Booz Allen Classic

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Booz Allen Classic
Tournament information
Location Potomac, Maryland, U.S.
Established 1968, 1980 (D.C. Area)
Course(s) TPC at Avenel
Par 71
Length 6,987 yards (6,389 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund $5.0 million
Month played June
Final year 2006
Tournament record score
Aggregate 263   Billy Andrade (1991)
         Jeff Sluman (1991)
         Adam Scott (2004)
To par (–21) same
Final champion
United States Ben Curtis
TPC at Avenel  is located in the US
TPC at Avenel 
TPC at Avenel 
Location in the United States
TPC at Avenel  is located in Maryland
TPC at Avenel 
TPC at Avenel 
Location in Maryland

The Booz Allen Classic was a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour from 1968 to 2006.

Perhaps more so than any other "regular" PGA Tour stop, the event wandered about, not just from course to course within a given metropolitan area, but along the East Coast. Originally known as the Kemper Open, the inaugural event was played in 1968 at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Massachusetts, before moving to the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina the following year, where it stayed through 1979. (The Wells Fargo Championship is now held in Charlotte.) The event moved in 1980 to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb northwest of Washington, D.C., and to TPC at Avenel in 1987 in neighboring Potomac.

Kemper Insurance dropped out as sponsor after the 2002 edition and was replaced by Friedman Billings Ramsey, which renamed the event the "FBR Capital Open" for a single year in 2003. Booz Allen Hamilton became the main sponsor of the tournament in 2004, and the event returned to Congressional for a year in 2005 to accommodate renovations at Avenel.

The purse in 2006 was $5.0 million, with $900,000 going to the winner; due to rain delays it concluded on Tuesday without a gallery.[1] In 1992, Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, was given a sponsor's exemption into the tournament,[2] but shot rounds of 80 and 91 and missed the cut by 28 strokes.[3][4] Many up and coming players first won here, as top players often took the week off because the tournament was usually played the week after the U.S. Open. For 2007, the PGA Tour announced that it would reschedule the event for the fall, and Booz Allen declined to renew its sponsorship. The fall date was in turn canceled to make way for the new AT&T National, to take place at the same time as the Classic had.

Also in 2006, the tournament ended on Tuesday due to persistent storms in the D.C. area. The conclusion of what turned out to be the final Booz Allen Classic was not televised.

A new format (invitation only), new host for the tournament (Tiger Woods), and a return to Congressional Country Club marked the July 2007 stop in Washington for the FedEx Cup, the AT&T National. For record-keeping purposes, it is not a "successor" tournament officially, even though it is the "new" tour stop in the same region.

During the 1970s, the Kemper Open was among the highest purses on tour, exceeding the majors.


Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
Host course
Booz Allen Classic
2006 Ben Curtis  United States 264 −20 5 strokes United States Billy Andrade
Australia Nick O'Hern
Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
United States Steve Stricker
900,000 TPC at Avenel
2005 Sergio García  Spain 270 −14 2 strokes United States Ben Crane
United States Davis Love III
Australia Adam Scott
900,000 Congressional Country Club
Blue Course
2004 Adam Scott  Australia 263 −21 4 strokes United States Charles Howell III 864,000 TPC at Avenel
FBR Capital Open
2003 Rory Sabbatini  South Africa 270 −14 4 strokes United States Joe Durant
United States Fred Funk
United States Duffy Waldorf
810,000 TPC at Avenel
Kemper Insurance Open
2002 Bob Estes  United States 273 −11 1 stroke United States Rich Beem 648,000 TPC at Avenel
2001 Frank Lickliter  United States 268 −16 1 stroke United States J. J. Henry 630,000 TPC at Avenel
2000 Tom Scherrer  United States 271 −13 2 strokes Australia Greg Chalmers
Japan Kazuhiko Hosokawa
United States Franklin Langham
United States Justin Leonard
United States Steve Lowery
540,000 TPC at Avenel
Kemper Open
1999 Rich Beem  United States 274 −10 1 stroke United States Bill Glasson
Australia Bradley Hughes
450,000 TPC at Avenel
1998 Stuart Appleby  Australia 274 −10 1 stroke United States Scott Hoch 360,000 TPC at Avenel
1997 Justin Leonard  United States 274 −10 1 stroke United States Mark Wiebe 270,000 TPC at Avenel
1996 Steve Stricker  United States 270 −14 3 strokes United States Brad Faxon
United States Scott Hoch
United States Mark O'Meara
New Zealand Grant Waite
270,000 TPC at Avenel
1995 Lee Janzen  United States 272 −12 Playoff United States Corey Pavin 252,000 TPC at Avenel
1994 Mark Brooks  United States 271 −13 3 strokes United States Bobby Wadkins
United States D. A. Weibring
234,000 TPC at Avenel
1993 Grant Waite  New Zealand 275 −9 1 stroke United States Tom Kite 234,000 TPC at Avenel
1992 Bill Glasson (2)  United States 276 −8 1 stroke United States John Daly
United States Ken Green
United States Mike Springer
United States Howard Twitty
198,000 TPC at Avenel
1991 Billy Andrade  United States 263 −21 Playoff United States Jeff Sluman 180,000 TPC at Avenel
1990 Gil Morgan  United States 274 −10 1 stroke Australia Ian Baker-Finch 180,000 TPC at Avenel
1989 Tom Byrum  United States 268 −16 5 strokes United States Tommy Armour III
United States Billy Ray Brown
United States Jim Thorpe
162,000 TPC at Avenel
1988 Morris Hatalsky  United States 274 −10 Playoff United States Tom Kite 144,000 TPC at Avenel
1987 Tom Kite  United States 270 −14 7 strokes United States Chris Perry
United States Howard Twitty
126,000 TPC at Avenel
1986 Greg Norman (2)  Australia 277 −11 Playoff United States Larry Mize 90,000 Congressional Country Club
1985 Bill Glasson  United States 278 −10 1 stroke United States Larry Mize
United States Corey Pavin
90,000 Congressional Country Club
1984 Greg Norman  Australia 280 −8 5 strokes United States Mark O'Meara 72,000 Congressional Country Club
1983 Fred Couples  United States 287 −1 Playoff Taiwan Chen Tze-chung
United States Barry Jaeckel
United States Gil Morgan
United States Scott Simpson
72,000 Congressional Country Club
1982 Craig Stadler (2)  United States 275 −13 7 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros 72,000 Congressional Country Club
1981 Craig Stadler  United States 270 −18 6 strokes United States Tom Watson
United States Tom Weiskopf
72,000 Congressional Country Club
1980 John Mahaffey  United States 275 −13 3 strokes United States Craig Stadler 72,000 Congressional Country Club
1979 Jerry McGee  United States 272 −16 1 stroke United States Jerry Pate 63,000 Quail Hollow Club
1978 Andy Bean  United States 273 −15 5 strokes United States Mark Hayes
United States Andy North
60,000 Quail Hollow Club
1977 Tom Weiskopf (3)  United States 277 −11 2 strokes United States George Burns
United States Bill Rogers
50,000 Quail Hollow Club
1976 Joe Inman  United States 277 −11 1 stroke United States Grier Jones
United States Tom Weiskopf
50,000 Quail Hollow Club
1975 Raymond Floyd  United States 278 −10 3 strokes United States John Mahaffey
South Africa Gary Player
50,000 Quail Hollow Club
1974 Bob Menne  United States 270 −18 Playoff United States Jerry Heard 50,000 Quail Hollow Club
1973 Tom Weiskopf (2)  United States 271 −17 3 strokes United States Lanny Wadkins 40,000 Quail Hollow Club
1972 Doug Sanders  United States 275 −13 1 stroke United States Lee Trevino 35,000 Quail Hollow Club
1971 Tom Weiskopf  United States 277 −11 Playoff United States Dale Douglass
South Africa Gary Player
United States Lee Trevino
30,000 Quail Hollow Club
1970 Dick Lotz  United States 278 −10 1 stroke United States Lou Graham
United States Larry Hinson
United States Grier Jones
United States Tom Weiskopf
30,000 Quail Hollow Club
1969 Dale Douglass  United States 274 −14 4 strokes United States Charles Coody 30,000 Quail Hollow Club
1968 Arnold Palmer  United States 276 −12 4 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
United States Art Wall, Jr.
30,000 Pleasant Valley Country Club

