Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Charles Schwab Cup Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, October 31st through Sunday, November 3rd
SITE: TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
COURSE ARCHITECT: Sam Whiting and Willie Watson (1925)
PAR: 71
YARDAGE: 7,127
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 395 Yds10 - Par 5 562 Yds
2 - Par 4 449 Yds11 - Par 3 200 Yds
3 - Par 3 183 Yds12 - Par 4 480 Yds
4 - Par 5 606 Yds13 - Par 4 428 Yds
5 - Par 4 429 Yds14 - Par 4 467 Yds
6 - Par 4 473 Yds15 - Par 4 405 Yds
7 - Par 4 344 Yds16 - Par 4 336 Yds
8 - Par 3 230 Yds17 - Par 3 175 Yds
9 - Par 5 525 Yds18 - Par 4 440 Yds
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36 3,634 Yds35 3,493 Yds
 
Annual:  24th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 4:30-7 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Tom Lehman
Runner-Up:  Jay Haas
Tournament Record:  258 (Tom Lehman, 2012)
54-Hole Record:  193 (Tom Lehman, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Jay Haas, 2012)
Course Record:  61 (Michael Allen, 2010)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Jay Haas, 2012 - Desert Mountain Club)
Total Purse:  $2,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $440,000; 2nd Place - $254,000; 3rd Place - $213,000
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Tom Lehman258Bernhard Langer269
Jay Haas264Russ Cochran270
Jay Don Blake266Olin Browne272
Fred Couples267Corey Pavin272
Fred Funk267Three players at273
 
Past Charles Schwab Cup Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Tom Lehman (258) -- Jay Haas
2011Jay Don Blake (276) -- M.Calcavecchia, J.Haas, L.Roberts, M.Allen
2010John Cook (267) -- Michael Allen
2009John Cook (266) -- Russ Cochran
2008Andy Bean (268) -- Gene Jones
2007Jim Thorpe (268) -- Fred Funk, Denis Watson
2006Jim Thorpe (271) -- Tom Kite
2005Tom Watson (272) -- Jay Haas
2004Mark McNulty (277) -- Tom Kite
2003Jim Thorpe (268) -- Tom Watson
2002Tom Watson (274) -- Gil Morgan
2001Bob Gilder (277) -- Doug Tewell
2000Tom Watson (270) -- John Jacobs
1999Gary McCord (276) -- Larry Nelson, Bruce Fleisher
1998Hale Irwin (274) -- Gil Morgan
1997Gil Morgan (272) -- Hale Irwin
1996Jay Sigel (279) -- Kermit Zarley
1995Jim Colbert (282) -- Ray Floyd
1994*Ray Floyd (273) -- Jim Albus
1993Simon Hobday (199) -- Ray Floyd, Larry Gilbert
1992Ray Floyd (197) -- George Archer, Dale Douglass
1991Mike Hill (202) -- Jim Colbert
1990*Mike Hill (201) -- Dale Douglass, Lee Trevino

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Previously called New York Life Champions (1990), Senior Tour
Championship (1991-92), Hyatt Senior Tour Champions (1993), Golf Magazine Senior Tour Championship (1994), Energizer Senior Tour Championship (1995-98), Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship (1999), IR Senior Tour Championship (2000), Senior Tour Championship at Gaillardia (2001-02).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200420052006200720082009201020112012
Tom Lehman------------------T-5T-18Won
Jay Haas---2ndT-6T-20T-16T-1016thT-22nd
Jay Don Blake---------------------Won3rd
Fred Couples------------------T-10T-7T-4
Fred Funk---------T-2T-25T-25T-5---T-4
Bernhard Langer------------T-18T-6T-3T-186th
Russ Cochran---------------2ndT-5T-77th
Corey Pavin------------------T-10T-26T-8
Michael Allen------------------2ndT-2T-10
David Frost------------------T-36thT-10
John Cook------------13thWonWonT-20T-10
Mark Calcavecchia------------------T-29T-2T-13
Kenny Perry---------------------T-7T-17
Kirk Triplett------------------------T-17
Chien Soon Lu------------------T-17T-2623rd
Peter Senior------------------26th17th24th
Mark Wiebe------------T-21T-1628thT-2025th
Jeff Sluman------------T-5T-315thT-1227th
Mike Goodes------------T-1621st------28th
Dan Forsman---------------T-18T-20---30th
Tom Pernice, Jr.------------------T-5T-12---
Mark O'Meara---------------T-16T-12T-23---
Craig StadlerT-78thT-6---27th------------
Bart Bryant---------------------------
Steve Elkington---------------------------
Rocco Mediate---------------------------
John Riegger---------------------------
Gene Sauers---------------------------
Esteban Toledo---------------------------
Duffy Waldorf---------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bernhard Langer
Darkhorse - Fred Funk
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Bernhard Langer) - Finished 2nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Olin Browne) - Finished tied for 30th
 
NOTES:The final regular-season event of the 2013 schedule is upon us with
key races yet to be decided. It's quite fitting that this tournament will produce not only the Player of the Year, but also the $1 million annuity for capturing the Charles Schwab Cup and the money title.

