Ford Senior Players Championship
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 Dates: Thursday, July 12th through Sunday, July 15th
 Site: TPC of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan
 Course Architect: Jack Nicklaus (1990)
 Par: 72
 Yardage: 6,966
 Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 408 Yds         10 - Par 4 393 Yds
               2 - Par 4 411 Yds         11 - Par 4 410 Yds
               3 - Par 5 547 Yds         12 - Par 3 166 Yds
               4 - Par 3 210 Yds         13 - Par 5 506 Yds
               5 - Par 4 394 Yds         14 - Par 4 455 Yds
               6 - Par 4 340 Yds         15 - Par 3 192 Yds
               7 - Par 5 542 Yds         16 - Par 4 376 Yds
               8 - Par 3 182 Yds         17 - Par 5 552 Yds
               9 - Par 4 432 Yds         18 - Par 4 450 Yds
                   -------------              -------------
                    36 3,466 Yds               36 3,500 Yds

 Annual: 19th
 Defending Champion: Ray Floyd
 Runners-Up: Larry Nelson, Dana Quigley
 Tournament Record: 261 (Jack Nicklaus, 1990)
 54-Hole Record: 197 (Jack Nicklaus, 1990)
 36-Hole Record: 131 (J.C. Snead, 1992)
 Course Record: 63 (Jim Colbert, 1995)
 Total Purse: $2,500,000
 Shares: 1st Place - $375,000; 2nd Place - 220,000; 3rd Place - 180,000

                            Key Players to Watch
                            --------------------

                                  Finish Last 10 Years
 Player             1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000
 ------             ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----
 Ray Floyd          dnp   dnp   2nd   T-3   T-10  Won   T-19  T-19  T-9   Won
 Larry Nelson       dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-24  4th   T-2
 Dana Quigley       dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-26  T-41  T-37  T-2
 Hale Irwin         dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-10  2nd   T-19  2nd   Won   T-4
 Mike McCullough    dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-44  T-46  T-9   T-64  T-4
 Tom Kite           dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   6th
 Jose M. Canizares  dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   7th   T-5   T-7
 Tom Jenkins        dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-45  T-29  T-7
 Gil Morgan         dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-6   Won   T-7   T-10
 Hubert Green       dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-10  T-30  T-5   T-12
 Allen Doyle        dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-19  T-12
 Tom Wargo          dnp   dnp   T-13  T-10  T-30  T-16  T-39  T-41  T-44  T-12
 Bob Murphy         dnp   dnp   T-15  T-10  T-7   T-33  T-42  T-4   T-62  T-16
 Bruce Fleisher     dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-7   T-18
 Isao Aoki          dnp   dnp   dnp   T-3   6th   T-30  T-2   3rd   T-14  T-18
 Dale Douglass      T-8   T-9   T-51  T-20  wd    T-57  T-34  T-30  T-59  T-18
 Tom Watson         dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-18
 Graham Marsh       dnp   dnp   dnp   T-14  T-14  dnp   T-8   T-60  2nd   T-24
 Hugh Baiocchi      dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-10  T-15  T-14  T-24
 Lanny Wadkins      dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-24
 Dave Stockton      dnp   Won   T-11  Won   T-7   T-8   T-2   T-24  T-22  T-28
 John Bland         dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-16  T-10  T-45  T-22  T-28
 John Jacobs        dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-33  T-6   T-24  3rd   T-30
 Jim Colbert        T-8   T-12  Won   T-14  T-3   T-16  dnp   T-4   T-14  T-30
 John Mahaffey      dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-22  T-30
 Jack Nicklaus      T-22  dnp   T-22  T-6   2nd   T-23  T-8   6th   wd    T-34
 Leonard Thompson   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-29  T-54  T-19  T-36
 Mike Hill          T-8   T-12  T-13  T-25  T-18  T-16  T-49  T-12  T-44  40th
 Gary McCord        dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-12  T-41
 Bruce Summerhays   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-38  T-23  T-34  T-19  T-19  T-41
 Bob Eastwood       dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-72  T-52  T-39  T-9   T-49
 Kermit Zarley      dnp   T-16  T-22  T-25  T-14  T-33  T-34  T-9   T-9   T-52
 Jay Sigel          dnp   dnp   dnp   9th   T-18  T-16  T-10  T-12  T-37  T-52
 Jim Dent           T-55  T-36  T-8   T-6   T-18  T-13  T-29  T-50  T-44  T-52
 Andy North         dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-52
 Gary Player        T-43  T-18  T-33  T-42  dnp   T-49  T-49  dnp   T-29  T-57
 J.C. Snead         T-17  T-2   T-20  T-16  Won   T-13  T-60  T-9   T-53  T-57
 Harold Henning     T-20  T-9   T-38  T-6   T-43  78th  T-42  T-62  76th  T-57
 Chi Chi Rodriguez  T-25  4th   T-20  T-32  dnp   T-13  T-34  T-50  T-33  T-60
 Jim Albus          Won   T-18  T-15  2nd   T-35  T-54  48th  T-24  T-37  T-60
 Rocky Thompson     T-34  T-33  4th   T-16  T-18  T-8   T-60  75th  T-37  T-60
 Bob Charles        T-2   7th   T-5   T-32  T-23  T-6   T-16  T-19  T-14  T-64
 Bob Dickson        dnp   dnp   dnp   T-57  T-49  T-57  T-2   T-56  T-37  T-64
 Dave Eichelberger  dnp   dnp   dnp   T-22  T-38  T-61  T-56  T-30  T-48  68th
 George Archer      T-13  T-18  T-17  T-22  T-30  dnp   T-19  T-50  T-33  T-69
 Walter Morgan      dnp   T-74  T-51  T-69  T-14  T-23  T-19  T-30  T-56  T-73
 Tom Shaw           T-13  T-39  32nd  T-16  76th  T-64  T-56  T-62  T-68  76th
 Vicente Fernandez  dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-16  15th  T-30  T-29  wd
 Lee Trevino        T-8   T-2   T-40  T-3   T-30  T-8   T-19  8th   T-12  dnp
 John Schroeder     dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   dnp   T-23  T-19  T-30  T-29  dnp

