Michelob Championship

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Michelob Championship
at Kingsmill
Kingsmill Golf Club sign 2002.jpg
Sign outside Kingsmill Golf Club
showing winners of the event
Tournament information
Location Williamsburg, Virginia
Napa, California (1968–1980)
Established 1968
Course(s) Kingsmill Golf Club,
River Course (1981–2002)
Silverado Country Club
North Course (1968–1980)
Par 71
Length 6,853 yards (6,266 m)[1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund $3.7 million
Month played October
Final year 2002, 15 years ago
Final champion
United States Charles Howell III
Michelob Championship is located in the US
SilveradoCountry Club
Country Club
Kingsmill Golf Club
Golf Club
Locations in United States
Kingsmill Golf Club is located in Virginia
Kingsmill Golf Club
Golf Club
Location in Virginia (1981–2002)
SilveradoCountry Club is located in California
SilveradoCountry Club
Country Club
Location in California (1968–1980)

The Michelob Championship at Kingsmill was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour from 1968 to 2002. It was played in Virginia at the River Course of Kingsmill Golf Club outside of Williamsburg, from 1981 to 2002. From 1977 through 1995, it was known as the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic.

The event was founded in 1968 as the Kaiser International Open Invitational, which was played in northern California at Silverado Country Club in Napa through 1980. In its second year, it was played twice. In January 1969, three days of rain washed out the final two rounds of play and 36-hole leader Miller Barber was declared the winner, but only half the prize money was distributed.[2][3] The tournament was rescheduled for late October/early November and Jack Nicklaus was the winner in a four-man playoff, decided on the second extra hole on Monday.[4][5]

The purse of the inaugural event in 1968 was $125,000, and Kermit Zarley took the winner's share of $25,000 in January for his first tour win.[6] The final event in 2002 had a purse of $3.7 million, with a winner's share of $666,000 to Charles Howell III in early October.[1]

From 2003 to 2009, a popular LPGA Tour event, the Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill, was played at the same location. In 2012, the LPGA Tour event returned, renamed as the Kingsmill Championship.


Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Michelob Championship at Kingsmill
2002 Charles Howell III  United States 270 −14 2 strokes United States Scott Hoch
United States Brandt Jobe
2001 David Toms (2)  United States 269 −15 1 stroke United States Kirk Triplett
2000 David Toms  United States 271 −13 Playoff Canada Mike Weir
1999 Notah Begay III  United States 274 −10 Playoff United States Tom Byrum
1998 David Duval (2)  United States 268 −16 3 strokes New Zealand Phil Tataurangi
1997 David Duval  United States 271 −13 Playoff New Zealand Grant Waite
United States Duffy Waldorf
1996 Scott Hoch  United States 265 −19 4 strokes United States Tom Purtzer
Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic
1995 Ted Tryba  United States 271 −12 1 stroke United States Scott Simpson
1994 Mark McCumber (2)  United States 267 −17 3 strokes United States Glen Day
1993 Jim Gallagher, Jr.  United States 269 −15 2 strokes United States Chip Beck
1992 David Peoples  United States 271 −13 1 stroke United States Bill Britton
United States Ed Dougherty
United States Jim Gallagher, Jr.
1991 Mike Hulbert  United States 266 −18 Playoff United States Kenny Knox
1990 Lanny Wadkins  United States 266 −18 5 strokes United States Larry Mize
1989 Mike Donald  United States 268 −16 Playoff United States Tim Simpson
United States Hal Sutton
1988 Tom Sieckmann  United States 270 −14 Playoff United States Mark Wiebe
1987 Mark McCumber  United States 267 −17 1 stroke United States Bobby Clampett
1986 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 274 −10 2 strokes United States Jodie Mudd
1985 Mark Wiebe  United States 273 −11 Playoff United States John Mahaffey
1984 Ronnie Black  United States 267 −17 1 stroke United States Willie Wood
1983 Calvin Peete (2)  United States 276 −8 1 stroke United States Tim Norris
1982 Calvin Peete  United States 203 −10 2 strokes United States Bruce Lietzke
1981 John Mahaffey  United States 276 −8 2 strokes United States Andy North
The tournament moved from California to Virginia before the 1981 edition.
1980 Ben Crenshaw  United States 272 −16 4 strokes United States Jack Renner
1979 John Fought  United States 273 −15 1 stroke United States Buddy Gardner
United States Alan Tapie
United States Bobby Wadkins
1978 Tom Watson  United States 270 −18 3 strokes United States Ed Sneed
1977 Miller Barber (2)  United States 272 −16 2 strokes United States George Archer
Kaiser International Open Invitational
1976 J. C. Snead  United States 274 −14 2 strokes United States Gibby Gilbert
United States Johnny Miller
1975 Johnny Miller (2)  United States 272 −16 3 strokes United States Rod Curl
1974 Johnny Miller  United States 271 −17 8 strokes United States Billy Casper
United States Lee Trevino
1973 Ed Sneed  United States 275 −13 Playoff United States John Schlee
1972 George Knudson  Canada 271 −17 3 strokes United States Hale Irwin
United States Bobby Nichols
1971 Billy Casper  United States 269 −19 4 strokes United States Fred Marti
1970 Ken Still  United States 278 −10 Playoff United States Lee Trevino
United States Bert Yancey
Jack Nicklaus  United States 273 −15 Playoff United States George Archer
United States Billy Casper
United States Don January
Miller Barber  United States 135* −9 1 stroke Australia Bruce Devlin
1968 Kermit Zarley  United States 273 −15 1 stroke United States Dave Marr

