2006 PGA Tour

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The 2006 PGA Tour was the last season of the PGA Tour before the major reorganization of the season brought about by the introduction of the FedEx Cup in 2007. After being challenged by Phil Mickelson in the first half of the year, when Mickelson won his second straight major at the Masters and was on course to win the U.S. Open until the 72nd hole, Tiger Woods emphatically re-established his status as the dominant golfer of his era in the second half of the season by finishing with six consecutive wins, and took the Player of the Year award for the eighth time in his career. Jim Furyk had his career year to date, finishing second on the money list despite picking up only two wins, due to exceptional consistency.

Ten players won three million dollars, 31 won two million or more and 93 won one million or more. The cut off to make the top 125 on the money list and retain a tour card was a record $660,898.

The total prize money, as stated on the 2006 schedule of tournaments page of the PGA Tour website, was $256.3 million. The actual prize money was slightly higher -- $258,669,218.84 (due to more than 70 players making the cut at most tournaments). If one player had played and won each of the 44 events (excluding the four alternate events), he would have won $44,209,480.

Schedule[edit]

The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on the tour up to and including that event.

Date Tournament Location Winner OWGR
points[1]
Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Notes
Jan 8 Mercedes Championships Hawaii Australia Stuart Appleby (7) 46 5,400,000 1,060,000 Winners-only event
Jan 15 Sony Open in Hawaii Hawaii United States David Toms (12) 52 5,100,000 918,000
Jan 22 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic California United States Chad Campbell (3) 48 5,000,000 900,000 Celebrity pro-am
Jan 29 Buick Invitational California United States Tiger Woods (47) 56 5,100,000 918,000
Feb 5 FBR Open Arizona United States J. B. Holmes (1) 58 5,200,000 936,000
Feb 12 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am California United States Arron Oberholser (1) 48 5,400,000 972,000 Celebrity pro-am
Feb 19 Nissan Open California South Africa Rory Sabbatini (3) 66 5,100,000 918,000
Feb 26 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship California Australia Geoff Ogilvy (2) 76 7,500,000 1,350,000 World Golf Championships
Feb 26 Chrysler Classic of Tucson Arizona United States Kirk Triplett (3) 24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Mar 5 Ford Championship at Doral Florida United States Tiger Woods (48) 66 5,500,000 990,000
Mar 12 The Honda Classic Florida England Luke Donald (2) 44 5,500,000 990,000
Mar 19 Bay Hill Invitational Florida Australia Rod Pampling (2) 68 5,500,000 990,000 Invitational
Mar 26 The Players Championship Florida Trinidad and Tobago Stephen Ames (2) 80 8,000,000 1,440,000 Flagship event
Apr 2 BellSouth Classic Georgia United States Phil Mickelson (28) 52 5,300,000 954,000
Apr 9 Masters Tournament Georgia United States Phil Mickelson (29) 100 7,000,000 1,260,000 Major championship
Apr 16 Verizon Heritage South Carolina Australia Aaron Baddeley (1) 54 5,300,000 954,000 Invitational
Apr 23 Shell Houston Open Texas Australia Stuart Appleby (8) 44 5,300,000 954,000
Apr 30 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Louisiana United States Chris Couch (1) 48 6,000,000 1,080,000
May 7 Wachovia Championship North Carolina United States Jim Furyk (11) 66 6,000,000 1,080,000
May 14 EDS Byron Nelson Championship Texas United States Brett Wetterich (1) 58 6,200,000 1,116,000
May 21 Bank of America Colonial Texas United States Tim Herron (4) 54 6,000,000 1,080,000 Invitational
May 28 FedEx St. Jude Classic Tennessee United States Jeff Maggert (3) 32 5,200,000 936,000
Jun 4 The Memorial Tournament Ohio Sweden Carl Pettersson (2) 68 5,750,000 1,035,000 Invitational
Jun 11 Barclays Classic New York Fiji Vijay Singh (29) 68 5,750,000 1,035,000
Jun 18 U.S. Open New York Australia Geoff Ogilvy (3) 100 6,800,000 1,225,000 Major championship
Jun 27 Booz Allen Classic Maryland United States Ben Curtis (2) 32 5,000,000 900,000
Jul 2 Buick Championship Connecticut United States J. J. Henry (1) 40 4,400,000 792,000
Jul 9 Cialis Western Open Illinois South Africa Trevor Immelman (1) 60 5,000,000 900,000
Jul 16 John Deere Classic Illinois Australia John Senden (1) 24 4,000,000 720,000
Jul 23 The Open Championship (British Open) England United States Tiger Woods (49) 100 7,436,000 1,338,480 Major championship
Jul 23 B.C. Open New York United States John Rollins (2) 24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Jul 30 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee Wisconsin United States Corey Pavin (15) 30 4,000,000 720,000
Aug 6 Buick Open Michigan United States Tiger Woods (50) 54 4,800,000 864,000
Aug 13 The International Colorado United States Dean Wilson (1) 52 5,500,000 990,000
Aug 20 PGA Championship Illinois United States Tiger Woods (51) 100 6,800,000 1,224,000 Major championship
Aug 27 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Ohio United States Tiger Woods (52) 76 7,500,000 1,350,000 World Golf Championships
Aug 27 Reno-Tahoe Open Nevada United States Will MacKenzie (1) 24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Sep 4 Deutsche Bank Championship Massachusetts United States Tiger Woods (53) 46 5,500,000 990,000
Sep 10 Canadian Open Ontario United States Jim Furyk (12) 46 5,000,000 900,000
Sep 17 84 Lumber Classic Pennsylvania United States Ben Curtis (3) 40 4,600,000 828,000
Sep 24 Valero Texas Open Texas United States Eric Axley (1) 24 4,000,000 720,000 Alternate event
Oct 1 WGC-American Express Championship England United States Tiger Woods (54) 70 7,500,000 1,350,000 World Golf Championships
Oct 1 Southern Farm Bureau Classic Mississippi United States D. J. Trahan (1) 24 3,000,000 540,000 Alternate event
Oct 8 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro North Carolina United States Davis Love III (19) 36 5,000,000 900,000
Oct 15 Frys.com Open Nevada United States Troy Matteson (1) 42 4,000,000 720,000
Oct 22 Funai Classic Florida United States Joe Durant (4) 48 4,600,000 828,000
Oct 29 Chrysler Championship Florida South Korea K. J. Choi (4) 56 5,300,000 954,000
Nov 5 The Tour Championship Georgia Australia Adam Scott (4) 52 6,500,000 1,170,000 Limited to top 30 on money list

