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The Walt Disney World Golf Classic was an annual golf tournament on the PGA Tour. The tournament was played on the Palm and Magnolia courses at the Walt Disney World Resort. It was played under several names, reflecting sponsorship changes. The tournament was one of the players' favorites because of its proximity to Orlando, Florida; many players maintain homes in Florida, and whether or not they live in Florida, they can easily take their families to the theme parks while not playing.[citation needed]

Walt Disney World Golf Classic
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic logo.svg
LocationLake Buena Vista, Florida
Established1971
Course(s)Walt Disney World Resort (Magnolia & Palm courses)
Par72 (both courses)
Length7,516 yards (Magnolia)
6,957 yards (Palm)
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$4,700,000
Final year2012
Aggregate262 John Huston (1992)
262 Duffy Waldorf (2000)
To par–26 John Huston (1992)
–26 Duffy Waldorf (2000) These records only apply to when the tournament has been played as a regular event, not a team event.
United States Charlie Beljan

The tournament was founded in 1971 as the Walt Disney World Open Invitational. From 1974 to 1981, the tournament was played as a two-man team event with a better-ball format. Title sponsors have included Oldsmobile, National Car Rental, Funai,[1] and Children's Miracle Network.[2]

From 2007 to 2012, it was the final event in the PGA Tour Fall Series, and also the final official event of the PGA Tour season. As such, it was a final chance for many players to earn or retain a PGA Tour card through winning or getting into the top 125 on the Tour's money list. The 2010 and 2012 winners, Robert Garrigus and Charlie Beljan respectively, were both outside the top 125 before their wins.

The tournament was removed from the PGA Tour schedule for the 2013–14 wrap-around season after Children's Miracle Network declined to renew their sponsorship and no others were found.[3]

The 2012 purse was $4,700,000, with $846,000 going to the winner.

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TelevisionEdit

The event was televised by ESPN and ABC Sports, until the demotion of the event to the Fall Series in 2007, when it was relegated to cable-only on the Golf Channel. While ESPN and ABC, which are owned by Disney, covered both courses as a form of publicity for both, the Golf Channel covered only the Magnolia course with highlight packages sent in from the Palm. However, this is the manner in which the network has always covered tournaments with multiple venues.

CoursesEdit

The Magnolia Course at Walt Disney World is known as more "tour"-style than its sister the Palm Course.[citation needed] The Palm course is known as the prettier of the two, however.[citation needed] In the 2006 telecast, one commentator is quoted as saying that the Palm course has the better greens of the two courses.[citation needed] The Magnolia has grown to 7,516 yards to battle the usual low scores during the tournament's history.

The nearby Lake Buena Vista golf course has also been part of the tournament, along with the Palm and Magnolia.

WinnersEdit

1982–2012 (individual tournament)
Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic
2012 Charlie Beljan   United States 272 −16 2 strokes   Matt Every
  Robert Garrigus
846,000
2011 Luke Donald   England 271 −17 2 strokes   Justin Leonard 846,000
Children's Miracle Network Classic
2010 Robert Garrigus   United States 267 −21 3 strokes   Roland Thatcher 846,000
Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart
2009 Stephen Ames (2)   Canada 270 −18 Playoff   Justin Leonard
  George McNeill
846,000
2008 Davis Love III   United States 263 −25 1 stroke   Tommy Gainey 828,000
2007 Stephen Ames   Canada 271 −17 1 stroke   Tim Clark 828,000
Funai Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort
2006 Joe Durant   United States 263 −25 4 strokes   Frank Lickliter
  Troy Matteson
828,000
2005 Lucas Glover   United States 265 −23 1 stroke   Tom Pernice, Jr. 792,000
2004 Ryan Palmer   United States 266 −22 3 strokes   Briny Baird
  Vijay Singh
756,000
2003 Vijay Singh   Fiji 265 −23 4 strokes   Stewart Cink
  Scott Verplank
  Tiger Woods
720,000
Disney Golf Classic
2002 Bob Burns   United States 263 −25 1 stroke   Chris DiMarco 666,000
National Car Rental Golf Classic Disney
2001 José Cóceres   Argentina 265 −23 1 stroke   Davis Love III 612,000
2000 Duffy Waldorf   United States 262 −26 1 stroke   Steve Flesch 540,000
1999 Tiger Woods (2)   United States 271 −17 1 stroke   Ernie Els 450,000
1998 John Huston (2)   United States 272 −16 1 stroke   Davis Love III 360,000
Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic
1997 David Duval   United States 270 −18 Playoff   Dan Forsman 270,000
1996 Tiger Woods   United States 267 −21 1 stroke   Payne Stewart 216,000
1995 Brad Bryant   United States 198 −18 1 stroke   Hal Sutton
  Ted Tryba
216,000
1994 Rick Fehr   United States 269 −19 2 strokes   Craig Stadler
  Fuzzy Zoeller
198,000
1993 Jeff Maggert   United States 265 −23 3 strokes   Greg Kraft 198,000
1992 John Huston   United States 262 −26 3 strokes   Mark O'Meara 180,000
1991 Mark O'Meara   United States 267 −21 1 stroke   David Peoples 180,000
1990 Tim Simpson (2)   United States 264 −24 1 stroke   John Mahaffey 180,000
1989 Tim Simpson   United States 272 −16 1 stroke   Donnie Hammond 144,000
1988 Bob Lohr   United States 263 −25 Playoff   Chip Beck 126,000
1987 Larry Nelson (2)   United States 268 −20 1 stroke   Morris Hatalsky
  Mark O'Meara
108,000
1986 Raymond Floyd   United States 275 −13 Playoff   Lon Hinkle
  Mike Sullivan
90,000
1985 Lanny Wadkins   United States 267 −21 1 stroke   Mike Donald
  Scott Hoch
72,000
Walt Disney World Golf Classic
1984 Larry Nelson   United States 266 −22 1 stroke   Hubert Green 72,000
1983 Payne Stewart   United States 269 −19 2 strokes   Nick Faldo
  Mark McCumber
72,000
1982 Hal Sutton   United States 269 −19 Playoff   Bill Britton 72,000
1974–81 (two-man team event)

Walt Disney World National Team Championship

1971–73 (individual tournament)
Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Walt Disney World Golf Classic
1973 Jack Nicklaus (3)   United States 275 −13 1 stroke   Mason Rudolph 30,000
Walt Disney World Open Invitational
1972 Jack Nicklaus (2)   United States 267 −21 9 strokes   Jim Dent
  Bobby Mitchell
  Larry Wood
30,000
1971 Jack Nicklaus   United States 273 −15 3 strokes   Deane Beman 30,000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Flat-screen Tvs Go To Nonprofits". Orlando Sentinel. March 11, 2006.
  2. ^ Tour's final stop renamed Children's Miracle Network Classic
  3. ^ Disney no longer part of PGA Tour

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