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CHAMPIONS - Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Preview
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DATES: Friday, October 17th through Sunday, October 19th
SITE: Rock Barn Golf Club & Spa (Champions Course), Conover, North Carolina
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones Jr. (2002)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,874
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 505 Yds10 - Par 4 436 Yds
2 - Par 4 358 Yds11 - Par 4 476 Yds
3 - Par 4 396 Yds12 - Par 3 187 Yds
4 - Par 3 184 Yds13 - Par 5 568 Yds
5 - Par 4 393 Yds14 - Par 4 415 Yds
6 - Par 4 395 Yds15 - Par 4 451 Yds
7 - Par 3 146 Yds16 - Par 4 389 Yds
8 - Par 4 457 Yds17 - Par 3 190 Yds
9 - Par 4 402 Yds18 - Par 5 526 Yds
35 3,236 Yds36 3,638 Yds
Annual:  12th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Sunday -- 2:30-5 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Michael Allen
Runner-Up:  Olin Browne
Tournament Record:  197 (Mark Wiebe, James Mason, 2011;
  Michael Allen, Olin Browne, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  129 (R.W. Eaks, Tom Jenkins, 2008)
Course Record:  61 (R.W. Eaks, 2008; Gary Hallberg, 2010; Bill Glasson, 2013)
Total Purse:  $1,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $240,000; 2nd Place - $140,800; 3rd Place - $115,200
2013 Finish
Michael Allen *197Anders Forsbrand203
Olin Browne197Tom Kite203
Bernhard Langer199Chien Soon Lu203
Brad Bryant201Five players at204
John Riegger202

* - Won in Playoff

Past Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013*Michael Allen (197) -- Olin Browne
2012Fred Funk (201) -- Duffy Waldorf
2011*Mark Wiebe (197) -- James Mason
2010Gary Hallberg (198) -- Fred Couples
2009Jay Haas (198) -- Andy Bean
2008R.W. Eaks (200) -- Tom Jenkins, Tom Kite
2007R.W. Eaks (199) -- Jay Haas, Rod Spittle
2006*Andy Bean (201) -- R.W. Eaks
2005Jay Haas (200) -- Dana Quigley
2004Doug Tewell (202) -- Bruce Fleisher
2003Craig Stadler (201) -- Larry Nelson

* - Won in Playoff

NOTE:Formerly called Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (2003-09, 11-12);
Ensure Classic at Rock Barn (2010).

Top Contenders in the Field
Michael Allen------------------------T-16Won
Tom Kite------T-13T-48T-2T-31T-9T-15T-24T-6
Tom Pernice, Jr.---------------------------T-9
Bob Tway---------------T-64thT-8T-35T-14
Jay Haas---WonT-10T-2T-10WonT-17---T-61T-14
David Frost---------------T-9T-14T-15T-9T-20
Jeff Sluman---------T-15T-34T-6---7thT-12T-20
Kenny Perry---------------------T-8T-24T-20
Russ Cochran---------------T-2T-72---T-24T-20
Duffy Waldorf------------------------2ndT-28
Craig StadlerT-25T-4T-13T-21---T-21---T-31T-61T-28
Fred Funk---------T-25T-10T-12T-9T-3WonT-41
Colin Montgomerie---------------------------T-44
Mark Wiebe------------T-420thT-29Won3rdT-53
Gary Hallberg------------T-48T-63WonT-52T-43T-53
Kirk Triplett------------------------wd---
Scott Dunlap------------------------------
Paul Goydos------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Paul Goydos
Darkhorse - Kevin Sutherland
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kenny Perry) - Finished tied for 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Woody Austin) - Finished tied for 43rd
The Champions Tour travels to North Carolina this week for the Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn. Four of the top-5 players on the money list are in the field - Colin Montgomerie (2), Jay Haas (3), Kenny Perry (4) and Kirk Triplett (5).

Bernhard Langer, who is not playing this week, currently leads the money list by more than $950,000 over Montgomerie. Langer also leads Montgomerie by 771 points in the Charles Schwab Cup Standings. Triplett is coming off his second victory of the season last week at the SAS Championship.

Last year, Michael Allen birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Olin Browne. Allen birdied his final hole to close out a 5-under 65 and meet Browne atop the leaderboard at 13-under-par 197.

In 2011, Mark Wiebe 2-putted for par on the third playoff hole to beat James Mason. Wiebe and Mason both closed with 7-under 65s to end at 19-under-par 197. The win for Wiebe was his third on the Champions Tour. Both players established a new tournament scoring record at 197.

Gary Hallberg matched the course record with an 11-under 61 in the final round in 2010, beating Fred Couples by a shot to win his first Champions Tour title. Hallberg, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, finished 54 holes at Rock Barn at 18-under 198. His 61 matched the lowest final-round score by a winner in Champions Tour history, which was previously done by Rocky Thompson (1994 GTE Suncoast Classic) and Loren Roberts (2006 MasterCard Championship at Hualalai).

In 2009, Jay Haas birdied five of his last six holes and fired a 7-under 65 in the final round to win this event for the second time. Haas' late rally gave him a 2-shot victory over Andy Bean and Russ Cochran. He also won here in 2005. Haas fired rounds of 62-71-65 and held at least a share of the lead after every round.

R.W. Eaks fired a course-record 61 in the first round and went on to successfully defend his title in 2008. He finished at 16-under 200 and won by four shots over Tom Kite and Tom Jenkins.

Eaks fired rounds of 63-66-70 to hold off a charge by Haas to win in 2007. Eaks went wire-to-wire for the win, squeezing three rounds of golf into just two days after the first round was rained out on Friday. He finished at 17-under 199 for a 2-shot win over Haas.

In 2006, Andy Bean birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Eaks and earn his first Champions Tour victory. Bean, who went wire-to-wire for the victory, withstood a late charge from Eaks, who birdied six of his last seven holes in regulation and forced Bean to birdie the last to force the sudden-death playoff. The victory was Bean's first professional win since the 1987 Kapalua International on the PGA Tour.

Haas picked up his maiden Champions Tour title in 2005 with a 2-stroke victory. Haas fired a 7-under 65 in the final round to end the tournament at 16-under-par 200, two strokes better than second-round leader Dana Quigley. It was Haas' first victory since the 1993 H.E.B. Texas Open on the PGA Tour.

The Champions Tour heads to Texas next week for the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, where Kenny Perry captured the 2013 title.

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As of October 14, 2014, at 05:47 PM ET

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