Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Friday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 24th
SITE: Fallen Oak Country Club, Biloxi, Mississippi
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Fazio (2006)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,119
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 543 Yds10 - Par 4 420 Yds
2 - Par 4 455 Yds11 - Par 4 396 Yds
3 - Par 3 193 Yds12 - Par 4 382 Yds
4 - Par 4 423 Yds13 - Par 5 541 Yds
5 - Par 4 461 Yds14 - Par 3 161 Yds
6 - Par 5 520 Yds15 - Par 5 565 Yds
7 - Par 4 330 Yds16 - Par 4 418 Yds
8 - Par 3 186 Yds17 - Par 3 206 Yds
9 - Par 4 459 Yds18 - Par 4 460 Yds
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36 3,570 Yds36 3,549 Yds
 
Annual:  4th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 5-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Fred Couples
Runner-Up:  Michael Allen
Tournament Record:  200 (Tom Lehman, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Tom Lehman, 2011)
Course Record:  63 (Fred Couples, 2012)
Total Purse:  $1,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $240,000; 2nd Place - $140,800; 3rd Place - $115,200
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Fred Couples202Bill Glasson207
Michael Allen203Jim Thorpe207
Tom Pernice, Jr.206Brad Bryant208
Jeff Sluman206Chien Soon Lu208
Bobby Clampett207Peter Senior210
 
Past Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Fred Couples (202) -- Michael Allen
2011Tom Lehman (200) -- David Frost, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman
2010David Eger (205) -- Tommy Armour III

Top Contenders in the Field
Player201020112012
Fred Couples------Won
Michael Allen---T-132nd
Jeff SlumanT-17T-2T-3
Tom Pernice, Jr.---T-25T-3
Chien Soon Lu---T-18T-8
Fred FunkT-4T-7T-12
John CookT-39T-18T-12
David FrostT-7T-2T-17
Jay HaasT-19T-5T-17
Bernhard LangerT-39---T-17
Tom Lehman---WonT-26
Mark Calcavecchia---10thT-26
Corey Pavin------T-32
Mark O'MearaT-23T-13T-43
David EgerWonT-31T-43
Rocco Mediate---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Fred Couples
Darkhorse - Chien Soon Lu
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Bernhard Langer) - Finished tied for 20th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mark O'Meara) - Finished tied for 26th
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour travels to "The Magnolia State" this week for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Biloxi. The top 13 players on the money list are in the field. David Frost currently leads the money list after winning last week at the Toshiba Classic. Frost has four top-10 finishes in four events this season. All four tournament winners in 2012 are in the field -- Frost, Bernhard Langer, John Cook and rookie Rocco Mediate. Frost's win last week was his first individual win on the Champions Tour since the 2010 3M Championship.

Four members of the World Golf Hall of Fame are scheduled to play -- Tom Kite, Langer, Sandy Lyle and Larry Nelson. Defending champion Fred Couples will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in May. There are 18 major championship winners in the field who have won 23 major championships.

This week's tournament is being held at Fallen Oak Golf Club, which was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 2006. Golf Digest ranks Fallen Oak as the 40th best public course in the United States. Fallen Oak was the 10th-most- difficult course on the Champions Tour in 2012, with a scoring average of 72.453 (+.453). The toughest hole last year was the par-5 13th hole, which ranked 13th-hardest on tour.

The 2010 tournament was the first time that the Champions Tour had staged an event in Mississippi, which is the 37th different state to host an official Champions Tour event. The PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour have held tournaments before on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Last year, Couples birdied the final hole to earn a 1-stroke win over Michael Allen. Couples, who won for the seventh time on the Champions Tour, fired a course-record 63 in the first round and held at least a share of the lead after every round. He ended at 14-under-par 202.

In 2011, Tom Lehman shot three rounds in the 60s to post a 4-shot win over Frost, Jeff Sluman and Nick Price. Lehman finished 54 holes at 16-under-par 200 to capture his fourth Champions Tour title and second of three in 2011, on his way to being the Champions Tour Player of the Year.

David Eger captured his first victory in nearly five years at this event in 2010. Eger finished three rounds on the Fallen Oak course at 11-under 205, beating Tommy Armour III by a shot. It was the third Champions Tour win for Eger and first since August 21, 2005, when he titled at the Seattle stop. Eger was the only player in the field to card three rounds in the 60s.

The Champions Tour moves to Georgia in four weeks for the inaugural Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth.

03/19 16:14:20 ET

As of March 19, 2013, at 04:14 PM ET