It’s the last event of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series this week. The players have gathered at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
The tournament is contested over the Palm and Magnolia golf courses at the Walt Disney World Resort. It’s one round on each layout before the leading pros go on to play two further rounds of the Magnolia Course.
It’s an important week for those fighting to retain their playing rights for 2013. At the end of this event, the top 125 on the money list – entitled to a tour card next year – will be finalised.
Many will be trying to secure their spot, while others will be aiming to make it into the top-80 or top-70. Doing so will earn players invites to big-money events in 2013.
This tournament began life in 1971 as the Walt Disney World Open Invitational and the great Jack Nicklaus won the first three. Since then, other famous names like Payne Stewart, Ray Floyd, Mark O’Meara and Tiger Woods have lifted the trophy.
Last year Luke Donald produced a phenomenal final round of 64 to win the event and secure the 2011 PGA Tour money list, ahead of Webb Simpson.
Venue: Magnolia GC, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Date: Nov 8-11
Course stats: Magnolia – par 72, 7,156 yards; Palm – par 72, 6,957 yards
Purse: $4,700,000 Winner: $846,000
Defending Champion: Luke Donald (-17)
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Friday 9 – Sky Sports 4 from 6pm
Saturday 10 – Sky Sports 4 from 6pm
Sunday 11 – Sky Sports 4 from 8pm
Robert Garrigus – A form player on the PGA Tour right now and a former winner of this event. He’s ben runner-up three times in 2012.
Blake Adams – He’s been playing extremely consistently in recent weeks and had top-15 finishes in three of his last six starts.
Justin Leonard – Needs a good performance here to secure his card for next year. He’s been second in this event twice and was tied for sixth in 2007.
Key hole: 17th – Magnolia Course. A long par 4 of some 485 yards, it’s generally considered the toughest hole on the Magnolia Course. The drive is over water then they’ll be left with a mid or long iron into a tight green. This is a difficult hole to par if the pressure’s on coming down the stretch.
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