Plenty to Play For at BC Open

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While the golfing world focuses on the happenings at Royal Lytham, 156 men will do battle for a $360,000 first-place prize and a two-year PGA Tour exemption in Edicott, N.Y.
 
Brad Faxon is the two-time defending champion of this weeks $2 million B.C. Open; however, Faxon wont accomplish a three-peat at the En-Joie Golf Club. Instead, he will be among the many trying to topple Tiger Woods in the Open Championship.

A year ago, Faxon became the first repeat winner of the B.C. Open, doing so with a bit of good fortune.
 
Faxon seemed to hit more trees than fairways in the final round. His biggest break came on the 72nd hole, when leading by one over Esteban Toledo his tee shot headed due right; however, it caught a couple of branches and kicked back into the middle of the fairway.
 
Faxon was able to make par and secure his seventh career tour title.
 
I was very fortunate, Faxon said following his victory. I hit some squirrelly shots and made up for it a lot with the putter. It never seems to be easy out here. Its never like coming up the last hole with a nine-shot lead like Tiger does. Certainly, its much more suspenseful.
 
Last years B.C. Open was also contested the week of the Open Championship, which Woods won by eight strokes.
 
Past winners of this event include Hal Sutton (1995), John Daly (1992), Fred Couples (1991), Tom Kite (1978) and Gil Morgan (1977).
 
The course record is 61, set by Sutton in 1995 and tied by Fred Funk in 99. Calvin Peete (1982) holds the 72-hole tournament record at 19-under-par 265.
 
The En-Joie course was a par-71 from 1971 to 1996, but is currently a par-72.
 
Full field and tee time for the B.C. Open