Atlanta Classic

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Atlanta Classic
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Tournament information
Location Duluth, Georgia
Established 1967 (1934)
Course(s) TPC at Sugarloaf
Par 72
Length 7,311 yards (6,685 m)[1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $5.5 million
Final year 2008
Tournament record score
Aggregate 260 Phil Mickelson (2006)
To par −28 as above
Final champion
Japan Ryuji Imada
Duluth is located in the US
Location in the United States
Duluth is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Location in Georgia

The Atlanta Classic was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour, a regular stop in suburban Atlanta for over four decades. It was founded in 1967, although previous events dating to 1934 are included in the PGA Tour's past winners list. AT&T was the last title sponsor of the tournament.

From 1967 to 1996, it was played at the Atlanta Country Club in Marietta, northwest of Atlanta. From 1997 to 2008, it was played over the Stables and Meadows nines at TPC at Sugarloaf in Duluth, northeast of Atlanta.

For most of its years, the Atlanta tournament was usually held in May. From 19992006, it was moved to early April, the week before the Masters. Its final two editions were in mid-May, a week after the Players Championship (which was moved from late March). The tournament was cancelled after the 2008 season.[2]

This event is not to be confused with the AT&T Champions Classic played in Valencia, California, a Champions Tour (now PGA Tour Champions) tournament which bore the "AT&T Classic" name in 2006, prior to AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth. It was cancelled after the 2009 season.

TPC Sugarloaf currently hosts an annual PGA Tour Champions event, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, which debuted in 2013.


Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
AT&T Classic
2008 Ryuji Imada  Japan 273 −15 Playoff United States Kenny Perry
2007 Zach Johnson (2)  United States 273 −15 Playoff Japan Ryuji Imada
BellSouth Classic
2006 Phil Mickelson (3)  United States 260 −28 13 strokes United States Zach Johnson
Spain José María Olazábal
2005 Phil Mickelson (2)  United States 208 −8 Playoff India Arjun Atwal
United States Rich Beem
United States Brandt Jobe
Spain José María Olazábal
2004 Zach Johnson (1)  United States 275 −13 1 stroke Australia Mark Hensby
2003 Ben Crane  United States 272 −16 4 strokes United States Bob Tway
2002 Retief Goosen  South Africa 272 −16 4 strokes Sweden Jesper Parnevik
2001 Scott McCarron (2)  United States 280 −8 3 strokes Canada Mike Weir
2000 Phil Mickelson (1)  United States 205 −11 Playoff United States Gary Nicklaus
1999 David Duval  United States 270 −18 2 strokes United States Stewart Cink
1998 Tiger Woods  United States 271 −17 1 stroke United States Jay Don Blake
1997 Scott McCarron  United States 274 −14 3 strokes United States David Duval
United States Brian Henninger
United States Lee Janzen
1996 Paul Stankowski  United States 280 −8 Playoff United States Brandel Chamblee
1995 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 271 −17 2 strokes United States Jim Gallagher, Jr.
1994 John Daly  United States 274 −14 1 stroke United States Nolan Henke
United States Brian Henninger
1993 Nolan Henke  United States 271 −17 2 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia
Zimbabwe Nick Price
United States Tom Sieckmann
1992 Tom Kite (2)  United States 272 −16 3 strokes United States Jay Don Blake
BellSouth Atlanta Golf Classic
1991 Corey Pavin  United States 272 −16 Playoff United States Steve Pate
1990 Wayne Levi (2)  United States 275 −13 1 stroke United States Keith Clearwater
United States Larry Mize
Zimbabwe Nick Price
1989 Scott Simpson  United States 278 −10 Playoff United States Bob Tway
Georgia-Pacific Atlanta Golf Classic
1988 Larry Nelson (2)  United States 268 −20 1 stroke United States Chip Beck
1987 Dave Barr  Canada 265 −23 4 strokes United States Larry Mize
1986 Bob Tway  United States 269 −19 2 strokes United States Hal Sutton
1985 Wayne Levi (1)  United States 273 −15 Playoff United States Steve Pate
1984 Tom Kite (1)  United States 269 −19 5 strokes United States Don Pooley
1983 Calvin Peete  United States 206 −10 2 strokes United States Chip Beck
United States Jim Colbert
United States Don Pooley
1982 Keith Fergus  United States 273 −15 Playoff United States Raymond Floyd
Atlanta Classic
1981 Tom Watson  United States 277 −11 Playoff United States Tommy Valentine
1980 Larry Nelson (1)  United States 270 −18 7 strokes United States Andy Bean
United States Don Pooley
1979 Andy Bean  United States 265 −23 8 strokes United States Joe Inman
1978 Jerry Heard  United States 269 −19 2 strokes United States Lou Graham
United States Bob Murphy
United States Tom Watson
1977 Hale Irwin (2)  United States 273 −15 1 stroke United States Steve Veriato
1976 No tournament. The 1976 U.S. Open was played at nearby Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course)
1975 Hale Irwin (1)  United States 271 −17 4 strokes United States Tom Watson
1974 No tournament. Instead, the Atlanta Country Club hosted the first-ever Players Championship
1973 Jack Nicklaus  United States 272 −16 2 strokes United States Tom Weiskopf
1972 Bob Lunn (2)  United States 275 −13 2 strokes South Africa Gary Player
1971 Gardner Dickinson  United States 275 −13 Playoff United States Jack Nicklaus
1970 Tommy Aaron  United States 275 −13 1 stroke United States Dan Sikes
1969 Bert Yancey  United States 277 −11 Playoff Australia Bruce Devlin
1968 Bob Lunn (1)  United States 280 −8 3 strokes United States Lee Trevino
1967 Bob Charles  New Zealand 282 −6 2 strokes United States Tommy Bolt
United States Dick Crawford
United States Gardner Dickinson
Previous events recognized by the PGA Tour

