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The Doral Open was a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in the southeastern United States. It was played annually for 45 seasons, from 1962 to 2006, on the "Blue Monster" course at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Florida, a suburb west of Miami.

Doral Open
LocationDoral, Florida, U.S.
Established1962
Course(s)Doral Golf Resort & Spa
Par72
Length7,266 yards (6,644 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$5.5 million
Month playedMarch
Final year2006
Aggregate264 Tiger Woods (2005)
To par−24 Tiger Woods (2005)
United States Tiger Woods
 Doral  is located in the United States
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Doral  is located in Florida
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The introduction of the FedEx Cup in 2007 caused a change in the PGA Tour schedule. The WGC-CA Championship, a World Golf Championship event co-sponsored by the PGA Tour, moved from October to March and took the Doral Open's spot on the schedule. This championship was also held at the Blue Monster course for the next decade; it was renamed the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2011 and continued at Doral through 2016. The resort was sold in 2012 and became Trump National Doral Miami. The PGA Tour Latinoamérica development tour will host the season-ending Shell Championship in December 2018 on the Golden Palm course to continue the PGA Tour's tradition of hosting at Doral.[2]

HistoryEdit

The tournament was played at various points in March, and sometimes in late February. Both the tournament's title and sponsor changed over the years, and included Ford Motor Company, Genuity, Ryder, and Eastern Air Lines. The Doral Golf Resort & Spa was formerly known as the Doral Country Club and was the sister hotel to the famous Doral Hotel on the ocean in Miami Beach, Florida.

The tournament usually attracted one of the strongest fields on the PGA Tour outside of the major championships and the World Golf Championships. The champions at Doral include major winners Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, Raymond Floyd, Greg Norman, Hubert Green, Ben Crenshaw, Lanny Wadkins, Tom Kite, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, and Tiger Woods.

In 2005, nine of the top ten players in the official world rankings participated. After an exciting final round duel with then-World Number 4 Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods won by a shot to regain the number one ranking he had lost six months earlier to Vijay Singh, who finished in a tie for third.[3]

The 2006 Ford Championship at Doral marked the end of the Doral Open tournament and the field again included nine of the top ten in the world rankings. Woods repeated as champion, one-stroke ahead of runners-up Camilo Villegas and David Toms.[1]

The historical broadcaster of the event was CBS Sports. With the PGA Tour's first centralized TV deal in 1999, the Southern Swing, including Doral, was assigned to NBC Sports. NBC covered the event until its conclusion as a regular event, and continued for its ten years as a World Golf Championship.

