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Preivew of this years tournament
News and report from the 1st round
Scores from the 1st round
News and report from the 2nd round
Scores from the 2nd round
News and report from the 3rd round
Scores from the 3rd round
News and report from the 4th round
Scores from the 4th round
Golf Today report of last years event
 
 
 

 Dates: Thursday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 5th
 Site: Castle Pines Golf Club, Castle Rock, Colorado
 Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus (1981)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 7,559
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 5 644 Yds         10 - Par 4 485 Yds
               2 - Par 4 408 Yds         11 - Par 3 197 Yds
               3 - Par 4 462 Yds         12 - Par 4 440 Yds
               4 - Par 3 205 Yds         13 - Par 4 439 Yds
               5 - Par 4 477 Yds         14 - Par 5 623 Yds
               6 - Par 4 417 Yds         15 - Par 4 403 Yds
               7 - Par 3 185 Yds         16 - Par 3 209 Yds
               8 - Par 5 535 Yds         17 - Par 5 492 Yds
               9 - Par 4 458 Yds         18 - Par 4 480 Yds
                   -------------              -------------
                    36 3,791 Yds               36 3,768 Yds
 
 Annual: 16th
 Defending Champion: Ernie Els
 Runner-Up: Phil Mickelson
 Tournament Record: Plus 48 (Phil Mickelson, 1997; Ernie Els, 2000)
 54-Hole Record: 40 (Ernie Els, 2000)
 36-Hole Record: 34 (Ernie Els, 2000)
 One-Round Record: Plus 20 (Greg Whisman, 1992; Tom Purtzer,1997)
 Front Nine Record: Plus 12 (Greg Whisman, 1992)
 Back Nine Record: Plus 14 (Ricki Kawagishi, 1991)
 Course Record: 62 (Greg Whisman, 1992 - Plus 20)
 Total Purse: $4,000,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $720,000; 2nd Place - 432,000; 3rd Place - 272,000
 
                             2000 Finish
                             -----------
 
 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Ernie Els              +48               Joe Ogilvie             +31
 Phil Mickelson         +44               Glen Hnatiuk            +31
 Stuart Appleby         +41               Stephen Ames            +30
 Greg Norman            +38               Vijay Singh             +29
 Craig Spence           +32               Edward Fryatt           +29
 
             Past The International Winners and Runners-up
             ---------------------------------------------
 
 2000 -- Ernie Els (+48) -- Phil Mickelson
 1999 -- David Toms (+47) -- David Duval
 1998 -- Vijay Singh (+47) -- Phil Mickelson, Willie Wood
 1997 -- Phil Mickelson (+48) -- Stuart Appleby
 1996 -- *Clarence Rose (+31) -- Brad Faxon
 1995 -- Lee Janzen (+34) -- Ernie Els
 1994 -- *Steve Lowery (+35) -- Rick Fehr
 1993 -- Phil Mickelson (+45) -- Mark Calcavecchia
 1992 -- Brad Faxon (+14) -- Lee Janzen
 1991 -- Jose Maria Olazabal (+10) -- Bob Lohr, Scott Gump, Ian Baker-Finch
 1990 -- Davis Love III (+14) -- Steve Pate, Eduardo Romero, Peter Senior
 1989 -- Greg Norman (+13) -- Clarence Rose
 1988 -- Joey Sindelar (+17) -- Steve Pate, Dan Pohl
 1987 -- John Cook (+11) -- Ken Green
 1986 -- Ken Green (+12) -- Bernhard Langer
 
 * - won in playoff.
 
 Notes: Formerly called The International (1986-93), Sprint International
        (1994-99). Prior to 1993, the winning score was for the fourth round
        only. Beginning in '93, the winning score was the total for four
        rounds.
 
