Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - AT&T Championship Preview
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DATES: Friday, October 25th through Sunday, October 27th
SITE: TPC San Antonio (AT&T Canyons Course), San Antonio, Texas
COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete Dye and Bruce Lietzke (2010)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,923
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 354 Yds10 - Par 4 400 Yds
2 - Par 5 532 Yds11 - Par 4 423 Yds
3 - Par 4 381 Yds12 - Par 5 532 Yds
4 - Par 3 182 Yds13 - Par 3 190 Yds
5 - Par 4 451 Yds14 - Par 4 435 Yds
6 - Par 5 565 Yds15 - Par 5 541 Yds
7 - Par 4 362 Yds16 - Par 3 199 Yds
8 - Par 3 165 Yds17 - Par 4 335 Yds
9 - Par 4 435 Yds18 - Par 4 441 Yds
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36 3,427 Yds36 3,496 Yds
 
Annual:  29th
Television:  Golf Channel - Friday/Sunday -- 3:30-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  David Frost
Runner-Up:  Bernhard Langer
Tournament Record:  193 (Fred Couples, 2011)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Fred Couples, 2011)
Course Record:  62 (Fred Couples, 2011)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Gil Morgan, 2004; John Harris, 2005 - Oak Hills CC)
Total Purse:  $1,900,000
Shares:  1st Place - $285,000; 2nd Place - $167,200; 3rd Place - $136,800
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
David Frost *208Willie Wood212
Bernhard Langer208Tom Lehman213
Mark Calcavecchia210Mark Mouland213
Tommy Armour III211Four players at214
Kirk Triplett212

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past AT&T Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012*David Frost (208) -- Bernhard Langer
2011Fred Couples (193) -- Mark Calcavecchia
2010*Rod Spittle (201) -- Jeff Sluman
2009Phil Blackmar (203) -- Andy Bean, Tom Kite, Jay Haas
2008John Cook (197) -- Keith Fergus
2007John Cook (198) -- Mark O'Meara
2006Fred Funk (201) -- Chip Beck
2005Jay Haas (199) -- Tom Purtzer
2004Mark McNulty (195) -- Gary McCord
2003Craig Stadler (198) -- Bob Gilder
2002Dana Quigley (201) -- Bob Gilder
2001Larry Nelson (199) -- Bob Gilder, Gary McCord
2000Doug Tewell (202) -- Larry Nelson, Walter Hall
1999*John Mahaffey (204) -- Jose Maria Canizares, Bruce Fleisher
1998Lee Trevino (205) -- Mike McCullough
1997David Graham (206) -- John Jacobs
1996Tom Weiskopf (207) -- Bob Dickson, Gary Player, Graham Marsh
1995Jim Albus (205) -- Ray Floyd, Jay Sigel
1994Jim Albus (208) -- George Archer, Graham Marsh, Lee Trevino
1993J.C. Snead (214) -- Bobby Nichols, Gary Player
1992Lee Trevino (201) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1991#Lee Trevino (137) -- Charles Coody, Mike Hill, Rocky Thompson
1990Jim Dent (205) -- Harold Henning
1989Larry Mowry (201) -- Gay Brewer
1988Billy Casper (205) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez
1987Chi Chi Rodriguez (203) -- Butch Baird
1986Bruce Crampton (202) -- Bob Charles
1985Don January (206) -- Gay Brewer

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called SBC Championship (2000-05), Southwestern Bell Dominion
(1997-99), SBC Dominion Seniors (1996), SBC Presents The Dominion Seniors (1995), Vantage at The Dominion (1987-88, 90-94), RJR at The Dominion (1989), Benson & Hedges Invitational at The Dominion (1986), The Dominion Seniors (1985).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
David Frost------------------T-14T-3464thWon
Bernhard Langer------------T-38---T-7T-9T-222nd
Mark Calcavecchia---------------------T-132nd3rd
Tommy Armour III---------------------T-40T-134th
Chien Soon Lu---------------------T-3T-10T-9
Jay Don Blake------------------T-61T-6T-29T-9
Jay Haas------WonT-7T-18T-3T-2T-9T-29T-9
Kenny Perry---------------------54th---T-9
Mark Wiebe------------T-7---T-22T-27T-18T-13
Gil MorganT-16T-25T-6T-25T-22T-30T-22T-21T-39T-13
Fred Funk---------WonT-3T-36T-61T-21---T-17
Corey Pavin---------------------T-69thT-25
Michael Allen------------------------T-6T-32
Russ Cochran------------------T-10T-44T-10T-37
Tom Pernice, Jr.------------------------T-18T-37
Olin Browne------------------T-51T-27T-34T-50
Mark McNulty---WonT-11T-7T-22T-16T-73---T-39T-50
Rod Spittle------T-74---T-63------WonT-54T-56
John Cook------------WonWon5thT-3T-3wd
Fred Couples------------------------Won---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bernhard Langer
Darkhorse - Olin Browne
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (David Frost) - Finished tied for 20th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Gary Hallberg) - Finished tied for 53rd
 
NOTES:
For the 11th year in a row, this event will serve as the final tournament for players to gain entrance into the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. The top 30 players on the money list following this week's event will qualify for the tournament.

