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 Dates: Thursday, June 21st through Sunday, June 24th
 Site: De Vere Slaley Hall Golf Club, Hexham, Northumberland, England
 Course Architect: Dave Thomas (1990)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 7,088
 Hole-By-Hole: 1 - Par 4 429 Yds   10 - Par 4 362 Yds
               2 - Par 4 429 Yds   11 - Par 5 562 Yds
               3 - Par 4 412 Yds   12 - Par 5 531 Yds
               4 - Par 5 521 Yds   13 - Par 4 395 Yds
               5 - Par 4 382 Yds   14 - Par 3 179 Yds
               6 - Par 3 205 Yds   15 - Par 4 331 Yds
               7 - Par 4 432 Yds   16 - Par 4 395 Yds
               8 - Par 4 423 Yds   17 - Par 3 184 Yds
               9 - Par 4 453 Yds   18 - Par 4 463 Yds
                   -------------        -------------
                    36 3,686 Yds         36 3,402 Yds

 Annual: 5th
 Defending Champion: Lee Westwood
 Runner-Up: Fredrik Jacobson
 Tournament Record: 270 (Colin Montgomerie, 1997)
 54-Hole Record: 202 (David Park, 1999)
 36-Hole Record: 132 (David Park, 1999)
 Course Record: 65 (Ross Drummond, 1996; Colin Montgomerie, 1997;
                   David Carter, David Park, Peter Mitchell, 1999)
 Total Purse: $1,119,965
 Shares: 1st Place - $186,656; 2nd Place - 124,428; 3rd Place - 70,109

                             2000 Finish
                             -----------

 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Lee Westwood           276               Jamie Spence            284
 Fredrik Jacobson       279               Stephen Allan           284
 Emanuele Canonica      281               Nicolas Vanhootegem     285
 Darren Clarke          281               Greg Turner             286
 Andrew Oldcorn         282               Elliot Boult            286

         Past Great North Open Winners and Runners-Up
         --------------------------------------------

 2000 -- Lee Westwood (276) -- Fredrik Jacobson
 1999 -- David Park (274) -- David Carter, Retief Goosen
 1998 -- Cancelled due to rain
 1997 -- Colin Montgomerie (270) -- Retief Goosen
 1996 -- Retief Goosen (277) -- Ross Drummond

 Note: Formerly called Slaley Hall Northumberland Challenge (1996), Compaq
       European Grand Prix (1997-2000).

                           Top Contenders in the Field
                           ---------------------------

 Lee Westwood      - Defending champ, 73rd on money list, missed US Open cut
 Peter Baker       - Has made only 9 of 15 cuts this year with 1 top-10
 Warren Bennett    - One runner-up finish this year, made 11 of 14 cuts
 Andrew Coltart    - 29th on money list with a pair of top-10 finishes
 Brian Davis       - Has a pair of top-10's this year, 71st on money list
 Andrew Oldcorn    - Won Volvo PGA Championship last month, 5th in money
 Ian Poulter       - Captured Moroccan Open, has 3 top-10's this year
 Dean Robertson    - Three-time finisher this year in the top-five
 Justin Rose       - 18th on money list with two runner-up finishes
 Roger Wessels     - Has missed 7 of 14 cuts this year, has 2 top-10's

 Golftoday Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Lee Westwood
 Darkhorse   - Richard Green

 Last Week's Pick to Win (Lee Westwood) - Finished tied for 5th
 Last Week's Darkhorse (Anthony Hall) - Finished tied for 23rd

 NOTES:
      Lee Westwood opened with back-to-back 68's and finished off with
 two straight 70's to post a three-shot win over Fredrik Jacobson last year.
 Following Friday's second round, Westwood opened up a three-shot advantage
 and maintained that lead after Saturday's round. Westwood, despite treatment on
 the course for a neck problem, never relinquished the lead as he held on for
 the second of his five 2000 European Tour wins. Jacobson closed the gap to one
 shot after the 15th having picked up four birdies on the back nine, but on the
 16th the Swede's drive found a fairway bunker and in trying to reach the green
 with his second, caught the lip of the bunker and could only advance the ball
 50 yards down the fairway. That resulted in a bogey five and Westwood made it
 a two-shot swing with a birdie from eight feet to ensure a comfortable finish.
 It was the second time Westwood had nipped Jacobson to victory, having
 previously beaten him in a playoff for the Belgacom Open in 1998. Sam Torrance
 recorded the only hole-in-one last year, when he aced the 14th hole during
 round one enroute to a first-round leading 66. The 2001 Ryder Cup captain tied
 for 14th, as he hurt his chances with a second-round 79. Westwood is
 attempting to become the first two-time winner of this event. This is the
 fifth year the tournament is being contested despite it starting in 1996. The
 1998 event was cancelled due to heavy rains which made the course unplayable.
 The course is a mixture of imposing pines, rolling moorland and water. The
 venue features massive bunkers and raised greens and has become a flagship
 venue in the northeast. The European Tour moves to Ireland next week for the
 Murphy's Irish Open where Patrik Sjoland will defend his title.

 

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