                           Top Contenders in the Field
                           ---------------------------
 
 Ernie Els         - Defending champion, has 4 third-place finishes this year

 Stuart Appleby    - 64th on money list with three top-10's in 14 cuts made
 Mark Brooks       - Runner-up at U.S. Open, 39th on money list, 2 top-10's
 Mark Calcavecchia - 12th on money list with one win and four top-five's
 Stewart Cink      - Despite missing six cuts has recorded six top-10 finishes
 Jose Coceres      - Won in Hilton Head earlier this year for only top-10
 David Duval       - British Open champion, 8th on money list, 3 top-five's
 Steve Elkington   - Has played in only 13 events with eight cuts made
 Sergio Garcia     - Two-time winner on U.S. soil, 5th on money list
 David Gossett     - Won last week's John Deere Classic for 1st career win
 Brad Faxon        - 11th on money list with one victory and five top-10's
 Phil Mickelson    - Two-time winner this year, 2nd in money, 9 top-five's
 Greg Norman       - Captured this event in 1989, one top-10 this season
 Jose M. Olazabal  - 1991 champion of this tournament, made 8 of 12 PGA cuts
 Eduardo Romero    - Only 1 top-10 on European Tour this year, 74th in money
 Vijay Singh       - 3rd on money list with a pair of runner-up finishes
 David Toms        - One win and five top-10's this year, 13th on money list
 
 Golftoday Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Phil Mickelson
 Darkhorse   - Steve Lowery
 
 Last week's Pick to Win (Kirk Triplett) - Finished tied for 15th
 Last week's Darkhorse (Charles Howell III) - Finished tied for 25th
 
 NOTES:
      Ernie Els increased his consecutive years win streak to seven when
 he captured the 2000 International by four points over Phil Mickelson. In
 doing so, Els set tournament records for total points after two rounds (34),
 three rounds (40) and tied the 72-hole mark of 48 set by Mickelson in 1997.
 Tied for the lead after round one, Els scored 19 points during round two to
 take a six- point advantage into the weekend. On Saturday, Els increased his
 lead to eight over Mickelson and 10 ahead of Stuart Appleby. On the final day,
 Els' lead shrunk to three, as Appleby birdied his first three holes and Els
 suffered a bogey on the third. The "Big Easy" birdied the fourth and eighth
 holes to increase his lead to five. On the back nine, Els bogeyed 11, but
 responded with birdies on 14, 16 and 17 to close out the tournament. Appleby,
 who eagled the par-5 17th, saw his chances for victory fall by the wayside
 when he double-bogeyed the 10th hole. Mickelson closed to within two points
 with an eagle on 17, but Els' birdie on the same hole proved to much for
 Mickelson to overcome. Els is attempting to become the first player in
 tournament history to win this event two straight years. Mickelson is the lone
 two-time winner of this tournament. This event uses the modified Stableford
 scoring system, which places a premium on birdies, eagles and double eagles.
 Players receive two points for a birdie, five points for an eagle and eight
 points for a double-eagle. Players lose one point for a bogey and three points
 for a double-bogey or worse, with a par receiving a score of zero. The 144-man
 field will be cut to 72 plus ties after the second round and to 36 after the
 third round. This event is the only tournament with a "second cut". All of the
 previous winners of this event are expected to compete this week. At
 7,559 yards, Castle Pines Golf Club is the longest course on the PGA Tour.
 Fourteen of the 18 holes at Castle Pines have been eagled. In 1998, Tiger
 Woods recorded a hole-in-one, an eagle-2 and an eagle-3 during the tournament.
 The purse was increased by $500,000 from last year. Two eight-point double
 eagles have been recorded at this event, both in the final round in 1990 - by
 Steve Pate at the eighth hole and Jim Gallagher, Jr. at the 17th. Castle Pines
 has hosted this event since its inception in 1986. Steve Lowery and Clarence
 Rose are the only players to make The International their first PGA Tour
 victory. Lowery won the 1994 event and Rose captured the 1996 tournament.
 Mickelson is the all-time leader in points with 273 followed by two-time
 runner-up at this event Steve Pate at 260. Beginning in 2003, The
 International will be staged Aug. 7-10. In '04 it's set for Aug. 5-8, followed
 by Aug. 4-7 in '05 and Aug. 10-13 in '06. In all cases it precedes the PGA
 Championship. The PGA Tour moves to Michigan next week for the Buick Open
 where Rocco Mediate will defend his title.
 
 
 
 

 

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