SBC Senior Classic
SBC Senior Classic
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 Dates: Friday, March 9th through Sunday, March 11th
 Site: Valencia Country Club, Valencia, California
 Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones (1965)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 6,905
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 5 521 Yds         10 - Par 4 470 Yds
               2 - Par 4 400 Yds         11 - Par 4 400 Yds
               3 - Par 3 190 Yds         12 - Par 4 383 Yds
               4 - Par 4 386 Yds         13 - Par 4 386 Yds
               5 - Par 4 367 Yds         14 - Par 3 211 Yds
               6 - Par 4 421 Yds         15 - Par 5 523 Yds
               7 - Par 3 185 Yds         16 - Par 3 198 Yds
               8 - Par 4 369 Yds         17 - Par 4 449 Yds
               9 - Par 5 500 Yds         18 - Par 5 546 Yds
                   -------------              -------------
                    36 3,339 Yds               36 3,566 Yds
 Annual: 12th
 Defending Champion: Joe Inman
 Runner-Up: Larry Nelson
 Tournament Record: 195 (Ray Floyd, 1992)
 36-Hole Record: 130 (Jim Colbert, 1997)
 18-Hole Record: 61 (Dale Douglass, 1994)
 Total Purse: $1,400,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $210,000; 2nd Place - 123,200; 3rd Place - 100,800
                             2000 Finish
 Player                Score              Player                 Score
 ------                -----              ------                 -----
 Joe Inman              198               Christy O'Connor        206
 Larry Nelson           201               John Bland              207
 Stewart Ginn           204               Tom McGinnis            207
 Jim Thorpe             205               Doug Tewell             207
 Tom Kite               206               Hubert Green            208
             Past SBC Senior Classic Winners and Runners-up
 2000 -- Joe Inman (198) -- Larry Nelson
 1999 -- Joe Inman (199) -- Dave Stockton, Bruce Summerhays
 1998 -- Joe Inman (202) -- Lee Trevino
 1997 -- Gil Morgan (198) -- George Archer
 1996 -- Gil Morgan (202) -- Jim Colbert, Chi Chi Rodriguez
 1995 -- John Bland (201) -- Jim Colbert
 1994 -- Jack Kiefer (197) -- Dale Douglass
 1993 -- *Dale Douglass (196) -- Jim Dent
 1992 -- Ray Floyd (195) -- Isao Aoki
 1991 -- *John Brodie (200) -- George Archer, Chi Chi Rodriguez
 1990 -- Mike Hill (201) -- Gary Player
 * - Won in playoff.
 Note: Previously called Security Pacific Senior Classic (1990-91), Ralph's
       Senior Classic (1992-97), Pacific Bell Senior Classic (1999).
                      Top Contenders in the Field
 Joe Inman         - Three-time defending champion, 59th on money list
 Jose M. Canizares - Won last week's Toshiba Senior Classic for 1st win
 Allen Doyle       - Has five top-10's in five events, 4th on money list
 Bruce Fleisher    - 7th on money list with three top-10 finishes
 Ray Floyd         - Third in greens in regulation, 24th on money list
 Hale Irwin        - 22nd on money list with 3 top-10's in 3 tournaments
 Tom Kite          - 8th in scoring and 2nd in eagles, 12th in money
 Gil Morgan        - Has a win and two seconds in 2001, 2nd on money list
 Larry Nelson      - Two-time winner this year with five top-10's in 5 events
 Dana Quigley      - 8th on money list, 3 top-10's, 6th in driving distance
 Bruce Summerhays  - Only one top-10 in five tournaments this year
 Doug Tewell       - 18th on money list, 2 top-10's, 3rd in driving accuracy
 Lanny Wadkins     - Withdrew from last week's event due to the flu
 Golftoday Network Selections
 Pick to Win - Hale Irwin
 Darkhorse   - Walter Hall
 Last week's Pick to Win (Gil Morgan) - Finished 2nd
 Last week's Darkhorse (Stewart Ginn) - Finished tied for 32nd
      Joe Inman performed a three-peat when  he  captured  last  year's
 event  by  three shots over Larry Nelson. Inman made just one bogey in
 the event, becoming the fifth player in Senior Tour history to win  an
 event three consecutive years. Inman led from start to finish with his
 final round of 65 including five birdies on  the  back  nine.  Inman's
 lone bogey came during the opening round on the fourth hole. Inman and
 Stewart Ginn were the only players in the  field  to  post  all  three
 rounds  in  the  60's.  Ginn finished third, six shots back. Inman has
 posted nine straight rounds in the 60's at this event with  a  scoring
 average  of  66.55.  This is the first of three SBC events on the 2001
 Senior Tour schedule and the eighth of 45 events overall.  Last  year,
 this  event  was  held in October, one week prior to the season-ending
 Tour Championship. Of the  11  previous  tournaments,  six  have  been
 decided  by one shot, one by two shots and two in playoffs. Only twice
 (1992 and 2000) has the event been a runaway, when Raymond  Floyd  won
 by  three  shots and last year. In the events history, no champion has
 ever shot a round over par and only one, Mike Hill has had a round  in
 the  70's  on  his way to victory in 1990. Valencia Country Club takes
 over as the host site for this event. Valencia was  the  site  of  the
 1998  Nissan  Open  on the PGA Tour where Billy Mayfair defeated Tiger
 Woods in a playoff. The event was previously held at Wilshire  Country
 Club  for  the  last  six years while Rancho Park Golf Club hosted the
 tournament the first five years. When Gil Morgan  won  this  event  in
 1996,  he  became  the youngest winner in SENIOR TOUR history, just 11
 days after turning 50. Morgan has won four times  at  three  different
 venues  in Los Angeles - The Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open at Riviera
 Country Club in 1978 and at Rancho Park in 1983, as well as this event
 at Wilshire Country Club in 1996-97. There have been only two playoffs
 in tournament history, the last coming  in  1993  when  Dale  Douglass
 clipped  Jim Dent. Inman will try to become the fifth player in Senior
 Tour history to win the same  event  four  straight  years.  The  four
 players  who  have  accomplished this feat are: Chi Chi Rodriguez, Bob
 Charles, George Archer and Hale Irwin. There have been  six  holes-in-
 one  at  this event. Charles Sifford registered the first one in 1990,
 Jim O'Hern in 1991, Bert Yancey in 1992, Bob Goalby in 1996 and  David
 Graham  and  Bobby  Stroble each had an ace in 1997. Four players have
 participated in all 11 of the previous SBC  Senior  Classics  --  Dale
 Douglass,  Al Geiberger, Rocky Thompson and Tom Shaw. All four players
 are expected to compete this week. Gil Morgan has also enjoyed success
 at  this  event  with two wins and four top-10 finishes in five events
 with a scoring average of 67.87. The Senior Tour moves  north  to  San
 Jose, California for the inaugural Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley.


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