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October 26-28


AT&T Championship


WHEN FRED COUPLES is on his game, he can be very difficult to beat, which he proved at last year’s AT&T Championship. He opened with rounds of 65-62 and closed with a 66 to win by seven strokes. It was the largest winning margin on the Champions Tour. “I haven’t had a seven-shot lead since ‘92 or ‘90 or whenever the heck it was,” said Couples, who won for the second time in 2011 and the sixth time since joining the Champions Tour. “I probably may never ever get another one. It’s a weird feeling, and I was kind of unnerved (on the front side). But once we got to the back nine, I played much better and I pulled away to a lead that was plenty.” It turned out 66 was a popular number. Mark


Calcavecchia fired a 66 to finish second while Charles Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman and John Cook also shot 66s and tied for third at 14-under par.


“UNLESS MARK WAS GOING TO BIRDIE EVERY HOLE, THE ODDS WERE AGAINST HIM CATCHING ME.” – Fred Couples


COUPLES SETS A RECORD Couples’ 54-hole total of 193 broke the tournament record of 195 set by Mark McNulty in 2005 on the par-71 Oak Hills Country Club course. Calcavecchia,


second in the Schwab Cup


Fred Couples won by an impressive seven strokes.


standings, did make a run of sorts at Couples. After Couples just missed a birdie putt from five feet on No. 7, Calcavecchia made a 10-footer for birdie on the par-3 eighth. Another birdie from 12 feet on No. 10 cut Couples’ lead to four strokes but Couples responded with birdies of five of the last eight holes. “Even then I knew I was in a battle for second,”


Calcavecchia said, “and that’s what I was aiming for.” Calcavecchia just missed another birdie on


No. 11 from 15 and Couples made his from eight feet to move the lead back to five. He holed a 10-footer No. 12 to go to 20 under and six ahead. “Nos. 11 and 12 are very good driving holes and


those were probably two of the best drives I hit all day and I birdied both of them,” said Couples. “Unless Mark was going to birdie every hole, the odds were against him catching me.” ■


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP STANDINGS PLAYER


Tom Lehman Olin Browne


Mark Calcavecchia Nick Price


Russ Cochran Tom Watson Peter Senior John Cook David Eger


Mark O’Meara www.pgatour.com


EVENTS 14


16 15 15 11 8


15 16 15 14


POINTS 1,661


1,370 1,278 1,181 1,163 1,131 1,031 868 862 856


291 383 480 498 530 630 793 799 805


3 1 -


1 1 1 -


3 1 -


8 7 9 9 7 4 8 4 5 6


POINTS BEHIND WINS TOP 10 -


26


Fred Couples finished


the 54-hole


tournament with 26 birdies, nine more than John Cook and Mark


Calcavecchia. He was a combined 14-under-par on the back nine in his three rounds with 15 birdies.


Course Insight TPC San


TPC San Antonio (AT&T Canyons Course) (Par 72/6,932 yards) San Antonio, Texas


Antonio (AT&T


Canyons Course) Working with PGA TOUR player/consultant Bruce Lietzke, Pete Dye crafted the par-72, 6,932- yard AT&T Canyons Course in a traditional style, taking advantage of the natural, rolling terrain. “Our goal was crafting a course that fits harmoniously with its surroundings, so we took full advantage of the dramatic vistas, indigenous flora and beautiful rolling terrain,” said Dye. The course features generous fairways, stands of oak and cedar trees, and panoramic views of the nearby Cibolo Canyons. Its sister course, the AT&T Oaks Course, designed by Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia, hosts the PGA TOUR’s Valero Texas Open.


Tournament Record 193, Fred Couples, 2011


Tournament 18-Hole Record 62, Gil Morgan, 2004 (Oak Hills); Fred Couples, 2011 (AT&T Canyons)


GOLF CHANNEL


Ticket Information www.attchamp.com


PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2012 215


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