Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Preview
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DATES: Friday, September 27th through Sunday, September 29th
SITE: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California
         Del Monte Golf Course, Monterey, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Douglas Grant, Jack Neville (1919) - Pebble Beach
         Charles Maud (1897) - Del Monte
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,837 (Pebble Beach)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 380 Yds10 - Par 4 434 Yds
2 - Par 5 515 Yds11 - Par 4 381 Yds
3 - Par 4 405 Yds12 - Par 3 201 Yds
4 - Par 4 340 Yds13 - Par 4 396 Yds
5 - Par 3 187 Yds14 - Par 5 572 Yds
6 - Par 5 520 Yds15 - Par 4 396 Yds
7 - Par 3 110 Yds16 - Par 4 401 Yds
8 - Par 4 416 Yds17 - Par 3 178 Yds
9 - Par 4 462 Yds18 - Par 5 543 Yds
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36 3,335 Yds36 3,502 Yds
 
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,357 (Del Monte)
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 505 Yds10 - Par 4 293 Yds
2 - Par 4 328 Yds11 - Par 4 331 Yds
3 - Par 4 376 Yds12 - Par 3 163 Yds
4 - Par 3 178 Yds13 - Par 5 512 Yds
5 - Par 4 327 Yds14 - Par 3 218 Yds
6 - Par 3 196 Yds15 - Par 4 330 Yds
7 - Par 4 379 Yds16 - Par 4 421 Yds
8 - Par 4 384 Yds17 - Par 5 500 Yds
9 - Par 5 524 Yds18 - Par 4 392 Yds
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36 3,197 Yds36 3,160 Yds
 
Annual:  10th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Saturday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-9 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Kirk Triplett
Runner-Up:  Mark McNulty
Tournament Record:  201 (Craig Stadler, 2004)
36-Hole Record:  132 (Loren Roberts, 2009; Ted Schulz, 2010)
Course Record (Pebble Beach):  63 (Craig Stadler, 2004)
Course Record (Del Monte):  64 (D.A. Weibring, 2006; Des Smyth, 2007;
  Mark Calcavecchia, 2010; Mark Brooks, 2011)
Total Purse:  $1,800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $270,000; 2nd Place - $158,400; 3rd Place - $129,600
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Kirk Triplett206Mark Brooks211
Mark McNulty208Gary Hallberg211
Jay Haas210Hale Irwin211
Brad Bryant210Four players at212
Bill Glasson210
 
Past Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Kirk Triplett (206) -- Mark McNulty
2011Jeff Sluman (206) -- David Eger, Brad Bryant, Jay Haas
2010Ted Schulz (202) -- Tom Pernice, Jr.
2009Jeff Sluman (206) -- Gene Jones
2008Jeff Sluman (202) -- Craig Stadler, Fuzzy Zoeller
2007Gil Morgan (207) -- Hale Irwin
2006Scott Simpson (204) -- David Edwards, Jay Haas
2005Hale Irwin (203) -- Morris Hatalsky, Craig Stadler, Gil Morgan
2004Craig Stadler (201) -- Jay Haas
NOTE:Formerly called Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (2004-09),
Home Care & Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach (2010).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kirk Triplett------------------------Won
Mark McNulty---8thT-39T-18T-4T-8---T-392nd
Jay Haas2ndT-9T-2T-7T-25---T-8T-2T-3
Brad Bryant---------T-39---T-60T-11T-2T-3
Hale IrwinT-3WonT-252ndT-30T-38T-50T-46T-6
Jeff Sluman------------WonWonT-14WonT-9
Tom KiteT-3T-40T-5T-21T-14T-14T-3T-23T-9
Corey Pavin------------------------T-9
Russ Cochran---------------T-30T-6T-10T-13
Chien Soon Lu------------------T-54T-39T-13
Tom Pernice, Jr.------------------2ndT-5T-17
Craig StadlerWonT-2T-44T-29T-2T-46---T-46T-17
Mark Wiebe------------T-14T-21T-22T-5T-24
Mark Calcavecchia------------------T-3T-13T-24
Michael Allen---------------T-30T-29---T-24
David Frost------------------T-20---T-32
Fred Funk------------T-4T-8T-29T-16T-39
Scott Simpson------WonT-4T-8T-14T-6T-56T-54
John Cook------------wdT-12T-20T-10wd
Fred Couples------------------5th------
Tom Lehman---------------T-3T-25------
Bernhard Langer---------T-10---------------
Duffy Waldorf---------------------------
Rocco Mediate---------------------------
Esteban Toledo---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Esteban Toledo
Darkhorse - Corey Pavin
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kenny Perry) - Finished tied for 40th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Duffy Waldorf) - Finished tied for 16th
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour travels to California this week for the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Twenty-six of the top 27 players on the money list are in the field. Kenny Perry, who is second on the money list, is the only top-27 player not competing.

