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The International (styled as The INTERNATIONAL) was a professional golf tournament in Colorado on the PGA Tour. It was played for 21 seasons, from 1986 through 2006, at the Castle Pines Golf Club at Castle Pines Village in Castle Rock, south of Denver.

The International
LocationCastle Rock, Colorado
Established1986
Course(s)Castle Pines Golf Club
Par72
Length7,619 yards (6,967 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatModified Stableford[2]
Prize fund$5.5 million
Month playedAugust
Final year2006
Aggregate48 points,
Ernie Els, 2000
Phil Mickelson, 1997[3]
United States Dean Wilson[4][5][6]
Castle Rock is located in the United States
Castle Rock
Castle
Rock
Location in the United States
Castle Pines Golf Club is located in Colorado
Castle Pines Golf Club
Castle Pines Golf Club
Location in Colorado

It had the distinction of being one of two PGA Tour events not conducted at traditional stroke play, the only other exception is the match play event, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The International was the only tournament to use the Modified Stableford scoring system,[5][2] enacted because of the significant elevation of the venue, which averages 6,300 feet (1,920 m) above sea level.

Beginning in 2007, The International was scheduled to change dates to be played during the first full weekend of July (July 5–8, and July 4–7, 2008), midway between the U.S. Open and the British Open. Tournament officials hoped this new date would draw even more top-ranked players, such as Tiger Woods, as it would no longer be contested the week before (or after) the year's final major (PGA Championship). Even with the change in dates, both tournament founder Jack Vickers and the membership of the club were apparently not happy with the overall direction the PGA Tour was taking.[7][8]

Also (according to the ticker on the FSN Final Score), the tourney has not generated sufficient sponsorship money to pay the purses. The last presenting sponsor (as shown below) was Qwest in 2002; the last title sponsor was Sprint in 1999.

On February 8, 2007, the PGA Tour announced the permanent cancellation of the International.[9][10] It was replaced by the AT&T National, hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation, and held in the Washington, D.C. area; near sea level, it uses standard stroke play.

The modified Stableford scoring system returned to the PGA Tour in 2012 at the Reno–Tahoe Open, also at high elevation.

FormatEdit

The Modified Stableford system awards points on each hole, based on the score relative to par. It is designed to reward aggressive play, taking chances to go for birdies (or better), as the reward for a low score on a hole is typically greater than the punishment for a poor score. For example, over a two-hole span, a birdie (+2) and a bogey (−1) will gain one point, where two pars gain nothing. The scoring operates as follows:[2][5]

Strokes
vs. par
Name Points
3 under Albatross (double eagle) +8
2 under Eagle +5
1 under Birdie +2
Par   0
1 over Bogey −1
2 over + Double bogey or more −3

Holes in one are treated as the score relative to par; an ace on a par-3 hole would be considered an eagle and scored as +5.

The International used several different formats throughout its history. Until 1993, final round scores alone determined the winner; additionally, the event had multiple cuts in every year except 2005.[11]

  • 1986: Field cut to 78 after first round; cut to 39 after second round based solely on second-round scores; cut to 12 after third round based solely on third-round scores; winner determined solely by final-round score
  • 1987–1988: Field cut to 78 after first round; cut to 54 after second round based solely on second-round scores; cut to 18 after third round based solely on third-round scores; winner determined solely by final-round score
  • 1989: Field cut to 72 after second round based on two-round cumulative scores; cut to 24 after third round based solely on third-round scores; winner determined solely by final-round score
  • 1990–1992: Field cut to 72 after second round based on two-round cumulative scores; cut to 24 after third round based on three-round cumulative scores; winner determined solely by final-round score
  • 1993–1997: Field cut to 72 after second round based on two-round cumulative scores; cut to 24 after third round based on three-round cumulative scores; winner determined by four-round cumulative score
  • 1998–2004, 2006: Field cut to top 70 and ties after second round based on two-round cumulative scores; cut to top 35 and ties after third round based on three-round cumulative scores; winner determined by four-round cumulative score
  • 2005: Due to rain, schedule changed;[12] no play Thursday; field cut to top 60 and ties after second round based on two-round cumulative scores; 36 holes played on Sunday, with winner determined by four-round cumulative score

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Points Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
The International
2006 Dean Wilson   United States 34 Playoff   Tom Lehman
2005 Retief Goosen   South Africa 32 1 point   Brandt Jobe
2004 Rod Pampling   Australia 31 2 points   Alex Čejka
2003 Davis Love III (2)   United States 46 12 points   Retief Goosen
  Vijay Singh
The International presented by Qwest
2002 Rich Beem   United States 44 1 point   Steve Lowery
2001 Tom Pernice, Jr.   United States 34 1 point   Chris Riley
2000 Ernie Els   South Africa 48 4 points   Phil Mickelson
Sprint International
1999 David Toms   United States 47 3 points   David Duval
1998 Vijay Singh   Fiji 47 6 points   Phil Mickelson
  Willie Wood
1997 Phil Mickelson (2)   United States 48 7 points   Stuart Appleby
1996 Clarence Rose   United States 31 Playoff   Brad Faxon
1995 Lee Janzen   United States 34 1 point   Ernie Els
1994 Steve Lowery   United States 35 Playoff   Rick Fehr
The International
1993 Phil Mickelson   United States 45 8 points   Mark Calcavecchia
1992 Brad Faxon   United States 14 2 points   Lee Janzen
1991 José María Olazábal   Spain 10 3 points   Ian Baker-Finch
  Scott Gump
  Bob Lohr
1990 Davis Love III   United States 14 3 points   Steve Pate
  Eduardo Romero
  Peter Senior
1989 Greg Norman   Australia 13 2 points   Clarence Rose
1988 Joey Sindelar   United States 17 4 points   Steve Pate
  Dan Pohl
1987 John Cook   United States 11 2 points   Ken Green
1986 Ken Green   United States 12 3 points   Bernhard Langer
  • Points from 1986 to 1992 were for the final round only

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fineran, John (August 8, 2006). "Differences make International unique". PGA Tour. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Modified Stableford points system". PGA Tour. August 7, 2006. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "Records". The International. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "Wilson tops Lehman at International". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 14, 2006. p. C2.
  5. ^ a b c "PGA Tour". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). August 14, 2006. p. D4.
  6. ^ Schuchmann, Joel (August 13, 2006). "Notes: Wilson wins first International playoff in ten years". PGA Tour. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  7. ^ Paige, Woody (January 17, 2007). "Vickers' tourney, pro tour at odds". The Denver Post. Retrieved January 17, 2007.
  8. ^ Hawkins, John (February 6, 2007). "Last Stop For the International". Golf Digest. Archived from the original on February 22, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2007.
  9. ^ "Mile High Disappointment: International Event No More". Golf Channel. Associated Press. February 8, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2007.
  10. ^ "PGA drops tourney". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). wire services. February 8, 2007. p. C2.
  11. ^ "The International". GolfStats.com. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  12. ^ "Beckman in charge at International". The Item. Sumter, South Carolina. Associated Press. August 7, 2005.

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