Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Encompass Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd
SITE: North Shore Country Club, Glenview, Illinois
COURSE ARCHITECT: Harry Colt (1924)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,103
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 424 yds10 - Par 4 444 yds
2 - Par 4 365 yds11 - Par 5 516 yds
3 - Par 5 557 yds12 - Par 3 181 yds
4 - Par 3 199 yds13 - Par 4 450 yds
5 - Par 4 381 yds14 - Par 4 382 yds
6 - Par 5 515 yds15 - Par 4 418 yds
7 - Par 3 189 yds16 - Par 5 579 yds
8 - Par 4 428 yds17 - Par 3 231 yds
9 - Par 4 432 yds18 - Par 4 412 yds
36 3,490 yds36 3,613 yds
Annual:  1st
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 12:30-2:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-5 p.m. (et)
Total Purse:  $1,800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $270,000; 2nd Place - $158,400; 3rd Place - $129,600
Past Encompass Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
1stYear of the Event

Top Players in the Field
Michael AllenWon Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, 7th on money list
Russ CochranWon Principal Charity Classic, 5th on money list
John CookWon Mitsubishi Electric Championship, 3rd on money list
Fred Couples2nd at Regions Tradition, 10th on money list
David FrostWon Regions Tradition and Toshiba Classic
Jay Haas6th on money list, T-2 at Senior PGA Championship
Bernhard LangerWon ACE Group Classic and Greater Gwinnett Championship
Rocco MediateWon Allianz Championship, 9th on money list
Tom Pernice, Jr.8th on money list, 4 top-3 finishes
Esteban ToledoWon Insperity Championship, 4th on money list

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Russ Cochran
Darkhorse - Duffy Waldorf
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tom Lehman) - Finished tied for 22nd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kirk Triplett) - Finished tied for 10th
The Champions Tour travels to Illinois this week for the inaugural Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club. North Shore was designed by famed English architect Harry Colt and opened for play in 1924.

The top-21 players on the money list are in the field. Bernhard Langer currently leads the list with $1,091,388 in earnings. He leads David Frost by $50,083. They are the only two-time winners on tour this season and the only players that have earned more than $1 million. Frost is coming off his first major championship victory two weeks ago at the Regions Tradition.

World Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Price is expected to play this week for the first time since August of last year. Price has been out of action due to torn ligaments in his left elbow.

This marks the first time the Champions Tour will be in the Chicago area since 2002. The Ameritech/SBC Senior Open was staged there from 1991-2002. This week's venue, North Shore Country Club, hosted the 1933 U.S. Open Championship and the 1939 and 1983 U.S. Amateur Championship.

The Champions Tour moves to Pennsylvania next week for the third major of the season, the Constellation Senior Players Championship. Joe Daley will defend his title at Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh.

06/18 15:44:06 ET

As of June 18, 2013, at 03:44 PM ET