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The Tour Championship (stylized as the TOUR Championship) is a golf tournament that is part of the PGA Tour. It has historically been one of the final events of the PGA Tour season; prior to 2007, its field consisted exclusively of the top 30 money leaders of the past PGA Tour season.

Tour Championship
Tour Championship logo.png
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
Established1987, 32 years ago
Course(s)East Lake Golf Club
Par70
Length7,346 yards (6,717 m)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Month playedAugust
Aggregate257 Tiger Woods (2007)
To par−23 Tiger Woods (2007)
Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy
Atlanta  is located in the United States
Atlanta 
Atlanta 
Location in the United States

Starting in 2007, it was the final event of the four-tournament FedEx Cup playoff, with eligibility determined by FedEx Cup points accumulated throughout the season. From 2019 onward, the FedEx Cup was reduced to three events, and the Tour Championship is now held in late August rather than mid-September.

While originally followed by the PGA Tour Fall Series (for those competing for qualifying exemptions in the following season), a re-alignment of the PGA Tour's season schedule in 2013 made the Tour Championship the final event of the season.

From 1987 to 1996, several courses hosted the event. Beginning in 1997, the event alternated between Champions Golf Club in Houston and East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta; since 2004, East Lake has been the event's permanent home.

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Format: 1987–2006Edit

From its debut in 1987 through 2006, the top 30 money winners on the PGA Tour after the penultimate event qualified for the event. It took place in early November, the week after the comparable event in Europe, the Volvo Masters, which allowed players who are members of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour to play in both end of season events. After the Tour Championship, the money list for the season was finalized. There were, and still are, a number of additional events between the Tour Championship and Christmas which are recognized by the PGA Tour, but prize money won in them is unofficial. Also, because this tournament's field is not as large as other golf tournaments, there is no 36-hole cut; all players who start the event are credited with making the cut and receive some prize money.

Format: 2007–2018Edit

 
Brandt Snedeker winning in 2012
 
Jordan Spieth and Henrik Stenson on the 17th green in 2015
 
Rory McIlroy during practice rounds in 2015

In 2007, the Tour Championship moved from November to mid-September, where it ended a four-tournament "Chase for the FedEx Cup". As in past years, 30 players qualified for the event, but the basis for qualification was no longer prize money. Instead, FedEx Cup points accumulated during the regular PGA Tour season and then during the three preceding playoff events determined the participants. Beginning in 2009, the assignment and awarding of points assured that if any of the top five FedEx Cup point leaders entering The Tour Championship won the event, that player would also won the FedEx Cup. Therefore, it still remained possible for one player to win the Tour Championship and another player to win the FedEx Cup. For example, Tiger Woods won the 2018 Tour Championship but finished second in the FedEx Cup, while Justin Rose won the FedEx Cup despite finishing the tournament tied for fourth, because Woods entered the Tour Championship 20th in overall points while Rose was 2nd.[1][2]

2007 was also the inaugural year for the Tour's Fall Series, which determined the rest of the top 125 players eligible for the following year's FedEx Cup, which made the event no longer the final tournament of the season. However, starting in 2013, the Tour Championship was the final tournament of the PGA Tour season; seasons begin in October of the previous calendar year.[3] Since 2007, those who qualified for the Tour Championship earned a Masters Tournament invitation.

Hole 18 at East Lake Golf Club is a par 3, which has been criticized as lacking drama for fans. The PGA Tour announced in 2016 that it would be reversing the nines at East Lake for the Tour Championship so that play would finish on a more exciting par 5 hole.[4]

Format: 2019Edit

Beginning in 2019, the tournament adopted a new format so that its winner would also be the FedEx Cup champion. Rather than FedEx Cup points being reset for each qualifying player based on seeding, the tournament will begin with the #1 overall seed starting at 10 under par. The second seed will start at −8, the third seed at −7, and so on down to the fifth seed at −5. Seeds 6–10 will begin at −4; seeds 11–15 will begin at −3; and so on, down to seeds 26–30 who will start at even par.[5][6]

For purposes of the Official World Golf Ranking, the seeding format will be ignored. All players start at zero and the gross score of the four rounds, without regards to the seeding adjustment, will determine the winner for purposes of the ranking system. Scores without the seeding adjustment will be used to calculate points allocation.

Calamity Jane trophyEdit

The Calamity Jane is a sterling silver commemorative putter given to the winner of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. The putter is an exact replica of Bobby Jones' original putter.[7] The putter/trophy has been given to the winner of the Tour Championship since 2005 and each winner before that year was retroactively given one.[8]

Winner's exemption rewardEdit

From 1998 to 2018, the Tour Championship winner, if not already exempt by other means, received a 3-year PGA Tour exemption. Starting in 2019, the Tour Championship winner is directly awarded the FedEx Cup and receives a 5-year PGA Tour exemption.[9]