Bernhard Langer currently leads Perry by $50,522 for the top spot. Langer has finished in the top-10 in eight of his last nine events, including three straight top-4 finishes. He leads the Champions Tour in top-10 finishes on the season with 13. Perry leads Langer by 727 points in the Charles Schwab Cup Standings.

This tournament serves as the national championship for The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation which provides young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values through golf and character education.

Del Monte Golf Club replaced Bayonet Golf Course in 2005 as the tournament's second site. Del Monte, at 6,357 yards, is the shortest course on the 2013 Champions Tour schedule. Del Monte Golf Club, which was established in 1897, is the oldest golf course in continuous operation west of the Mississippi River.

This tournament is like no other, as Champions Tour players are teamed with select junior players from around the country and amateur contestants. Friday and Saturday will have players compete on both courses with the 10 leading amateur teams and 23 juniors joining the 75 professionals for the final round at Pebble Beach. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $1.8 million, with the winner receiving $270,000.

Last year, Kirk Triplett closed with a 6-under 66 to come from behind and win. Triplett finished at 10-under 206 to win by two strokes over Mark McNulty for his first title on the Champions Tour. He became the sixth player to win on all three tours (PGA, Web.com, Champions), joining Ron Streck, Keith Fergus, Tom Lehman, Gary Hallberg and Olin Browne.

In 2011, Jeff Sluman fired rounds of 68-68-70 to win this event for the third time. Sluman finished at 10-under-par 206. It was his third win in four years at this tournament and his fourth Champions Tour win overall.

Champions Tour rookie Ted Schulz earned his first win in 19 years after rounds of 68-64-70 in 2010. Schulz finished at 14-under-par 202 to beat Tom Pernice, Jr. by a shot. It was the first victory for Schulz since he won the 1991 Los Angeles Open on the PGA Tour. The 50-year-old was making just his 13th start on the Champions Tour.

In 2009, Sluman carded a hole-in-one and fired a 4-under 68 in the final round to win for the second year in a row. Sluman was the only player in the final three groups to break par during a breezy final round on the California coast. He ended at 10-under 206 for a 2-shot win over Gene Jones. Sluman's hole-in- one came at the 178-yard fifth hole.

Sluman closed with a 5-under 67 in the final round to cruise to a 5-shot win over Craig Stadler and Fuzzy Zoeller in 2008 . Sluman finished at 14- under-par 202, one shot off Stadler's tournament record score. It was Sluman's second win of the season and he was the only player in the field to record all three rounds in the 60s.

Gil Morgan posted rounds of 65-67 on the weekend in 2007 to hold off Hale Irwin and win. Morgan completed his 25th Champions Tour victory at 14-under- par 202. He moved into third place on the Champions Tour all-time wins list, which Irwin tops.

Pebble Beach is where Morgan became the first player in U.S. Open history to reach double figures under par. That came when he got to 10-under during the third round of the 1992 U.S. Open. He pushed his score to 12-under in the third round that week, before giving it back. He closed with rounds of 77-81 to end eight behind winner Tom Kite.

In 2006, Scott Simpson birdied the final hole to earn his first Champions Tour crown. Simpson, who won the 1987 U.S. Open at Olympic Club, closed with a 4-under 68 to end at 12-under-par 204. He was the only player in the field to record three rounds in the 60s.

The Champions Tour moves to North Carolina in two weeks for the SAS Championship, where Langer will defend his title.

09/24 14:28:27 ET

As of September 24, 2013, at 02:28 PM ET