Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Pacific Links Hawaii Championship Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd
SITE: Kapolei Golf Course, Kapolei, Hawaii
COURSE ARCHITECT: Ted Robinson (1995)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,002
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 563 Yds10 - Par 4 407 Yds
2 - Par 4 430 Yds11 - Par 4 377 Yds
3 - Par 4 435 Yds12 - Par 3 183 Yds
4 - Par 4 404 Yds13 - Par 4 437 Yds
5 - Par 3 188 Yds14 - Par 5 526 Yds
6 - Par 4 356 Yds15 - Par 4 409 Yds
7 - Par 5 586 Yds16 - Par 3 205 Yds
8 - Par 3 202 Yds17 - Par 5 526 Yds
9 - Par 4 353 Yds18 - Par 4 415 Yds
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36 3,517 Yds36 3,485 Yds
 
Annual:  2nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday -- 6:30-8:30 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 6:39-9 p.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-9 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Willie Wood
Runner-Up:  Bill Glasson
Tournament Record:  202 (Willie Wood, 2012)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Bill Glasson, 2012)
Course Record:  65 (Peter Senior, Bill Glasson, Kirk Triplett (twice),
  Larry Mize, 2012)
Total Purse:  $1,800,000
Shares:  1st Place - $270,000; 2nd Place - $158,400; 3rd Place - $129,600
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Willie Wood202Dick Mast206
Bill Glasson203Larry Mize206
Peter Senior204Six players at207
David Frost205
Tom Lehman205
 
Past Pacific Links Hawaii Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Willie Wood (202) -- Bill Glasson

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2012
Willie WoodWon
Bill Glasson2nd
David FrostT-4
Duffy WaldorfT-8
John CookT-16
Tom Pernice, Jr.T-22
Fred Couples---
Bernhard Langer---
Rocco Mediate---
Kenny Perry---
Esteban Toledo---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Kenny Perry
Darkhorse - Duffy Waldorf
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Rocco Mediate) - Finished tied for 20th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kirk Triplett) - Finished tied for 9th
 
NOTES:
The Champions Tour travels to Hawaii this week for the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship in Kapolei on the island of Oahu. The top-9 players on the money list are in the field, led by money leader Kenny Perry.

Perry currently leads Bernhard Langer by more than $71,000 for the top spot. Perry, Langer, David Frost, Rocco Mediate and Esteban Toledo are the only players who have won twice this season. Perry also leads Langer by 857 points in the Charles Schwab Cup Standings.

World Golf Hall of Fame member Vijay Singh will make his Champions Tour debut this week. Singh, who turned 50 in February, played on the PGA Tour this season with his best finish being a tie for 20th at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January. Singh has won 34 times on the PGA Tour, including three major championships (1998 and 2004 PGA Championship, 2000 Masters).

There are many players in the field that have won the Sony Open in Hawaii on the PGA Tour, including Singh (2005), Brad Faxon (2001), Jeff Sluman (1999), John Cook (1992), Corey Pavin (1986-87), Mark O'Meara (1985), Isao Aoki (1983) and Hale Irwin (1981). There are also players in the field that have won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai on the Champions Tour, including Dan Forsman (2012), Cook (2011), Langer (2009), Fred Funk (2008), Irwin (1997, 2007) and Tom Kite (2002).

Irwin was a six-time winner of the Turtle Bay Championship (1997, 2000-03, 2005) and a three-time winner of the Senior Skins (1999, 2001-02), which were both staged in Hawaii. Irwin has earned $4,437,820 in the state in his career, with 12 wins.

This will be the Champions Tour's 10th event held on the island of Oahu. Chi Chi Rodriguez won the first tournament on Oahu in 1992 at the Ko Olina Senior Invitational at Ko Olina Golf Club.

Kapolei Golf Course hosted the 1996-2001 LPGA Ladies Hawaiian Open and was ranked as one of the best courses on Oahu by Golf Digest and the Zagat Survey. Winners of the Ladies Hawaiian Open at Kapolei included Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam, Betsy King and Catriona Matthew.

Last year, Willie Wood birdied the final two holes in the final round to come from behind and beat Bill Glasson. Wood closed with a 6-under 66 to finish at 14-under-par 202. It was his second win in three weeks. Wood was the only player to go bogey-free for the tournament.

Next week, the Champions Tour heads to California for the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, where Kirk Triplett captured the 2012 title.

09/17 15:44:17 ET

As of September 17, 2013, at 03:44 PM ET