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THE LOWDOWN.

Course Harding Park, San Francisco Prize money $2.5m ($440,000 to winner) Length 7,131 yards. Par 71 Field Top 30 on Champions Tour money list Course winner taking part John Cook Course record 61 Michael Allen (2010) When to bet By 4pm today Time difference California is seven hours behind UK and Ireland (until US clocks go back on Sunday) Course overview Opened to the public in 1925 and designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting who charged just $300 for their services, Harding Park is a municipal course so highly rated that it hosted a number of main tour events in the 1960s until it became underfunded. Its nadir came in 1998 when it was used as a car park for the US Open being played at the nearby Olympic Club. It was brought back to its former glories and by 2005 was ready to stage the WGC-American Express Championship won by Tiger Woods. Four years later the Presidents Cup was also played on this demanding layout bordered on three sides by Lake Merced. Last year the Charles Schwab Cup Championship moved from Sonoma to Harding but the winner stayed the same with John Cook making a successful defence Story of last year John Cook set the pace with a 64 and held on to his lead until Michael Allen came past him with a 61 in round three. Back came Cook with a 67 to Allen's 70 on Sunday to claim his second Schwab title by two shots Weather forecast Cool and showery Type of player suited to challenge Cook and Allen are among the straightest drivers on the senior circuit. Staying out of the cypress trees is the path to success Key attribute Accuracy
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2011
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