CHAMPIONS - Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Preview
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DATES: Friday, September 26th through Sunday, September 28th
SITE: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
         Poppy Hills Golf Course, Pebble Beach, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Douglas Grant, Jack Neville (1919) - Pebble Beach
         Robert Trent Jones Jr (1986, renovation 2014) - Poppy Hills
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,837 (Pebble Beach)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 380 Yds10 - Par 4 434 Yds
2 - Par 5 515 Yds11 - Par 4 381 Yds
3 - Par 4 405 Yds12 - Par 3 201 Yds
4 - Par 4 340 Yds13 - Par 4 396 Yds
5 - Par 3 187 Yds14 - Par 5 572 Yds
6 - Par 5 520 Yds15 - Par 4 396 Yds
7 - Par 3 110 Yds16 - Par 4 401 Yds
8 - Par 4 416 Yds17 - Par 3 178 Yds
9 - Par 4 462 Yds18 - Par 5 543 Yds
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36 3,335 Yds36 3,502 Yds
 
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,879 (Poppy Hills)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 416 Yds10 - Par 5 527 Yds
2 - Par 3 202 Yds11 - Par 3 161 Yds
3 - Par 4 447 Yds12 - Par 4 421 Yds
4 - Par 5 572 Yds13 - Par 4 399 Yds
5 - Par 4 439 Yds14 - Par 4 385 Yds
6 - Par 3 185 Yds15 - Par 3 223 Yds
7 - Par 4 414 Yds16 - Par 4 444 Yds
8 - Par 4 415 Yds17 - Par 3 179 Yds
9 - Par 5 535 Yds18 - Par 5 515 Yds
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36 3,625 Yds35 3,254 Yds
 
Annual:  11th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Saturday -- 4-6 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 4-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Kirk Triplett
Runner-Up:  Dan Forsman, Doug Garwood
Tournament Record:  201 (Craig Stadler, 2004)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Loren Roberts, 2009; Ted Schulz, 2010)
Course Record (Pebble Beach):  63 (Craig Stadler, 2004)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Bernhard Langer, 2013 - Del Monte Golf Course)
Total Purse:  $1,900,000
Shares:  1st Place - $285,000; 2nd Place - $167,200; 3rd Place - $136,800
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Kirk Triplett205John Cook210
Dan Forsman207Willie Wood210
Doug Garwood207Bernhard Langer211
Tom Lehman208Four players at212
Russ Cochran209
 
Past Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Kirk Triplett (205) -- Dan Forsman, Doug Garwood
2012Kirk Triplett (206) -- Mark McNulty
2011Jeff Sluman (206) -- David Eger, Brad Bryant, Jay Haas
2010Ted Schulz (202) -- Tom Pernice, Jr.
2009Jeff Sluman (206) -- Gene Jones
2008Jeff Sluman (202) -- Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller
2007Gil Morgan (207) -- Hale Irwin
2006Scott Simpson (204) -- David Edwards, Jay Haas
2005Hale Irwin (203) -- Morris Hatalsky, Craig Stadler, Gil Morgan
2004Craig Stadler (201) -- Jay Haas
NOTE:Formerly called Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (2004-09),
Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (2010).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2004200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kirk Triplett------------------------WonWon
Dan Forsman------------20thT-46T-46------T-2
Doug Garwood---------------------------T-2
Tom Lehman---------------T-3T-25------4th
Russ Cochran---------------T-30T-6T-10T-135th
John Cook------------wdT-12T-20T-10wdT-6
Craig StadlerWonT-2T-44T-29T-2T-46---T-46T-17T-9
Esteban Toledo---------------------------T-9
Duffy Waldorf---------------------------T-9
Mark McNulty---8thT-39T-18T-4T-8---T-392ndT-14
Tom Pernice, Jr.------------------2ndT-5T-17T-14
Tom KiteT-3T-40T-5T-21T-14T-14T-3T-23T-9T-18
David Frost------------------T-20---T-32T-18
Mark Calcavecchia------------------T-3T-13T-24T-23
Jeff Sluman------------WonWonT-14WonT-9T-29
Fred Funk------------T-4T-8T-29T-16T-39T-35
Rocco Mediate---------------------------T-35
Hale IrwinT-3WonT-252ndT-30T-38T-50T-46T-6T-44
Mark Wiebe------------T-14T-21T-22T-5T-24T-44
Scott Simpson------WonT-4T-8T-14T-6T-56T-54T-50
Jay Haas2ndT-9T-2T-7T-25---T-8T-2T-373rd
Scott Dunlap------------------------------
Paul Goydos------------------------------
Jeff Maggert------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jeff Maggert
Darkhorse - Fred Funk
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Scott Dunlap) - Finished tied for 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brad Faxon) - Finished tied for 72nd
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour travels to California this week for the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Fourteen of the top 20 players on the money list are in the field, including 2-time defending champion Kirk Triplett.

