Bellsouth Senior Classic
Bellsouth Senior Classic
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 Dates: Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd
 Site: Springhouse Golf Club, Nashville, Tennessee
 Course Architect: Larry Nelson (1990)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 6,783
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 5 530 yds         10 - Par 5 520 yds
               2 - Par 4 420 yds         11 - Par 4 435 yds
               3 - Par 3 162 yds         12 - Par 5 531 yds
               4 - Par 4 391 yds         13 - Par 4 323 yds
               5 - Par 4 435 yds         14 - Par 3 212 yds
               6 - Par 5 535 yds         15 - Par 3 170 yds
               7 - Par 4 415 yds         16 - Par 4 340 yds
               8 - Par 3 175 yds         17 - Par 4 398 yds
               9 - Par 4 360 yds         18 - Par 4 431 yds
                   -------------              -------------
                    36 3,423 yds               36 3,360 yds
 Annual: 8th
 Defending Champion: Hale Irwin
 Runner-Up: Gil Morgan
 Tournament Record: 198 (Isao Aoki, 1998; Hale Irwin, 2000)
 36-Hole Record: 128 (Isao Aoki, 1998)
 Course Record: 62 (Dave Stockton, 1994; Isao Aoki, 1998)
 Total Purse: $1,600,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $240,000; 2nd Place - 140,800; 3rd Place - 115,200
                             2000 Finish
 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Hale Irwin             198               Jose Maria Canizares    202
 Gil Morgan             199               Jim Dent                202
 Tom Jenkins            200               Walter Hall             202
 Stewart Ginn           201               Six players at          203
 Larry Nelson           202
         Past BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland Winners and Runners-up
 2000 -- Hale Irwin (198) -- Gil Morgan
 1999 -- Bruce Fleisher (200) -- Al Geiberger
 1998 -- Isao Aoki (198) -- Larry Nelson
 1997 -- Gil Morgan (202) -- John Bland
 1996 -- Isao Aoki (202) -- Graham Marsh, Jay Sigel
 1995 -- Jim Dent (203) -- Bob Murphy
 1994 -- Lee Trevino (199) -- Jim Albus, Dave Stockton
                          Top Contenders in the Field
 Hale Irwin        - Defending Champ, 1st on money list, 2 wins, 5th last week
 Isao Aoki         - Two-time winner of this event, 1 top-10 in 11 events
 Jose M. Canizares - 7th on money list with one win and two runner-up finishes
 Ed Dougherty      - Won in Kansas City two weeks ago for 1st win this year
 Allen Doyle       - Leads the Senior Tour with 12 top-10's in 15 tournaments
 Bruce Fleisher    - Has a pair of wins this year, 3rd in money, 8 top-10's
 Tom Kite          - Has 6 top-10's in 10 Senior events, made cut at Colonial
 Gil Morgan        - Has recorded six straight top-10 finishes, 1 win this yr
 Larry Nelson      - Two-time winner this yr, 2nd on money list, 10 top-10's
 Dana Quigley      - 14th on money list, has a pair of runner-up finishes
 Bruce Summerhays  - Only four top-10 finishes this year in 15 tournaments
 Doug Tewell       - 12th on money list with one win and five top-10 finishes
 Jim Thorpe        - Finished 2nd last week at Senior PGA Championship
 Golftoday Network Selections
 Pick to Win - Hale Irwin
 Darkhorse   - Stewart Ginn
 Last week's Pick to Win (Larry Nelson) - Finished tied for 27th
 Last week's Darkhorse (Lee Trevino) - Finished tied for 55th
      Hale Irwin birdied seven of the first 10 holes and held off a late
 charge by Gil Morgan with pars on the final eight holes to capture last year's
 title. It was Irwin's putter that paid dividends on Sunday and got him off to
 his torrid start. He made a 15-footer on the first hole, a 30-footer on the
 second and then an eight-footer on the third. Two holes later, he nailed a 20-
 footer for another birdie and needed just 28 putts in his final round. Irwin
 also hit 48 of 54 greens in regulation (89%). Thanks to his 2000 win and four
 other top-10 finishes, Hale Irwin has won more money than any other player in
 tournament history -- $509,192. Gil Morgan, a winner in 1997, is second with
 $468,200 and four top-10 efforts. Isao Aoki is the only two-time winner of
 this event, capturing the tournament in 1996 and 1998. Aoki has four top-10's
 in six starts at this event and is third on the all-time money list with
 $441,051 in earnings. Irwin has enjoyed a good deal of success at this
 tournament. In six starts, he has five top-10 finishes (matching Dave Stockton
 for most in tournament history), including his win in 2000. Irwin also shares
 the record with Isao Aoki for the best 54-hole score in tournament history
 (18-under-par 198), and his closing-round 65 last year was the lowest final
 round by a tournament winner. He is 67 strokes under par in his 18 rounds at
 this tournament with a scoring average of 68.28. Of those 18 rounds, 12 have
 been in the 60s. He has had just one round over par -- a final-round 73 in
 1999. Course designer Larry Nelson finished second in 1998, 15th in 1999 and
 tied for 5th last year. This tournament has been decided by two shots or less
 in each of the seven previous events, however there has never been a playoff.
 Springhouse has hosted this event since its inception in 1994. In the previous
 seven events, the player who has led or had sole possession of the lead after
 36 holes has won the event six of seven times. The lone exception was in 1994,
 when Dave Stockton could not hold off Lee Trevino and finished T2. Last year,
 Irwin was among four tied for the lead at 11-under-par 133, before closing
 with a 7-under-par 65 for a one-stroke win over Morgan. Hole No. 4 was the
 toughest hole at the 2000 BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland with an average
 score of 4.221 or .221 over par. Hole No. 11 ranked as the second hardest at
 4.199 (+.199). Four of the holes at the Springhouse Golf Club were among the
 25 easiest on the SENIOR PGA TOUR in 2000. Hole #6 was the 15th easiest, #12
 was the 18th easiest and #10 was the 20th easiest. In addition, hole #1 ranked
 as the 24th easiest. The Springhouse GC ranked 37th among 38 courses on the
 SENIOR TOUR, with an average score of 70.641 or 1.359 under par. Only Serrano
 Country Club, site of the Gold Rush Classic, was easier with an average score
 of 70.177. The purse was increased by $100,000 from last year. Trevino has won
 four tournaments in the state of Tennessee. In addition to his victory in 1994
 at this event, Trevino captured the 1971-72 and 80 Danny Thomas Memphis
 Classics. Gary Player opened with an eight-under 64 last year, making him the
 youngest player in Senior Tour history to shoot his age. Miller Barber also
 shot his age when he carded a first round of 68, beating his age by one, the
 first time he accomplished the feat as a Senior. Next week the Senior Tour
 moves back to New Jersey for the NFL Golf Classic at Upper Montclair Country
 Club where Trevino will defend his title.


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