Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Allianz Championship Preview
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DATES: Friday, February 8th through Sunday, February 10th
SITE: The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Florida
COURSE ARCHITECT: Joe Lee (1978), Gene Bates - redesign (2004)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,807
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 537 Yds10 - Par 4 396 Yds
2 - Par 4 410 Yds11 - Par 5 535 Yds
3 - Par 3 172 Yds12 - Par 4 401 Yds
4 - Par 4 342 Yds13 - Par 4 345 Yds
5 - Par 4 409 Yds14 - Par 3 207 Yds
6 - Par 5 568 Yds15 - Par 4 453 Yds
7 - Par 4 290 Yds16 - Par 3 203 Yds
8 - Par 3 169 Yds17 - Par 4 434 Yds
9 - Par 4 429 Yds18 - Par 5 507 Yds
36 3,326 Yds36 3,481 Yds
Annual:  7th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Corey Pavin
Runner-Up:  Peter Senior
Tournament Record:  199 (Bernhard Langer, John Cook, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Tim Simpson, Tommy Armour III, 2010)
Course Record:  63 (Craig Stadler, 2007)
Total Purse:  $1,800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $270,000; 2nd Place - $158,400; 3rd Place - $129,600
2012 Finish
Corey Pavin *205Jay Haas207
Peter Senior205Mark Calcavecchia208
Michael Allen206Gary Hallberg208
Bernhard Langer206Nick Price208
John Cook207Five players at209

* - Won in Playoff

Past Allianz Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012*Corey Pavin (205) -- Peter Senior
2011Tom Lehman (203) -- Jeff Sluman, Rod Spittle
2010*Bernhard Langer (199) -- John Cook
2009Mike Goodes (201) -- Fulton Allem
2008Scott Hoch (202) -- Brad Bryant, Bruce Lietzke
2007Mark James (201) -- Jay Haas

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Corey Pavin---------T-34T-24Won
Peter Senior---------T-29T-172nd
Bernhard Langer---T-353rdWonT-17T-3
Michael Allen---------15th---T-3
John Cook---T-6T-122ndT-17T-5
Jay Haas2ndT-6T-18T-9T-41T-5
Mark Calcavecchia------------T-41T-7
Russ Cochran------T-7T-16T-4T-10
Olin Browne---------T-22T-4T-10
Fred Funk---------T-40T-32T-10
David Frost---------T-53T-9T-15
Joey Sindelar------T-213rdT-17T-15
Jeff Sluman---T-18T-36T-50T-2T-20
Jay Don Blake---------T-9T-6T-20
Mike Goodes------WonT-16T-24T-20
Loren RobertsT-617thT-21T-5---24th
Tom Lehman---------T-5WonT-31
Kenny Perry---------------T-31
Hale Irwin---T-18T-47T-40T-6T-36
Mark McNulty---T-11T-18T-22T-49T-36
Dan Forsman------T-7T-22T-17T-40
Willie Wood------------T-32---
Roger Chapman------------T-41---
Scott HochT-9Won------------
Rocco Mediate------------------
Kirk Triplett------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bernhard Langer
Darkhorse - Kirk Triplett
Last Week's Pick to Win (Fred Couples) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Russ Cochran) - Finished 7th
The Champions Tour travels to Florida this week for the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, the first of two straight Sunshine State events. John Cook captured the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship three weeks ago.

The top seven players from the 2012 money list are in the field, including money winner Bernhard Langer, who won here in 2010. Langer finished third in the season opener. He is coming off a year in which he won twice and was the only player to top the $2 million mark.

Rocco Mediate and Bart Bryant will make their Champions Tour debuts this week. Mediate won six times on the PGA Tour, with his last victory coming at the 2010 Open. He lost the 2008 U.S. Open in a memorable playoff to Tiger Woods. Bryant won three times on the PGA Tour, with his last win coming at the 2005 Tour Championship. He is the younger brother to Champions Tour player Brad Bryant.

Scott Hoch, the 2008 champion, is expected to play for the first time since October, 2011 on the Champions Tour. Hoch was sidelined for all of 2012 after undergoing left hand surgery.

This event is being played at The Old Course at Broken Sound, which is considered one of the premier golf course communities in Palm Beach County. One of two 18-hole tracks at the club, The Old Course features an abundance of trees and rolling fairways that give it a similar feel to courses in the Pinehurst, North Carolina, area. It also features the largest stand of natural Florida maple trees in the country.

The Champions Tour played in Boca Raton in the mid-1980s for three years. Arnold Palmer won the Boca Grove Seniors Classic in 1983 and successfully defended his title the following year when it was known as the Quadel Seniors Classic. Gary Player won the Quadel Seniors Classic in 1985, becoming the fifth man to win in his first Champions Tour start.

Last year, Corey Pavin birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Peter Senior. Senior birdied the final hole of regulation to force the playoff. Pavin and Senior finished at 11-under-par 205. The victory for Pavin was his first on the Champions Tour. He last won a PGA Tour-sanctioned event at the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship. Pavin held at least a share of the lead after every round.

In 2011, Tom Lehman birdied the final hole to move past Jeff Sluman and Rod Spittle and earn the victory. Lehman took the title at 13-under 203 for a 1-stroke victory. He was the only player in the field to shoot three rounds in the 60s.

Langer holed out from a bunker for eagle on the first playoff hole to defeat Cook in 2010. For the supplanted German, it was a hometown victory. He has been a Boca Raton resident for decades and won this title with supportive and familiar galleries. Cook and Langer finished regulation at 17-under 199. The victory for Langer was his first of five wins in 2010 on the way to his third straight Champions Tour Player of the Year award.

At the age of 52, Mike Goodes finally collected his first professional victory as he fired a 6-under 66 in the final round to come from behind and win in 2009. He finished at 15-under 201 and won by a single stroke over Fulton Allem. Goodes was a lifelong amateur who collected three titles in his native North Carolina before giving the Champions Tour a chance.

Next week, the elder circuit remains in the Sunshine State for the ACE Group Classic in Naples, where Kenny Perry captured the 2012 tournament.

02/05 17:06:58 ET

As of February 5, 2013, at 05:07 PM ET