This tournament serves as the national championship for The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation which provides young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values through golf and character education.

Poppy Hills Golf Course has replaced Del Monte Golf Club this year as the tournament's second site. The course underwent a year-long renovation in 2013 by course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. The Del Monte Golf Course hosted the tournament with Pebble Beach from 2005 through 2013, while the Bayonet Golf Club was part of the inaugural tournament in 2004.

This tournament is like no other, as Champions Tour players are teamed with select junior players from around the country and amateur contestants. Friday and Saturday will have players compete on both courses with the 10 leading amateur teams and 23 juniors joining the 74 professionals for the final round at Pebble Beach. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $1.9 million, with the winner receiving $285,000.

Last year, Triplett carded rounds of 67-70-68 to successfully defend his title. He earned his second career victory on the Champions Tour at 11-under-par 205. Triplett also won the team competition with his First Tee playing partner Michelle Xie. Triplett was the only player to post a bogey-free final round.

In 2012, Kirk Triplett closed with a 6-under 66 to come from behind and win. Triplett finished at 10-under 206 to win by two strokes over Mark McNulty for his first title on the Champions Tour. He became the sixth player to win on all three tours (PGA, Web.com, Champions), joining Ron Streck, Keith Fergus, Tom Lehman, Gary Hallberg and Olin Browne.

Jeff Sluman fired rounds of 68-68-70 in 2011 to win this event for the third time. Sluman finished at 10-under-par 206. It was his third win in four years at this tournament and his fourth Champions Tour win overall.

Champions Tour rookie Ted Schulz earned his first win in 19 years after rounds of 68-64-70 in 2010. Schulz finished at 14-under-par 202 to beat Tom Pernice, Jr. by a shot. It was the first victory for Schulz since he won the 1991 Los Angeles Open on the PGA Tour. The 50-year-old was making just his 13th start on the Champions Tour.

In 2009, Sluman carded a hole-in-one and fired a 4-under 68 in the final round to win for the second year in a row. Sluman was the only player in the final three groups to break par during a breezy final round on the California coast. He ended at 10-under 206 for a 2-shot win over Gene Jones. Sluman's hole-in- one came at the 178-yard fifth hole.

Sluman closed with a 5-under 67 in the final round to cruise to a 5-shot win over Craig Stadler and Fuzzy Zoeller in 2008 . Sluman finished at 14- under-par 202, one shot off Stadler's tournament record score. It was Sluman's second win of the season and he was the only player in the field to record all three rounds in the 60s.

Gil Morgan posted rounds of 65-67 on the weekend in 2007 to hold off Hale Irwin and win. Morgan completed his 25th Champions Tour victory at 14-under- par 202. He moved into third place on the Champions Tour all-time wins list, which Irwin tops.

Pebble Beach is where Morgan became the first player in U.S. Open history to reach double figures under par. That came when he got to 10-under during the third round of the 1992 U.S. Open. He pushed his score to 12-under in the third round that week, before giving it back. He closed with rounds of 77-81 to end eight behind winner Tom Kite.

In 2006, Scott Simpson birdied the final hole to earn his first Champions Tour crown. Simpson, who won the 1987 U.S. Open at Olympic Club, closed with a 4-under 68 to end at 12-under-par 204. He was the only player in the field to record three rounds in the 60s.

The Champions Tour moves to North Carolina in two weeks for the SAS Championship, where Russ Cochran will defend his title.

09/23 15:18:19 ET

As of September 23, 2014, at 03:18 PM ET