Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Regions Tradition Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 6th through Sunday, June 9th
SITE: Shoal Creek, Birmingham, Alabama
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jack Nicklaus (1977)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,231
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 401 yds10 - Par 4 419 yds
2 - Par 4 407 yds11 - Par 5 522 yds
3 - Par 5 520 yds12 - Par 4 454 yds
4 - Par 4 464 yds13 - Par 3 197 yds
5 - Par 3 190 yds14 - Par 4 382 yds
6 - Par 5 565 yds15 - Par 4 434 yds
7 - Par 4 444 yds16 - Par 3 210 yds
8 - Par 3 171 yds17 - Par 5 545 yds
9 - Par 4 462 yds18 - Par 4 444 yds
36 3,624 yds36 3,607 yds
Annual:  25th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et) - taped,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 7:30-9:30 p.m. (et) - taped
Defending Champion:  Tom Lehman
Runner-Up:  Bernhard Langer, Chien Soon Lu
Tournament Record:  265 (Doug Tewell, 2001)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Gil Morgan, 1997)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Tom Watson, 2003)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Doug Tewell, 2001 - GC at Desert Mountain;
  Tom Watson, 2003 - The Reserve Vineyards and GC;
  Brad Bryant, 2009 - Crosswater Club at Sunriver)
Course Record:  65 (Mark Calcavecchia, Kenny Perry, Loren Roberts, 2011;
  Fred Couples, 2012)
Total Purse:  $2,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $330,000; 2nd Place - $206,400; 3rd Place - $158,600
2012 Finish
Tom Lehman274Bill Glasson279
Bernhard Langer276Brad Bryant280
Chien Soon Lu276Jeff Sluman280
Fred Couples278Michael Allen281
Russ Cochran279Fred Funk281
Past Regions Tradition Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Tom Lehman (274) -- Bernhard Langer, Chien Soon Lu
2011*Tom Lehman (275) -- Peter Senior
2010Fred Funk (276) -- Michael Allen, Chien Soon Lu
2009*Mike Reid (272) -- John Cook
2008Fred Funk (269) -- Mike Goodes
2007Mark McNulty (272) -- David Edwards
2006*Eduardo Romero (275) -- Lonnie Nielsen
2005*Loren Roberts (273) -- Dana Quigley
2004Craig Stadler (275) -- Allen Doyle, Jerry Pate
2003Tom Watson (273) -- Gil Morgan, Jim Ahern, Tom Kite
2002*Jim Thorpe (277) -- John Jacobs
2001Doug Tewell (265) -- Mike McCullough
2000*Tom Kite (280) -- Tom Watson, Larry Nelson
1999#Graham Marsh (136) -- Larry Nelson
1998Gil Morgan (276) -- Tom Wargo
1997Gil Morgan (266) -- Isao Aoki
1996Jack Nicklaus (272) -- Hale Irwin
1995*Jack Nicklaus (276) -- Isao Aoki
1994*Ray Floyd (271) -- Dale Douglass
1993Tom Shaw (269) -- Mike Hill
1992Lee Trevino (274) -- Jack Nicklaus
1991Jack Nicklaus (277) -- Jim Colbert, Jim Dent, Phil Rodgers
1990#Jack Nicklaus (206) -- Gary Player
1989Don Bies (275) -- Gary Player

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather Shortened

Note:Formerly called The Tradition at Desert Mountain (1989-91); The
Tradition (1992-99), The Countrywide Tradition (2000-02); JELD-WEN Tradition (2003-10).

Top Contenders in the Field
Tom Lehman------------------T-8T-4WonWon
Chien Soon Lu---------------------T-2T-12T-2
Bernhard Langer---------------T-7T-17T-10---T-2
Fred Couples------------------------T-634th
Russ Cochran------------------T-41T-18---T-5
Jeff Sluman---------------T-31T-11T-29T-12T-7
Brad Bryant------T-16T-14T-21T-253rdT-34T-18T-7
Michael Allen---------------------T-24thT-9
Fred Funk------------11thWonT-5WonT-18T-9
Peter Senior---------------------T-382ndT-11
Jay Haas------T-23T-20T-14T-3T-17T-10T-5T-13
Kenny Perry------------------------T-5T-13
Mark Calcavecchia---------------------T-4T-5T-18
David Frost---------------------T-2111thT-18
Mike Goodes---------------2ndT-17T-29T-1820th
Jay Don Blake---------------------T-47T-18T-21
Loren Roberts------WonT-14T-4T-7T-5T-153rdT-25
Tom JenkinsT-60T-19T-5T-14T-30T-7T-47T-38T-43T-25
Larry Mize------------------4thT-25---T-25
Corey Pavin---------------------T-29T-18T-30
David EgerT-46T-59T-63T-36T-30T-14T-21wdT-35T-30
Kirk Triplett---------------------------T-33
John Cook---------------T-142ndT-6T-25T-38
Bruce Vaughan------------T-56T-41T-3145thT-25T-38
Hale IrwinT-1013thT-42T-32T-52T-41T-38T-50T-45T-53
Craig StadlerT-10WonT-23T-14T-30T-41T-21T-10---T-55
Mark McNulty------8thT-46WonT-25T-25---T-16T-59
Mike Reid---T-45T-9T-39T-18T-41WonT-47T-35T-64
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tom Lehman
Darkhorse - Kirk Triplett
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jay Haas) - Finished tied for 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mark O'Meara) - Finished tied for 23rd
The second major of the 2013 Champions Tour season is upon us, as the 25th Regions Tradition takes center stage. The top-16 players on the money list are in the field this week, including money leader and two-time winner Bernhard Langer. Kohki Idoki captured the first major of the season in his only event played this year, the Senior PGA Championship. Idoki is not in the field this week.

