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Fast facts: Champions Tour Encompass Insurance Pro Am of Tampa Bay

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Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay

When/where: Friday-April 15, TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz

Purse: $1.6 million ($240,000 winner's share)

TV: Friday, 12:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 p.m. (taped); Sunday, 7 p.m. (taped); Golf Channel.

Format: 54-hole stroke-play event with no cut. Friday-Saturday one amateur with one professional in a team better-ball format. Low 16 teams play Sunday.

Defending champion: John Cook

Notable pros scheduled to play: Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, Curtis Strange, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Brad Faxon

Notable celebrities: Rick Pitino, Craig T. Nelson, John O'Hurley, Stone Phillips, Joe Theismann, Ronde Barber, Derrick Brooks, Phil Esposito

Tourney information: tampabayproam.com

Notes: This is the 25th anniversary of the Senior/Champions Tour in Tampa Bay. … Palm Harbor's John Huston makes his Champions Tour debut in the Tampa Bay area this week. Huston has won seven times on the tour; five of the wins have come in Florida. … Encompass Insurance is a one-year sponsor of the event. It will sponsor a tour event in Chicago in 2013. Outback Steakhouse pulled out as title sponsor after the 2011 event. A title sponsor is needed for the 2013 tournament.

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