Unofficial events[edit]

The following events did not carry official money.

Date Tournament Location Winner(s) Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
Notes
Sep 24 Ryder Cup Ireland European Union Team Europe n/a Two 12-man teams
Nov 12 Merrill Lynch Shootout Florida United States Jerry Kelly &
Australia Rod Pampling
2,750,000 337,500 12 two-player teams
Nov 13 ADT Skills Challenge Florida United States Jason Gore &
United States Dan Marino
800,000 145,000
Nov 14 Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Nevada PGA Tour team 1,000,000 166,666 Three three-player teams
Nov 22 PGA Grand Slam of Golf Hawaii United States Tiger Woods 1,250,000 500,000 Four-player field
Nov 26 LG Skins Game California Trinidad and Tobago Stephen Ames 1,000,000 590,000 Four-player field
Dec 3 Del Webb Father/Son Challenge Florida Germany Bernhard Langer
& Stefan Langer
1,085,000 200,000
Dec 4 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament California United States George McNeill 1,302,500 50,000
Dec 11 WGC-Barbados World Cup Barbados Germany Bernhard Langer
& Marcel Siem
4,000,000 1,400,000 24 two-man teams
Dec 17 Target World Challenge California United States Tiger Woods 5,750,000 1,350,000 16-player field

Leaders[edit]

Scoring Average leaders

Rank Player Country Average
1 Tiger Woods  United States 68.11
2 Jim Furyk  United States 68.86
3 Adam Scott  Australia 68.95
4 Luke Donald  England 69.17
5 Steve Stricker  United States 69.37

Full 2006 Scoring Average List

Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Events Wins
1 Tiger Woods  United States 9,941,563 15 8
2 Jim Furyk  United States 7,213,316 24 2
3 Adam Scott  Australia 4,978,858 19 1
4 Vijay Singh  Fiji 4,602,416 27 1
5 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 4,354,969 20 2

Full 2006 Official Money List

Career Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Wins
1 Tiger Woods  United States 65,712,324 54
2 Vijay Singh  Fiji 49,379,841 29
3 Phil Mickelson  United States 39,514,038 29
4 Davis Love III  United States 34,613,823 19
5 Jim Furyk  United States 31,200,066 12

Full 2006 Career Official Money List

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Country
PGA Tour Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) Tiger Woods  United States
PGA Player of the Year Tiger Woods  United States
Money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) Tiger Woods  United States
Scoring leader (PGA - Vardon Trophy) Jim Furyk  United States
Scoring leader (PGA Tour - Byron Nelson Award) Tiger Woods  United States
Rookie of the Year Trevor Immelman  South Africa
Comeback Player of the Year Steve Stricker  United States

Notes

  • Tiger Woods was the PGA Tour Player of the Year for the eighth time, and for the second consecutive year
  • Tiger Woods was the Money Winner for the seventh time, and for the second consecutive year
  • Tiger Woods won the Byron Nelson Award for the seventh time, and for the second consecutive year
  • Tiger Woods won the three most prestigious awards given by the PGA Tour (Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Byron Nelson Awards) in the same year for the sixth time
  • Although Woods had a significantly lower adjusted scoring average than Furyk (68.11 to Furyk's 68.86), Woods had taken several weeks off earlier in the season to mourn his father's death and was 5 rounds short of the 60-round requirement to win the Vardon Trophy. The Byron Nelson Award requires only 50 rounds for eligibility.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Each tournament is allocated a certain number of Official World Golf Rankings points for its champion, and points for lower finishes are based on a sliding scale. The major championships and the Players Championship have fixed allocations, but the points of the other tournaments depend on the strength of the field.

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