2006 PGA Tour
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.
The following events did not carry official money.
|Sep 24||Ryder Cup||Ireland||Team Europe||n/a||Two 12-man teams|
|Nov 12||Merrill Lynch Shootout||Florida|| Jerry Kelly &
|2,750,000||337,500||12 two-player teams|
|Nov 13||ADT Skills Challenge||Florida|| Jason Gore &
|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||Tiger Woods||1,250,000||500,000||Four-player field|
|Nov 26||LG Skins Game||California||Stephen Ames||1,000,000||590,000||Four-player field|
|Dec 3||Del Webb Father/Son Challenge||Florida|| Bernhard Langer
& Stefan Langer
|Dec 4||PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament||California||George McNeill||1,302,500||50,000|
|Dec 11||WGC-Barbados World Cup||Barbados|| Bernhard Langer
& Marcel Siem
|4,000,000||1,400,000||24 two-man teams|
|Dec 17||Target World Challenge||California||Tiger Woods||5,750,000||1,350,000||16-player field|
Scoring Average leaders
|1||Tiger Woods||United States||68.11|
|2||Jim Furyk||United States||68.86|
|5||Steve Stricker||United States||69.37|
Money List leaders
|1||Tiger Woods||United States||9,941,563||15||8|
|2||Jim Furyk||United States||7,213,316||24||2|
Career Money List leaders
|1||Tiger Woods||United States||65,712,324||54|
|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|
- 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.
- 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.