Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Insperity Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Friday, May 3rd through Sunday, May 5th
SITE: The Woodlands Country Club (Tournament Course), The Woodlands, Texas
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin (1978),
         Carlton Gipson (1996, renovation)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,018
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 520 Yds10 - Par 4 421 Yds
2 - Par 4 371 Yds11 - Par 4 417 Yds
3 - Par 3 158 Yds12 - Par 4 377 Yds
4 - Par 4 413 Yds13 - Par 5 533 Yds
5 - Par 4 456 Yds14 - Par 3 190 Yds
6 - Par 5 573 Yds15 - Par 5 521 Yds
7 - Par 4 414 Yds16 - Par 3 175 Yds
8 - Par 3 237 Yds17 - Par 4 382 Yds
9 - Par 4 418 Yds18 - Par 4 442 Yds
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36 3,560 Yds36 3,458 Yds
 
Annual:  10th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday -- 6:30-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Sunday -- 7-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Fred Funk
Runner-Up:  Tom Lehman
Tournament Record:  191 (Bernhard Langer, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Bernhard Langer, 2007)
Course Record:  63 (Fred Couples, 2010; Michael Allen, 2011)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Bernhard Langer, 2007 - Augusta Pines)
Total Purse:  $1,800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $270,000; 2nd Place - $158,400; 3rd Place - $129,600
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Fred Funk202Bobby Clampett208
Tom Lehman203Dan Forsman208
Mike Goodes206Bernhard Langer208
Michael Allen208Four players at210
Brad Bryant208
 
Past Insperity Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Fred Funk (202) -- Tom Lehman
2011#Brad Faxon (134) -- Tommy Armour III
2010Fred Couples (199) -- Mark Wiebe
2009John Cook (205) -- Jay Haas, Bob Tway
2008Bernhard Langer (204) -- Lonnie Nielsen
2007Bernhard Langer (191) -- Mark O'Meara
2006#Jay Haas (128) -- Bruce Lietzke, Tom Purtzer
2005Mark McNulty (200) -- Gil Morgan
2004*Larry Nelson (202) -- Hale Irwin

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather Shortened

NOTE:Formerly called Administaff Small Business Classic (2004-10)

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200420052006200720082009201020112012
Fred Funk---------T-183rdT-19T-13---Won
Tom Lehman---------------T-4T-9T-42nd
Brad Bryant---4thT-23---T-20---T-3T-10T-4
Bernhard Langer---------WonWonT-4T-13T-16T-4
Michael Allen---------------------T-24T-4
Dan Forsman------------T-20T-4T-3T-27T-4
Corey Pavin------------------T-5T-10T-9
Peter Senior------------------T-24T-8T-13
Jeff Sluman---------T-1212thT-30T-30T-24T-13
Mark Calcavecchia------------------T-307thT-19
Loren Roberts------T-16---T-6T-26T-9T-16T-19
Kenny Perry---------------------T-35T-19
David Frost---------------T-10T-9T-16T-27
Jay Haas---T-5WonT-4T-6T-2T-24T-4T-31
Russ Cochran---------------T-7T-13T-34T-31
Hal Sutton------------T-23T-30T-21T-45T-31
Mark Wiebe---------T-24---T-102ndT-27T-41
Hale Irwin2nd3rd---T-24T-35T-74T-21T-34T-41
Mark McNultyT-23WonT-32T-18---T-50---T-34T-41
Brad Faxon---------------------WonT-51
John Cook---------T-36T-39WonT-5T-10T-51
Larry NelsonWonT-56T-7---T-39T-42T-42---T-62
Rocco Mediate---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bernhard Langer
Darkhorse - Tom Pernice, Jr.
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman) - Finished T-14
Last Week's Darkhorse (Fred Funk and Mike Goodes) - Finished tied for 2nd
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour travels to Texas this week for the Insperity Championship at The Woodlands. Golf legends Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd and Johnny Miller will join Don January, Gene Littler, David Graham, Tony Jacklin, Charles Coody and Dave Stockton in an 18-hole, 3- man scramble on Saturday after the final tee time of the regular tournament. This group of players includes eight World Golf Hall of Fame members and has combined for more than 300 PGA Tour victories, over 50 major championships and 150 Champions Tour titles.

A stellar field is on hand, not to mention some local favorites, as well as players who have had success in the Lone Star state. The top seven players on the money list are in the field, including money leader and two-time Insperity champion Bernhard Langer, who is the only 2-time winner on tour this season. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $1.8 million, with the winner receiving $270,000.

Langer leads the money list by more than $290,000 over David Frost. Langer has finished in the top three in five of six individual events played this year on the Champions Tour. He also finished tied for 25th at the Masters. Frost has five top-10 finishes in six events, including a win at the Toshiba Classic.

Palmer made his last official tour playing appearance in Houston in 2006 at this event. Palmer won two times on the PGA Tour (1957, 66) and one unofficial Champions Tour event in 1984 (Doug Sanders Celebrity Pro-Am) in Houston.

Last year, Fred Funk birdied four of the last five holes in the final round, including the 18th, to beat Tom Lehman by one shot. Funk was the only player to fire three rounds in the 60s and ended at 14-under-par 202. It was his seventh Champions Tour title.

Brad Faxon was declared the winner in 2011 when heavy rain forced the cancellation of the final round. The tournament was shortened to 36 holes and Faxon, the second-round leader, earned his first Champions Tour victory in only his sixth start on the over-50 circuit. Faxon's 7-under 65 in the second round was enough to give him the title at 10-under 134. Faxon became the first Champions Tour player to earn his maiden victory in a rain-shortened event since Leonard Thompson in 1998.

In 2010, Fred Couples fired a 29 on the back nine in the final round that turned a 2-stroke deficit into a 7-shot victory. Couples finished with a 9- under 63 on the final day and got through 54 holes at 17-under 199. It was Couples' fourth victory of 2010, but his first in seven months. He joined Jay Haas and Bob Charles as the only players to win in Houston on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.

Langer shot rounds of 62-65-64 in 2007 to cruise to an 8-shot victory over Mark O'Meara for his first Champions Tour victory. He closed the tournament with 34 consecutive bogey-free holes. Langer finished with an overall score of 25-under 191 to smash the tournament scoring record by nine shots and match the Champions Tour record for a 54-hole score. He also broke the course record with a 62 in the first round and established a new 36-hole mark at 127. Langer's win came in only his fourth start on the Champions Tour.

The Champions Tour heads to Missouri in three weeks for the first Champions Tour major of the year, the Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, where Roger Chapman will defend his title.

04/30 16:37:16 ET

As of April 30, 2013, at 04:37 PM ET