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Score To Par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Ford Championship at Doral
2006 Tiger Woods (2)   United States 268 −20 1 stroke   David Toms
  Camilo Villegas
990,000
2005 Tiger Woods   United States 264 −24 1 stroke   Phil Mickelson 990,000
2004 Craig Parry   Australia 271 −17 Playoff   Scott Verplank 900,000
2003 Scott Hoch   United States 271 −17 Playoff   Jim Furyk 900,000
Genuity Championship
2002 Ernie Els   South Africa 271 −17 2 strokes   Tiger Woods 846,000
2001 Joe Durant   United States 270 −18 2 strokes   Mike Weir 810,000
Doral-Ryder Open
2000 Jim Furyk   United States 265 −23 2 strokes   Franklin Langham 540,000
1999 Steve Elkington (2)   Australia 275 −13 1 stroke   Greg Kraft 540,000
1998 Michael Bradley   United States 278 −10 1 stroke   John Huston
  Billy Mayfair
360,000
1997 Steve Elkington   Australia 275 −13 2 strokes   Larry Nelson
  Nick Price
324,000
1996 Greg Norman (3)   Australia 269 −19 2 strokes   Michael Bradley
  Vijay Singh
324,000
1995 Nick Faldo   England 273 −15 1 stroke   Peter Jacobsen
  Greg Norman
270,000
1994 John Huston   United States 274 −14 3 strokes   Billy Andrade
  Brad Bryant
252,000
1993 Greg Norman (2)   Australia 265 −23 4 strokes   Paul Azinger
  Mark McCumber
252,000
1992 Raymond Floyd (3)   United States 271 −17 2 strokes   Keith Clearwater
  Fred Couples
252,000
1991 Rocco Mediate   United States 276 −12 Playoff   Curtis Strange 252,000
1990 Greg Norman   Australia 273 −15 Playoff   Paul Azinger
  Mark Calcavecchia
  Tim Simpson
252,000
1989 Bill Glasson   United States 275 −13 1 stroke   Fred Couples 234,000
1988 Ben Crenshaw   United States 274 −14 1 stroke   Chip Beck
  Mark McCumber
180,000
1987 Lanny Wadkins   United States 277 −11 3 strokes   Seve Ballesteros
  Tom Kite
  Don Pooley
180,000
Doral-Eastern Open
1986 Andy Bean (3)   United States 276 −12 Playoff   Hubert Green 90,000
1985 Mark McCumber (2)   United States 284 −4 1 stroke   Tom Kite 72,000
1984 Tom Kite   United States 272 −16 2 strokes   Jack Nicklaus 72,000
1983 Gary Koch   United States 271 −17 5 strokes   Ed Fiori 54,000
1982 Andy Bean (2)   United States 278 −10 1 stroke   Scott Hoch
  Mike Nicolette
  Jerry Pate
54,000
1981 Raymond Floyd (2)   United States 273 −15 1 stroke   Keith Fergus
  David Graham
45,000
1980 Raymond Floyd   United States 279 −9 Playoff   Jack Nicklaus 45,000
1979 Mark McCumber   United States 279 −9 1 stroke   Bill Rogers 45,000
1978 Tom Weiskopf   United States 272 −16 1 stroke   Jack Nicklaus 40,000
1977 Andy Bean   United States 277 −11 1 stroke   David Graham 40,000
1976 Hubert Green   United States 270 −18 6 strokes   Mark Hayes
  Jack Nicklaus
40,000
1975 Jack Nicklaus (2)   United States 276 −12 3 strokes   Forrest Fezler
  Bert Yancey
30,000
1974 Buddy Allin   United States 272 −16 1 stroke   Jerry Heard 30,000
1973 Lee Trevino   United States 276 −12 1 stroke   Bruce Crampton
  Tom Weiskopf
30,000
1972 Jack Nicklaus   United States 276 −12 2 strokes   Bob Rosburg
  Lee Trevino
30,000
Doral-Eastern Open Invitational
1971 J. C. Snead   United States 275 −13 1 stroke   Gardner Dickinson 30,000
1970 Mike Hill   United States 279 −9 4 strokes   Jim Colbert 30,000
Doral Open Invitational
1969 Tom Shaw   United States 276 −12 1 stroke   Tommy Aaron 30,000
1968 Gardner Dickinson   United States 275 −13 1 stroke   Tom Weiskopf 20,000
1967 Doug Sanders (2)   United States 275 −9 1 stroke   Harold Henning
  Art Wall, Jr.
20,000
1966 Phil Rodgers   United States 278 −10 1 stroke   Jay Dolan
  Kermit Zarley
20,000
1965 Doug Sanders   United States 274 −14 1 stroke   Bruce Devlin 11,000
1964 Billy Casper (2)   United States 277 −11 1 stroke   Jack Nicklaus 7,500
Doral C.C. Open Invitational
1963 Dan Sikes   United States 283 −5 1 stroke   Sam Snead 9,000
1962 Billy Casper   United States 283 −5 1 stroke   Paul Bondeson 9,000

Multiple winnersEdit

Nine men won this tournament more than once.

