Tucson Open

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The Tucson Open was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour from 1945 to 2006. It was played annually in February in Tucson, Arizona. The tournament was last held at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort.

The 2006 purse was $3,000,000, with $540,000 going to the winner.

Since the event's inception in 1945, it had been played at a series of courses in Tucson. From 1945–62, it was at El Rio Golf & Country Club (now known as El Rio Golf Course since the City bought it in 1968); in 1963 and again in 1964, the event moved to Forty Niner Country Club. In 1965, the event began its lengthy relationship with its last location, known at the time as Tucson National Golf Club. It was played there annually until 1980, with the exception of 1979 when it was played at Randolph Park Golf Course. From 1981–86 the event stayed at Randolph Park. From 1984 to 1986 it was contested at match play and was held concurrently with a Senior PGA Tour match play event, the Seiko-Tucson Senior Match Play Championship. In 1987 and 1988 the event was played at the TPC at Starr Pass before not being contested in 1989.

When the event resumed in 1990, it was played at two courses each year from that year's event until 1996. One used every year was the TPC at Starr Pass (renamed Starr Pass Golf Club before the 1993 event). The TPC at Starr Pass shared time with Randolph Park in 1990; from 1991–96 the Tucson National GC was the other course used. In 1997, the event changed to the more traditional format of 72 holes played at only one course, and has been played since that year at the renamed Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa. In recent years, this tournament has played as an opposite field event to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Because the top 64 ranked players in the world are invited to the match play tournament, it weakened the field considerably for Tucson. However, the Accenture tournament was held in Tucson in 2007, as a "merging" of sorts between the two tournaments.


Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Chrysler Classic of Tucson
2006 Kirk Triplett  United States 266 −22 1 stroke United States Jerry Kelly
2005 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 269 −19 Playoff United States Mark Calcavecchia
United States Kevin Na
2004 Heath Slocum  United States 266 −22 1 stroke Australia Aaron Baddeley
2003 Frank Lickliter  United States 269 −19 2 strokes United States Chad Campbell
Touchstone Energy Tucson Open
2002 Ian Leggatt  Canada 268 −20 2 strokes United States David Peoples
United States Loren Roberts
2001 Garrett Willis  United States 273 −15 1 stroke United States Kevin Sutherland
2000 Jim Carter  United States 269 −19 2 strokes United States Chris DiMarco
United States Tom Scherrer
France Jean van de Velde
1999 Gabriel Hjertstedt  Sweden 276 −12 Playoff United States Tommy Armour III
Tucson Chrysler Classic
1998 David Duval  United States 269 −19 4 strokes United States Justin Leonard
United States David Toms
1997 Jeff Sluman  United States 275 −13 1 stroke United States Steve Jones
Nortel Open
1996 Phil Mickelson (3)  United States 273 −14 2 strokes United States Bob Tway
Northern Telecom Open
1995 Phil Mickelson (2)  United States 269 −19 1 stroke United States Jim Gallagher, Jr.
United States Scott Simpson
1994 Andrew Magee  United States 270 −18 2 strokes United States Jay Don Blake
United States Loren Roberts
Fiji Vijay Singh
United States Steve Stricker
1993 Larry Mize  United States 271 −17 2 strokes United States Jeff Maggert
1992 Lee Janzen  United States 270 −18 1 stroke United States Bill Britton
1991 Phil Mickelson (a)  United States 272 −16 1 stroke United States Tom Purtzer
United States Bob Tway
Northern Telecom Tucson Open
1990 Robert Gamez  United States 270 −18 4 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia
United States Jay Haas
1989 No tournament
1988 David Frost  South Africa 266 −22 5 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia
United States Mark O'Meara
Seiko Tucson Open
1987 Mike Reid  United States 268 −20 4 strokes United States Chip Beck
United States Mark Calcavecchia
United States Hal Sutton
United States Fuzzy Zoeller
Seiko-Tucson Match Play Championship
1986 Jim Thorpe (2)  United States 4 strokes United States Scott Simpson
1985 Jim Thorpe  United States 4 & 3 United States Jack Renner
1984 Tom Watson (2)  United States 2 & 1 United States Gil Morgan
Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open
1983 Gil Morgan  United States 271 −9 Playoff United States Curtis Strange
United States Lanny Wadkins
1982 Craig Stadler  United States 266 −14 3 strokes United States Vance Heafner
United States John Mahaffey
1981 Johnny Miller (4)  United States 265 −15 2 strokes United States Lon Hinkle
1980 Jim Colbert  United States 270 −22 4 strokes Canada Dan Halldorson
1979 Bruce Lietzke (2)  United States 265 −15 2 strokes United States Buddy Gardner
United States Jim Thorpe
United States Tom Watson
1978 Tom Watson  United States 274 −14 3 strokes United States Bobby Wadkins
1977 Bruce Lietzke  United States 275 −13 Playoff United States Gene Littler
NBC Tucson Open
1976 Johnny Miller (3)  United States 274 −14 3 strokes United States Howard Twitty
Dean Martin Tucson Open
1975 Johnny Miller (2)  United States 263 −25 9 strokes United States John Mahaffey
1974 Johnny Miller  United States 272 −16 3 strokes United States Ben Crenshaw
1973 Bruce Crampton  Australia 277 −11 5 strokes United States George Archer
United States Gay Brewer
United States Labron Harris, Jr.
United States Bobby Nichols
1972 Miller Barber  United States 273 −15 Playoff United States George Archer
Tucson Open Invitational
1971 J. C. Snead  United States 273 −15 1 stroke United States Dale Douglass
1970 Lee Trevino (2)  United States 275 −13 Playoff United States Bob Murphy
1969 Lee Trevino  United States 271 −17 7 strokes United States Miller Barber
1968 George Knudson  Canada 273 −15 1 stroke United States Frank Beard
United States Frank Boynton
1967 Arnold Palmer  United States 273 −15 1 stroke United States Chuck Courtney
1966 Joe Campbell  United States 278 −10 Playoff United States Gene Littler
1965 Bob Charles  New Zealand 271 −17 4 strokes United States Al Geiberger
1964 Jacky Cupit  United States 274 −14 2 strokes United States Rex Baxter
1963 Don January  United States 266 −22 11 strokes United States Gene Littler
United States Phil Rodgers
1962 Phil Rodgers  United States 263 −17 3 strokes Australia Jim Ferrier
Home of the Sun Open
1961 Dave Hill  United States 269 −11 Playoff United States Tommy Bolt
United States Bud Sullivan
Tucson Open Invitational
1960 Don January  United States 271 −9 3 strokes United States Bob Harris
1959 Gene Littler  United States 266 −14 1 stroke United States Joe Campbell
United States Art Wall, Jr.
1958 Lionel Hebert  United States 265 –15 2 strokes United States Don January
1957 Dow Finsterwald  United States 269 –11 Playoff United States Don Whitt
1956 Ted Kroll  United States 264 −16 3 strokes United States Dow Finsterwald
Tucson Open
1955 Tommy Bolt (2)  United States 266 −14 3 strokes United States Bud Holscher
United States Art Wall, Jr.
1954 No tournament
1953 Tommy Bolt  United States 265 −15 1 stroke United States Chandler Harper
1952 Henry Williams, Jr.  United States 274 −6 2 strokes United States Cary Middlecoff
1951 Lloyd Mangrum (2)  United States 269 −11 2 strokes United States Jack Burke, Jr.
United States Jim Turnesa
United States Lew Worsham
1950 Chandler Harper  United States 267 −13 2 strokes United States Sam Snead
1949 Lloyd Mangrum  United States 263 −17 5 strokes United States Al Smith
1948 Skip Alexander  United States 264 −16 1 stroke United States Johnny Palmer
1947 Jimmy Demaret (2)  United States 264 −16 3 strokes United States Ben Hogan
1946 Jimmy Demaret  United States 268 −12 4 strokes United States Herman Barron
1945 Ray Mangrum  United States 268 −12 1 stroke United States Byron Nelson

Multiple winners[edit]

Nine men won this tournament more than once.

