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

DATES: Friday, October 11th through Sunday, October 13th
SITE: Prestonwood Country Club (Meadows and Highlands courses), Cary, NC
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Jackson (Meadows - 1988); (Highlands - 1993),
         Rick Robbins (2009, renovation)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,240
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 416 Yds10 - Par 4 428 Yds
2 - Par 4 421 Yds11 - Par 3 193 Yds
3 - Par 3 209 Yds12 - Par 5 571 Yds
4 - Par 4 435 Yds13 - Par 4 434 Yds
5 - Par 4 425 Yds14 - Par 4 410 Yds
6 - Par 4 419 Yds15 - Par 4 431 Yds
7 - Par 5 561 Yds16 - Par 4 412 Yds
8 - Par 3 168 Yds17 - Par 5 503 Yds
9 - Par 4 387 Yds18 - Par 4 417 Yds
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35 3,441 Yds37 3,799 Yds
 
Annual:  13th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Sunday -- 2-4:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Bernhard Langer
Runner-Up:  Jay Don Blake
Tournament Record:  198 (Mark Wiebe, 2007)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Mark Wiebe, 2007; Russ Cochran, 2010)
Course Record:  61 (Tom Kite, 2003)
Total Purse:  $2,100,000
Shares:  1st Place - $315,000; 2nd Place - $184,800; 3rd Place - $151,200
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Bernhard Langer203Andrew Magee208
Jay Don Blake205Larry Nelson208
Mark Wiebe206Steve Pate208
Tommy Armour III207Kenny Perry208
Fred Funk207Six players at209
 
Past SAS Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Bernhard Langer (203) -- Jay Don Blake
2011Kenny Perry (205) -- John Huston, Jeff Sluman
2010Russ Cochran (202) -- Tom Pernice, Jr.
2009Tom Pernice, Jr. (203) -- David Frost, Nick Price
2008Eduardo Romero (201) -- Tom Kite
2007Mark Wiebe (198) -- Dana Quigley
2006#Tom Jenkins (134) -- Chip Beck, Loren Roberts
2005Hale Irwin (203) -- Bob Gilder, Tom Jenkins
2004Craig Stadler (199) -- Tom Jenkins
2003D.A. Weibring (203) -- Tom Kite, Bobby Wadkins
2002Bruce Lietzke (202) -- Gil Morgan, Sammy Rachels, Tom Watson
2001Bruce Lietzke (201) -- Allen Doyle, Gary McCord

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Bernhard Langer------------T-11T-45---T-4T-49Won
Jay Don Blake---------------------T-29T-62nd
Mark Wiebe------------WonT-17T-9T-50T-323rd
Kenny Perry------------------------WonT-6
John Cook---------------T-7T-363rdT-67T-10
Russ Cochran------------------T-5Won4th16th
Craig StadlerT-8Won4thT-47------T-53---T-23T-19
Michael Allen---------------------------T-19
Willie Wood---------------------------T-19
Jeff Sluman------------T-20T-15T-50T-37T-2T-25
Bill Glasson---------------------T-42T-32T-25
Peter Senior---------------------T-11T-37T-25
Mark Calcavecchia---------------------T-4T-10T-34
Bob GilderT-48T-51T-2T-12T-47T-17T-29T-8T-10T-34
Wayne LeviT-4T-8T-12T-34T-32T-33T-23T-24T-58T-34
Roger Chapman---------------------------T-34
Kirk Triplett---------------------------T-44
Corey Pavin------------------------T-18T-67
Hale IrwinT-21---WonT-47T-59T-45T-59T-5773rdT-67
David Frost------------------T-2T-24T-32T-74
Dan Forsman---------------T-634thT-11T-1478th
Tom Pernice, Jr.------------------Won2nd------
Doug Garwood------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - John Cook
Darkhorse - Dan Forsman
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Esteban Toledo) - Finished tied for 9th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Corey Pavin) - Finished tied for 35th
 
NOTES:Just four official events remain in the quest for the Charles Schwab
Cup and top billing on the Champions Tour. Kenny Perry leads Bernhard Langer by 669 points in the race for the $1 million prize for the Cup. Langer leads the money list by more than $108,000 over Perry. Langer and Perry are both in field this week. Langer has finished in the top 10 in his last six events and nine of his last 10.

Last year, Langer fired a 9-under 63 in the final round to come from behind and win by two strokes over Jay Don Blake. Langer finished at 13-under-par 203. It was his second win of the year and 16th of his career on the circuit.

In 2011, Perry collected his first Champions Tour victory. Perry posted rounds of 66-69-70 and won the championship at 11-under 205. He earned a 1-stroke victory over Jeff Sluman and John Huston at Prestonwood Country Club. It was Perry's 11th start on the Champions Tour. He was able to win despite playing with a heavy heart. Perry's sister, Kay, passed away on Saturday night after a long battle with breast cancer at the age of 59.

Russ Cochran carded rounds of 64-67-71 and led wire-to-wire to capture his second victory in as many starts in 2010. Cochran won the Posco E&C Songdo Championship in South Korea two weeks prior for his first Champions Tour victory. He finished this tournament at 14-under 202 and won by two over 2009 champion Tom Pernice, Jr.

In 2009, Pernice rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in the final round to win his Champions Tour debut. Pernice fired rounds of 67-67-69 to win the title at 13-under 203. He became the 15th player in Champions Tour history to win his first tournament.

Mark Wiebe completed a historic debut in 2007 on the Champions Tour by shooting rounds of 65-66-67 to win by three shots over Dana Quigley. Wiebe became the first player in three years to win his first start on the Champions Tour. He was the first player to win his debut while playing on a sponsor's exemption. Wiebe turned 50 just 10 days prior to the event.

Tom Jenkins was declared the winner in 2006 after wet conditions forced the cancellation of the final round. Jenkins finished the tournament at 10-under-par 134 for a 1-shot victory over Loren Roberts and Chip Beck. The win was Jenkins' seventh on the Champions Tour. Jenkins pocketed $300,000 for the largest paycheck of his career.

In 2004, Craig Stadler fired a 6-under 66 in the final round to cruise to a 6-shot victory. Stadler finished at 17-under-par 199 for his fifth victory of the 2004 season. His 6-stroke victory was the largest ever at this event. With his victory, Stadler became the first player to win three consecutive starts on the Champions Tour since Gil Morgan in 1997.

D.A. Weibring captured this tournament in 2003 despite flu-like symptoms, using a cart for most of the final round due to his weakened condition. He came from five back to edge out Tom Kite and Bobby Wadkins by one shot.

Next week, the Champions Tour remains in North Carolina for the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn in Conover, where Fred Funk won the 2012 title.

10/08 17:54:15 ET

As of October 8, 2013, at 05:54 PM ET