1996 PGA Tour

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The 1996 PGA Tour season was played from January 4 to October 28. The season consisted of 44 official money events (plus one event cancelled due to weather). Phil Mickelson won the most tournaments, four, and there were 13 first-time winners. The season notably featured the first Tour win for Tiger Woods. The tournament results, leaders, and award winners are listed below.

Tournament results[edit]

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1996 season. "Date" is the ending date of the tournament. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on the tour up to and including that event. Majors are shown in bold.

Date Tournament Location Winner Score 1st prize ($)
Jan 7 Mercedes Championships California United States Mark O'Meara (11) 271 (–17) 180,000
Jan 14 Nortel Open Arizona United States Phil Mickelson (6) 273 (–14) 225,000
Jan 21 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic California United States Mark Brooks (5) 337 (–23) 234,000
Jan 27 Phoenix Open Arizona United States Phil Mickelson (7) 269 (–15) 234,000
Feb 4 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am California cancelled after 36 holes - weather (270,000)
Feb 11 Buick Invitational California United States Davis Love III (10) 269 (–19) 216,000
Feb 18 United Airlines Hawaiian Open Hawaii United States Jim Furyk (2) 277 (–11) 216,000
Feb 25 Nissan Open California United States Craig Stadler (12) 278 (–6) 216,000
Mar 3 Doral-Ryder Open Florida Australia Greg Norman (18) 269 (–19) 324,000
Mar 10 Honda Classic Florida United States Tim Herron (1) 271 (–17) 234,000
Mar 17 Bay Hill Invitational Florida United States Paul Goydos (1) 275 (–13) 216,000
Mar 24 Freeport-McDermott Classic Louisiana United States Scott McCarron (1) 275 (–13) 216,000
Mar 31 The Players Championship Florida United States Fred Couples (12) 270 (–18) 630,000
Apr 7 BellSouth Classic Georgia United States Paul Stankowski (1) 280 (–8) 234,000
Apr 14 Masters Tournament Georgia England Nick Faldo (8) 276 (–12) 450,000
Apr 21 MCI Classic South Carolina United States Loren Roberts (3) 265 (–19) 252,000
Apr 28 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic North Carolina United States Mark O'Meara (12) 274 (–14) 324,000
May 5 Shell Houston Open Texas United States Mark Brooks (6) 274 (–14) 270,000
May 12 GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic Texas United States Phil Mickelson (8) 265 (–15) 270,000
May 19 MasterCard Colonial Texas United States Corey Pavin (14) 272 (–8) 270,000
May 26 Kemper Open Maryland United States Steve Stricker (1) 270 (–14) 270,000
Jun 2 Memorial Tournament Ohio United States Tom Watson (38) 274 (–14) 324,000
Jun 9 Buick Classic New York South Africa Ernie Els (3) 271 (–13) 216,000
Jun 16 U.S. Open Michigan United States Steve Jones (5) 278 (–2) 425,000
Jun 23 FedEx St. Jude Classic Tennessee United States John Cook (7) 258 (–26) 243,000
Jun 30 Canon Greater Hartford Open Connecticut United States D. A. Weibring (5) 270 (–10) 270,000
Jul 7 Motorola Western Open Illinois United States Steve Stricker (2) 270 (–18) 360,000
Jul 14 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill Virginia United States Scott Hoch (7) 265 (–19) 225,000
Jul 21 British Open England United States Tom Lehman (3) 271 (–13) 310,000
Jul 21 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic Mississippi United States Willie Wood (1) 268 (–20) 180,000
Jul 28 CVS Charity Classic Massachusetts United States John Cook (8) 268 (–16) 216,000
Aug 4 Buick Open Michigan United States Justin Leonard (1) 266 (–22) 216,000
Aug 11 PGA Championship Kentucky United States Mark Brooks (7) 277 (–11) 430,000
Aug 18 Sprint International Colorado United States Clarence Rose (1) 31 (Stableford) 288,000
Aug 25 Greater Vancouver Open Canada United States Guy Boros (1) 272 (–12) 180,000
Aug 25 NEC World Series of Golf Ohio United States Phil Mickelson (9) 274 (–6) 378,000
Sep 1 Greater Milwaukee Open Wisconsin United States Loren Roberts (4) 265 (–19) 216,000
Sep 8 Bell Canadian Open Canada United States Dudley Hart (1) 202 (–14) 270,000
Sep 15 Quad City Classic Illinois United States Ed Fiori (4) 268 (–12) 216,000
Sep 22 B.C. Open New York United States Fred Funk (4) 197 (–16) 180,000
Sep 29 Buick Challenge Georgia United States Michael Bradley (1) 134 (–10) 180,000
Oct 6 Las Vegas Invitational Nevada United States Tiger Woods (1) 332 (–27) 297,000
Oct 13 LaCantera Texas Open Texas United States David Ogrin (1) 275 (–13) 216,000
Oct 20 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic Florida United States Tiger Woods (2) 267 (–21) 216,000
Oct 28 The Tour Championship Oklahoma United States Tom Lehman (4) 268 (–12) 540,000

Leaders[edit]

Scoring Average leaders

Rank Player Country Average
1 Tom Lehman  United States 69.32
2 Fred Couples  United States 69.57
3 Mark O'Meara  United States 69.69
4 Tom Watson  United States 69.73
5 Greg Norman  Australia 69.76

Full 1996 Scoring Average List

Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Events Wins
1 Tom Lehman  United States 1,780,159 22 2
2 Phil Mickelson  United States 1,697,799 21 4
3 Mark Brooks  United States 1,429,396 29 3
4 Steve Stricker  United States 1,383,739 22 2
5 Mark O'Meara  United States 1,255,749 21 2

Full 1996 Official Money List

Career Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Wins
1 Greg Norman  Australia 10,484,065 18
2 Tom Kite  United States 9,657,325 19
3 Fred Couples  United States 8,437,102 12
4 Corey Pavin  United States 8,026,843 14
5 Payne Stewart  United States 7,926,773 9

Full 1996 Career Official Money List

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Country
Money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) Tom Lehman  United States
PGA Player of the Year Tom Lehman  United States
PGA Tour Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) Tom Lehman  United States
Scoring leader (PGA - Vardon Trophy) Tom Lehman  United States
Scoring leader (PGA Tour - Byron Nelson Award) Tom Lehman  United States
Rookie of the Year Tiger Woods  United States
Comeback Player of the Year Steve Jones  United States

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