*The January 1969 edition of the tournament was shortened to 36 holes, and the tournament was rescheduled for November.

Tournament highlights[edit]

  • 1968: Kermit Zarley shot a final round 65 (–7) to win $25,000 at the inaugural event,[6] a stroke ahead of Dave Marr.[7]
  • January 1969: For the first time ever, due to three days of steady rain a 72-hole PGA Tour tourney is called off after only 36 holes. Miller Barber is the winner by one shot over Bruce Devlin.[8]
  • November 1969: The Kaiser International is decided in a four-way playoff. Jack Nicklaus sank a 12-foot (3.7 m) birdie putt on the second hole of sudden death to defeat George Archer and Billy Casper. Don January was eliminated on the first playoff hole. Darkness after the first hole caused play to be called until Monday morning, which had a fog delay.[9]
  • 1970: Ken Still makes a birdie on the first hole of sudden death to defeat Lee Trevino and Bert Yancey. Dave Hill misses the playoff by one shot after making a triple bogey on the 11th hole during the final round of play. Just before his disastrous hole, Hill and his playing partner Chi Chi Rodriguez exchanged angry words which required an official to settle their clash.[10]
  • 1974: Johnny Miller collects his 8th triumph of the year. He wins by eight shots over Casper and Trevino.[11]
  • 1975: Johnny Miller successfully defends his Kaiser title. He finishes three shots ahead of Rod Curl.[12]
  • 1976: J. C. Snead foils Johnny Miller's attempt to win three consecutive Kaiser International titles. Snead shoots a final round 68 to finish two shots ahead of Miller and Gibby Gilbert.[13]
  • 1977: Miller Barber wins in Napa for the second time. He shoots a final round 65 to rally from six shots back and defeat George Archer by two shots.[14]
  • 1979: John Fought birdies the 72nd hole to win by one shot over Alan Tapie, Bobby Wadkins, and Buddy Gardner. It is Fought's second straight win on the PGA Tour.[15]
  • 1981: John Mahaffey wins the first edition of the tournament after its transfer from California to Virginia. He beats Andy North by two shots.[16]
  • 1983: Calvin Peete rallies from six shots back to successfully defend his Anheuser-Busch title, one shot in front of Tim Norris.[17] Hal Sutton squandered the large lead, but wins the PGA Championship two weeks later.
  • 1984: Ronnie Black, seven shots behind when final round play began, shoots a 63 to win by one shot over Willie Wood.[18]
  • 1986: Fuzzy Zoeller shoots a final round 64 to win by two shots over Jodie Mudd.[19]
  • 1992: David Peoples makes bogey on both the 71st and 72nd holes but still holds on to win by one shot over Ed Dougherty, Jim Gallagher, and Bill Britton.[20]
  • 1996: Scott Hoch sets the 72 hole scoring mark, 265, on his way to a four shot victory over Tom Purtzer.[21]
  • 1997: Future #1 ranked player in the world and 2001 Open Championship winner David Duval wins for the first time ever on the PGA Tour. He birdies the first hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Grant Waite and Duffy Waldorf.[22]
  • 1998: David Duval successfully defends his Michelob Championship title. He finishes three shots ahead of Phil Tataurangi.[23]
  • 1999: Tour rookie Notah Begay III notches his second victory. He defeats Tom Byrum in a sudden death playoff.[24]
  • 2001: David Toms successfully defends his Michelob title. He finishes one shot ahead of Kirk Triplett.[25]
  • 2002: Charles Howell III wins $666,000 at the final edition of the tournament, two shots ahead of Brandt Jobe and Scott Hoch.[26]