         Past FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship Winners and Runners-Up
         ------------------------------------------------------------

 2000 -- Ray Floyd (273) -- Larry Nelson, Dana Quigley
 1999 -- Hale Irwin (267) -- Graham Marsh
 1998 -- Gil Morgan (267) -- Hale Irwin
 1997 -- Larry Gilbert (274) -- Isao Aoki, Bob Dickson, Jack Kiefer,
                                Dave Stockton
 1996 -- Ray Floyd (275) -- Hale Irwin
 1995 -- *J.C. Snead (272) -- Jack Nicklaus
 1994 -- Dave Stockton (271) -- Jim Albus
 1993 -- Jim Colbert (278) -- Ray Floyd
 1992 -- Dave Stockton (277) -- J.C. Snead, Lee Trevino
 1991 -- Jim Albus (279) -- Bob Charles, Dave Hill, Charles Coody
 1990 -- Jack Nicklaus (261) -- Lee Trevino
 1989 -- Orville Moody (271) -- Charles Coody
 1988 -- Billy Casper (278) -- Al Geiberger
 1987 -- Gary Player (280) -- Chi Chi Rodriguez, Bruce Crampton
 1986 -- #Chi Chi Rodriguez (206) -- Bruce Crampton
 1985 -- Arnold Palmer (274) -- Lee Elder, Gene Littler, Miller Barber,
                                Charles Owens
 1984 -- Arnold Palmer (276) -- Peter Thomson
 1983 -- Miller Barber (278) -- Gene Littler

 * - Won in Playoff.
 # - Rain Shortened.