Bernhard Langer leads the money list by $106,655 over Kenny Perry, but Perry leads Langer in the race for the Charles Schwab Cup by 612 points. Double points are awarded this week. There are seven first-timers in the field - Bart Bryant, Steve Elkington, Rocco Mediate, John Riegger, Gene Sauers, Esteban Toledo and Duffy Waldorf.

Last year, Tom Lehman became the first-ever back-to-back Charles Schwab Cup winner when he fired rounds of 68-63-62-65 for a 6-stroke victory over Jay Haas at the Champions Tour finale. Lehman entered the regular-season ending event 211 points behind leader Langer in the race for the Charles Schwab Cup and its $1 million annuity. Several scenarios existed for a Lehman repeat, but he chose the most obvious one -- an outright win at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. After storming his way to the lead with a Champions Tour personal-best 62 on Saturday, Lehman maintained the advantage through the final round and birdied four of his last five holes to finish at 22-under-par 258 for his second tour victory of the season.

In 2011, Jay Don Blake shot rounds of 71-68-66-71 to win by two strokes over Mark Calcavecchia, Haas, Loren Roberts and Michael Allen. Blake finished at 8-under-par 276 for his second Champions Tour title of 2011. Lehman may have left a bigger mark, as he won the season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup title and the money title.

John Cook carded rounds of 64-69-67-67 in 2010 to successfully defend his title. Cook finished at 17-under 267 and defeated third-round leader Allen by two strokes. Langer captured the year-long Charles Schwab Cup title and the $1 million annuity.

Cook fired a 62 in the second round in 2009 to take the lead and never trailed again as he won by five strokes over Russ Cochran. The other big winner in 2009 was Loren Roberts, who finished in a tie for sixth at minus-13. The finish helped Roberts secure the season-long Charles Schwab Cup. It was the second time in three years that Roberts won that title.

In 2008, Andy Bean fired a 6-under 66 in the final round and cruised to a record-setting win. Bean finished four spectacular rounds at 20-under-par 268 for a 9-shot win over Gene Jones, the largest margin of victory in tournament history and the largest on the Champions Tour in 2008. Bean was the only player in the field to fire four rounds in the 60s.

Jim Thorpe birdied five of his last six holes in the final round of 2007, including his final four, to shoot a 6-under 66 and successfully defend his title. Thorpe ran away with it in the end. He finished at 20-under- par 268 and won by three strokes over Fred Funk and Denis Watson. Thorpe has three wins at this event, having previously won in 2003 and 2006.

In 2005, Tom Watson erased a 6-shot deficit in the final round to come from behind and win. He birdied the 72nd hole to fire an 8-under 64 and win the tournament by a single stroke at 16-under-par 272. The win not only gave Watson the tournament title, but it allowed him to win his second year-long Charles Schwab Cup title. He also won the Cup in 2003. Watson has won this event three times, having previously won in 2000 and 2002.

Hale Irwin has the most top-10 finishes in tournament history with nine, followed by Gil Morgan and Tom Kite with eight and Tom Watson with seven. Jim Colbert and Thorpe are the only players to go wire-to-wire in winning the season-ending event. Colbert led from start-to-finish at the 1995 tournament despite a final-round 74, and Thorpe turned the trick in 2003.

There have been two playoffs in tournament history. In the inaugural event in 1990, Mike Hill defeated Dale Douglass and Lee Trevino with a birdie on the first extra hole. The other came in 1994, when Raymond Floyd bested Jim Albus with a birdie on the fifth extra hole.

Only one player leading the money list heading into this event has captured the title -- Irwin (1998). Irwin appeared in 13 consecutive tournaments from 1995-2007 and returned in 2011. Haas has the longest current streak with nine.

Although this is the final regular-season event, the Champions Tour continues action November 21-24 with the Champions Tour Q-School, where Jones was the medalist last year.

10/29 15:16:54 ET

As of October 29, 2013, at 03:17 PM ET