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 Dates: Friday, February 18th through Sunday, February 20th

 Site: Tournament Players Club of Tampa Bay, Lutz, Florida

 Course Architect: Robert Weed (1991) (Chi Chi Rodriguez, Consultant)

 Par: 71

 Yardage: 6,638

 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 395 Yds       10 - Par 4 395 Yds

               2 - Par 3 191 Yds       11 - Par 3 179 Yds

               3 - Par 4 425 Yds       12 - Par 5 495 Yds

               4 - Par 4 415 Yds       13 - Par 4 345 Yds

               5 - Par 4 322 Yds       14 - Par 5 528 Yds

               6 - Par 3 154 Yds       15 - Par 4 425 Yds

               7 - Par 5 533 Yds       16 - Par 4 413 Yds

               8 - Par 4 391 Yds       17 - Par 3 197 Yds

               9 - Par 4 420 Yds       18 - Par 4 415 Yds

                   -------------            -------------

                    35 3,246 Yds             36 3,392 Yds

 

 Annual: 13th

 Defending Champion: Larry Nelson

 Runner-up: Bruce Fleisher

 Tournament Record: 200 (Jim Colbert, George Archer, 1992)

 36-Hole Record: 133 (Kermit Zarley, 1992; Mike Hill, 1994)

 Course Record: 61 (Rocky Thompson, 1994)

 Total Purse: $1,300,000

 Shares: 1st Place - $195,000; 2nd Place - 114,400; 3rd Place - 93,600


                             1999 Finish

                             -----------


 Player                Score              Player                 Score

 ------                -----              ------                 -----

 Larry Nelson           205               John Bland              210

 Bruce Fleisher         207               J.C. Snead              210

 Graham Marsh           208               David Graham            211

 Jim Dent               209               Lee Trevino             211

 Hale Irwin             209               Hugh Baiocchi           212

                                          Bob Murphy              212


                Past GTE Classic Winners and Runners-Up

                --------------------------------------
 

 1999 -- Larry Nelson (205) -- Bruce Fleisher

 1998 -- Jim Albus (207) -- Simon Hobday, Kermit Zarley, Jose M. Canizares

 1997 -- David Graham  (204) -- Bob Dickson

 1996 -- Jack Nicklaus (211) -- J.C. Snead

 1995 -- Dave Stockton (204) -- Bob Charles, Jim Colbert, J.C. Snead

 1994 -- Rocky Thompson (201) -- Ray Floyd

 1993 -- Jim Albus (206) -- Don Bies, Gibby Gilbert

 1992 -- *Jim Colbert (200) -- George Archer

 1991 -- Bob Charles (210) -- George Archer, Lee Trevino

 1990 -- Mike Hill (207) -- Lee Trevino

 1989 -- *Bob Charles (207) -- Jim Ferree, Harold Henning, Dave Hill

 1988 -- Dale Douglass (210) -- Orville Moody

 

 * - Won in Playoff.


 Note: Previously called GTE Suncoast Seniors Classic (1988-89), GTE

       Suncoast Classic (1990-96).


                      Top Contenders in the Field

                      ---------------------------


 Larry Nelson      - Defending champion, 23rd on money list, 1 top-10

 Jose M. Canizares - Lost in a playoff last week at ACE Group Classic

 Allen Doyle       - Finished 5th last week with final round of 65

 Vicente Fernandez - Has already posted two top-10's this year in 3 events

 Bruce Fleisher    - Won Royal Caribbean two weeks ago, 2nd on money list

 Ray Floyd         - 19th on money list with two top-10's in 3 tournaments

 Hale Irwin        - 25 Senior Tour wins, just three shy of Lee Trevino's record

 Tom Kite          - Making his second appearance on Tour, top-10 finish in Miam

 Jack Nicklaus     - Missed the cut at Pebble Beach, 1st event on Senior Tour

 Arnold Palmer     - Tied for 72nd last week, always a crowd favorite

 Gary Player       - Won Senior Skins Game, 30th on money list

 Lee Trevino       - Has finished second twice at this tournament

 Lanny Wadkins     - Won last week's ACE Group Classic in 1st event on Tour

 Tom Watson        - Lost in a playoff last week to Wadkins in 1st 2000 event

 

 

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