PGA Tour Doral Open: Its History and Winners

Greg Norman plays a shot in the 1996 Doral Open
Greg Norman at Doral in 1996, the year of his third Doral Open victory. J.D. Cuban/Getty Images

"Doral Open" is a catch-all name for a defunct PGA Tour event played at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Fla., from 1962 through 2006. The tournament was known by several official names during that time period (see past results below), but to players and fans, it was often more simply known as "The Doral."

Doral Open Was Replaced By WGC Tournament

In 2007, this tournament was replaced on the schedule by the Cadillac Championship, a World Golf Championships event, when the CA Championship switched from rotating courses to a permanent home at Doral.

While the WGC tournament took over the Doral Open's slot on the schedule, and the same golf course, it is not considered a continuation of the Doral. The CA Championship was a pre-existing tournament that continued at Doral Resort. The Doral Open ceased to exist.

PGA Tour No Longer Plays at Doral Resort

As of 2017, the Doral Resort no longer is the site of a PGA Tour tournament. The WGC Cadillac Championship left Doral and headed to Mexico, where the tournament became the WGC Mexico Championship.

So the timeline is this:

  • From 1962 through 2006, a tournament conversationally called the Doral Open was played at the Doral Resort.
  • From 2006 through 2016, a different tournament - the WGC Cadillac Championship - replaced the Doral Open on the PGA Tour schedule, although it continued at the Doral Resort.
  • As of 2017, the Doral Resort is no longer part of the PGA Tour.

PGA Tour Doral Open Golf Courses

The Doral Open, from its inception through is final playing, was played on the same course: The Blue Course of Doral Country Club, part of Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Fla.

The Blue Course is nicknamed "The Blue Monster" because it was considered, when the Doral Open debuted in the early 1960s, to be a very long and difficult course.

PGA Tour Doral Open Records

  • Overall record: 264, Tiger Woods, 2005
  • Tournament course record: 61, Stephen Ames, 2000

Trivia and Notes About the Doral Open

  • Raymond Floyd (1980-81) and Tiger Woods (2005-2006) are the only back-to-back winners of the Doral Open.Three-time winners were Andy Bean (1977, 1982, 1986), Floyd (1980, 1981, 1992) and Greg Norman (1990, 1993, 1996).
  • Jack Nicklaus won the Doral twice (1972, 1975), but also finished second five times (1964, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984).
  • Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson had one of their rare head-to-head duels in 2005 at Doral. Playing together in the final group, the lead changed hands a couple times before Woods eked out a 1-stroke win.
  • Billy Casper won the first Doral Open, coming from four strokes behind with eight holes to play. He was the tournament's first repeat champion, winning again in 1964.

Winners of the Doral Open

Winners are listed from the first tournament in 1962 to the last; changes in the official tournament name are noted (p-playoff).

Doral CC Open Invitational
1962 - Billy Casper, 283
1963 - Dan Sikes, 283
1964 - Billy Casper, 277
1965 - Doug Sanders, 274
1966 - Phil Rodgers, 278
1967 - Doug Sanders, 275
1968 - Gardner Dickinson, 275
1969 - Tom Shaw, 276

Doral-Eastern Open Invitational
1970 - Mike Hill, 279
1971 - J.C. Snead, 275
1972 - Jack Nicklaus, 276
1973 - Lee Trevino, 276
1974 - Bud Allin, 272
1975 - Jack Nicklaus, 276
1976 - Hubert Green, 270
1977 - Andy Bean, 277
1978 - Tom Weiskopf, 272
1979 - Mark McCumber, 279
1980 - Raymond Floyd, 279
1981 - Raymond Floyd, 273
1982 - Andy Bean, 278
1983 - Gary Koch, 271
1984 - Tom Kite, 272
1985 - Mark McCumber, 284

Doral-Ryder Open
1987 - Lanny Wadkins, 277
1988 - Ben Crenshaw, 274
1989 - Bill Glasson, 275
1990 - Greg Norman-p, 273
1991 - Rocco Mediate-p, 276
1992 - Raymond Floyd, 271
1993 - Greg Norman, 265
1994 - John Huston, 274
1995 - Nick Faldo, 273
1996 - Greg Norman, 269
1997 - Steve Elkington, 275
1998 - Michael Bradley, 278
1999 - Steve Elkington, 275
2000 - Jim Furyk, 265

Genuity Championship
2001 - Joe Durant, 270
2002 - Ernie Els, 271

Ford Championship at Doral
2003 - Scott Hoch-p, 271
2004 - Craig Parry-p, 271
2005 - Tiger Woods, 264
2006 - Tiger Woods, 268