Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Constellation Senior Players Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 27th through Sunday, June 30th
SITE: Fox Chapel Golf Club, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
COURSE ARCHITECT: Seth Raynor (1923), Brian Silva (2001)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,696
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 418 Yds10 - Par 4 409 Yds
2 - Par 5 483 Yds11 - Par 3 156 Yds
3 - Par 3 197 Yds12 - Par 4 344 Yds
4 - Par 4 485 Yds13 - Par 4 432 Yds
5 - Par 4 342 Yds14 - Par 4 408 Yds
6 - Par 3 192 Yds15 - Par 4 383 Yds
7 - Par 4 295 Yds16 - Par 4 422 Yds
8 - Par 4 475 Yds17 - Par 3 231 Yds
9 - Par 4 450 Yds18 - Par 5 574 Yds
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35 3,337 Yds35 3,359 Yds
 
Annual:  31st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Friday/Saturday -- 12:30-2:30 a.m. (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 2:30-6 p.m. (et),
Defending Champion:  Joe Daley
Runner-Up:  Tom Lehman
Tournament Record:  261 (Jack Nicklaus, 1990)
54-Hole Record:  197 (Jack Nicklaus, 1990)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Fred Couples, 2012)
Course Record:  62 (Olin Browne, 2012)
Total Purse:  $2,700,000
Shares:  1st Place - $405,000; 2nd Place - $237,600; 3rd Place - $194,400
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Joe Daley266Bill Glasson271
Tom Lehman268Kirk Triplett271
Olin Browne269Kenny Perry272
Mark Calcavecchia270Michael Allen273
Fred Couples270Fred Funk273
 
Past Constellation Senior Players Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Joe Daley (266) -- Tom Lehman
2011*Fred Couples (273) -- John Cook
2010*Mark O'Meara (273) -- Michael Allen
2009Jay Haas (267) -- Tom Watson
2008D.A. Weibring (271) -- Fred Funk
2007Loren Roberts (267) -- Tom Watson
2006Bobby Wadkins (274) -- Jim Thorpe
2005Peter Jacobsen (273) -- Hale Irwin
2004Mark James (275) -- Jose Maria Canizares
2003Craig Stadler (271) -- Tom Kite, Jim Thorpe, Tom Watson
2002Stewart Ginn (274) --- Jim Thorpe, Hubert Green, Mike McCullough
2001*Allen Doyle (273) -- Doug Tewell
2000Ray Floyd (273) -- Larry Nelson, Dana Quigley
1999Hale Irwin (267) -- Graham Marsh
1998Gil Morgan (267) -- Hale Irwin
1997Larry Gilbert (274) -- Isao Aoki, Bob Dickson, Jack Kiefer, Dave
Stockton
1996Ray Floyd (275) -- Hale Irwin
1995*J.C. Snead (272) -- Jack Nicklaus
1994Dave Stockton (271) -- Jim Albus
1993Jim Colbert (278) -- Ray Floyd
1992Dave Stockton (277) -- J.C. Snead, Lee Trevino
1991Jim Albus (279) -- Bob Charles, Dave Hill, Charles Coody
1990Jack Nicklaus (261) -- Lee Trevino
1989Orville Moody (271) -- Charles Coody
1988Billy Casper (278) -- Al Geiberger
1987Gary Player (280) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez, Bruce Crampton
1986#Chi Chi Rodriguez (206) -- Bruce Crampton
1985Arnold Palmer (274) -- Lee Elder, Gene Littler, Miller Barber,
Charles Owens
1984Arnold Palmer (276) -- Peter Thomson
1983Miller Barber (278) -- Gene Littler

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called Constellation Energy Senior Players
Championship (2007-11), Ford Senior Players Championship (1993-2006), Mazda Presents The Senior Players Championship (1991-92), Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship (1987-90), Senior Tournament Players Championship (1983-86).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Joe Daley---------------------------Won
Tom Lehman------------------------4th2nd
Fred Couples---------------------wdWonT-4
Mark Calcavecchia---------------------wd12thT-4
Kenny Perry------------------------T-138th
Michael Allen---------------------2ndT-17T-9
Fred Funk---------T-11T-32ndT-7T-16---T-9
Mark Wiebe------------T-7T-43T-3T-33T-17T-14
John Cook---------------T-7T-565th2ndT-20
Corey Pavin---------------------T-57T-17T-20
Tom WatsonT-2---T-3T-172nd---2nd66thT-28T-20
Jay Haas------T-18T-3T-176thWonT-20T-32T-20
David Frost------------------T-24T-25T-55T-28
Russ Cochran------------------T-41T-5T-15T-30
Hale IrwinT-12T-92nd---T-7T-27T-15T-41T-45T-30
Loren Roberts---------T-3WonT-21T-33rdT-28T-38
Jeff Sluman------------T-17T-3T-244thT-6T-43
Gary Hallberg---------------73rdT-15T-25T-23T-43
Peter Jacobsen------WonT-45------------T-72T-62
Craig StadlerWonT-18T-30T-32T-37wdT-47---59th67th
Mark O'Meara------------T-31T-32T-9Won5th---
Bernhard Langer------------T-13T-7T-5T-9T-6---
Colin Montgomerie------------------------------
Esteban Toledo------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Fred Couples
Darkhorse - Jeff Sluman
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Russ Cochran) - Finished tied for 40th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Duffy Waldorf) - Finished tied for 21st
 
NOTES:
Although most players focus on the U.S. Senior Open, the Senior PGA Championship and the Senior British Open as the top majors on the Champions Tour, the Senior Players Championship certainly takes no back seat to that trio. Started in 1983, the Senior Players is the fourth-oldest event on the Champions Tour schedule.

