Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Senior PGA Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 23rd through Sunday, May 26th
SITE: Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones (1960)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 6,959
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 420 yds10 - Par 4 477 yds
2 - Par 4 375 yds11 - Par 4 330 yds
3 - Par 3 149 yds12 - Par 4 417 yds
4 - Par 5 522 yds13 - Par 3 180 yds
5 - Par 4 468 yds14 - Par 4 381 yds
6 - Par 3 209 yds15 - Par 4 449 yds
7 - Par 4 373 yds16 - Par 3 232 yds
8 - Par 5 555 yds17 - Par 5 531 yds
9 - Par 4 435 yds18 - Par 4 456 yds
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36 3,506 yds35 3,453 yds
 
Annual:  74th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12-3 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Roger Chapman
Runner-Up:  John Cook
Tournament Record:  268 (Sam Snead, 1973)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Sam Snead, 1973; Roger Chapman, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Sam Snead, 1973; Arnold Palmer, 1984;
  Jack Nicklaus, 1991)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Kenny Perry, 2012 - The Golf Club at Harbor Springs)
Total Purse:  $2,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $378,000; 2nd Place - $227,000; 3rd Place - $143,000
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Roger Chapman271Bernhard Langer275
John Cook273Sandy Lyle275
Hale Irwin274Peter Senior275
Joe Daley275Kenny Perry276
David Frost275Steve Pate277
 
Past Senior PGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Roger Chapman (271) -- John Cook
2011*Tom Watson (278) -- David Eger
2010*Tom Lehman (281) -- Fred Couples, David Frost
2009Michael Allen (274) -- Larry Mize
2008Jay Haas (287) -- Bernhard Langer
2007Denis Watson (279) -- Eduardo Romero
2006*Jay Haas (279) -- Brad Bryant
2005*Mike Reid (280) -- Jerry Pate, Dana Quigley
2004Hale Irwin (276) -- Jay Haas
2003John Jacobs (276) -- Bobby Wadkins
2002Fuzzy Zoeller (278) -- Hale Irwin, Bobby Wadkins
2001Tom Watson (274) -- Jim Thorpe
2000#Doug Tewell (201) -- Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Dana Quigley, Larry Nelson
1999Allen Doyle (274) -- Vicente Fernandez
1998Hale Irwin (275) -- Larry Nelson
1997Hale Irwin (274) -- Dale Douglass, Jack Nicklaus
1996Hale Irwin (280) -- Isao Aoki
1995Raymond Floyd (277) -- Lee Trevino, John Paul Cain, Larry Gilbert
1994Lee Trevino (279) -- Jim Colbert
1993*Tom Wargo (275) -- Bruce Crampton
1992Lee Trevino (278) -- Mike Hill
1991Jack Nicklaus (271) -- Bruce Crampton
1990Gary Player (281) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1989Larry Mowry (281) -- Miller Barber, Al Geiberger
1988Gary Player (284) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1987Chi Chi Rodriguez (282) -- Dale Douglass
1986Gary Player (281) -- Lee Elder
1985Not Held
1984Peter Thomson (286) -- Don January
1984Arnold Palmer (282) -- Don January
1983Not Held
1982Don January (288) -- Julius Boros
1981Miller Barber (281) -- Arnold Palmer
1980*Arnold Palmer (289) -- Paul Harney
1979Don January (270) -- George Bayer
1979*Jack Fleck (289) -- Bob Erickson, Bill Johnston
1978Joe Jimenez (286) -- Joe Cheves, Manuel de la Torre
1977Julius Boros (283) -- Fred Haas Jr
1976Pete Cooper (283) -- Fred Wampler
1975Charlie Sifford (280) -- Fred Wampler
1974Roberto De Vicenzo (273) -- Julius Boros, Art Wall
1973Sam Snead (268) -- Julius Boros
1972Sam Snead (286) -- Tommy Bolt, Julius Boros
1971Julius Boros (285) -- Tommy Bolt
1970Sam Snead (290) -- Fred Haas Jr
1969Tommy Bolt (278) -- Pete Fleming
1968Chandler Harper (279) -- Sam Snead
1967Sam Snead (279) -- Bob Hamilton
1966Fred Haas, Jr. (286) -- John Barnum, Dutch Harrison
1965Sam Snead (278) -- Joe Lopez Sr
1964Sam Snead (279) -- John Barnum
1963Herman Barron (272) -- John Barnum
1962Paul Runyan (278) -- Errie Ball, Dutch Harrison, Joe Brown
1961Paul Runyan (278) -- Jimmy Demaret
1960Dick Metz (284) -- Tony Longo, Paul Runyan
1959Willie Goggin (284) -- Leland Gibson, Paul Runyan, Denny Shute
1958Gene Sarazen (288) -- Charles Sheppard
1957*Al Watrous (210) -- Bob Stupple
1956Pete Burke (215) -- Ock Willoweit
1955Mortie Dutra (213) -- Mike Murra, Gene Sarazen, Denny Shute
1954Gene Sarazen (214) -- Perry Del Vecchio, Al Watrous
1953Harry Schwab (142) -- Charles McKenna, Gene Sarazen
1952Ernie Newnham (146) -- Al Watrous
1951*Al Watrous (142) -- Jock Hutchison
1950Al Watrous (142) -- Bill Jelliffe
1949Marshall Crichton (145) -- Louis Chiapetta, Jock Hutchison, George Smith
1948Charles McKenna (141) -- Ben Richter
1947Jock Hutchison (145) -- Ben Richter
1946Eddie Williams (146) -- Jock Hutchison
1945Eddie Williams (148) -- Jock Hutchison
1944Not Held due to World War II
1943Not Held due to World War II
1942Eddie Williams (138) -- Jock Hutchison
1941Jack Burke Sr (142) -- Eddie Williams
1940Otto Hackbarth (146) -- Jock Hutchison
1939Not Held
1938*Fred McLeod (154) -- Otto Hackbarth
1937Jock Hutchison (223) -- George Gordon