 Notes: Formerly called Mazda Presents The Senior Players Championship
        (1991-92), Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship (1987-90),
        Senior Tournament Players Championship (1983-86).

                       2001 Grand Slam Finishes
                       ------------------------

                              Tradition     Senior PGA     U.S. Senior Open

 Doug Tewell                     Won            T-8            T-34
 Tom Watson                      dnp            Won            T-16
 Bruce Fleisher                  T-7            7th            Won
 Mike McCullough                 2nd            T-65           T-48
 Hale Irwin                      3rd            T-5            T-11
 Gil Morgan                      4th            dnp            T-2
 J.C. Snead                      T-5            dnp            T-29
 Larry Nelson                    T-5            T-27           T-7
 John Bland                      T-7            T-17           mc
 Allen Doyle                     T10            4th            T-4
 Hubert Green                    T10            T-27           T-29
 Jim Ahern                       T12            T-40           T-7
 Jose Maria Canizares            T12            T-61           mc
 Walter Hall                     T12            T-10           T-19
 Ray Floyd                       T16            T-40           T-16
 John Jacobs                     T16            T-40           T-40
 Stewart Ginn                    T19            T-5            dnp
 Gary Player                     T19            T-8            57th
 Jim Thorpe                      T19            2nd            T-21
 Tom Wargo                       T19            T-20           T-59
 Bob Dickson                     T24            mc             mc
 Ed Dougherty                    T24            T-49           mc
 Tom Kite                        T24            T-23           15th
 Bruce Summerhays                T24            T-10           T-21
 Jim Colbert                     T29            T-36           T-4
 Vicente Fernandez               T29            T-25           mc
 Bob Gilder                      T29            3rd            T-11
 Jack Nicklaus                   T29            12th           T-4
 Dave Eichelberger               T34            T-40           T-44
 Andy North                      T34            mc             T-48
 Dana Quigley                    T34            T-15           T-11
 Hugh Baiocchi                   T40            T-40           T-29
 Lanny Wadkins                   46th           T-15           dnp
 Isao Aoki                       T47            T-20           T-2
 Frank Conner                    T47            T-27           T-44
 Leonard Thompson                T47            mc             T-19
 Joe Inman                       T52            T-20           T-48
 Dave Stockton                   T52            T-56           T-7
 Jim Albus                       T55            79th           T-59
 Graham Marsh                    T55            T-27           T-40
 David Graham                    T59            mc             mc
 Chi Chi Rodriguez               T67            dnp            mc
 Larry Ziegler                   T67            T-67           dnp
 John Mahaffey                   T73            dnp            T-7

 Golftoday Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Hale Irwin
 Darkhorse   - John Jacobs

 Last week's Pick to Win (Allen Doyle) - Finished tied for 16th
 Last week's Darkhorse (Jay Sigel) - Finished tied for 16th