Tournament highlights[edit]

  • 1945: Ray Mangrum shoots a final round 64 to win the inaugural version of the tournament.[1]
  • 1947: Jimmy Demaret becomes the first Tucson champion to successfully defend a title. A final round 65 allows him to finish three shots ahead of Ben Hogan.[2]
  • 1949: Lloyd Mangrum shoots a tournament record 263. He wins by five shots over Al Smith.[3]
  • 1955: Tommy Bolt eagles the 72nd hole to successfully defend his Tucson Open title.[4]
  • 1959: Gene Littler wins for the second consecutive week on the PGA Tour. He finishes one shot ahead of Joe Campbell and Art Wall, Jr.[5]
  • 1961: Controversial pro golfer Dave Hill wins for the first time on the PGA Tour. He defeats Tommy Bolt and Bud Sullivan on the third hole of a sudden death playoff.[6]
  • 1962: Phil Rodgers holes a wedge shot from 65-feet for eagle on the 72nd hole to edge Bud Sullivan by one shot.[7]
  • 1965: Only after deciding to play the tournament five minutes before its deadline for entries, New Zealand born Bob Charles makes Tucson his second ever win in the United States. He beats Al Geiberger by four shots.[8]
  • 1968: George Knudson wins for the second consecutive week on the PGA Tour. He finishes one shot ahead of Frank Beard and Frank Boynton.[9]
  • 1970: Lee Trevino successfully defends his Tucson Open title. He birdies the first hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Bob Murphy.[10]
  • 1974: Johnny Miller becomes the first ever golfer in PGA Tour history to win three consecutive tournaments to start the season. He shoots a first round 62 on his way to a three shot triumph over Ben Crenshaw.[11]
  • 1975: Tom Weiskopf misses the 36 hole cut with scores of 70 and 78. Afterwards tournament director Biff Baker made a telephone complaint to PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman accusing Weiskopf of backhanding putts and not playing in a professional manner.[12] Weiskopf denied the allegations by saying "All they have to do is ask my playing partners."[13]
  • 1976: Johnny Miller wins at Tucson for the third consecutive year. He finishes three shots ahead of Howard Twitty.[14]
  • 1977: Bruce Lietzke earns the first of his thirteen career PGA Tour wins by defeating Gene Littler on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff.[15]
  • 1980: Poor weather causes the tournament to finish on a Tuesday. Jim Colbert is the winner by four shots over Dan Halldorson.[16]
  • 1981: Johnny Miller wins Tucson for the fourth time. He shoots a final round 65 to finish two shots ahead of Lon Hinkle.[17]
  • 1984: For the first of three consecutive years, Tucson is conducted as a match play event. Tom Watson wins by defeating defending champion Gil Morgan in the finals by the score of 2 and 1.[18]
  • 1986: Defending champion Jim Thorpe wins the last match play edition of Tucson. He defeats Scott Simpson 67 to 71 in the finals.[19]
  • 1990: Robert Gamez wins on the PGA Tour in his first ever event. He finishes four shots ahead of Mark Calcavecchia and Jay Haas.[20] During the tournament's second round, 1988 Tucson champion David Frost, becomes the first PGA Tour player in 33 years to shoot a 60.[21]
  • 1991: Twenty-year-old amateur Phil Mickelson birdies the 72nd hole to win by one shot over Bob Tway and Tom Purtzer. Purtzer made double bogey on the tournament's final hole.[22] Hal Sutton hits a six-iron for his second shot on the 9th hole directly at the green. The ball slammed into the cup without touching the green and embedded itself in the lip of the hole. Since part of the ball remained above the level of the hole, it was ruled that Sutton had not holed out. He had to replace the ball and putt it in for a birdie.[23]
  • 1992: Future two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen collects his first ever PGA Tour title. He edges Bill Britton by one shot.[24]
  • 1995: Phil Mickelson wins his second Tucson title by one shot over Jim Gallagher, Jr. and Scott Simpson after Gallagher three putts the 72nd hole.[25]
  • 1997: Jeff Sluman earns his first PGA Tour title since the 1988 PGA Championship. He wins by one shot over Steve Jones.[26]
  • 2000: After playing in 292 PGA Tour events, Jim Carter finally reaches the winner's circle. He finishes two shots ahead of Jean van de Velde, Chris DiMarco, and Tom Scherrer.[27]
  • 2001: Like Robert Gamez did at the 1990 Tucson, Garrett Willis wins on the PGA Tour in his first ever event. He wins by one shot over Kevin Sutherland.[28]
  • 2005: Future U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy notches his first ever PGA Tour win. He defeats Mark Calcavecchia and Kevin Na in a sudden death playoff.[29]


