It was founded in 1969 as the Tallahassee Open Invitational. From 1983 to 1985, it was part of the PGA Tour's "Tournament Players Series", a "satellite tour". The purse for the 1989 tournament was $750,000 with 135,000 going to the winner.
The 1974 tournament featured the highest round scores in PGA history by a player who made the 36-hole cut. Mike Reasor severely injured himself horse riding between the second and third rounds. Needing to complete the tournament in order to gain an exemption for the Byron Nelson Classic, Reasor played the final two rounds using only a 5-iron and swinging using just one arm, recording scores of 123 and 114.
- 1986 Mark Hayes (unofficial win, official money)
- 1985 Jeff Sluman (Tournament Players Series)
- 1984 Kermit Zarley (Tournament Players Series)
- 1983 Bob Charles (Tournament Players Series)
- 1982 Bob Shearer
- 1981 Dave Eichelberger
- 1980 Mark Pfeil
- 1979 Chi Chi Rodriguez
- 1978 Barry Jaeckel
- 1977 Ed Sneed
- 1976 Gary Koch
- 1975 Rik Massengale
- 1974 Allen Miller
- 1973 Hubert Green
- 1972 Bob Shaw
Tallahassee Open Invitational
- Kelley, Brent. "Mike Reasor, the PGA Tour Player Who Scored 93-Over Par". About.com. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
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