New England Classic

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The New England Classic was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour from 1969 through 1998. It was held under various names at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Massachusetts.

Pleasant Valley was the site of other PGA Tour and LPGA Tour events. Three LPGA Tour events, the Lady Carling Eastern Open from 1962 to 1966, the LPGA Championship from 1967 to 1968 and again from 1970 to 1972, and the Patty Berg Classic in 1969 were held at Pleasant Valley. The PGA Tour first stopped at Pleasant Valley in 1965 when "Champagne" Tony Lema won the Carling World Open, which was part of a circuit sponsored by the Carling Brewery. The inaugural Kemper Open was held at Pleasant Valley in 1968, with Arnold Palmer winning and marking the only time the men's and women's tours staged tournaments staged events on the same course in the same year until the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open were held at Pinehurst Number 2 in back-to-back weeks.[1] (The Kemper event moved to North Carolina the next year.)

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
CVS Charity Classic
1998 Steve Pate  United States 269 −15 1 stroke United States Scott Hoch
Australia Bradley Hughes
1997 Loren Roberts  United States 266 −18 1 stroke United States Bill Glasson
1996 John Cook  United States 268 −16 3 strokes United States Russ Cochran
Ideon Classic at Pleasant Valley
1995 Fred Funk  United States 268 −16 1 stroke United States Jim McGovern
New England Classic
1994 Kenny Perry  United States 268 −16 1 stroke Northern Ireland David Feherty
1993 Paul Azinger  United States 268 −16 4 strokes United States Jay Delsing
United States Bruce Fleisher
1992 Brad Faxon  United States 268 −16 2 strokes United States Phil Mickelson
1991 Bruce Fleisher  United States 268 −16 Playoff Australia Ian Baker-Finch
Bank of Boston Classic
1990 Morris Hatalsky  United States 275 −9 1 stroke United States Scott Verplank
1989 Blaine McCallister  United States 271 −13 1 stroke United States Brad Faxon
1988 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 274 −10 1 stroke United States Don Pooley
1987 Sam Randolph  United States 199 −14 4 strokes Australia Wayne Grady
United States Gene Sauers
Canada Ray Stewart
1986 Gene Sauers  United States 274 −10 Playoff United States Blaine McCallister
1985 George Burns  United States 267 −17 6 strokes United States John Mahaffey
United States Jodie Mudd
Australia Greg Norman
United States Leonard Thompson
1984 George Archer  United States 270 −14 6 strokes United States Frank Conner
United States Joey Sindelar
1983 Mark Lye  United States 273 −11 1 stroke United States John Mahaffey
United States Sammy Rachels
United States Jim Thorpe
1982 Bob Gilder  United States 271 −13 2 strokes United States Fuzzy Zoeller
Pleasant Valley Jimmy Fund Classic
1981 Jack Renner  United States 273 −11 2 strokes United States Scott Simpson
1980 Wayne Levi  United States 273 −11 Playoff United States Gil Morgan
American Optical Classic
1979 Lou Graham  United States 275 −9 1 stroke United States Ben Crenshaw
1978 John Mahaffey  United States 270 −14 2 strokes United States Raymond Floyd
United States Gil Morgan
Pleasant Valley Classic
1977 Raymond Floyd  United States 271 −13 1 stroke United States Jack Nicklaus
1976 Buddy Allin  United States 277 −7 1 stroke United States Ben Crenshaw
1975 Roger Maltbie  United States 276 −8 1 stroke United States Mac McLendon
1974 Victor Regalado  Mexico 278 −6 1 stroke United States Tom Weiskopf
USI Classic
1973 Lanny Wadkins  United States 279 −9 2 strokes United States Lee Elder
United States Tom Jenkins
United States Rik Massengale
1972 Bruce Devlin  Australia 275 −13 3 strokes United States Lee Elder
Massachusetts Classic
1971 Dave Stockton  United States 275 −13 1 stroke United States Raymond Floyd
AVCO Golf Classic
1970 Billy Casper  United States 277 −11 3 strokes United States Rod Funseth
United States Tom Weiskopf
1969 Tom Shaw  United States 280 −4 1 stroke Australia Bob Stanton

Tournament highlights[edit]

  • 1975: Roger Maltbie wins for the second consecutive week on the PGA Tour. He beats Mac McLendon by one shot.[2] Afterwards, Maltbie left his $40,000 winner's check behind in a bar.[3]
  • 1977: Due to the PGA Tour labeling it a 'designated event',[4] Jack Nicklaus plays in the tournament for the first and only time. He finishes in second place two shots behind winner Raymond Floyd.[5]
  • 1978: One week after winning the PGA Championship, John Mahaffey also takes home the American Optical Classic title. He beats defending champion Raymond Floyd and the PGA Tour's only optometrist, Gil Morgan, by two shots.[6]
  • 1986: Gene Sauers defeats Blaine McCallister on the third hole of a sudden death playoff for his first ever PGA Tour title after having to hole a par chip on the first playoff hole to avoid elimination.[7]
  • 1989: Three years after suffering a tough luck playoff loss at Pleasant Valley, Blaine McCallister birdies the final two holes to win the 21st edition of the tournament by one shot over Brad Faxon.[8]
  • 1998: Steve Pate wins the last edition of the tournament. He beat Scott Hoch and Bradley Hughes by one shot.[9] For Pate it was his first victory since a 1996 car accident.

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