Tournament hostsEdit

WinnersEdit

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Tour Championship FedEx Cup money
2019 Rory McIlroy (2)   Northern Ireland −18 4 strokes   Xander Schauffele 60,000,000 15,000,000
Pre 2019, the Tour Championship had prize money in addition to the FedEx Cup Bonus Tournament Purse
2018 Tiger Woods (3)   United States 269 −11 2 strokes   Billy Horschel 9,000,000 1,620,000
2017 Xander Schauffele   United States 268 −12 1 stroke   Justin Thomas 8,750,000 1,575,000
2016 Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 268 −12 Playoff   Kevin Chappell
  Ryan Moore
8,500,000 1,530,000
Tour Championship by Coca-Cola Tournament Purse
2015 Jordan Spieth   United States 271 −9 4 strokes   Danny Lee
  Justin Rose
  Henrik Stenson
8,250,000 1,485,000
2014 Billy Horschel   United States 269 −11 3 strokes   Jim Furyk
  Rory McIlroy
8,000,000 1,440,000
2013 Henrik Stenson   Sweden 267 −13 3 strokes   Jordan Spieth
  Steve Stricker
8,000,000 1,440,000
2012 Brandt Snedeker   United States 270 −10 3 strokes   Justin Rose 8,000,000 1,440,000
2011 Bill Haas   United States 272 −8 Playoff   Hunter Mahan 8,000,000 1,440,000
The Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola Tournament Purse
2010 Jim Furyk   United States 272 −8 1 stroke   Luke Donald 7,500,000 1,350,000
2009 Phil Mickelson (2)   United States 271 −9 3 strokes   Tiger Woods 7,500,000 1,350,000
2008 Camilo Villegas   Colombia 273 −7 Playoff   Sergio García 7,000,000 1,260,000
2007 Tiger Woods (2)   United States 257 −23 8 strokes   Mark Calcavecchia
  Zach Johnson
7,000,000 1,260,000
2006 Adam Scott   Australia 269 −11 3 strokes   Jim Furyk 7,000,000 1,170,000
2005 Bart Bryant   United States 263 −17 6 strokes   Tiger Woods 6,500,000 1,170,000
2004 Retief Goosen   South Africa 269 −11 4 strokes   Tiger Woods 6,000,000 1,080,000
2003 Chad Campbell   United States 268 −16 3 strokes   Charles Howell III 6,000,000 1,080,000
2002 Vijay Singh   Fiji 268 −12 2 strokes   Charles Howell III 5,000,000 900,000
The Tour Championship presented by Dynegy Tournament Purse
2001 Mike Weir   Canada 270 −14 1 stroke   Sergio García
  Ernie Els
  David Toms
5,000,000 900,000
The Tour Championship presented by Southern Company Tournament Purse
2000 Phil Mickelson   United States 267 −13 2 strokes   Tiger Woods 5,000,000 900,000
1999 Tiger Woods   United States 269 −15 4 strokes   Davis Love III 5,000,000 900,000
1998 Hal Sutton   United States 274 −6 Playoff   Vijay Singh 4,000,000 720,000
The Tour Championship Tournament Purse
1997 David Duval   United States 273 −11 1 stroke   Jim Furyk 4,000,000 720,000
1996 Tom Lehman   United States 268 −12 6 strokes   Brad Faxon 3,000,000 540,000
1995 Billy Mayfair   United States 280 E 3 strokes   Steve Elkington
  Corey Pavin
3,000,000 540,000
1994 Mark McCumber   United States 274 −10 Playoff   Fuzzy Zoeller 3,000,000 540,000
1993 Jim Gallagher, Jr.   United States 277 −7 1 stroke   David Frost
  John Huston
  Greg Norman
  Scott Simpson
3,000,000 540,000
1992 Paul Azinger   United States 276 −8 3 strokes   Lee Janzen
  Corey Pavin
2,000,000 360,000
1991 Craig Stadler   United States 279 −5 Playoff   Russ Cochran 2,000,000 360,000
Nabisco Championship Tournament Purse
1990 Jodie Mudd   United States 273 −11 Playoff   Billy Mayfair 2,500,000 450,000
1989 Tom Kite   United States 276 −8 Playoff   Payne Stewart 2,500,000 450,000
1988 Curtis Strange   United States 279 −9 Playoff   Tom Kite 2,000,000 360,000
1987 Tom Watson   United States 268 −12 2 strokes   Chip Beck 2,000,000 360,000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Morfit, Cameron. "FedExCup update: Rose heads into final round as projected No. 1". PGA Tour. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Dusek, David. "Justin Rose Rallies to DClaim FedEx Cup Crown, $10 Million Bonus". Golfweek. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "PGA Tour announces changes". ESPN. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  4. ^ "East Lake Golf Club Front, Back Nines to be Reversed for Tour Championship by Coca-Cola". PGA Tour. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "PGA Tour making extreme changes to Tour Championship, FedEx Cup format in 2019". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  6. ^ McAllister, Mike (September 18, 2018). "Simplicity the key with changes to FedExCup Playoffs finale". PGA Tour.
  7. ^ "Awards". East Lake Golf Club.
  8. ^ "Calamity Jane Replica". PGA Tour.
  9. ^ "How it works: Tour Championship". PGA Tour. Retrieved August 19, 2019.

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