Langer currently leads the money list with $1,036,388 in earnings, more than $325,000 ahead of David Frost. Langer has five top-10 finishes this year on the Champions Tour and finished tied for 25th at the Masters.

Tom Lehman will be trying to win this event for the third straight year. Lehman has finished in the top eight here in all four years he has played. He is still looking for his first victory of the 2013 season.

This is the third year that this tournament is being held at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Alabama. The previous four years were held at Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. The Golf Club at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona hosted the first 13 years. The Prospector Course at Superstition Mountain in Arizona was the venue in 2002, while the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Oregon hosted from 2003-06. The event previously was held in August prior to moving to May in 2011 and June in 2012.

Shoal Creek hosted the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships, won by Lee Trevino and Wayne Grady, respectively. Fred Couples, who is playing this week, was in the top 20 at both tournaments, finishing runner-up to Grady in 1990. He finished fourth last year. Shoal Creek was also the site for the 1986 U.S. Amateur and 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Hale Irwin, the Champions Tour's all-time victory leader with 45 titles, will try to join Jack Nicklaus as the only other player to claim a fourth different major. An Irwin victory at this year's tournament would also tie him with Nicklaus for the most senior majors (eight) and at 68, he would also become the Champions Tour's oldest winner. Nicklaus won four Traditions (1990-1991, 1995-996), a pair of U.S. Senior Opens (1991, 1993), the 1990 Senior Players Championship and the 1991 Senior PGA Championship. Irwin has won four Senior PGA Championships (1996-1997, 1998, 2004), a pair of U.S. Senior Opens (1998, 2000) and the 1999 Players Championship. He was the runner-up to Nicklaus in the 1996 Tradition. Irwin, however, has not won any title since the 2007 MasterCard Championship at Hualalai.

Nicklaus won this event four times, finished second once and has nine top-10 finishes in his 12 appearances. Nicklaus was the first player to win the same Champions Tour event four times, with his last career victory coming here in 1996. It also marked his 100th professional win. Of Nicklaus' 10 career Champions Tour wins, eight have been majors.

Last year, Lehman successfully defended his title after a 4-under 68 in the final round, his fourth round in the 60s for the week. Lehman finished at 14- under 274 and won by two strokes over Langer and Chien Soon Lu. The win was Lehman's sixth on the Champions Tour and his third major title. His other major victory came at the 2010 Senior PGA Championship. Lehman became the first player to successfully defend a major championship title on the elder circuit since Allen Doyle won back-to-back U.S. Senior Opens in 2005 and 2006. Lehman joined Fred Funk, Gil Morgan and Nicklaus as the only players to win this event multiple times. Morgan and Nicklaus both won back-to-back and Nicklaus actually pulled off that feat twice.

In 2010, Funk closed with a 3-under 69 in the final round to win by a single stroke over Michael Allen and Lu. Funk, who also won this crown in 2008, finished at 12-under-par 276. Funk hit 54 of 56 fairways for the week and did not make a bogey on the back nine in all four rounds. The win marked the third straight year in which Funk had won a major championship title. The victory went with those at this event in 2008 and the 2009 U.S. Senior Open. Loren Roberts was the last to win a major in three straight years, and he did so from 2005-07.

Eduardo Romero picked up his first Champions Tour victory in 2006 as he won with a birdie on the first playoff hole over Lonnie Nielsen. Romero posted the low round of the week with his 7-under 65 in the final round. Romero joined Nicklaus, Tom Kite and Roberts as those who made this event their first Champions Tour win. Romero's 5-stroke comeback on the final day was the largest in tournament history. Romero, from Argentina, became the second international player to win this title, joining Australian Graham Marsh (1999). He joined Roberto De Vicenzo as the only players from Argentina to win a senior major and joined De Vicenzo and Vicente Fernandez as the only players from Argentina to win on the Champions Tour.

The Champions Tour moves to Illinois in two weeks for the inaugural Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview.

06/04 16:02:17 ET

As of June 4, 2013, at 04:02 PM ET