2007 in golf
This article summarizes the highlights of professional and amateur golf in the year 2007.
Men's professional golfEdit
- 5–8 April: The Masters - American Zach Johnson won his first major tournament, in a high scoring week at Augusta.
- 14–17 June: U.S. Open - Ángel Cabrera became Argentina's first U.S. Open winner, claiming a victory by one stroke.
- 19–22 July: The Open Championship - Pádraig Harrington became the first European major winner of the 21st century, defeating Sergio García in a playoff.
- 9–12 August: PGA Championship - Tiger Woods won his fourth PGA Championship and 13th major.
- 19–25 February: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship - Swede Henrik Stenson defeated defending champion Geoff Ogilvy 2 and 1. Stenson moved up to fifth in the world rankings, the highest position ever attained by a Swedish male golfer. For the first time at this event no American made the final, and Chad Campbell was the only American quarterfinalist. He finished fourth after losing the playoff match to Trevor Immelman of South Africa.
- 22–25 March WGC-CA Championship - Tiger Woods won the event for the third consecutive year, and for the sixth time in his career.
- 2–5 August: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Tiger Woods repeated his CA Championship success and won the event for the third consecutive year.
FedEx Cup playoff events
- 23–26 August: The Barclays - Steve Stricker won by two shots and took the FedEx Cup points lead.
- 31 August-3 September: Deutsche Bank Championship - Phil Mickelson won by two shots and took the FedEx Cup points lead.
- 6–9 September: BMW Championship - Tiger Woods won his 60th PGA Tour event by 2 strokes over Aaron Baddeley.
- 13–16 September: The Tour Championship - Woods won his 61st PGA Tour event, running away with the tournament on an easier-than-normal East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta by 8 shots over Mark Calcavecchia and Zach Johnson. Woods also won the FedEx Cup as season champion, collecting a $10 million retirement account deposit as FedEx Cup champion in addition to the $1.26 million first prize for the tournament.
Other leading PGA Tour events
- 10–13 May: The Players Championship - American Phil Mickelson won his first Players Championship with a final round 3-under-par 69. It was the 31st win of Mickelson's career.
For a complete list of PGA Tour results see PGA Tour.
Other leading European Tour events
- 24–27 May: BMW PGA Championship - Anders Hansen from Denmark won the event after holing a 25-foot birdie putt in a sudden-death playoff against England’s Justin Rose.
- 14–17 October: HSBC World Match Play Championship - South African Ernie Els defeated Ángel Cabrera by a score of 6&4 to win this tournament for the 7th time.
- 1–4 November: Volvo Masters - Justin Rose won in a playoff to overtake Ernie Els for the Order of Merit.
For a complete list of European Tour results see 2007 European Tour.
- 27–30 September: Presidents Cup - The United States defeated the International team by a score of 19½ to 14½.
- 27–30 September: Seve Trophy - Great Britain and Ireland defeated Continental Europe by the score of 16½ to 11 ½.
- 22–25 November: 2007 Omega Mission Hills World Cup - Scotland's Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren, who were runners-up in 2006, defeat Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum of the USA in the third hole of a playoff.
- PGA Tour - Tiger Woods headed the PGA Tour money list for the eighth time, and also won the inaugural FedEx Cup.
- European Tour - Justin Rose won his first Order of Merit becoming the youngest winner since Ronan Rafferty in 1989.
- Japan Golf Tour - Toru Taniguchi topped the money list for the second time with earnings of ¥171,744,498.
- Asian Tour - Liang Wen-Chong became the first golfer from mainland China to win the Order of Merit.
- PGA Tour of Australasia - Craig Parry won the Order of Merit for the third time, with earnings of A$422,004.
- Sunshine Tour - With a change to a calendar based season, there were two Order of Merit winners on the Sunshine Tour during 2007, with tournaments held from 1 January 2007 to 25 February 2007 counting for both the 2006/07 and 2007 lists. The 2006/07 Order of Merit was headed by Charl Schwartzel of South Africa for the third consecutive season with earnings of R1,585,117.41, although Ernie Els was the leading money winner, but had not played in sufficient events to qualify for the Order of Merit. The 2007 Order of Merit was won by another South African, James Kingston with earnings of R1,980,688.65.
- 4 January: The first shot of the first FedEx Cup was hit at the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii.
- 12 January: Sixteen-year-old Tadd Fujikawa became the youngest player in 50 years to make the cut at a PGA Tour event after shooting rounds of 71 and 66 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He went on to finish tied for 20th in the tournament. Fujikawa qualified for the Sony Open by shooting 67 in the Aloha Section PGA qualifying event.
- 1 April: 20-year-old Spaniard Pablo Martin-Benavides became the first amateur golfer to win a European Tour event, at the Estoril Open de Portugal.
- 5 April: Jeev Milkha Singh was the first Indian golfer to participate in the Masters.
- 20 May: 15-year-old amateur Ryo Ishikawa won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup on the Japan Golf Tour.
- 15 July: Daniel Summerhays became the first amateur player to win a Nationwide Tour event at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational.
- 30 November: Sir Bob Charles made the cut at the Michael Hill New Zealand Open at the age of 71 and became the oldest golfer to make a cut on a European Tour event.
