Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge

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The Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge is an unofficial golf event held in November at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada. The tournament is a unique stroke play event, and, as the name suggests, pits three teams, with three members per team, from the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour, and the Champions Tour (known as the Senior PGA Tour prior to 2001) against each other. The 2013 purse is $1 million.[1]

The challenge event is done in one day, over 18 holes, and is usually held on a Tuesday. It is proceeded by an amateur tournament and a one-day pro-am tournament. The event is handicapped to level the playing field. The PGA Tour players play the course at its full length, while the Champions Tour players hit from tee positions that make the course shorter and the LPGA players from even shorter tee positions.

The event supports the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a charity established by the founder of Wendy's, the fast food restaurant that sponsors the tournament. In 2013 the tournament raised a record $4.1 million, and, since it was founded in 1992, it has raised more than $50 million overall for the charity.[2]

ABC televised the event until 2009, showing the tournament tape-delayed on a weekend in December just before Christmas, with the first nine holes broadcast on Saturday, and the final nine holes on Sunday. Terry Gannon did the on-air play-by-play. Since 2010, the event has aired on the Golf Channel. It was not held in 2014, due to tournament officials wanting to move the event closer to their base in Ohio.

Winners[edit]

Year Winning Tour Players representing winning Tour Other teams
2013 LPGA Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis[1] Champions: Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry PGA: Jason Day, Billy Horschel, Boo Weekley
2012 PGA Jason Day, Davis Love III, Nick Watney[3] LPGA: Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr, Stacy Lewis Champions: Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman
2011 Champions Mark Calcavecchia, Jay Haas, Kenny Perry[4] LPGA: Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr PGA: Jonathan Byrd, Boo Weekley, Gary Woodland
2010 PGA Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Boo Weekley Champions: Bernhard Langer, Kenny Perry, Nick Price LPGA: Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen
2009 LPGA Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen Champions: Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Nick Price PGA: Stewart Cink, Fred Couples, Bubba Watson
2008 Champions Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Nick Price LPGA: Helen Alfredsson, Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr PGA: Stewart Cink, Rocco Mediate, Kenny Perry
2007 LPGA Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr, Morgan Pressel Champions: Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Nick Price PGA: Chris DiMarco, Camilo Villegas, Bubba Watson
2006 PGA Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson, Scott Verplank Champions: Jay Haas, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler LPGA: Natalie Gulbis, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr
2005 Champions Jay Haas, Hale Irwin, Craig Stadler LPGA: Grace Park, Lorena Ochoa, Cristie Kerr PGA: Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Couples, John Daly
2004 LPGA Grace Park, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr Champions: Peter Jacobsen, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler PGA: Jay Haas, Fred Couples, John Daly
2003 PGA Mark Calcavecchia, Peter Jacobsen, John Daly LPGA: Grace Park, Juli Inkster, Rachel Teske Champions: Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Craig Stadler
2002 PGA Rich Beem, John Daly, Jim Furyk LPGA: Juli Inkster, Laura Diaz, Karrie Webb Senior: Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Gary McCord
2001 LPGA Dottie Pepper, Annika Sörenstam, Karrie Webb Senior: Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller PGA: Mark Calcavecchia, John Daly, Fred Couples
2000 PGA Notah Begay III, Rocco Mediate, Phil Mickelson LPGA: Karrie Webb, Juli Inkster, Dottie Pepper Senior: Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Tom Watson
1999 Senior PGA Hale Irwin, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson LPGA: Karrie Webb, Juli Inkster, Dottie Pepper PGA: Lee Janzen, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard
1998 Senior PGA Hale Irwin, Gil Morgan, Larry Nelson LPGA: Annika Sörenstam, Donna Andrews, Se Ri Pak PGA: Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Justin Leonard
1997 PGA Fred Couples, Tom Lehman, Phil Mickelson Senior: Johnny Miller, Larry Nelson, Jack Nicklaus LPGA: Nancy Lopez, Annika Sörenstam, Karrie Webb
1996 PGA Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Payne Stewart Senior: Jim Colbert, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin LPGA: Laura Davies, Patty Sheehan, Annika Sörenstam
1995 Senior PGA Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Jack Nicklaus LPGA: Laura Davies, Dottie Mochrie, Kelly Robbins PGA: John Daly, Peter Jacobsen, Lee Janzen
1994 PGA Paul Azinger, Fred Couples, Greg Norman Senior: Raymond Floyd, Jack Nicklaus, Dave Stockton LPGA: Laura Davies, Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan
1993 Senior PGA Raymond Floyd, Jack Nicklaus, Chi-Chi Rodríguez LPGA: Nancy Lopez, Lauri Merten, Patty Sheehan PGA: Paul Azinger, Lee Janzen, Greg Norman
1992 LPGA Nancy Lopez, Dottie Mochrie, Patty Sheehan Senior: Larry Laoretti, Jack Nicklaus, Chi-Chi Rodríguez PGA: Fred Couples, Raymond Floyd, Tom Kite

Summary[edit]

Tour Wins
PGA Tour 9
Champions Tour 7
LPGA Tour 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "LPGA Tour team wins championship". ESPN. Associated Press. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Team LPGA wins the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge". LPGA. November 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jason Day lifts PGA Tour to victory". ESPN. Associated Press. November 13, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Champions Tour trio wins challenge". ESPN. Associated Press. November 9, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2012. 

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