie
2011(a) Harris English (270) -- Kyle Reifers, John Peterson (a)
2010D.J. Brigman (274) -- Jamie Lovemark
2009* Derek Lamely (273) -- (a) Rickie Fowler
2008Bill Lunde (279) -- Dustin Bray
2007(a) Daniel Summerhays (278) -- Chad Collins, Chris Nallen

* - Won in Playoff

NOTE:Formerly called Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational (2007-12).

Top Contenders in the Field
John Peterson---------T-2---3rd
Casey WittenbergT-31---T-51T-33T-3T-28
Andrew Putnam---------------T-28
Adam Hadwin---------------T-37
Andres Gonzales------------T-22T-43
Alex Cejka---------------T-48
Tom GillismcT-3---------mc
Trevor Immelman---------------mc
David Lingmerth---------mcT-14---
Sam Saunders---------T-65T-31---
Blayne Barber---------mcT-33---
Justin Thomas------------mc---
Carlos Ortiz------------------
Zack Sucher------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - John Peterson
Darkhorse - Tom Hoge
Last Week's Pick to Win (Greg Owen) - Finished tied for 41st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Colt Knost) - Finished tied for 8th
The Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship begins this week in Columbus, Ohio. This is the third week of the Tour Finals. Bud Cauley won the first event of the Finals at the Hotel Fitness Championship, while Adam Hadwin captured the Chiquita Classic last week.

The field consists of the top 75 players on the 2014 Tour money list and players who finished 126-200 on the PGA Tour's FedExCup points list. This week's event is being held at the Ohio State University Golf Club's Scarlet Course, which was designed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie in 1938. Golf legend and Ohio State alum Jack Nicklaus renovated the course in 2005. Golf Digest rated the Scarlet Course as one of the top collegiate golf courses in the country.

Ohio State alumni who are current or past members of the Tour are: Ryan Armour, Mike Austin, Stephen Gangluff, Craig Kanada, Greg Ladehoff, Gary Nicklaus, Chris Perry, Steve Runge, Chris Smith, Ted Tryba and Chris Wollmann.

This is the third of four full-field stroke play events to decide recipients of 50 PGA Tour cards for the 2014-15 season. The top 25 players on the Tour money list already secured their PGA Tour cards for next season. Those players are now playing for their priority ranking, while the remaining players are competing for the remaining 25 cards.

Last year, Seung-Yul Noh carded four rounds in the 60s and cruised to a 5-stroke win over Edward Loar. Noh, who earned his first career win on the Tour, finished the tournament at 12-under-par 272 and secured his PGA Tour card for 2014. Noh's 5-stroke victory was the largest in tournament history, surpassing the previous mark of two strokes by Daniel Summerhays in the inaugural tournament in 2007.

Noh will not be on hand to defend his title, as he claimed his first PGA Tour title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April and finished 42nd on the FedExCup points list.

In 2012, Ben Kohles birdied two of the last three holes of regulation to force a playoff, then birdied the first extra hole to win. Kohles carded rounds of 66-69-67-70 to end at 12-under-par 272. He was joined there by Luke Guthrie, who got in first at minus-12. In the playoff, Kohles poured in a 22- foot birdie effort on the first extra hole to become the 13th player to win in his first Tour start. Unlike the other 12 that won in their first tour start, this was Kohles' first professional start of any kind.

In 2011, Harris English birdied the final hole to become the third amateur winner in Tour history. English fired rounds of 66-66-68-70 to win by one stroke over Kyle Reifers and fellow amateur John Peterson. He finished at 14-under-par 270. The Georgia Bulldog joined Daniel Summerhays and Russell Henley as amateurs that have won on the Tour. Summerhays was the first amateur winner, when he won this event in 2007. Henley claimed the Stadion Classic earlier in 2011.

Derek Lamely overcame an 8-shot deficit and then parred the second extra hole from three feet to defeat then-amateur Rickie Fowler for his first career Tour title in 2009. Lamely's 8-shot comeback was the largest on tour in 2009 and the biggest since Jim Rutledge came from nine shots back at the 2006 New Zealand PGA Championship.

Bill Lunde chipped in for birdie on the 18th hole in the final round in 2008 to earn his first Tour victory. Lunde, the third-round leader, lost a 2-shot edge thanks to back-to-back bogeys at the 15th and 16th holes, but his birdie at the 72nd hole gave him the win. Lunde carded rounds of 67-72-67-73 and finished the tournament at 5-under 279 for a 1-stroke victory over Dustin Bray.

In 2007, Summerhays played like a veteran and became the first amateur ever to win on the Tour. Summerhays closed with a 2-under 69 in the final round and finished at 6-under 278 to beat Chad Collins and Chris Nallen by two shots. Summerhays turned professional three days after winning the tournament.

The Tour travels to Florida next week for the final event of the Tour Finals, the Tour Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, where Chesson Hadley captured the 2013 title at TPC Sawgrass.

09/09 14:39:23 ET

As of September 9, 2014, at 02:39 PM ET

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