 NOTES:
      Ray Floyd completed the largest come-from-behind win in the history
 of the event and the first come-from-behind effort since 1992 when he came
 from six strokes back to edge both Larry Nelson and Dana Quigley. Floyd capped
 his final-round 66 with a clutch 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole.
 Quigley, who had been up by two strokes with six holes to play, hooked his
 tee shot into the left hazard on the final hole and made bogey to lose by a
 shot. Thanks to victories in both 1996 and 2000, Floyd, has won more money
 than any other player in tournament history -- $892,311. Hale Irwin, a winner
 in 1999, is second with $787,991, while another two-time winner, Dave Stockton
 (1992, 1994) is third with $654,164. In recent years, Irwin has dominated this
 event with a win, runner-up finishes in 1996 and '98 and a fourth-place finish
 last year. The starting field of 78 players is determined as follows: 1.
 The top 76 available players on the FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship
 points list starting the week following last year's event through the Farmers
 Charity Classic, the event immediately preceding the current year's FORD
 SENIOR  PLAYERS Championship; 2. At the option of the Commissioner, a total
 of two senior professionals selected by the Commissioner and the sponsoring
 organization (FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship Charities, Inc.). If two
 players are not invited under this option, then 78 players shall be
 eligible under Rule 1. In the history of the tournament, only five players
 in 18 events have opened with a round in the 70s and gone on to win. Arnold
 Palmer, who fired an even-par 72 in 1984, is the only player to not shoot
 under par in the  opening round and still win the tournament. Palmer
 opened with an even-par 72, then followed with three consecutive sub-70
 rounds to defeat Peter Thomson by three strokes. There has been just one
 playoff in the previous 18 FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championships, and that
 came in 1995, when J.C. Snead defeated Jack Nicklaus with a birdie-3 on the
 first extra hole. The FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship traditionally has
 been a favorite among "rookies" on the SENIOR PGA TOUR. Chi Chi Rodriguez
 (1986), Jack Nicklaus (1990), Jim Albus (1991) and Dave Stockton (1992) all
 won in their first appearances at the event. In their maiden voyages around
 the TPC of Michigan, Lee Trevino, Hubert Green, Isao Aoki, Raymond Floyd,
 Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan, Jay Sigel, Jim Colbert, Bruce Fleisher and Tom Kite
 all finished in the top 10. In the previous 18 events, the winner has shot
 over par just four times in one of his rounds. Gary Player had a 73 in the
 second  round in 1987, Billy Casper posted a 74 in the third round in 1988,
 Jim Albus shot a second-round 74 in 1991 and Raymond Floyd finished with a
 73 in 1996. From  1990  through  last year's event, the first-round
 leader or co-leader of the FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship has gone on to
 win the event just three times -- and only once has that happened since
 1991 (Larry Gilbert - 1997). Second-round leaders or co-leaders have
 claimed six of the last 11 FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championships, including
 three of the last five. Leaders or co-leaders after 54 holes have won the
 FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship eight of 11 times since 1990, including
 three straight years from 1997-99. Hole No. 12 was the toughest hole at the
 2000 FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship with an average score of 3.318 or
.318 over par. It was also the 18th most difficult on the SENIOR TOUR for the
 year. Hole No. 14 ranked as the second hardest at 4.266 (+.266). That
 ranked 41st overall. Hole #7 was the easiest at last year's event, and it
 was also the sixth easiest on the SENIOR TOUR in 2000 with an average score
 of 4.455 (-.545). The TPC of Michigan ranked 16th among 38 courses on the
 SENIOR TOUR, with an average score of 72.506 or .506 over par. There have
 been seven holes-in-one in tournament history. The most recent came last year
 when John Jacobs had one at the eighth hole in the third round. Arnold Palmer
 is the only player in tournament history to go wire-to-wire for his victory.
 Palmer did so in 1985, when he was an 11-stroke victor over four players at
 the Canterbury Golf Club in Cleveland, Ohio. The TPC of Michigan has hosted
 this tournament since 1991. This event was held at Canterbury Country Club in
 Cleveland the first four years, followed by the TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte
 Vedra, Florida and Dearborn Country Club in Michigan. Dave Stockton and Arnold
 Palmer are the only players to win this event twice and Palmer is the only
 player to win this event two straight years. Bob Charles has posted seven
 top-10 finishes at this event, while Miller Barber, Palmer, Lee Trevino and
 Floyd have posted six. This is the final "Major" on the Senior Tour. Doug
 Tewell won the The Tradition, Tom Watson captured the Senior PGA
 Championship and Bruce Fleisher captured the U.S. Senior Open. The winner of this event
 will join the three major championship winners at the Senior Slam in December.
 There have been 15 different winners in the 18-year history of this event. The
 purse was increased by $200,000 from last year. The Senior Tour moves to
 Illinois next week for the SBC Senior Open where Tom Kite will defend his
 title at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

 

 

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