PGA Tour: The Tour Championship

Tour Championship golf tournament
Tom Watson was the winner of the first Tour Championship. Bob Martin / Getty Images

About The Tour Championship:

The Tour Championship is a limited-field event that has long been considered the finale to the big-money part of the PGA Tour schedule. Beginning in 2007, the Tour Championship also serves as the culmination of the FedEx Cup chase, the tournament at which the FedEx Cup champion is crowned. The Tour Championship field is limited to the Top 30 golfers on the FedEx Cup playoff points list.

2017 Tour Championship

  • When: Sept. 21-24, 2017
  • Where: East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta,¬†Georgia

2016 Tournament
Rory McIlroy shot 64 in the final round, then survived a 3-way playoff to claim his first win in the Tour Championship and, with it, the Fed Ex Cup championship. McIlroy finished at 12-under 268, tied with Ryan Moore (who also closed with a 64) and Kevin Chappell. Chappell was knocked out on the first extra hole, but McIlroy and Moore continued. On the fourth playoff hole, McIlroy won it with a birdie to Moore's par.

2015 Tour Championship
Jordan Spieth capped off his fantastic 2014-15 PGA Tour season with a win at the Tour Championship, which also netted him the FedEx Cup trophy. Spieth finished at 9-under 271, four shots clear of runners-up Danny Lee, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose. It was Spieth's fifth win of the season, which included two majors. Spieth became the youngest golfer to win five times in a PGA Tour season since Horton Smith in 1929.

2014 Tour Championship
Billy Horschel won the Tour Championship and with it, the FedEx Cup series championship, too. Horschel shot 68 in the final round - his 12th straight rounds in the 60s during the FedEx Cup playoffs - to finish at 11-under 269. That was three strokes ahead of runners-up Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy.

2013 Tournament
Henrik Stenson won the tournament and also won the $10 million bonus prize for winning the FedEx Cup championship. Stenson's tournament win was by three strokes over Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker. He finished at 13-under 267. Stenson entered the Tour Championship in second place in the FedEx Cup point standings, but bypassed Tiger Woods by winning the tournament.

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The Tour Championship Records:

  • Overall: 257 - Tiger Woods, 2007
  • Tournament 18-Hole record: 60 - Zach Johnson, 2007

The Tour Championship Golf Courses:

The first Tour Championship was played at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, Texas. The tournament rotated in ensuing years among several high-profile venues including Pebble Beach, Harbour Town, Pinehurst No. 2, Olympic Club, Southern Hills, and Champions in Houston.

Beginning in 2004, East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga., has been the permanent home of this tournament.

The Tour Championship Trivia and Notes:

  • The Tour Championship was first played in 1987, and Tom Watson was the first champion.
  • When Chad Campbell won the Tour Championship in 2003, it was his first career victory on the PGA Tour.
  • Only two golfers have posted multiple victories in The Tour Championship - Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Each has won the tournament twice.
  • From 1987 through 2006, the field was comprised of the Top 30 players on the money list. Beginning in 2007, the field is made up of the Top 30 players on the FedEx Cup playoff points list.
  • Scoring was low in 2007. Tiger Woods' winning 257 bettered the previous 72-hole tournament scoring record by six strokes. And Zach Johnson set an 18-hole record that same year with a round of 60.
  • Johnson posted that 60 in the third round. And when he did, he became the 20th golfer to post a 60 in an official PGA Tour tournament. (Johnson later became the first person to do it twice).

The Tour Championship Winners:

(p-playoff)

The Tour Championship
2016 - Rory McIlroy-p, 268
2015 - Jordan Spieth, 271
2014 - Billy Horschel, 269
2013 - Henrik Stenson, 267
2012 - Brandt Snedeker, 270
2011 - Bill Haas-p, 272
2010 - Jim Furyk, 272
2009 - Phil Mickelson, 271
2008 - Camilo Villegas, 273
2007 - Tiger Woods, 257
2006 - Adam Scott, 269
2005 - Bart Bryant, 263
2004 - Retief Goosen, 269
2003 - Chad Campbell, 268
2002 - Vijay Singh, 268
2001 - Mike Weir-p, 270
2000 - Phil Mickelson, 267
1999 - Tiger Woods, 269
1998 - Hal Sutton-p, 274
1997 - David Duval, 273
1996 - Tom Lehman, 268
1995 - Billy Mayfair, 280
1994 - Mark McCumber-p, 274
1993 - Jim Gallagher Jr., 277
1992 - Paul Azinger, 276
1991 - Craig Stadler-p, 279

Nabisco Championships
1989 - Tom Kite-p, 276

Nabisco Golf Championships
1988 - Curtis Strange-p, 279

Nabisco Championships of Golf
1987 - Tom Watson, 268