Verizon Classic
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US Senior PGA Tour: Verizon Classic
Tournament Players Club of Tampa, Lutz, Fla
16-18 February 2001

Event History

Year Winner        Score Runner-up     Score

1988 Dale Douglass   210 Orville Moody   212
1989 +Bob Charles    207 Jim Ferree      207
                         Harold Henning
                         Dave Hill
1990 Mike Hill       207 Lee Trevino     209
1991 Bob Charles     210 George Archer   214
                         Lee Trevino
1992 +Jim Colbert    200 George Archer   200
1993 Jim Albus       206 Don Bies        208
                         Gibby Gilbert
1994 Rocky Thompson  201 Raymond Floyd   202
1995 Dave Stockton   204 Bob Charles     206
                         Jim Colbert
                         J.C. Snead
1996 Jack Nicklaus   211 J.C. Snead      212
             GTE CLASSIC
1997 David Graham    211 J.C. Snead      212
1998 Jim Albus       207 Simon Hobday    208
             GTE Classic
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1999 Larry Nelson    205 Bruce Fleisher  207
             GTE Classic
2000 Bruce Fleisher  200 Dana Quigley    204 

The following players are entered:

Tommy Aaron                 David Graham                Christy O'Connor
Jim Albus                        Hubert Green                  Jesse Patino
Isao Aoki                        Walter Hall                      Gary Player
George Archer                Mark Hayes                     Jimmy Powell
Hugh Baiocchi                Harold Henning               ana Quigley
Miller Barber                   Mike Hill                         Sammy Rachels
John Bland                      Bill Holstead                   Chi Chi Rodriguez
Jose Maria Canizares     Joe Inman                      Tom Shaw
Bob Charles                    Hale Irwin                       J.C. Snead
Charles Coody               Tom Jenkins                    Dave Stockton
Jim Dent                         Gene Littler                     Bruce Summerhays
Terry Dill                        David Lundstrom            Doug Tewell
Ed Dougherty                 John Mahaffey                 Leonard Thompson
Dale Douglass               Graham Marsh                 Rocky Thompson
Allen Doyle                    Terry Mauney                  Jim Thorpe
Bob Duval                      Gary McCord                    Lee Trevino
Bob Eastwood                Mike McCullough             Howard Twitty
Dave Eichelberger         Jerry McGee                    Steve Veriato
Vicente Fernandez        Orville Moody                   Lanny Wadkins
* Bruce Fleisher            Gil Morgan                        Bobby Walzel
Ray Floyd                       Walter Morgan                  Tom Wargo
Al Geiberger                   Bob Murphy                     Tom Watson
Gibby Gilbert                  Larry Nelson                    DeWitt Weaver
Bob Gilder                       Jack Nicklaus
Stewart Ginn                   Andy North

* - defending champion

The Course

This course weaves through lakes and protected wetlands and features well-mounded fairways and large, undulating greens. Water hazards come into play on fifteen holes. The back nine is the most challenging part of the course. The signature hole is #15, a 438-yard, par 4, which is said to be the fourth hardest hole on the Senior PGA Tour.

Year Built 1991
Designer Bobby Weed
Number of Holes 18-hole
Greens Bermuda Grass
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Water Hazards in Play Yes
Number of Sand Bunkers 71-80

Hole 1, Par 4 - 395 Yards
Dogleg right. Green protected by bunker at left front and drop-off beyond.

Hole 10, Par 4 - 395 Yards.
Bunkers and out-of-bounds to left and water to right of fairway. Green has water on right and cypress mitigation on left with runoffs behind and left.

Hole 2, Par 3 - 191 Yards
Two-tiered green with cypress head to the left.
Hole 11, Par 3 - 179 Yards.
Cypress mitigation area on right, left-hand greenside bunker.
Hole 3, Par 4 - 425 Yards
Well bunkered green with cypress head in drive zone.
Hole 12, Par 5 - 495 Yards
Fairway bunker and two lakes on right of hole.
Hole 4, Par 4 - 427 Yards
Fairway bunkers to left and lake to right. Green drops off severely at rear.
Hole 13, Par 4 - 345 Yards
Elevated green.
Hole 5, Par 4 - 332 Yards
Fairway bunkers to right centre and cypress hed on left.
Hole 14, Par 5 - 588 Yards
Water to left of green and bunkers to right. Unique mowing pattern on green.
Hole 6, Par 3 - 144 Yards
Elevated green with bunker to left. Wind is a factor.
Hole 15, Par 4 - 452 Yards
Leftside lagoon and wetlands. Bunkers on both sides of green.
Hole 7, Par 5 - 541 Yards
Leftside lagoon and wetland area.
Hole 16, Par 4 - 430 Yards
Leftside fairway bunkers. Bunkers short right of green.
Hole 8, Par 4 - 414 Yards
Cypress head to right and water on entire left side. Large green.
Hole 17, Par 3 - 217 Yards
Long tee shot.
Hole 9, Par 4 - 472 Yards
Pines to left of fairway and waterhazard to left of two-tiered green.
Hole 18, Par 4 - 456 Yards
Fairway bunkers and water to right. Water hazard on right of green.



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