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DATES: Tuesday, November 13th
SITE: Rio Secco Golf Club, Henderson, Nevada
COURSE ARCHITECT: Rees Jones (1997)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,332
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 429 Yds10 - Par 4 378 Yds
2 - Par 4 489 Yds11 - Par 4 478 Yds
3 - Par 3 180 Yds12 - Par 3 215 Yds
4 - Par 4 396 Yds13 - Par 4 329 Yds
5 - Par 5 595 Yds14 - Par 4 432 Yds
6 - Par 4 409 Yds15 - Par 3 189 Yds
7 - Par 3 208 Yds16 - Par 4 417 Yds
8 - Par 5 566 Yds17 - Par 5 516 Yds
9 - Par 4 472 Yds18 - Par 5 634 Yds
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36 3,744 Yds36 3,588 Yds
 
Annual:  21st
Television:  Golf Channel - December 10, 8 p.m. (ET)
Defending Champion:  Champions Tour
Runner-Up:  LPGA, PGA
Total Purse:  $1,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $500,000; 2nd Place - $270,000; 3rd Place - $230,000
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Champions Tour-15
LPGA Tour-14
PGA Tour-12
 
Past Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011Champions Tour (Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Haas, Kenny Perry) - LPGA, PGA
2010PGA Tour (Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Boo Weekley) - Champions, LPGA
2009LPGA (Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen) - Champions, PGA
2008Champions Tour (Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Nick Price), PGA, LPGA
2007*LPGA Tour (C.Kerr, Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis), Champions, PGA
2006PGA Tour (Scott Verplank, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson) -- Champions, LPGA
2005Champions Tour (Hale Irwin, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler) -- PGA, LPGA
2004LPGA Tour (Cristie Kerr, Juli Inkster, Grace Park) -- Champions, PGA
2003PGA Tour (Mark Calcavecchia, Peter Jacobsen, J.Daly) -- LPGA, Champions
2002PGA Tour (Rich Beem, Jim Furyk, John Daly) -- Champions, LPGA
2001*LPGA Tour (Dottie Pepper, Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb) -- SENIOR, PGA
2000PGA Tour (Notah Begay III, Rocco Mediate, P.Mickelson) -- SENIOR, LPGA
1999SENIOR Tour (Hale Irwin, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson) -- PGA, LPGA
1998SENIOR Tour (Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan, Larry Nelson) -- PGA, LPGA
1997PGA Tour (Fred Couples, Tom Lehman, Phil Mickelson) -- LPGA, SENIOR
1996PGA Tour (Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Payne Stewart) -- SENIOR, LPGA
1995SENIOR Tour (Hale Irwin, Ray Floyd, Jack Nicklaus) -- PGA, LPGA
1994PGA Tour (Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Paul Azinger) -- SENIOR, LPGA
1993SENIOR Tour (Ray Floyd, Jack Nicklaus, Chi Chi Rodriguez) -- PGA, LPGA
1992LPGA Tour (Nancy Lopez, Dottie Pepper, Patty Sheehan) -- SENIOR, PGA

* - Won in Playoff

Top Players in the Field
PGA TourJason Day, Davis Love III, Nick Watney
LPGA TourNatalie Gulbis, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen
Champions TourFred Funk, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Champions Tour
Darkhorse - LPGA Tour
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Robert Garrigus) - Finished tied for 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brendon de Jonge) - Finished tied for 19th
 
NOTES:
Since its inception, this event has raised over $44 million for adoption. The 2011 tournament raised more than $4 million for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Established in 1992, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption works to raise awareness for the more than 159,000 children waiting for adoption and to educate prospective parents about the adoption process. Dave Thomas was adopted at birth and was a national advocate for the cause.

The PGA Tour will be represented by Jason Day, Davis Love III and Nick Watney. Love was the captain of the 2012 United States Ryder Cup team. The LPGA Tour is represented by Natalie Gulbis, Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen. Lewis is ranked No. 2 in the world in women's golf and has won a season-high four times on the LPGA Tour this year. Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman will represent the Champions Tour. Langer won the money title on the Champions Tour this season, while Lehman captured the Charles Schwab Cup for the second straight year.

This year's event will be held at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada for the fifth straight year. Reflection Bay Golf Club in Lake Las Vegas Resort hosted seven times (1998-2000, 2003-04, 2006-2007). In 2005, SouthShore Golf at Reflection Bay hosted the tournament for the fourth time (1996-97, 2001, 2005). Other courses to host the event are: New Albany Country Club (1992), Colleton River Plantation (1993), PGA West (Nicklaus Resort Course - 1994), Muirfield Village Golf Club (1995) and Dragon Ridge Country Club (2002). Overall, Lake Las Vegas Resort played host 11 times. The golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus, his first design in Nevada.

The Champions Tour team comprised of Kenny Perry, Jay Haas and Mark Calcavecchia captured the tournament last year with a score of 15-under par. The trio defeated the LPGA Tour by one stroke and the PGA Tour by three in a best-ball format that disregards one score on each hole. The PGA Tour has captured this event eight times, while the Champions Tour has garnered six titles and the LPGA five.

Cristie Kerr's back-nine 32 in 2009 led the LPGA Tour to victory. Kerr teamed with Gulbis and Pettersen to defeat stars from the Champions and PGA Tours. It was the third time in which Kerr was on the winning side of this event, while Gulbis won for the second time.

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As of November 12, 2012, at 02:45 PM ET

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