- PGA Tour
- Champions Tour
- Nationwide Tour
- European Tour
Other tour results
Women's professional golfEdit
- 29 March-1 April: Kraft Nabisco Championship - American Morgan Pressel claimed a one-shot victory to win her first tournament and became the youngest ever winner of an LPGA major.
- 7–10 June: LPGA Championship - Norwegian Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Championship, her first major championship, by one stroke over Karrie Webb.
- 28 June-1 July: U.S. Women's Open - American Cristie Kerr won her first major championship and tenth LPGA Tour title.
- 2–5 August: Ricoh Women's British Open - World number one Lorena Ochoa from Mexico won her first major championship.
Ladies European Tour major (in addition to the Women's British Open)
- 25–28 July: Evian Masters - American Natalie Gulbis won as a professional for the first time, beating Jeong Jang in a sudden-death playoff.
For a complete list of Ladies European Tour results see Ladies European Tour.
Additional LPGA Tour events
- 17–22 July: HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship - Seon Hwa Lee beat Ai Miyazato 2&1 for her second career victory.
- 15–18 November: LPGA Playoffs at The ADT - Lorena Ochoa emerged as the winner from a 32-player field to win the $1 million prize and raise her season earnings to just under $5 million.
For a complete list of LPGA Tour results see LPGA Tour.
- 19–21 January: Women's World Cup of Golf - Julieta Granada and Celeste Troche, representing Paraguay, won the event, held in Sun City, South Africa.
- 14–16 September: Solheim Cup - Team USA successfully defended its title, beating Europe 16 to 12 in Halmstad, Sweden, winning the Solheim Cup on foreign soil for the first time since 1996.
- 7–9 December: Lexus Cup - Team Asia took a commanding lead, winning all six matches on day one and won the event for the second consecutive year over Team International, 15-9.
Money list leaders
- LPGA Tour - Lorena Ochoa led the list with $4,364,994, becoming the first player in LPGA history to earn more than $3 million in a season.
- Ladies European Tour - Sophie Gustafson topped the Order of Merit list with earnings of 222,081.47 euros.
- Duramed Futures Tour - Emily Bastel of the United States topped the money list with earnings of $59,779.
- LPGA of Korea Tour - Jiyai Shin led the money list for the second consecutive year.
- LPGA of Japan Tour - Momoko Ueda claimed the LPGA of Japan Tour money list title, at age 21 the youngest player ever to hold the title.
- Ladies Asian Golf Tour - Da-Ye Na of Korea led the money list with US$44,500 in earnings.
- ALPG Tour - Karrie Webb of Australia topped the 2006/07 money list with A$195,000 in earnings.
- LPGA Tour Player of the Year – Lorena Ochoa
- LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year – Angela Park
- LPGA Tour Vare Trophy – Lorena Ochoa
- LET Player of the Year – Bettina Hauert
- LET Rookie of the Year – Louise Stahle
- 23 April: Lorena Ochoa took over first place in the Women's World Golf Rankings, overtaking Annika Sörenstam, who held the top position for 60 weeks, since the Rankings were introduced in February 2006.
- 29 April: Silvia Cavalleri won the Corona Championship, becoming the first Italian to win a tournament on the LPGA Tour.
- 16 July: The LPGA announced that it had acquired the Duramed FUTURES Tour effective immediately.
Senior men's professional golfEdit
- 24–27 May: Senior PGA Championship - Zimbabwean Denis Watson shot a final round 68 for his first major victory.
- 5–8 July: U.S. Senior Open - American Brad Bryant shot a final round 68 to win his first major; third-round leader Tom Watson went 8-over-par in the final 8 holes, including 3 double bogeys.
- 26–29 July: Senior British Open - American Tom Watson shot a final round 73 (+2) to win his fifth Senior Major and third Senior British Open.
- 23–26 August: JELD-WEN Tradition - Zimbabwean/Irishman Mark McNulty shot a final round 68 for his first major victory.
- 4–7 October: Senior Players Championship - American Loren Roberts shot 67-66-67-67=267 (-13) to win his third major. He was victorious by six strokes.
Money list leaders
- 22–25 May: NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships - Duke University won the team championship for the third consecutive year. Stacy Lewis of the University of Arkansas won the individual title.
- 30 May-2 June: NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships - Stanford won the team championship, its eighth and first since 1994. Jamie Lovemark of Southern California won the individual title.
- 18–23 June: The Amateur Championship - Drew Weaver of the United States defeated Tim Stewart of Australia, 2 & 1.
- 6–12 August: U.S. Women's Amateur - Maria José Uribe of Colombia defeated Amanda Blumenherst of the United States, 1 up.
- 20–26 August: U.S. Amateur - Colt Knost of the United States defeated fellow American Michael Thompson, 2 & 1. Knost, who won the 2007 U.S. Amateur Public Links on 14 July, became only the second man to win both the U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Amateur in the same year, and only the sixth person to win two USGA individual championships in the same year.
- 8–9 September: Walker Cup - The United States defeated Great Britain & Ireland 12½ to 11½.
World Golf Hall of Fame inducteesEdit
The following individuals were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on 12 November:
Table of resultsEdit
This table summarises all the results referred to above in date order.
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