Doral Open

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Doral Open
Tournament information
Location Doral, Florida, U.S.
Established 1962
Course(s) Doral Golf Resort & Spa
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Final year 2006
Tournament record score
Aggregate 264 Tiger Woods (2005)
To par -24 Tiger Woods (2005)
Final champion
United States Tiger Woods

The Doral Open was a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played annually for 45 seasons. It was contested from 1962 to 2006 on the "Blue Monster" course at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Florida, a suburb of Miami.

The introduction of the FedEx Cup in 2007 caused a change in the PGA Tour schedule. The WGC-CA Championship, a World Golf Championship event co-sponsored by the PGA Tour, moved from October to March and took the Doral Open's spot on the schedule. This championship is also held at the Blue Monster course and was renamed the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2011.

History[edit]

The tournament was played at various points in March, and sometimes in late February. Both the tournament's title and sponsor changed over the years, and included Ford Motor Company, Genuity, Ryder, and Eastern Airlines. The Doral Golf Resort & Spa was formerly known as the Doral Country Club and was the sister hotel to the famous Doral Hotel on the ocean in Miami Beach, Florida.

The tournament usually attracted one of the strongest fields on the PGA Tour outside of the major championships and the World Golf Championships, as evidenced by many of the champions, including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, Raymond Floyd, Greg Norman, Hubert Green, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Jim Furyk.

In 2005, nine of the top ten players in the official world rankings participated and after an exciting fourth day duel with then-World Number 4 Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods won by a shot to regain the number one ranking he had lost six months earlier to Vijay Singh, who finished in a tie for third.

The 2006 Ford Championship at Doral marked the end of the Doral Open tournament. Once again nine of the top ten golfers in the world were present, and once again Tiger Woods was victorious, a one-shot winner over Camilo Villegas and David Toms.

The historical broadcaster of the event was CBS Sports. With the PGA Tour's first centralized TV deal in 1999, the Southern Swing, including Doral, was assigned to NBC Sports. NBC covered the event until its conclusion as a regular event, and continues to cover it after its elevation to World Golf Championship.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Winning score 1st Prize ($)
Ford Championship at Doral
2006 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 268 (-20) 990,000
2005 Tiger Woods (1)  United States 264 (-24) 990,000
2004 Craig Parry  Australia 271 (-17)PO 900,000
2003 Scott Hoch  United States 271 (-17)PO 900,000
Genuity Championship
2002 Ernie Els  South Africa 271 (-17) 846,000
2001 Joe Durant  United States 270 (-18) 810,000
Doral - Ryder Open
2000 Jim Furyk  United States 265 (-23) 540,000
1999 Steve Elkington (2)  Australia 275 (-13) 540,000
1998 Michael Bradley  United States 278 (-10) 360,000
1997 Steve Elkington (1)  Australia 275 (-13) 324,000
1996 Greg Norman (3)  Australia 269 (-19) 324,000
1995 Nick Faldo  England 273 (-15) 270,000
1994 John Huston  United States 274 (-14) 252,000
1993 Greg Norman (2)  Australia 265 (-23) 252,000
1992 Raymond Floyd (3)  United States 271 (-17) 252,000
1991 Rocco Mediate  United States 276 (-12)PO 252,000
1990 Greg Norman (1)  Australia 273 (-15)PO 252,000
1989 Bill Glasson  United States 275 (-13) 234,000
1988 Ben Crenshaw  United States 274 (-14) 180,000
1987 Lanny Wadkins  United States 277 (-11) 180,000
Doral-Eastern Open
1986 Andy Bean (3)  United States 276 (-12)PO 90,000
1985 Mark McCumber (2)  United States 284 (-4) 72,000
1984 Tom Kite  United States 272 (-16) 72,000
1983 Gary Koch  United States 271 (-17) 54,000
1982 Andy Bean (2)  United States 278 (-10) 54,000
1981 Raymond Floyd (2)  United States 273 (-15) 45,000
1980 Raymond Floyd (1)  United States 279 (-9)PO 45,000
1979 Mark McCumber (1)  United States 279 (-9) 45,000
1978 Tom Weiskopf  United States 272 (-16) 40,000
1977 Andy Bean (1)  United States 277 (-11) 40,000
1976 Hubert Green  United States 270 (-18) 40,000
1975 Jack Nicklaus (2)  United States 276 (-12) 30,000
1974 Buddy Allin  United States 272 (-16) 30,000
1973 Lee Trevino  United States 276 (-12) 30,000
1972 Jack Nicklaus (1)  United States 276 (-12) 30,000
Doral-Eastern Open Invitational
1971 J. C. Snead  United States 275 (-13) 30,000
1970 Mike Hill  United States 279 (-9) 30,000
Doral Open Invitational
1969 Tom Shaw  United States 276 (-12) 30,000
1968 Gardner Dickinson  United States 275 (-13) 20,000
1967 Doug Sanders (2)  United States 275 (-9) 20,000
1966 Phil Rodgers  United States 278 (-10) 20,000
1965 Doug Sanders (1)  United States 274 (-14) 11,000
1964 Billy Casper (2)  United States 277 (-11) 7,500
Doral C.C. Open Invitational
1963 Dan Sikes  United States 283 (-5) 9,000
1962 Billy Casper (1)  United States 283 (-5) 9,000

