Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
The Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour in Nevada. Founded 38 years ago in 1983, it is the fourth event of the Tour's 2019–20 wrap-around season and is played annually in October in Las Vegas. It is currently held at the TPC Summerlin, west of central Las Vegas at an approximate average elevation of 2,700 feet (820 m) above sea level.
|Location||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Course(s)||TPC at Summerlin|
|Length||7,255 yards (6,634 m)|
|Organized by||Shriners Hospitals for Children|
|Format||Stroke play – 72 holes|
(90 holes, 1983–2003)
|Prize fund||$7 million|
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||328 (90 holes)|
260 (72 holes) – details
|To par||−31 (90 holes)|
−25 (72 holes) – details
Known by various titles, it was originally played over five rounds (90 holes) over several other courses. When created in 1983, it had the highest purse on tour at $750,000. Tiger Woods recorded his first PGA Tour victory at Las Vegas in October 1996, in a playoff over 1993 champion Davis Love III. The format was changed to 72 holes in 2004.
In 2007 the tournament announced that the Shriners Hospitals for Children would take over the operations of the tournament, and that the Las Vegas Founders, a volunteer group, would no longer be involved with the event. The following year Fry's Electronics, chief presenting sponsor in 2006 and 2007, ended their association with the event, choosing to concentrate on a second tournament in Arizona that it was already sponsoring. Entertainer Justin Timberlake was the host of the tournament for five years, 2008 through 2012. Timberlake, an avid golfer who plays to a 6 handicap, played in the celebrity pro-am and hosted a benefit concert during the week of the tournament.
The inaugural tournament in 1983 had a then-record official purse of $750,000 and Fuzzy Zoeller took the $135,000 winner's share at Las Vegas Country Club in mid-September. In 1984, it became the first PGA Tour event in history to offer a purse exceeding a million dollars: champion Denis Watson won $162,000 from a prize pool of $1,122,500. The tourney moved to late March in 1985, to early May in 1986, then to mid-October in 1990. A tradition at the tournament is presenting the trophy to the champion while two showgirls are a part of the pomp and circumstance.
In its history, the Las Vegas event has been hosted by numerous courses before settling at its current venue, TPC Summerlin. Past venues include: TPC at the Canyons (now TPC Las Vegas), Bear's Best Golf Club, Southern Highlands Golf Club, Desert Inn Country Club (now the Wynn Golf & Country Club), Las Vegas Country Club, Las Vegas Hilton Country Club (now Las Vegas National Golf Club), Sunrise Golf Club, Spanish Trail Golf & Country Club, Showboat Country Club (now Wildhorse Golf Club), Dunes Country Club and Stallion Mountain Golf Club. Several of these courses are no longer operational.
|Season||Date||Player||Country||Score||To par||Margin of
|Shriners Hospitals for Children Open|
|2020–21||Oct 11, 2020||Martin Laird (2)||Scotland||261||-23||Playoff|| Austin Cook
|2019–20||Oct 6, 2019||Kevin Na (2)||United States||261||−23||Playoff||Patrick Cantlay||1,188,000||6,600,000|
|2018–19||Nov 4, 2018||Bryson DeChambeau||United States||263||−21||1 stroke||Patrick Cantlay||1,260,000||7,000,000|
|2017–18||Nov 5, 2017||Patrick Cantlay||United States||275||−9||Playoff|| Alex Čejka
|2016–17||Nov 6, 2016||Rod Pampling||Australia||264||−20||2 strokes||Brooks Koepka||1,188,000||6,600,000|
|2015–16||Oct 25, 2015||Smylie Kaufman||United States||268||−16||1 stroke|| Jason Bohn
|2014–15||Oct 19, 2014||Ben Martin||United States||264||−20||2 strokes||Kevin Streelman||1,116,000||6,200,000|