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  2. ^ "Tucson Open Won By Jimmy Demaret". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. UP. February 3, 1947. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "Mangrum Breaks Tucson Record". The Pittsburgh Press. Pennsylvania. UP. February 7, 1949. p. 21. 
  4. ^ "Tommy Bolt Wins Tucson Open Golf". Lodi News-Sentinel. California. UP. February 14, 1955. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "Gene Littler Wins Tucson Open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania. AP. February 16, 1959. p. 18. 
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  7. ^ Sinclair, Murray (February 19, 1962). "Phil Rodgers Wins Tucson". The Gettysburg Times. Pennsylvania. AP. p. 4. 
  8. ^ Eger, Bob (February 22, 1965). "Charles Tops Field At Tucson". Ellensburg Daily Record. Washington. AP. p. 5. 
  9. ^ "Knudson In Charge To Tucson Win". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Florida. AP. February 26, 1968. p. 17. 
  10. ^ "Murphy Second In Tucson Open". The News-Dispatch. Jeannette, Pennsylvania. UPI. February 16, 1970. p. 10. 
  11. ^ "Miller Wins At Tucson With Ben Crenshaw Second". The Bonham Daily Favorite. Texas. UPI. January 21, 1974. p. 6. 
  12. ^ "Tucson golf director unhappy with Weiskopf". The Gadsden Times. Alabama. AP. January 19, 1975. p. 40. 
  13. ^ "Weiskopf Denies Not Trying Best". The Evening Independent. St. Petersburg, Florida. AP. January 20, 1975. p. 2-C. 
  14. ^ "Miller Wins Tucson Open For 3rd Time". Ludington Daily News. Michigan. UPI. January 12, 1976. p. 6. 
  15. ^ Sargis, Joe (January 17, 1977). "First tour win for Bruce Lietzke". Beaver County Times. Pennsylvania. UPI. p. B-2. 
  16. ^ "Colbert Wins At Tucson". The Times-News. Hendersonville, North Carolina. AP. February 20, 1980. p. 15. 
  17. ^ "Johnny Miller Wins Tucson". Waycross Journal-Herald. Georgia. AP. January 12, 1981. p. P-7. 
  18. ^ "In a 'dull match', Watson takestitle". The Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon. AP. January 9, 1984. p. 2B. 
  19. ^ "Thorpe Captures Match-Play Event". The New York Times. AP. November 3, 1986. 
  20. ^ "Rookie Robert Gamez Tucson Open winner". The Vindicator. Youngstown, Ohio. AP. January 15, 1990. p. 14. 
  21. ^ "Super 12-under puts Frost on par". New Sunday Times. Malaysia. January 14, 1990. p. 18. 
  22. ^ Green, Bob (January 14, 1991). "Mickelson wins as amateur in Tucson Open". The Prescott Courier. Arizona. AP. p. 6A. 
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  24. ^ "Janzen stays cool in Tucson". The Milwaukee Journal. Wisconsin. AP. February 17, 1992. p. C6. 
  25. ^ "Mickelson captures Tucson Open by one". Manila Standard. Philippines. January 22, 1995. p. 25. 
  26. ^ "Despite bogey on 18th, Jeff Sluman captures Tucson Open". Kingman Daily Miner. Arizona. AP. February 24, 1997. p. 6. 
  27. ^ "First-time winner takes Tucson Open". Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, South Carolina. AP. February 28, 2000. p. B2. 
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  29. ^ Clayton, Michael (March 1, 2005). "Ogilvy wins US playoff". The Age. Melbourne, Australia.