Tournament highlights[edit]

  • 1962: Billy Casper down by four shots with eight holes to go, comes back to win the inaugural version of the tournament. He beats Pete Bondeson by one shot.[1]
  • 1964: Billy Casper becomes Doral's first repeat winner. He finishes one shot ahead of Jack Nicklaus.[2]
  • 1965: Doug Sanders, winner the week before at the Pensacola Open, comes out victorious at Doral for the first time. He beats Bruce Devlin by one shot.[3]
  • 1969: Tom Shaw holds on to win his first ever PGA Tour title by one shot over Tommy Aaron in spite of making both a triple bogey and a double bogey during the tournament's final nine holes.[4]
  • 1973: Lee Trevino shoots a first round 64 on his way to a wire to wire victory. He finishes one shot ahead of Bruce Crampton and Tom Weiskopf.[5]
  • 1976: Hubert Green shoots a tournament record 270 for 72 holes on his way to a six-shot win over Mark Hayes and Jack Nicklaus.[6]
  • 1977: Andy Bean takes home his first Doral title on his 24th birthday. He edges David Graham by one shot.[7]
  • 1978: Previously a three-time runner-up at Doral, Tom Weiskopf wins by one shot over Jack Nicklaus in spite of a final round 65 by the Golden Bear that included his holing out three wedge shots during the tournament's closing 18 holes.[8]
  • 1979: Monday morning qualifier Mark McCumber wins by one shot over Bill Rogers.[9]
  • 1980: Doral for the first time ever goes to sudden death to determine the winner. On the second playoff hole, Raymond Floyd chips in from just off the green to beat Jack Nicklaus.[10]
  • 1981: Raymond Floyd becomes the first Doral champion to successfully defend his title. He wins by one shot over Keith Fergus and David Graham.[11]
  • 1986: Andy Bean defeats Hubert Green on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff to become Doral's first three-time winner.[12]
  • 1988: Ben Crenshaw birdies the 72nd hole to win by one shot over Chip Beck and Mark McCumber.[13]
  • 1990: Greg Norman shoots a final round 62. Then on the first hole of a sudden death playoff with Tim Simpson, Mark Calcavecchia, and Paul Azinger, he chips in for eagle to take home the title.[14]
  • 1993: Greg Norman sets a new Doral record for 72 holes of 265 on his way to four stroke victory over Paul Azinger and Mark McCumber.[15]
  • 1994: John Huston, playing most of the final 18 holes by himself after his player partner Fred Couples withdraws due to injury, wins by three shots over Brad Bryant and Billy Andrade.[16]
  • 1999: Steve Elkington shoots a final round 64 to earn his second win at Doral. He edges Greg Kraft by one shot.[17]
  • 2004: On the first hole of a sudden death playoff with Scott Verplank, Craig Parry wins by holing out a 7-iron from 176 yards.[18]
  • 2006: In spite of bogeying the final two holes, Tiger Woods holds on to win Doral for the second consecutive year. He finishes one shot ahead of David Toms and Camilo Villegas.[19]

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