|2013–14||Oct 20, 2013||Webb Simpson||United States||260||−24||6 strokes|| Jason Bohn
|Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open|
|2012||Oct 7, 2012||Ryan Moore||United States||260||−24||1 stroke||Brendon de Jonge||810,000||4,500,000|
|2011||Oct 2, 2011||Kevin Na||United States||261||−23||2 strokes||Nick Watney||792,000||4,400,000|
|2010||Oct 24, 2010||Jonathan Byrd||United States||263||−21||Playoff|| Martin Laird
|2009||Oct 18, 2009||Martin Laird||Scotland||265||−19||Playoff|| Chad Campbell
|2008||Oct 19, 2008||Marc Turnesa||United States||263||−25||1 stroke||Matt Kuchar||738,000||4,100,000|
|Frys.com Open benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children|
|2007||Oct 14, 2007||George McNeill||United States||264||−24||4 strokes||D. J. Trahan||720,000||4,000,000|
|2006||Oct 15, 2006||Troy Matteson||United States||265||−23||1 stroke|| Daniel Chopra
|Michelin Championship at Las Vegas|
|2005||Oct 16, 2005||Wes Short Jr.||United States||266||−21||Playoff||Jim Furyk||720,000||4,000,000|
|2004||Oct 10, 2004||Andre Stolz||Australia||266||−21||1 stroke|| Harrison Frazar
|Las Vegas Invitational|
|2003||Oct 12, 2003||Stuart Appleby||Australia||328||−31||Playoff||Scott McCarron||720,000||4,000,000|
|Invensys Classic at Las Vegas|
|2002||Oct 13, 2002||Phil Tataurangi||New Zealand||330||−29||1 stroke|| Stuart Appleby
|2001||Oct 14, 2001||Bob Estes||United States||329||−30||1 stroke|| Tom Lehman
|2000||Oct 15, 2000||Billy Andrade||United States||332||−28||1 stroke||Phil Mickelson||765,000||4,250,000|
|Las Vegas Invitational|
|1999||Oct 17, 1999||Jim Furyk (3)||United States||331||−29||1 stroke||Jonathan Kaye||450,000||2,500,000|
|1998||Oct 18, 1998||Jim Furyk (2)||United States||335||−25||1 stroke||Mark Calcavecchia||360,000||2,000,000|
|1997||Oct 26, 1997||Bill Glasson||United States||340||−20||1 stroke|| David Edwards
|1996||Oct 6, 1996||Tiger Woods||United States||332||−27||Playoff||Davis Love III||297,000||1,650,000|
|1995||Oct 15, 1995||Jim Furyk||United States||331||−28||1 stroke||Billy Mayfair||270,000||1,500,000|
|1994||Oct 23, 1994||Bruce Lietzke||United States||332||−28||1 stroke||Robert Gamez||270,000||1,500,000|
|1993||Oct 24, 1993||Davis Love III||United States||331||−29||8 strokes||Craig Stadler||252,000||1,400,000|
|1992||Oct 11, 1992||John Cook||United States||334||−26||2 strokes||David Frost||234,000||1,300,000|
|1991||Oct 13, 1991||Andrew Magee||United States||329||−31||Playoff||D. A. Weibring||270,000||1,500,000|
|1990||Oct 14, 1990||Bob Tway||United States||334||−26||Playoff||John Cook||234,000||1,300,000|
|1989||Apr 30, 1989||Scott Hoch||United States||336||−24||Playoff||Robert Wrenn||225,000||1,250,000|
|Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational|
|1988||May 8, 1988||Gary Koch||United States||274^||−14||1 stroke|| Peter Jacobsen
|1987||May 3, 1987||Paul Azinger||United States||271^||−17||1 stroke||Hal Sutton||225,000||1,250,000|
|1986||May 4, 1986||Greg Norman||Australia||333||−27||7 strokes||Dan Pohl||207,000||1,150,000|
|1985||Mar 24, 1985||Curtis Strange||United States||338||−17||1 stroke||Mike Smith||171,000||950,000|
|1984||Sep 23, 1984||Denis Watson||Zimbabwe||341||−15||1 stroke||Andy Bean||162,000||900,000|
|Panasonic Las Vegas Pro Celebrity Classic|
|1983||Sep 28, 1983||Fuzzy Zoeller||United States||340||−18||4 strokes||Rex Caldwell||135,000||750,000|
Tournament record scoresEdit
Five round tournamentEdit
The first 21 events (1983–2003) were scheduled for 90 holes.
- −31 Stuart Appleby (2003)
- −31 Scott McCarron (2003)
- −31 Andrew Magee (1991)
- −31 D. A. Weibring (1991)
Four round tournamentEdit
The event switched to a 72-hole format in 2004.
- −25 Marc Turnesa (2008)
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