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 Dates: Thursday, March 29th through Sunday, April 1st
 Site: Tournament Players Club at Sugarloaf, Duluth, Georgia
 Course Architect: Greg Norman (1996)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 7,259
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 434 yds         10 - Par 5 608 yds
               2 - Par 3 144 yds         11 - Par 3 189 yds
               3 - Par 4 389 yds         12 - Par 4 417 yds
               4 - Par 5 541 yds         13 - Par 4 310 yds
               5 - Par 4 418 yds         14 - Par 4 453 yds
               6 - Par 5 569 yds         15 - Par 4 406 yds
               7 - Par 4 458 yds         16 - Par 3 179 yds
               8 - Par 3 248 yds         17 - Par 4 455 yds
               9 - Par 4 465 yds         18 - Par 5 576 yds
                   -------------              -------------
                    36 3,666 yds               36 3,593 yds
 
 Annual: 33rd
 Defending Champion: Phil Mickelson
 Runner-Up: Gary Nicklaus
 Tournament Record: 265 (Andy Bean, 1979; Dave Barr, 1987)
 54-Hole Record: 195 (Larry Nelson, 1988)
 36-Hole Record: 129 (Larry Nelson, 1988)
 18-Hole Record: 61 (Andy Bean, 1979)
 9-Hole Record: 29 (Andy Bean, 1979)
 Course Record: 63 (Tiger Woods, 1998; Duffy Waldorf, 1999)
 Total Purse: $3,300,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $594,000; 2nd Place - 356,400; 3rd Place - 224,400
 
                             2000 Finish
                             -----------
 
 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Phil Mickelson #*      205               John Huston             208
 Gary Nicklaus          205               Steve Jones             208
 Harrison Frazar        207               Tom Pernice, Jr.        208
 Kenny Perry            207               Joey Sindelar           208
 Jay Don Blake          208               Five players at         209
 
 *# - Won in playoff, rain shortened.
 
                Past BellSouth Classic Winners and Runners-Up
                ---------------------------------------------
 
 2000 -- *#Phil Mickelson (205) -- Gary Nicklaus
 1999 -- David Duval (270) -- Stewart Cink
 1998 -- Tiger Woods (271) -- Jay Don Blake
 1997 -- Scott McCarron (274) -- David Duval, Brian Henninger, Lee Janzen
 1996 -- *Paul Stankowski (280) -- Brandel Chamblee
 1995 -- Mark Calcavecchia (271) -- Jim Gallagher, Jr.
 1994 -- John Daly (274) -- Nolan Henke, Brian Henninger
 1993 -- Nolan Henke (271) -- Mark Calcavecchia, Nick Price, Tom Sieckmann
 1992 -- Tom Kite (272) -- Jay Don Blake
 1991 -- *Corey Pavin (272) -- Steve Pate
 1990 -- Wayne Levi (275) -- Keith Clearwater, Larry Mize, Nick Price
 1989 -- *Scott Simpson (278) -- Bob Tway
 1988 -- Larry Nelson (268) -- Chip Beck
 1987 -- Dave Barr (265) -- Larry Mize
 1986 -- Bob Tway (269) -- Hal Sutton
 1985 -- *Wayne Levi (273) -- Steve Pate
 1984 -- Tom Kite (269) -- Don Pooley
 1983 -- #Calvin Peete (206) -- Chip Beck, Jim Colbert, Don Pooley
 1982 -- *Keith Fergus (273) -- Ray Floyd
 1981 -- *Tom Watson (277) -- Tommy Valentine
 1980 -- Larry Nelson (270) -- Andy Bean, Don Pooley
 1979 -- Andy Bean (265) -- Joe Inman
 1978 -- Jerry Heard (269) -- Lou Graham, Bob Murphy, Tom Watson
 1977 -- Hale Irwin (273) -- Steve Veriato
 1976 -- Not Held - U.S. Open was held at Atlanta Athletic Club
 1975 -- Hale Irwin (271) -- Tom Watson
 1974 -- Hosted Tournament Players Championship
 1973 -- Jack Nicklaus (272) -- Tom Weiskopf
 1972 -- Bob Lunn (275) -- Gary Player
 1971 -- *Gardner Dickinson (275) -- Jack Nicklaus
 1970 -- Tommy Aaron (275) -- Dan Sikes
 1969 -- *Bert Yancey (277) -- Bruce Devlin
 1968 -- Bob Lunn (280) -- Lee Trevino
 1967 -- Bob Charles (282) -- Tommy Bolt, Richard Crawford, Gardner Dickinson
 
 * - Won in Playoff
 # - Rain Shortened
 
 Note: Formerly called BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic (1989-91),
       Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic (1982-88), Atlanta Classic
       (1967-81).
 
