Atlanta Classic

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The Atlanta Classic was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour, a regular stop in suburban Atlanta for over four decades. It was founded in 1967, although previous events dating to 1934 are included in the PGA Tour's past winners list. AT&T was the last title sponsor of the tournament.

Atlanta Classic
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Tournament information
LocationDuluth, Georgia
Established1967 (1934)
Course(s)TPC at Sugarloaf
Length7,311 yards (6,685 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$5.5 million
Final year2008
Tournament record score
Aggregate260 Phil Mickelson (2006)
To par−28 as above
Final champion
Japan Ryuji Imada
Duluth is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Duluth is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Location in Georgia

From 1967 to 1996, it was played at the Atlanta Country Club in Marietta, northwest of Atlanta. From 1997 to 2008, it was played over the Stables and Meadows nines at TPC at Sugarloaf in Duluth, northeast of Atlanta.

For most of its years, the Atlanta tournament was usually held in May. From 19992006, it was moved to early April, the week before the Masters. Its final two editions were in mid-May, a week after the Players Championship (which was moved from late March). The tournament was cancelled after the 2008 season.[2]

This event is not to be confused with the AT&T Champions Classic played in Valencia, California, a Champions Tour (now PGA Tour Champions) tournament which bore the "AT&T Classic" name in 2006, prior to AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth. It was cancelled after the 2009 season.

TPC Sugarloaf currently hosts an annual PGA Tour Champions event, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, which debuted in 2013.


Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
AT&T Classic
2008 Ryuji Imada   Japan 273 −15 Playoff   Kenny Perry 990,000
2007 Zach Johnson (2)   United States 273 −15 Playoff   Ryuji Imada 972,000
BellSouth Classic
2006 Phil Mickelson (3)   United States 260 −28 13 strokes   Zach Johnson
  José María Olazábal
2005 Phil Mickelson (2)   United States 208 −8 Playoff   Arjun Atwal
  Rich Beem
  Brandt Jobe
  José María Olazábal
2004 Zach Johnson   United States 275 −13 1 stroke   Mark Hensby 810,000
2003 Ben Crane   United States 272 −16 4 strokes   Bob Tway 720,000
2002 Retief Goosen   South Africa 272 −16 4 strokes   Jesper Parnevik 684,000
2001 Scott McCarron (2)   United States 280 −8 3 strokes   Mike Weir 594,000
2000 Phil Mickelson   United States 205 −11 Playoff   Gary Nicklaus 504,000
1999 David Duval   United States 270 −18 2 strokes   Stewart Cink 450,000
1998 Tiger Woods   United States 271 −17 1 stroke   Jay Don Blake 324,000
1997 Scott McCarron   United States 274 −14 3 strokes   David Duval
  Brian Henninger
  Lee Janzen
1996 Paul Stankowski   United States 280 −8 Playoff   Brandel Chamblee 234,000
1995 Mark Calcavecchia   United States 271 −17 2 strokes   Jim Gallagher Jr. 234,000
1994 John Daly   United States 274 −14 1 stroke   Nolan Henke
  Brian Henninger
1993 Nolan Henke   United States 271 −17 2 strokes   Mark Calcavecchia
  Nick Price
  Tom Sieckmann
1992 Tom Kite (2)   United States 272 −16 3 strokes   Jay Don Blake 180,000
BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic
1991 Corey Pavin   United States 272 −16 Playoff   Steve Pate 180,000
1990 Wayne Levi (2)   United States 275 −13 1 stroke   Keith Clearwater
  Larry Mize
  Nick Price
1989 Scott Simpson   United States 278 −10 Playoff   Bob Tway 162,000
Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic
1988 Larry Nelson (2)   United States 268 −20 1 stroke   Chip Beck 126,000
1987 Dave Barr   Canada 265 −23 4 strokes   Larry Mize 108,000
1986 Bob Tway   United States 269 −19 2 strokes   Hal Sutton 90,000
1985 Wayne Levi   United States 273 −15 Playoff   Steve Pate 90,000
1984 Tom Kite   United States 269 −19 5 strokes   Don Pooley 72,000
1983 Calvin Peete   United States 206 −10 2 strokes   Chip Beck
  Jim Colbert
  Don Pooley
1982 Keith Fergus   United States 273 −15 Playoff   Raymond Floyd 54,000
Atlanta Classic
1981 Tom Watson   United States 277 −11 Playoff   Tommy Valentine 54,000
1980 Larry Nelson   United States 270 −18 7 strokes   Andy Bean
  Don Pooley
1979 Andy Bean   United States 265 −23 8 strokes   Joe Inman 54,000
1978 Jerry Heard   United States 269 −19 2 strokes   Lou Graham
  Bob Murphy
  Tom Watson
1977 Hale Irwin (2)   United States 273 −15 1 stroke   Steve Veriato 40,000
1976 No tournament. The U.S. Open was played at nearby Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course)
1975 Hale Irwin   United States 271 −17 4 strokes   Tom Watson 45,000
1974 No tournament. Instead, the Atlanta Country Club hosted the first-ever Players Championship
1973 Jack Nicklaus   United States 272 −16 2 strokes   Tom Weiskopf 30,000
1972 Bob Lunn (2)   United States 275 −13 2 strokes   Gary Player 26,000
1971 Gardner Dickinson   United States 275 −13 Playoff   Jack Nicklaus 25,000
1970 Tommy Aaron   United States 275 −13 1 stroke   Dan Sikes 25,000
1969 Bert Yancey   United States 277 −11 Playoff   Bruce Devlin 23,000
1968 Bob Lunn   United States 280 −8 3 strokes   Lee Trevino 23,000
1967 Bob Charles   New Zealand 282 −6 2 strokes   Tommy Bolt
  Richard Crawford
  Gardner Dickinson
Previous events recognized by the PGA Tour