Colin Montgomerie will make his Champions Tour debut this week. The World Golf Hall of Fame member turned 50 on June 23. Montgomerie is fourth all time on the European Tour wins list with 31 career titles. He also won the European Tour Order of Merit a record eight times, including seven in a row from 1993-99. Montgomerie was also a great Ryder Cup player for the European side with a record of 20-9-7, including a 6-0-2 mark in singles. He also captained the Europeans to victory in 2010.

This is the third major of 2013, with Kohki Idoki capturing the Senior PGA Championship in May and David Frost winning the Regions Tradition three weeks ago. Money leader Bernhard Langer and Frost are the only players to win twice this year. Langer leads Frost by $50,083 for the top spot. Langer has finished in the top 13 of this tournament each of the five times he has played.

Fred Couples, the 2011 champion, is fourth on the money list despite not winning a title this season. He has three runner-up finishes, including the last two events.

Last year, Joe Daley trumped some of the biggest names in golf to become a major champion. He began the week with no status on the Champions Tour. Daley shot four rounds in the 60s to win by two strokes over Tom Lehman. He never won on the PGA Tour, but did win twice on the Web.com Tour.

Couples finally won his second major championship after 19 years in 2011. Couples defeated John Cook with a birdie on the third extra hole. It was Couples' first major on the Champions Tour, and his only major victory on the PGA Tour came at the 1992 Masters. Couples joined Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd as the only players to win the Players Championship on the PGA Tour and the Constellation Senior Players Championship.

In 2010, Mark O'Meara 2-putted for par on the first playoff hole to defeat Michael Allen. O'Meara was the only player with four rounds in the 60s. It was his first individual win on the Champions Tour.

D.A. Weibring claimed his first career major at the age of 55 in 2008 with a 2-under 68 in the final round that gave him a 1-shot victory. Weibring held off Fred Funk for his fifth Champions Tour victory. He finished at 9-under 271, one shot ahead of Funk.

Loren Roberts rolled off four straight birdies on the front nine in the final round of 2007 to pull away and win by six strokes over Tom Watson. Roberts, who lost a 5-shot lead in the final round in 2006, carded rounds of 67-66-67-67 to finish the tournament at 13-under-par 267. Roberts won a major title on the Champions Tour for the third year in a row with his win here in 2007. Roberts, Hale Irwin, Miller Barber, Raymond Floyd, Gary Player, Funk and Lehman are the only players to accomplish this feat. Irwin and Barber won a major championship five consecutive years.

In 2005, Peter Jacobsen fired a 6-under 66 in the final round to win. He finished at 15-under-par 273. Irwin finished one stroke back at 14-under-par 274. It was Jacobsen's second major championship, as he won the U.S. Senior Open in 2004. Jacobsen's first two victories on the Champions Tour were both major championships. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Jacobsen, Mike Reid and Roger Chapman are the only players to accomplish this feat.

Floyd completed the largest come-from-behind win in the history of the event when he came from six strokes back to edge both Larry Nelson and Dana Quigley in 2000.

In the history of the tournament, only six players in 30 events have opened with a round in the 70s and gone on to win, including Jacobsen in 2005 (70). Palmer, who fired an even-par 72 in 1984, is the only player to not shoot under par in the opening round and still win the tournament. Palmer opened with an even-par 72, then followed with three consecutive sub-70 rounds to defeat Peter Thomson by three strokes.

From 1990 through last year's event, the first-round leader or co-leader has gone on to win just five times -- and only three times has that happened since 1991 (Larry Gilbert in 1997; Allen Doyle in 2002; Roberts in 2007). Second- round leaders or co-leaders have claimed 8 of the last 23 tournaments. Leaders or co-leaders after 54 holes have won 14 of 23 times since 1990. Palmer is the only player to go wire-to-wire for his victory. Palmer did so in 1985, when he was an 11-stroke victor over four players at Canterbury Golf Club in Cleveland, Ohio. Roberts led wire-to-wire in 2007, but shared the first-round lead with four other players.

Floyd, Stockton and Palmer are the only players to win this event twice, while Palmer is the only player to win two straight years (1984-85).

The Champions Tour heads to Nebraska in two weeks for the U.S. Senior Open Championship at Omaha Country Club, where Roger Chapman will defend his title.

06/25 18:32:04 ET

As of June 25, 2013, at 06:32 PM ET