Air Canada Championships
Air Canada Championships
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Golf Today report of last years event

 Dates: Thursday, August 31st through Sunday, September 3rd
 Site: Northview Golf & Country Club (Ridge Course), Surrey, British Columbia
 Course Architect: Arnold Palmer (1993)
 Par: 71
 Yardage: 7,065
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 432 Yds         10 - Par 4 412 Yds
               2 - Par 4 424 Yds         11 - Par 3 153 Yds
               3 - Par 4 444 Yds         12 - Par 5 548 Yds
               4 - Par 5 590 Yds         13 - Par 4 415 Yds
               5 - Par 3 200 Yds         14 - Par 4 400 Yds
               6 - Par 4 440 Yds         15 - Par 4 334 Yds
               7 - Par 5 584 Yds         16 - Par 3 187 Yds
               8 - Par 4 410 Yds         17 - Par 4 448 Yds
               9 - Par 3 214 Yds         18 - Par 4 430 Yds
                   -------------              -------------
                    36 3,738 Yds               35 3,327 Yds

 Annual: 6th
 Defending Champion: Rory Sabbatini
 Runner-Up: Grant Waite
 Tournament Record: 265 (Mark Calcavecchia, 1997; Brandel Chamblee, 1998)
 54-Hole Record: 198 (Payne Stewart, 1998)
 36-Hole Record: 131 (Len Mattiace, Richard Zokol, Steve Pate, 1997;
                      Brandel Chamblee, Chris DiMarco, 1998; Jesper Parnevik,
 Course Record: 61 (Scott McCarron, 1999)
 Total Purse: $3,400,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $612,000; 2nd Place - 367,200; 3rd Place - 231,200

                             2000 Finish

 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Rory Sabbatini         268               Doug Barron             271
 Grant Waite            269               Chris Riley             271
 Mark Calcavecchia      270               Brent Geiberger         272
 Michael Clark II       271               Dave Stockton, Jr.      272
 Sergio Garcia          271               K.J. Choi               272

             Past Air Canada Championship Winners and Runners-up

 2000 -- Rory Sabbatini (268) -- Grant Waite
 1999 -- Mike Weir (266) -- Fred Funk
 1998 -- Brandel Chamblee (265) -- Payne Stewart
 1997 -- Mark Calcavecchia (265) -- Andrew Magee
 1996 -- Guy Boros (272) -- Emlyn Aubrey, Lee Janzen, Taylor Smith

 Note: Formerly called Greater Vancouver Open (1996-98).

                           Top Contenders in the Field

 Rory Sabbatini    - Defending champ, 65th on money list with just 2 top-10's
 Aaron Baddeley    - Won playoff against Sergio Garcia to win Greg Norman event
 Luke Donald       - Missed the cut last week in Reno with rounds of 75-69
 Fred Funk         - Has made 20 of 24 cuts this year but only 2 top-10's
 David Gossett     - Missed the cut in last 2 events after winning in Milwaukee
 Charles Howell    - In 16 events on PGA Tour has banked over $1,000,000
 Lee Janzen        - Has missed 10 cuts in 2001, but ranks 55th on money list
 Jerry Kelly       - Triple-bogeyed the 16th last week to finish 2nd to Cook
 Matt Kuchar       - Competing in his sixth PGA event as a pro, made $72,000
 Shigeki Maruyama  - 31st on money list with one win and four top-10 finishes
 Bryce Molder      - Finished 3rd last week in Reno for 1st PGA Tour check
 Jesper Parnevik   - Won earlier this year, 30th on money list, 3 top-10's
 Jean Van De Velde - Broke 70 only once last week and finished 11 shots back
 Grant Waite       - Shot four rounds int he 60's last year, but finished 2nd

 Golftoday Network Selections
 Pick to Win - Jesper Parnevik
 Darkhorse   - Jim McGovern

 Last week's Pick to Win (Tiger Woods) - Finished 1st
 Last week's Darkhorse (Bernhard Langer) - Finished tied for 11th

 Last week's Pick to Win (Billy Andrade) - Missed the cut
 Last week's Darkhorse (Bob May) - Missed the cut

      Three shots off the pace of Grant Waite after three rounds, Rory
 Sabbatini carded a final round 65, including a 30-foot birdie putt on
 the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Waite last year. Sabbatini,
 who carded all four rounds in the 60's, registered his first career PGA
 Tour win. The victory enabled Sabbatini to become the tournament's fourth
 first-time winner in the event's five-year history. Waite, along with
 Sabbatini, Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi were the only players in the field to
 post four rounds in the 60's. Choi shot four straight 68's. The purse was
 increased by $600,000 from last year. This was the first full-field tournament
 added to the official PGA Tour schedule since the Sprint International in 1986
 when it was added in 1996. This is not the first time the PGA Tour has played
 in British Columbia. In 1955, Dow Finsterwald captured the British Columbia
 Open Invitational and Jim Ferree won the 1958 Vancouver Open Invitational.
 Northview Golf & Country Club has hosted this event since its inception. The
 venue was modified in 2000, extending the course 252 yards. The course has
 120  bunkers, 68 on the front nine and 52 on the back. Only the 14th and 16th
 holes  do not have water hazards. The course is built on blue-clay. When it
 receives  heavy rainfall, the surface really compacts. In turn, when it starts
 to dry  down with sunny and windy conditions, the fairways and greens roll
 very quickly. The Northview golf facility has a 32,000 square foot driving
 range deck, and a 19,000 square foot putting green. The facility offers two,
 championship 18-hole courses that are entirely unique from each other. The
 Ridge Course is more wooded and incorporates more elevation changes into its
 design. The Canal Course is more of a Florida-style course, featuring more
 water, more wind coming into play, and a wider, more open playing area. From
 both courses, there are beautiful views of the mountains to the north as well
 as two Bald Eagles, who are residents of the club, and a variety of other
 animals and foliage. Last year, the course played to an average of 70.472 with
 the 18th hole proving to be the most difficult with a scoring average of
 4.251. The par-5 12th was the easiest at 4.558. 2000 U.S. Amateur champion
 Jeff Quinney is making his PGA Tour debut along with James Driscoll. Next week
 the PGA Tour remains in Canada for the Bell Canadian Open in Montreal. Tiger
 Woods captured last year's event at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Ontario.


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