Atlanta Open

Atlanta Invitational

Atlanta Open

Tournament highlights[edit]

  • 1967: Bob Charles wins the first modern era PGA Tour event played in Atlanta. He finishes two shots ahead of Gardner Dickinson, Tommy Bolt, and Dick Crawford.[3]
  • 1968; Bob Lunn is victorious for the second straight week on the PGA Tour. He wins by three shots over Lee Trevino.[4]
  • 1970: Georgia native Tommy Aaron wins by one shot over Dan Sikes.[5] Tom Weiskopf came to the 72nd hole tied with Aaron but closed with a double bogey.
  • 1972: Bob Lunn becomes the tournament's first repeat winner. He beats Gary Player by two shots.[6]
  • 1977: Hale Irwin becomes the first Atlanta champion to successfully defend his title. He beats Steve Veriato by two shots.[7]
  • 1979: Andy Bean shoots a third round 61 on his way to an 8-stroke victory over Joe Inman.[8]
  • 1980: Georgian Larry Nelson wins by seven shots over Don Pooley and defending champion Andy Bean.[9]
  • 1983: Calvin Peete shoots a final round 63, including a hole out for birdie from a bunker on the 71st hole. He wins by two shots over Chip Beck, Jim Colbert, and Don Pooley.[10]
  • 1986: Bob Tway shoots a final round 64 to win by two shots over Hal Sutton.[11]
  • 1988 Larry Nelson birdies the 72nd hole to become a two-time winner of the tournament. He edges Chip Beck by one shot.[12]
  • 1990: Wayne Levi birdies the 72nd hole in near darkness to earn his first PGA Tour win in five years. He finishes one shot ahead of Nick Price, Keith Clearwater, and Larry Mize.[13]
  • 1992: Tom Kite begins the final round bogey-bogey before making six consecutive birdies on his way to a three shot victory over Jay Don Blake.[14] Amateur David Duval, a junior at Georgia Tech held the 54 hole lead[15] by two strokes before shooting a final round 79 to finish T13.[16]
  • 1994: John Daly wins by one shot over Brian Henninger and defending champion Nolan Henke. Afterwards Daly says "This is the first tournament I've won on the PGA Tour in a sober fashion."[17]
  • 1996: Sixth alternate Paul Stankowski birdies the first sudden death playoff hole to defeat Brandel Chamblee.[18]
  • 1998: Tiger Woods notches his only victory of the year in Atlanta. He finishes one shot ahead of Jay Don Blake.[19]
  • 2000: Phil Mickelson wins for the first time in Atlanta. He birdies the first hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Gary Nicklaus.[20]
  • 2003: Ben Crane shoots a final round 63 to win by four shots over Bob Tway.[21]
  • 2006: Mickelson dominates the field, using two drivers in preparation for the Masters the following week. He concluded with an eagle on the 72nd hole to post a score of 28-under-par, a career best. Mickelson won by 13 strokes over José María Olazábal and Zach Johnson, and would go on to win the Masters the next week.
  • 2007: Zach Johnson seems to like playing golf in Georgia. His third career PGA Tour victory like his first two, the 2004 BellSouth Classic and the 2007 Masters Tournament take place in the state. He defeats Ryuji Imada on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.[22]
  • 2008: The last version of the tournament sees Ryuji Imada win in a sudden death playoff over Kenny Perry.[23]


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Coordinates: 33°59′53″N 84°06′32″W / 33.998°N 84.109°W / 33.998; -84.109