Tournament highlightsEdit

  • 1962: Billy Casper down by four shots with eight holes to go, comes back to win the inaugural version of the tournament. He beats Pete Bondeson by one shot.[4]
  • 1964: Billy Casper becomes Doral's first repeat winner. He finishes one shot ahead of Jack Nicklaus.[5]
  • 1965: Doug Sanders, winner the week before at the Pensacola Open, comes out victorious at Doral for the first time. He beats Bruce Devlin by one shot.[6]
  • 1969: Tom Shaw holds on to win his first ever PGA Tour title by one shot over Tommy Aaron in spite of making both a triple bogey and a double bogey during the tournament's final nine holes.[7]
  • 1973: Lee Trevino shoots a first round 64 on his way to a wire to wire victory. He finishes one shot ahead of Bruce Crampton and Tom Weiskopf.[8]
  • 1976: Hubert Green shoots a tournament record 270 for 72 holes on his way to a six-shot win over Mark Hayes and Jack Nicklaus.[9]
  • 1977: Andy Bean takes home his first Doral title on his 24th birthday. He edges David Graham by one shot.[10]
  • 1978: Previously a three-time runner-up at Doral, Tom Weiskopf wins by one shot over Jack Nicklaus in spite of a final round 65 by the Golden Bear that included his holing out three wedge shots during the tournament's closing 18 holes.[11]
  • 1979: Monday morning qualifier Mark McCumber wins by one shot over Bill Rogers.[12]
  • 1980: Doral for the first time ever goes to sudden death to determine the winner. On the second playoff hole, Raymond Floyd chips in from just off the green to beat Jack Nicklaus.[13]
  • 1981: Raymond Floyd becomes the first Doral champion to successfully defend his title. He wins by one shot over Keith Fergus and David Graham.[14]
  • 1986: Andy Bean defeats Hubert Green on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff to become Doral's first three-time winner.[15]
  • 1988: Ben Crenshaw birdies the 72nd hole to win by one shot over Chip Beck and Mark McCumber.[16]
  • 1990: Greg Norman shoots a final round 62. Then on the first hole of a sudden death playoff with Tim Simpson, Mark Calcavecchia, and Paul Azinger, he chips in for eagle to take home the title.[17]
  • 1993: Greg Norman sets a new Doral record for 72 holes of 265 on his way to four stroke victory over Paul Azinger and Mark McCumber.[18]
  • 1994: John Huston, playing most of the final 18 holes by himself after his player partner Fred Couples withdraws due to injury, wins by three shots over Brad Bryant and Billy Andrade.[19]
  • 1999: Steve Elkington shoots a final round 64 to earn his second win at Doral. He edges Greg Kraft by one shot.[20]
  • 2004: On the first hole of a sudden death playoff with Scott Verplank, Craig Parry wins by holing out a 7-iron from 176 yards.[21]
  • 2006: In spite of bogeying the final two holes, Tiger Woods holds on to win Doral for the second consecutive year. He finishes one shot ahead of David Toms and Camilo Villegas.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ferguson, Doug (March 6, 2006). "Woods gets exactly what he needs to win again at Doral". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. D1.
  2. ^ "PGA Tour Latinoamérica moves season-ending tournament to Doral, Florida". PGA Tour. October 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Tiger wins a close deal at Doral". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. March 7, 2005. p. C4.
  4. ^ Casper wins $9,000
  5. ^ Billy Casper wins 7,500 in Doral Open
  6. ^ Sanders picks up $11,000 at Doral
  7. ^ Likeable Tom Shaw victor in Doral Open golf tourney
  8. ^ Trevino cures putting woes to capture Doral
  9. ^ Hubert Green runs away with Doral
  10. ^ Newcomer Andy Bean winner in Doral golf
  11. ^ Routine Greatness
  12. ^ Rookie Mark McCumber collects victory in Doral-Eastern Open
  13. ^ Ray outshoots Jack at the O.K. Doral
  14. ^ Ray Floyd repeats Doral win
  15. ^ Green's collapse gives Bean Doral win
  16. ^ Crenshaw hangs tough for one-shot win at Doral
  17. ^ Norman beats 3 in Doral Playoff
  18. ^ Doral field devoured by Norman
  19. ^ Huston goes it alone to win Doral Open
  20. ^ Elkington rallies at Doral
  21. ^ Parry holes out to win at Doral[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ Woods defends Doral title

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