Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - 3M Championship Preview
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DATES: Friday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 4th
SITE: TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota
COURSE ARCHITECT: Arnold Palmer (2000), Tom Lehman (Consultant)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,114
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 426 Yds10 - Par 4 379 Yds
2 - Par 4 388 Yds11 - Par 4 402 Yds
3 - Par 5 546 Yds12 - Par 5 593 Yds
4 - Par 3 177 Yds13 - Par 3 209 Yds
5 - Par 4 418 Yds14 - Par 4 423 Yds
6 - Par 5 571 Yds15 - Par 4 451 Yds
7 - Par 4 318 Yds16 - Par 4 387 Yds
8 - Par 3 204 Yds17 - Par 3 184 Yds
9 - Par 4 456 Yds18 - Par 5 582 Yds
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36 3,504 Yds36 3,610 Yds
 
Annual:  21st
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 12:30-2 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 4-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Bernhard Langer (Not defending)
Runner-Up:  David Peoples
Tournament Record:  191 (David Frost, 2010)
36-Hole Record:  128 (R.W. Eaks, 2008)
Course Record:  61 (David Frost, 2010)
Total Purse:  $1,750,000
Shares:  1st Place - $262,500; 2nd Place - $154,000; 3rd Place - $126,000
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Bernhard Langer198Jeff Sluman203
David Peoples200Tom Kite204
Olin Browne201Peter Senior204
Kenny Perry201Craig Stadler204
Joel Edwards202Six players at205
 
Past 3M Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Bernhard Langer (198) -- David Peoples
2011Jay Haas (201) -- Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman, Peter Senior
2010David Frost (191) -- Mark Calcavecchia
2009Bernhard Langer (200) -- Andy Bean
2008R.W. Eaks (193) -- Gary Hallberg, Bernhard Langer
2007D.A. Weibring (198) -- Jay Haas
2006David Edwards (204) -- Brad Bryant, Craig Stadler
2005Tom Purtzer (201) -- Lonnie Nielsen, Craig Stadler
2004Tom Kite (203) -- Craig Stadler
2003Wayne Levi (205) -- Morris Hatalsky, Gil Morgan
2002Hale Irwin (204) -- Hubert Green
2001Bruce Lietzke (207) -- Doug Tewell
2000Ed Dougherty (197) -- Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan
1999Hale Irwin (201) -- Jim Dent, Dale Douglass
1998*#Leonard Thompson (134) -- Isao Aoki
1997Hale Irwin (199) -- Lee Trevino
1996Vicente Fernandez (205) -- Bruce Crampton, J.C. Snead
1995Raymond Floyd (201) -- Graham Marsh
1994Dave Stockton (203) -- Jim Albus
1993Chi Chi Rodriguez (201) -- Jim Colbert, Bob Murphy

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Burnet Senior Classic (1993-97), Coldwell Banker
Burnet Classic (1998-2000).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kenny Perry------------------------T-2T-3
Jeff Sluman---------------T-9T-16T-6T-306th
Peter Senior---------------------T-43T-2T-7
Tom KiteT-22WonT-5T-4T-62T-64thT-61T-26T-7
Mark Calcavecchia---------------------2ndT-8T-10
Fred Funk------------------T-34T-21---T-16
David Frost---------------------WonT-26T-19
Tom Lehman------------------------T-2T-23
Mark Wiebe------------------T-64T-50---T-23
John Huston------------------------T-8T-30
Jay Haas------------2nd---T-13T-34WonT-39
Mike Goodes------------T-40T-6T-22T-13T-22T-39
Hale IrwinT-40T-22T-25T-10T-4712thT-51T-50T-8T-50
John Cook---------------T-30T-13T-8T-17---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Kenny Perry
Darkhorse - Jeff Hart
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Fred Funk) - Finished tied for 69th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Corey Pavin) - Finished tied for 3rd
 
NOTES:The Champions Tour visits Minnesota this week for the 3M Championship
at TPC Twin Cities. The field is led by Kenny Perry, who has won his last two events on the Champions Tour, which were both major championships (Constellation Senior Players Championship, U.S. Senior Open Championship).

Perry is second on the money list and trails money leader Bernhard Langer by less than $15,000. Perry can overtake Langer this week for the money lead, as Langer is not defending his title after losing in a playoff at the Senior British Open on Monday.

Last year, Langer fired a 10-under 62 in the final round to rally and win by two shots over David Peoples. Langer finished his 15th Champions Tour win at 18-under-par 198. He joined Hale Irwin as the only multiple winners of this tournament, having also won in 2009.

In 2011, Jay Haas won for the first time in nearly two years and collected his 15th Champions Tour title. Haas shot rounds of 64-69-68 to finish at 15-under 201 for a 1-stroke win over Perry, Tom Lehman and Peter Senior.

David Frost eagled the last hole in 2010 for an 11-under 61 in the final round and his first Champions Tour victory. Frost finished at 25-under 191, which matched the Champions Tour record for lowest all-time 54-hole score and lowest score in relation to par. Frost won by seven shots over Mark Calcavecchia for the largest margin of victory in tournament history.

In 2006, David Edwards closed with a 5-under 67 in the final round to win by two strokes. Edwards completed his first Champions Tour win at 12-under-par 204. Edwards, who was a Champions Tour rookie in 2006, won an official event for the first time since the last of his four PGA Tour wins at the 1993 Heritage Golf Classic.

Raymond Floyd is the only player to claim a PGA Tour and a Champions Tour event in the Twin Cities area. Floyd won the 1995 3M Championship (then called Burnet Senior Classic) 30 years after winning the second of his 22 PGA Tour titles at the 1965 St. Paul Open at Keller Golf Club. Bunker Hills Golf Club hosted this event from 1993-2000 before TPC Twin Cities took over as the host venue in 2001.

When Bruce Lietzke won in 2001, the victory came just 24 days after he turned 50, making him the youngest winner in event history. There has been only one playoff, coming in 1998, when Leonard Thompson defeated Isao Aoki in a rain-shortened tournament.

The Champions Tour travels to New York in two weeks for the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, where Willie Wood will defend his title.

07/30 18:09:37 ET

As of July 30, 2013, at 06:09 PM ET