CHAMPIONS - Pacific Links Hawaii Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Friday, September 19th through Sunday, September 21st
SITE: Kapolei Golf Course, Kapolei, Hawaii
COURSE ARCHITECT: Ted Robinson (1995)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,002
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 563 Yds10 - Par 4 407 Yds
2 - Par 4 430 Yds11 - Par 4 377 Yds
3 - Par 4 435 Yds12 - Par 3 183 Yds
4 - Par 4 404 Yds13 - Par 4 437 Yds
5 - Par 3 188 Yds14 - Par 5 526 Yds
6 - Par 4 356 Yds15 - Par 4 409 Yds
7 - Par 5 586 Yds16 - Par 3 205 Yds
8 - Par 3 202 Yds17 - Par 5 526 Yds
9 - Par 4 353 Yds18 - Par 4 415 Yds
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36 3,517 Yds36 3,485 Yds
 
Annual:  3rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Saturday -- 7:30-10:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 8-11 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Mark Wiebe (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  Corey Pavin
Tournament Record:  202 (Willie Wood, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Bill Glasson, 2012)
Course Record:  64 (Mark Wiebe, 2013)
Total Purse:  $2,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $330,000; 2nd Place - $206,400; 3rd Place - $158,600
 
2013 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Mark Wiebe *205Six players at208
Corey Pavin205
Bernhard Langer206
John Cook207
Esteban Toledo207

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Pacific Links Hawaii Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013*Mark Wiebe (205) -- Corey Pavin
2012Willie Wood (202) -- Bill Glasson

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player20122013
Corey PavinT-82nd
John CookT-16T-4
Esteban Toledo---T-4
David FrostT-4T-6
Gene SauersT-8T-6
Kirk Triplett14thT-6
Vijay Singh---T-6
Rocco Mediate---T-13
Duffy WaldorfT-8T-16
Willie WoodWonT-20
Bill Glasson2ndT-20
Jeff SlumanT-38T-32
Tom Pernice, Jr.T-22T-55
Russ Cochran---dq
Tom LehmanT-4---
Fred FunkT-22---
Michael AllenT-38---
Scott Dunlap------
Jay Haas------
Davis Love III------
Jeff Maggert------
Wes Short, Jr.------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Scott Dunlap
Darkhorse - Brad Faxon
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jay Haas) - Finished tied for 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Billy Andrade) - Finished tied for 32nd
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour travels to Hawaii this week for the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship in Kapolei on the island of Oahu. Twenty-three of the top 27 players on the money list are in the fleid. The purse increased $400,000 from last year to $2.2 million, with the winner receiving $330,000.

Davis Love III will make his Champions Tour debut this week. Love has 20 PGA Tour victories, including the 1997 PGA Championship. He was a member of six American Ryder Cup teams and the captain of the 2012 team.

There are many players in the field that have won the Sony Open in Hawaii on the PGA Tour, including Paul Goydos (2007), Vijay Singh (2005), Brad Faxon (2001), Jeff Sluman (1999), John Cook (1992), Corey Pavin (1986-87), Mark O'Meara (1985) and Hale Irwin (1981). There are also players in the field that have won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai on the Champions Tour, including Cook (2011, 13), Dan Forsman (2012), Fred Funk (2008), Irwin (1997, 2007) and Tom Kite (2002).

Irwin was a 6-time winner of the Turtle Bay Championship (1997, 2000-03, 2005) and a 3-time winner of the Senior Skins (1999, 2001-02), which were both staged in Hawaii. Irwin has won 12 times in the state in his career.

This will be the Champions Tour's 11th event held on the island of Oahu. Chi Chi Rodriguez won the first tournament on Oahu in 1992 at the Ko Olina Senior Invitational at Ko Olina Golf Club.

Kapolei Golf Course hosted the 1996-2001 LPGA Ladies Hawaiian Open and was ranked as one of the best courses on Oahu by Golf Digest and the Zagat Survey. Winners of the Ladies Hawaiian Open at Kapolei included Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam, Betsy King and Catriona Matthew.

Last year, Mark Wiebe parred the second playoff hole to down Corey Pavin and win. Wiebe drained a 12-foot birdie putt at the last to force a playoff with Pavin. The pair finished 54 holes at 11-under-par 205.

In 2012, Willie Wood birdied the final two holes in the final round to come from behind and beat Bill Glasson. Wood closed with a 6-under 66 to finish at 14-under-par 202. It was his second win in three weeks. Wood was the only player to go bogey-free for the tournament.

Next week, the Champions Tour heads to California for the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where Kirk Triplett has won the last two years.

09/16 17:17:05 ET

As of September 16, 2014, at 05:17 PM ET