Tournament highlights[edit]

  • 1968: Arnold Palmer shoots a final round 67 to win the inaugural version of the tournament. He finishes four shots ahead of Bruce Crampton and Art Wall, Jr.[5]
  • 1971: Tom Weiskopf wins his first Kemper Open title in a four-way sudden death playoff. He makes an eight-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to beat Lee Trevino, Gary Player, and Dale Douglass.[6]
  • 1972: Doug Sanders rolls in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to edge Lee Trevino by one shot.[7] It would be Sanders 20th and final PGA Tour triumph.
  • 1975: Raymond Floyd holes a 100-foot chip shot for eagle during the final round on his way to a three-shot victory over Gary Player and John Mahaffey. It is Floyd's first PGA Tour win since his 1969 PGA Championship triumph.[8]
  • 1977: Tom Weiskopf wins the Kemper Open for a third time. He beats Bill Rogers and George Burns by two shots.[9]
  • 1980: John Mahaffey wins the first Kemper Open played at the Congressional Country Club. He beats Craig Stadler by three shots.[10]
  • 1982: Craig Stadler becomes the first Kemper Open winner to successfully defend his title. He beats Seve Ballesteros by seven shots.[11]
  • 1983: This edition of the tournament may have been the most bizarre. Fred Couples, Scott Simpson, and Chen Tze-chung playing together in the final group finished over one hour later than the previous group on the golf course. In spite of rounds of 77, 76, and 77 all three players finished tied for first along with Gil Morgan and Barry Jaeckel who had finished their rounds several hours earlier. Jaeckel, who spent time in a bar waiting for regulation play to conclude, is eliminated on the first playoff hole after he hits a wild tee shot.[12] On the second hole, Couples scores a birdie to win his first ever PGA Tour title.[13]
  • 1984: Greg Norman wins his first PGA Tour event, beating out Mark O'Meara by five shots, despite shooting a final round 73.
  • 1985: Bill Glasson sinks a 50-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to finish a 7-shot comeback and earn his first ever PGA Tour triumph. He beats Larry Mize and Corey Pavin by one shot.[14]
  • 1986: Greg Norman wins the Kemper Open for a second time by defeating Larry Mize on the sixth hole of a sudden death playoff.[15] Less than one year later, Mize would avenge his loss to Norman at the 1987 Masters Tournament.
  • 1988: Tom Kite's bid to successfully defend his Kemper Open title is foiled when Morris Hatalsky beats him on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.[16]
  • 1992: Bill Glasson becomes the first and only tournament champion to win an edition of the tournament at both Congressional Country Club and TPC at Avenel. Glasson wins by one shot over Howard Twitty, Ken Green, Mike Springer, and John Daly.[17]
  • 1995: Lee Janzen birdies the 72nd hole to earn a spot in a sudden death playoff with Corey Pavin. Janzen then birdies the first playoff hole to earn the victory.[18]
  • 1996: Future number two ranked player in the world, Steve Stricker, wins for the first time on the PGA Tour. He beats Mark O'Meara, Grant Waite, Scott Hoch, and Brad Faxon by three shots.[19]
  • 1997: Justin Leonard wins for the second time ever on the PGA Tour after Mark Wiebe misses two-foot par putts on both the 71st and 72nd holes to finish one shot behind.[20]
  • 1999: Rich Beem becomes the first ever PGA Tour rookie to win the tournament. His four round scoring total of 274 (−10) is good enough for a one-stroke triumph over Bradley Hughes and Bill Glasson.[21]
  • 2004: Adam Scott shoots a 72-hole tournament scoring record 263 on his way to a four-shot victory over Charles Howell III.[22]


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Coordinates: 38°59′20″N 77°12′07″W / 38.989°N 77.202°W / 38.989; -77.202