Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Preview
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DATES: Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th
SITE: Rock Barn Golf Club & Spa (Champions Course), Conover, North Carolina
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom Jackson (1876), Robert Trent Jones Jr. (2002)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 6,871
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 477 Yds10 - Par 4 436 Yds
2 - Par 4 358 Yds11 - Par 4 476 Yds
3 - Par 4 396 Yds12 - Par 3 187 Yds
4 - Par 3 184 Yds13 - Par 5 568 Yds
5 - Par 4 393 Yds14 - Par 4 415 Yds
6 - Par 4 395 Yds15 - Par 4 451 Yds
7 - Par 3 146 Yds16 - Par 4 389 Yds
8 - Par 4 457 Yds17 - Par 3 190 Yds
9 - Par 4 402 Yds18 - Par 5 526 Yds
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34 3,208 Yds36 3,638 Yds
 
Annual:  11th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Sunday -- 2-4:30 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Fred Funk
Runner-Up:  Duffy Waldorf
Tournament Record:  197 (Mark Wiebe, James Mason, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  129 (R.W. Eaks, Tom Jenkins, 2008)
Course Record:  61 (R.W. Eaks, 2008; Gary Hallberg, 2010)
Total Purse:  $1,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $240,000; 2nd Place - $140,800; 3rd Place - $115,200
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Fred Funk201John Cook207
Duffy Waldorf202Dan Forsman207
Mark Wiebe206Peter Senior207
Chip Beck207Three players at208
Jay Don Blake207
 
Past Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Fred Funk (201) -- Duffy Waldorf
2011*Mark Wiebe (197) -- James Mason
2010Gary Hallberg (198) -- Fred Couples
2009Jay Haas (198) -- Andy Bean
2008R.W. Eaks (200) -- Tom Jenkins, Tom Kite
2007R.W. Eaks (199) -- Jay Haas, Rod Spittle
2006*Andy Bean (201) -- R.W. Eaks
2005Jay Haas (200) -- Dana Quigley
2004Doug Tewell (202) -- Bruce Fleisher
2003Craig Stadler (201) -- Larry Nelson

* - Won in Playoff

NOTE:Formerly called Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (2003-09, 11-12);
Ensure Classic at Rock Barn (2010).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Fred Funk------------T-25T-10T-12T-9T-3Won
Duffy Waldorf---------------------------2nd
Mark Wiebe---------------T-420thT-29Won3rd
Chip Beck---------3rdT-48T-41T-36T-7T-3T-4
Jay Don Blake------------------T-54T-25T-15T-4
Loren Roberts------3rd---T-21T-15------T-5T-9
David Frost------------------T-9T-14T-15T-9
Bernhard Langer---------------------3rd---T-9
Michael Allen---------------------------T-16
Roger Chapman------------------------T-31T-20
Kenny Perry------------------------T-8T-24
Tom KiteT-7------T-13T-48T-2T-31T-9T-15T-24
Russ Cochran------------------T-2T-72---T-24
Bob Tway------------------T-64thT-8T-35
Mark Calcavecchia------------------------T-15T-39
Gary Hallberg---------------T-48T-63WonT-52T-43
Craig StadlerWonT-25T-4T-13T-21---T-21---T-31T-61
Jay Haas------WonT-10T-2T-10WonT-17---T-61
Tom Pernice, Jr.------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - David Frost
Darkhorse - Gary Hallberg
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (John Cook) - Did not play
Last Week's Darkhorse (Dan Forsman) - Finished tied for 35th
 
NOTES:The Champions Tour travels to North Carolina this week for the Greater
Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn. The top six players on the money list are in the field, led by money leader Bernhard Langer.

Langer currently leads the money list by more than $127,000 over Kenny Perry. Perry, however, leads the Charles Schwab Cup Standings by 609 points over Langer. Langer has seven straight top-10 finishes and 10 top-10s in his last 11 tournaments. He has finished outside of the top 25 just once all season.

Due to the extensive damage caused by torrential rain on July 27, this year?s Greater Hickory Kia Classic will use a modified course. The back nine holes of the Jackson Course will serve as the front nine for the tournament and holes 1-6 and 16-18 of the Jones Course will be played as the back nine for this year?s event. The overall course this year will be known as the Champions Course. Rock Barn Golf & Spa received just over nine inches of rain in less than three hours rendering several holes under water and requiring the third and fifth greens to be completely rebuilt. Perhaps most significant in creating the Champions Course concept was extensive damage to a vehicle and pedestrian bridge on the Jones Course and replacing that bridge prior to this year's tournament was not possible. This year's Champions Course will play to a par-70 versus the par-72 layout of the Jones Course that has been used for the first 10 years.

Last year, Fred Funk birdied the final hole to earn a 1-stroke win over Duffy Waldorf. Funk carded rounds of 66-66-69 to finish at 15-under-par 201. The victory was Funk's second of the season and eighth of his Champions Tour career.

In 2011, Mark Wiebe 2-putted for par on the third playoff hole to beat James Mason. Wiebe and Mason both closed with 7-under 65s to end at 19-under-par 197. The win for Wiebe was his third on the Champions Tour. Both players established a new tournament scoring record at 197.

Gary Hallberg matched the course record with an 11-under 61 in the final round in 2010, beating Fred Couples by a shot to win his first Champions Tour title. Hallberg, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, finished 54 holes at Rock Barn at 18-under 198. His 61 matched the lowest final-round score by a winner in Champions Tour history, which was previously done by Rocky Thompson (1994 GTE Suncoast Classic) and Loren Roberts (2006 MasterCard Championship at Hualalai). Hallberg, Ron Streck, Keith Fergus, Tom Lehman and Kirk Triplett are the only five players who have won on the PGA Tour, Web.com Tour and Champions Tour.

In 2009, Jay Haas birdied five of his last six holes and fired a 7-under 65 in the final round to win this event for the second time. Haas' late rally gave him a 2-shot victory over Andy Bean and Russ Cochran. He also won here in 2005. Haas fired rounds of 62-71-65 and held at least a share of the lead after every round.

R.W. Eaks fired a course-record 61 in the first round and went on to successfully defend his title in 2008. He finished at 16-under 200 and won by four shots over Tom Kite and Tom Jenkins.

Eaks fired rounds of 63-66-70 to hold off a charge by Haas to win in 2007. Eaks went wire-to-wire for the win, squeezing three rounds of golf into just two days after the first round was rained out on Friday. He finished at 17-under 199 for a 2-shot win over Haas.

In 2006, Andy Bean birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Eaks and earn his first Champions Tour victory. Bean, who went wire-to-wire for the victory, withstood a late charge from Eaks, who birdied six of his last seven holes in regulation and forced Bean to birdie the last to force the sudden-death playoff. The victory was Bean's first professional win since the 1987 Kapalua International on the PGA Tour.

Haas picked up his maiden Champions Tour title in 2005 with a 2-stroke victory. Haas fired a 7-under 65 in the final round to end the tournament at 16-under-par 200, two strokes better than second-round leader Dana Quigley. It was Haas' first victory since the 1993 H.E.B. Texas Open on the PGA Tour.

The Champions Tour heads to Texas in two weeks for the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, where David Frost captured the 2012 title.

10/18 16:55:06 ET

As of October 18, 2013, at 04:55 PM ET