Atlanta Open

Atlanta Invitational

Atlanta Open

Tournament highlightsEdit

  • 1967: Bob Charles wins the first modern era PGA Tour event played in Atlanta. He finishes two shots ahead of Gardner Dickinson, Tommy Bolt, and Richard Crawford.[3]
  • 1968; Bob Lunn is victorious for the second straight week on the PGA Tour. He wins by three shots over Lee Trevino.[4]
  • 1970: Georgia native Tommy Aaron wins by one shot over Dan Sikes.[5] Tom Weiskopf came to the 72nd hole tied with Aaron but closed with a double bogey.
  • 1972: Bob Lunn becomes the tournament's first repeat winner. He beats Gary Player by two shots.[6]
  • 1977: Hale Irwin becomes the first Atlanta champion to successfully defend his title. He beats Steve Veriato by two shots.[7]
  • 1979: Andy Bean shoots a third round 61 on his way to an 8-stroke victory over Joe Inman.[8]
  • 1980: Georgian Larry Nelson wins by seven shots over Don Pooley and defending champion Andy Bean.[9]
  • 1983: Calvin Peete shoots a final round 63, including a hole out for birdie from a bunker on the 71st hole. He wins by two shots over Chip Beck, Jim Colbert, and Don Pooley.[10]
  • 1986: Bob Tway shoots a final round 64 to win by two shots over Hal Sutton.[11]
  • 1988 Larry Nelson birdies the 72nd hole to become a two-time winner of the tournament. He edges Chip Beck by one shot.[12]
  • 1990: Wayne Levi birdies the 72nd hole in near darkness to earn his first PGA Tour win in five years. He finishes one shot ahead of Nick Price, Keith Clearwater, and Larry Mize.[13]
  • 1992: Tom Kite begins the final round bogey-bogey before making six consecutive birdies on his way to a three shot victory over Jay Don Blake.[14] Amateur David Duval, a junior at Georgia Tech held the 54 hole lead[15] by two strokes before shooting a final round 79 to finish T13.[16]
  • 1994: John Daly wins by one shot over Brian Henninger and defending champion Nolan Henke. Afterwards Daly says "This is the first tournament I've won on the PGA Tour in a sober fashion."[17]
  • 1996: Sixth alternate Paul Stankowski birdies the first sudden death playoff hole to defeat Brandel Chamblee.[18]
  • 1998: Tiger Woods notches his only victory of the year in Atlanta. He finishes one shot ahead of Jay Don Blake.[19]
  • 2000: Phil Mickelson wins for the first time in Atlanta. He birdies the first hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Gary Nicklaus.[20]
  • 2003: Ben Crane shoots a final round 63 to win by four shots over Bob Tway.[21]
  • 2006: Mickelson dominates the field, using two drivers in preparation for the Masters the following week. He concluded with an eagle on the 72nd hole to post a score of 28-under-par, a career best. Mickelson won by 13 strokes over José María Olazábal and Zach Johnson, and would go on to win the Masters the next week.
  • 2007: Zach Johnson seems to like playing golf in Georgia. His third career PGA Tour victory like his first two, the 2004 BellSouth Classic and the 2007 Masters Tournament take place in the state. He defeats Ryuji Imada on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.[22]
  • 2008: The last version of the tournament sees Ryuji Imada win in a sudden death playoff over Kenny Perry.[23]


  1. ^ "AT&T Classic". ESPN. May 18, 2008. Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Golf: Valero Texas Open may move to spring[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Bob Charles wins Atlanta Classic
  4. ^ Lunn Atlanta victor for second straight
  5. ^ Aaron conquers Atlanta
  6. ^ Bob Lunn triumphs in Atlanta Classic
  7. ^ Irwin edges crowd favorite Veritato in Atlanta Classic
  8. ^ Andy Bean romps to easy Atlanta Classic victory
  9. ^ Nelson sails to Atlanta golf title
  10. ^ Peete fires a 63 to win at Atlanta
  11. ^ Tway wins by 2 strokes in Atlanta
  12. ^ Nelson Loses Big Lead but Wins With Birdie on Last Hole
  13. ^ Wayne Levi takes Atlanta Classic
  14. ^ Battling Kite wins Atlanta Classic
  15. ^ Amateur Duval takes two-shot lead at Atlanta
  16. ^ Kite wins Masters pass with Atlanta Classic win
  17. ^ Clean sober Daly wins at BellSouth
  18. ^ Wow! Cool! Stankowski wins BellSouth, gets spot in Masters
  19. ^ Woods upbeat after taking BellSouth
  20. ^ Mickelson beats Nicklaus
  21. ^ Crane claims Classic title
  22. ^ Johnson captures Atlanta Classic
  23. ^ Japan's Imada wins Atlanta Classic play-off

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Coordinates: 33°59′53″N 84°06′32″W / 33.998°N 84.109°W / 33.998; -84.109