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.


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
Jan 8 Mercedes Championships Hawaii Australia Stuart Appleby (7) 46 Winners-only event
Jan 15 Sony Open in Hawaii Hawaii United States David Toms (12) 52
Jan 22 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic California United States Chad Campbell (3) 48 Celebrity pro-am
Jan 29 Buick Invitational California United States Tiger Woods (47) 56
Feb 5 FBR Open Arizona United States J. B. Holmes (1) 58
Feb 12 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am California United States Arron Oberholser (1) 48 Celebrity pro-am
Feb 19 Nissan Open California South Africa Rory Sabbatini (3) 66
Feb 26 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship California Australia Geoff Ogilvy (2) 76 World Golf Championships
Feb 26 Chrysler Classic of Tucson Arizona United States Kirk Triplett (3) 24 Alternate event
Mar 5 Ford Championship at Doral Florida United States Tiger Woods (48) 66
Mar 12 The Honda Classic Florida England Luke Donald (2) 44
Mar 19 Bay Hill Invitational Florida Australia Rod Pampling (2) 68 Invitational
Mar 26 The Players Championship Florida Trinidad and Tobago Canada Stephen Ames (2) 80 Flagship event
Apr 2 BellSouth Classic Georgia United States Phil Mickelson (28) 52
Apr 9 Masters Tournament Georgia United States Phil Mickelson (29) 100 Major championship
Apr 16 Verizon Heritage South Carolina Australia Aaron Baddeley (1) 54 Invitational
Apr 23 Shell Houston Open Texas Australia Stuart Appleby (8) 44
Apr 30 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Louisiana United States Chris Couch (1) 48
May 7 Wachovia Championship North Carolina United States Jim Furyk (11) 66
May 14 EDS Byron Nelson Championship Texas United States Brett Wetterich (1) 58
May 21 Bank of America Colonial Texas United States Tim Herron (4) 54 Invitational
May 28 FedEx St. Jude Classic Tennessee United States Jeff Maggert (3) 32
Jun 4 The Memorial Tournament Ohio Sweden Carl Pettersson (2) 68 Invitational
Jun 11 Barclays Classic New York Fiji Vijay Singh (29) 68
Jun 18 U.S. Open New York Australia Geoff Ogilvy (3) 100 Major championship
Jun 25 Booz Allen Classic Maryland United States Ben Curtis (2) 32
Jul 2 Buick Championship Connecticut United States J. J. Henry (1) 40
Jul 9 Cialis Western Open Illinois South Africa Trevor Immelman (1) 60
Jul 16 John Deere Classic Illinois Australia John Senden (1) 24
Jul 23 The Open Championship (British Open) England United States Tiger Woods (49) 100 Major championship
Jul 23 B.C. Open New York United States John Rollins (2) 24 Alternate event
Jul 30 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee Wisconsin United States Corey Pavin (15) 30
Aug 6 Buick Open Michigan United States Tiger Woods (50) 54
Aug 13 The International Colorado United States Dean Wilson (1) 52
Aug 20 PGA Championship Illinois United States Tiger Woods (51) 100 Major championship
Aug 27 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Ohio United States Tiger Woods (52) 76 World Golf Championships
Aug 27 Reno-Tahoe Open Nevada United States Will MacKenzie (1) 24 Alternate event
Sep 4 Deutsche Bank Championship Massachusetts United States Tiger Woods (53) 46
Sep 10 Canadian Open Canada United States Jim Furyk (12) 46
Sep 17 84 Lumber Classic Pennsylvania United States Ben Curtis (3) 40
Sep 24 Ryder Cup Ireland European Union Team Europe n/a Team event
Sep 24 Valero Texas Open Texas United States Eric Axley (1) 24 Alternate event
Oct 1 WGC-American Express Championship England United States Tiger Woods (54) 70 World Golf Championships
Oct 1 Southern Farm Bureau Classic Mississippi United States D. J. Trahan (1) 24 Alternate event
Oct 8 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro North Carolina United States Davis Love III (19) 36
Oct 15 Frys.com Open Nevada United States Troy Matteson (1) 42
Oct 22 Funai Classic Florida United States Joe Durant (4) 48
Oct 29 Chrysler Championship Florida South Korea K. J. Choi (4) 56
Nov 5 The Tour Championship Georgia Australia Adam Scott (4) 52 Limited to top 30 on money list


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


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


  • 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.

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