                          Top Contenders in the Field
                          ---------------------------
 
 Phil Mickelson    - Defending champion, 5th on money list, 1 win, 3 top-10's
 Stewart Cink      - Has made the cut in 5 of 8 events with one top-10 finish
 Jose Coceres      - Tied for 2nd last week at Sao Paolo Brazil Open
 Steve Elkington   - Withdrew from last week's Players Championship
 Ernie Els         - Missed the cut last week with rounds of 76-75, 3 top-10's
 Retief Goosen     - Has made the cut in all four events entered in Europe
 Miguel A. Jimenez - Only 3 cuts made in 7 PGA events, 117th on money list
 Jerry Kelly       - Finished 4th at Players after leading after 3 rounds
 Davis Love III    - Shot 72-76 at Players Championship and missed the cut
 Greg Norman       - Course designer, missed cut last week, top-5 at Bay Hill
 Jose M. Olazabal  - Made 5 of 7 cuts on US tour with no top-10 finishes
 Jesper Parnevik   - Won Honda Classic for only top-10 of the 2001 season
 Nick Price        - Posted 2 top-10 finishes in just four events this year
 Jean Van de Velde - 96th on money list with 1 top-10 in six tournaments
 Mike Weir         - Has registered 3 top-10's this year, 11th on money list
 Garrett Willis    - Won Tucson Open earlier this season, 18th on money list
 Ian Woosnam       - Made the cut last week at Players but finished plus 11
 
 
 Golftoday Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Davis Love III
 Darkhorse   - Billy Mayfair
 
 Last Week's Pick to Win (Tiger Woods) - Finished 1st
 Last Week's Darkhorse (Craig Parry) - Finished tied for 33rd
 
 NOTES: After Sunday's final round was cancelled due to rain, Phil Mickelson
 and Gary Nicklaus, tied for the lead after three rounds, returned to the
 course Monday afternoon for a playoff to decide the 2000 BellSouth champion.
 On the first extra hole, the par-3 16th, Mickelson placed his nine-iron
 18-feet from the hole while Nicklaus, using an eight-iron, left his shot
 in the greenside bunker. Nicklaus took two shots from the bunker, leaving
 him an eight-footer for bogey, however Mickelson put the one-year PGA
 Tour player out of his misery by sinking the putt for birdie and the win.
 Including this year's win in San Diego, Mickelson is now 4-1 in his
 career in playoffs, losing only to Jesper Parnevik at the Byron Nelson. There
 have been nine playoffs in the history of the tournament. Last year's rain-
 shortened event was the second in the tournament's history. In 1983, Calvin
 Peete defeated Chip Beck, Don Pooley and Jim Colbert by two shots in the first
 weather shortened event.1996 winner of this event, Paul Stankowski, who held
 the lead after round one, finished tied for 15th with a final round of 74.
 Mickelson and Nicklaus were the only players in the field to post all three
 rounds in the 60's. This is the final tune-up for next week's first major on
 the PGA Tour, The Masters. This is the fifth consecutive year in which the TPC
 at Sugarloaf is hosting this event. The Atlanta Country Club had played host
 to this event since its inception in 1967. Although no player has won this
 event two consecutive years, Jack Nicklaus recorded wins at Atlanta Country
 Club in back-to-back events in 1973 and '74 and Hale Irwin won this event in
 1975 and 77. The tournament was not held in 1976 due to the U.S. Open being
 held at Atlanta Athletic Club. There have been five two-time winners of this
 event. The purse was increased by $500,000 from last year. This course was
 designed by Greg Norman, his first in the United States. Bob Charles won this
 event the first year of its existence with a winning score of 282, the highest
 total in tournament history. Nick Price recorded back-to-back eagles on the
 first hole at Atlanta Country Club in 1996 during the first two rounds. On
 Thursday, Price holed a 116-yard wedge and Friday he holed out from 138 yards
 with a 9-iron. In 1996, Stankowski became the first player in history to win
 a then NIKE Tour event (now called BUY.COM) and a PGA Tour event in 
 back-to-back weeks. Stankowski and Ray Floyd are the only players ever to
 win tournaments in the same year on different Tours. Next week the PGA Tour 
 remains in Georgia as the Tour moves east to Augusta, as Vijay Singh defends 
 his title at The Masters.

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