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain shortened

Note:Formerly called PGA Seniors' Championship (1937-2000).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Roger Chapman------------------T-59T-69T-27Won
Hale IrwinmcWonT-46T-23T-42mcT-59T-654th3rd
Peter Senior---------------------T-11T-5T-4
Bernhard Langer---------------2ndT-17T-23---T-4
Kenny Perry------------------------T-229th
Steve Pate------------------------T-810th
Michael Allen------------------WonT-11T-1111th
Loren Roberts---------5thT-12T-49T-28T-15T-8T-12
Mark Calcavecchia------------------------T-13T-12
Kiyoshi Murota---------T-14T-33T-24T-28---3rdT-29
Jay Haas---2ndmcWonT-9WonT-9T-23T-34T-29
Russ Cochran------------------T-33T-23---T-29
Mark McNulty---T-7T-6T-19------T-17---T-34T-38
Jeff Sluman---------------T-9T-5T-21T-18T-44
Mike Goodes------------T-33T-34T-37T-15T-60mc
Mike Reid------WonT-23mcT-67T-44T-34mcmc
Brad Faxon---------------------------mc
Tom WatsonT-17T-4T-27T-23T-52T-164thT-18Won---
John JacobsWonT-65mc62ndT-33T-34T-70mcmc---
Rocco Mediate------------------------------
Gene Sauers------------------------------
Esteban Toledo------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Jeff Sluman
Darkhorse - Mark Calcavecchia
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Bernhard Langer) - Finished tied for 25th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Tom Pernice, Jr.) - Finished tied for 40th
 
NOTES:The 74th edition of the Senior PGA Championship -- the oldest event
on the Champions Tour -- takes place this week. This is the first of five majors on the Champions Tour for 2013.

Eight of the top 10 players on the money list are in the field. Bernhard Langer currently leads the money list by more than $285,000 over David Frost. Frost is not in the field this week, as he is playing at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial on the PGA Tour. Langer is the only player with two wins this season. He is just under $8,000 short of cracking the $1 million mark on the season.

Hale Irwin has nine top-5 finishes in 17 appearances at this event, winning four times (1996-98, 2004). He is the all-time money leader with $1,752,220 in earnings and has recorded the most rounds in the 60s with 24.

This year's event is being held at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Robert Trent Jones designed the course, which opened in 1960. This tournament was held at Augusta National Golf Club for the first two years of its existence and had been held at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens from 1982-2000. This is the oldest major championship in senior golf, beginning in 1937 at the suggestion of Bobby Jones.

