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)|
|Hole-By-Hole:||1 - Par 5 563 Yds||10 - Par 4 407 Yds|
|2 - Par 4 430 Yds||11 - Par 4 377 Yds|
|3 - Par 4 435 Yds||12 - Par 3 183 Yds|
|4 - Par 4 404 Yds||13 - Par 4 437 Yds|
|5 - Par 3 188 Yds||14 - Par 5 526 Yds|
|6 - Par 4 356 Yds||15 - Par 4 409 Yds|
|7 - Par 5 586 Yds||16 - Par 3 205 Yds|
|8 - Par 3 202 Yds||17 - Par 5 526 Yds|
|9 - Par 4 353 Yds||18 - Par 4 415 Yds|
|36 3,517 Yds||36 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|
|Willie Wood||202||Dick Mast||206|
|Bill Glasson||203||Larry Mize||206|
|Peter Senior||204||Six players at||207|
|Past Pacific Links Hawaii Championship Winners|
|Year||Winner (Score) -- Runners-Up|
|2012||Willie Wood (202) -- Bill Glasson|
|Top Contenders in the Field|
|Tom Pernice, Jr.||T-22|
|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|
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.
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As of September 17, 2013, at 03:44 PM ET