The top 18 players on the money list are playing this week. Currently holding down the 30th spot is John Riegger, who is $2,160 ahead of Kohki Idoki. Kenny Perry holds a 494-point lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Standings over money leader Bernhard Langer heading into the final two events.

John Cook has played very well at this tournament. In six appearances, he has two wins, two third place finishes and a fifth place finish. Cook is the all-time money leader at this event with $792,900 and has shot in the 60s for 14 of his 16 rounds.

After 17 years at the event's original site, the Dominion Country Club, the tournament moved to historic Oak Hills Country Club in 2002. This will be the third year the event will be staged at TPC San Antonio, which was designed by Pete Dye and Bruce Lietzke and opened in 2010. The purse increased $50,000 from last year to $1.9 million, with the winner receiving $285,000.

Last year, David Frost edged Langer in a playoff to win. Frost and Langer both fired a 6-under 66 in the final round to overtake second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia and finish deadlocked at 8-under-par 208. After matching pars extended the playoff, Frost rolled home a birdie putt on the second to secure his third Champions Tour victory.

In 2011, Fred Couples shot rounds of 65-62-66 to win by seven strokes over Calcavecchia. Couples finished at 23-under-par 193. He established a new course record in the second round with a 62 and broke the 36-hole record. Couples also set the new tournament scoring mark with his total of 193.

Canada's Rod Spittle parred the first hole of a sudden-death playoff in 2010 to beat Jeff Sluman and capture his first Champions Tour title. Spittle birdied three straight holes late in regulation, ending at the 17th, and shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to join Sluman in the lead and force the playoff.

In 2008, John Cook fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and successfully defend his title. Cook finished the tournament at 16-under 197 at Oak Hills Country Club and won by three shots over Keith Fergus. Cook became the third player in tournament history to win two in a row. Lee Trevino (1991-92) and Jim Albus (1994-95) were the first two players to accomplish the feat.

Cook took only two weeks to become a winner on the Champions Tour in 2007. An 11-time winner on the PGA Tour, he fired a 6-under 65 in the final round to come from behind and win. He finished the tournament at 15-under 198 to win the title by two over Mark O'Meara. Cook had not won at all since the Reno- Tahoe Open on the PGA Tour in 2001. He became the youngest champion of this event at 50 years and 17 days old.

In 2006, Fred Funk birdied three holes in a row from the 15th to move past Chip Beck and collect his first Champions Tour win. Funk finished with a 2- under 69 in the final round and took the title at 12-under 201. It was only Funk's third start on the 50-and-over circuit. He joined Albus (1994) as the only wire-to-wire winners in event history.

Jay Haas posted his second straight round of 5-under 66 in the final round to win this championship by two shots in 2005. Haas completed the event at 14-under 199. Haas won for the third time at Oak Hills, also winning the Texas Open there in 1982 and 1993. He became the sixth player to capture both a Champions Tour and a PGA Tour event in San Antonio. Don January was the first, winning the inaugural event at The Dominion in 1985 after claiming the 1975 Texas Open. Other double Alamo City winners are Bruce Crampton (1964 Texas Open/1986 Benson & Hedges Invitational), Chi Chi Rodriguez (1967 Texas Open/1987 Vantage at The Dominion), Trevino (1980 Texas Open/1991-92 Vantage at The Dominion, 1998 Southwestern Bell Dominion) and John Mahaffey (1985 Texas Open/1999 SBC Championship).

In the 28-year history of the tournament, only three winners have recorded a round of par or higher -- J.C. Snead in 1993, Albus in 1994 and Phil Blackmar in 2009. Trevino is the event's oldest winner, claiming his third title in 1998 at 58 years, three months and 28 days.

Rodriguez holds the Champions Tour record of four consecutive victories. He started his run at the 1987 AT&T Championship when he defeated Butch Baird by three shots.

The Champions Tour moves to California next week for the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco, where Tom Lehman captured the 2012 title.

10/22 15:29:04 ET

As of October 22, 2013, at 03:29 PM ET