  1. ^ a b "Golf: Michelob". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. October 7, 2002. p. D8. 
  2. ^ "Barber nabs top spot in Kaiser Open". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. January 18, 1969. p. 19. 
  3. ^ "Barber wins tourney". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. Associated Press. January 21, 1969. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Nick eyes top dollar". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. October 31, 1969. p. 26. 
  5. ^ "Another for Jack". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. November 4, 1969. p. 31. 
  6. ^ a b "Zarley cards torrid 65 for first pro golf crown". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 22, 1968. p. 10. 
  7. ^ Sargis, Joe (January 22, 1968). "Kermit Zarley cashes in at Kaiser Open". Bryan Times. Ohio. UPI. p. 7. 
  8. ^ "Kaiser golf tournament called off". Lodi News-Sentinel. California. UPI. January 21, 1969. p. 8. 
  9. ^ "Jack Nicklaus takes Kaiser golf tourney". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. November 3, 1969. p. 18. 
  10. ^ Green, Bob (October 26, 1970). "Ken Still collects Kaiser golf title". Portsmouth Times. New Hampshire. Associated Press. p. 14. 
  11. ^ "Miller wins Kaiser International". Ellensburg Daily Record. Washington. UPI. September 30, 1974. p. 9. 
  12. ^ "Miller wins Kaiser Open". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. October 6, 1975. p. 5, part 2. 
  13. ^ "J.C. Snead wins Kaiser". Montreal Gazette. UPI. September 27, 1976. p. 22. 
  14. ^ "Barber's 65 overtakes Archer, ends drought". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. October 3, 1977. p. 5, part 2. 
  15. ^ "Fought earns second big payday". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Associated Press. September 24, 1979. p. 12. 
  16. ^ "John Mahaffey wins Busch open classic". Bangor Daily News. Maine. Associated Press. July 27, 1981. p. 21. 
  17. ^ "Peete wins by stroke as Sutton collapses". Ottawa Citizen. Canada. Associated Press. July 25, 1983. p. 33. 
  18. ^ Black rallies for Anheuser-Busch title
  19. ^ Fuzzy Zoeller wins Busch Classic by two
  20. ^ Peoples courts disaster; wins Busch classic
  21. ^ Hoch wins Michelob
  22. ^ Duval wins playoff in Michelob
  23. ^ Duval runs away with Michelob
  24. ^ Golf Roundup; Begay wins in a playoff
  25. ^ PLUS: GOLF; Toms Wins Michelob With a 3-Under 68
  26. ^ Howell breaks through in final PGA event at Kingsmill

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Coordinates: 37°13′30″N 76°40′05″W / 37.225°N 76.668°W / 37.225; -76.668