Last year, Roger Chapman held at least a share of the lead after every round on his way to winning by two strokes over John Cook. The Englishman finished at 13-under 271 at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores and was the first European to win this title since Scotland's Jock Hutchison in 1947. It was just Chapman's 17th Champions Tour start and he became the eighth first-time winner at this event.

In 2011, Tom Watson birdied the first playoff hole to defeat David Eger. Watson fired rounds of 70-70-68-70 and finished with Eger at 10-under-par 278. It was the second time Watson won this championship, having previous captured the title in 2001. It was Watson's 14th victory on the senior circuit and his sixth major championship title on the Champions Tour. The 61-year-old Watson became the second-oldest winner of this championship. Jock Hutchinson was the oldest winner at 62 years old in 1947.

In 2010, Tom Lehman won with a routine par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff over Fred Couples and Frost. Couples and Frost both made double bogey on the hole, an anti-climactic end to what was a close final round at Colorado Golf Club. The trio finished the tournament at 7-under-par 281. The win marked Lehman's first individual stroke-play victory in the United States since the 2000 Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour.

Michael Allen won his Champions Tour debut in 2009 by shooting a 3-under 67 in the final round at Canterbury Golf Club. Allen was tied for 73rd following the first round after opening with a 4-over 74. He finished with rounds of 66-67-67 for his first win in 11 years. Allen had made 267 professional starts since winning the 1998 Greater Austin Open on the Web.com Tour. Allen had never won in 334 PGA Tour events prior to his win here. He became the 14th player to win his Champions Tour debut.

Jay Haas survived four brutal days at Oak Hill Country Club in 2008, closing with a 4-over 74 in the final round to hold off Langer by a shot. It was the second time in three years that Haas won this major championship. There were just 12 rounds in the 60s posted through four days, and only one of them by the winner, as Haas opened with a 69 in the first round. Haas' 7-over-par 287 total was the highest winning score in tournament history, five shots more than Sam Snead's plus-2 number in 1970. It was the second-highest winning score in any 72-hole Champions Tour event. Arnold Palmer won the 1981 U.S. Senior Open at Oakland Hills in a playoff after he, Bob Stone and Billy Casper finished 72 holes at 9-over-par 289.

In 2007, Zimbabwe's Denis Watson rallied to win by overtaking Eduardo Romero on the back nine of the final round at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course to claim his first victory of any kind in 23 years. It was his first win since 1984, when he claimed his only three titles on the PGA Tour. Watson finished at 9-under 279 for a 2-shot win over Romero. He became the first player born outside the United States to win this event since South Africa's Gary Player in 1990 -- snapping the longest such active streak among major championships on the Champions, PGA and LPGA Tours.

Mike Reid eagled the 72nd hole in 2005 to get into a playoff, then birdied the first extra hole to beat Dana Quigley and Jerry Pate. Reid shot four straight rounds of 70 in winning his first Champions Tour event. He was the only player in the field to break par in all four rounds and was the first player since Miller Barber (1982 Suntree Classic, 66-66-66-66) to win after shooting the same score each day over 72 holes. Reid ended a victory drought of 16 years, nine months and two days.

At the 1997 PGA Seniors, Irwin set a Champions Tour record for the largest winning margin (12) in a 72-hole event, breaking the record of 11 strokes shared by Palmer and Orville Moody. Snead holds the record for the largest winning margin of 15 when he won this tournament in 1973, when it was not a Champions Tour event.

Irwin, Snead, Paul Runyan, Al Waltrous and Eddie Williams are the only players to successfully defend their titles. Irwin was the last player to accomplish this feat (1996-98). Snead was a six-time winner here and Irwin four. Player, Waltrous and Williams are three-time winners. Snead had 17 top-25, 15 top-10, 11 top-5 and nine top-3 finishes in his career at this event.

Chi Chi Rodriguez owns the record for the biggest come-from-behind victory in tournament history, when he came from six strokes down to win in 1987. There have been 14 playoffs. Seven of the last 11 winners have come from behind on the final day to win.

Next year's Senior PGA Championship will return to Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Champions Tour moves to Iowa next week for the Principal Charity Classic, where Haas captured the 2012 title.

05/21 16:50:48 ET

As of May 21, 2013, at 04:51 PM ET