2006 in Golf

2006 In Golf

Major championships

  • 6–9 April: The Masters - Winner: Phil Mickelson
    The Augusta National course was lengthened to 7,445 yards for the tournament, generating some advance controversy. For the first time since 1954 neither Jack Nicklaus nor Arnold Palmer played. Vijay Singh shot 67 to take the first round lead, but on Day 2 Chad Campbell moved to six under and a three shot lead. Due to bad weather the third round wasn't completed until Sunday. After 54 holes Phil Mickelson led by one at 4 under and fifteen players were within four shots of the lead, including the top five in the world rankings (in ranking order Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Mickelson and Ernie Els). On Sunday Phil Mickelson led for much of the day and finished two ahead of South African Tim Clark. It was Mickelson's third major championship, his second Masters title in three years and his second consecutive major victory as he also won the 2005 PGA Championship.
  • 15–18 June: U.S. Open - Winner: Geoff Ogilvy
    15-year-old Tadd Fujikawa of Hawaii became the youngest qualifier in US Open history. Qualifier Madalitso Muthiya was the first Zambian to play in the U.S. Open. The tournament was played at Winged Foot for the first time since 1984. Scottish veteran Colin Montgomerie was the only man to shoot under par in round 1. After 36 holes Steve Stricker was one shot ahead of the field and the only man under par. Tiger Woods missed the first cut in a major of his professional career after posting a 12 over par total. Phil Mickelson shared the third round lead with the 27-year-old Englishman Kenneth Ferrie, who was playing in his first U.S. Open. Mickelson led by one shot after 71 holes, but was unable to put it away on number 72. His errant driving, which had troubled him all round, climaxed in a very poor tee shot that was almost out-of-bounds. This was followed by several bad shot selections, leading to a double bogey 6, and a second place finish to winner Geoff Ogilvy. First round leader Colin Montgomerie agonizingly finished T2 when he, needing only a par at hole number 72 to win, double bogeyed. This was Montgomerie's fifth second place finish in a major championshiop and his third at the U.S. Open.
  • 20–23 July: The Open Championship - Winner: Tiger Woods
    The Open returned to Hoylake for the first time since 1967. Marius Thorp of Norway won the Silver Medal as leading amateur. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell took a one shot lead on the first day. On Day 2, Tiger Woods moved into the lead early in the day and remained at the top of the leaderboard at the close, one shot ahead of Ernie Els. During the third round the top of the field bunched up, with several leading players moving into contention, but Woods regained a one stroke lead at the end of the day, over Chris DiMarco, Sergio García, and Ernie Els. Woods shot a 67 in the final round to win by two shots over DiMarco at 270, 18-under par, only one shot short of his own to-par record for all majors. It was his third Open Championship, eleventh major, and he became the first man to pass $60 million in PGA Tour career earnings.
  • 17–20 August: PGA Championship - Winner: Tiger Woods
    The tournament was played at Medinah Country Club near Chicago, which had been extended to 7,561 yards, making it the longest course in major championship history. The event was closely contested for three rounds, with a ten-way tie at one point early in round 3, but Tiger Woods pulled clear on the fourth day to win by five shots over Shaun Micheel. It was Woods' third PGA Championship win and his twelfth major championship title. Woods also became the first player ever to win the PGA twice on the same course, and the first in the era of the modern Grand Slam to win two major championships in each of two successive years.

World Golf Championships (individual events)

  • 22–26 February: WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship - Australian World Number 53 Geoff Ogilvy defeated Davis Love III 3 and 2.
  • 24–27 August: WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Tiger Woods beat Stewart Cink on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff.
  • 28 September - 1 October: WGC-American Express Championship - Tiger Woods cruised to an 8 stroke victory to win his sixth straight strokeplay tournament and claim this championship for the fifth time in its seven stagings.

Other leading PGA Tour events

  • 23–26 March: The Players Championship - Stephen Ames of Trinidad & Tobago / Canada won by a record-equaling six stroke margin over World Number 3 Retief Goosen, becoming the second-oldest champion in Championship history (tying Hal Sutton).
  • 2–5 November: The Tour Championship - 26 year-old Adam Scott won this event for the first time in his career.

For a complete list of PGA Tour results see 2006 PGA Tour.

Other leading European Tour events

  • 25–28 May: BMW Championship - Englishman David Howell won by five shots and moved into the top ten in the World Rankings for the first time.
  • 14–17 September: HSBC World Match Play Championship - Englishman Paul Casey beat American Shaun Micheel by 10 and 8 in the most one sided final in the history of the tournament.
  • 26–29 October: Volvo Masters - Jeev Milkha Singh becomes first Indian winner but attention is focused on Pádraig Harrington leapfrogging Paul Casey to win the Order of Merit, thanks to a missed putt on the final hole by Sergio García elevating Harrington to a tie for second place.

For a complete list of European Tour results see 2006 European Tour.

Tour money list / order of merit winners

  • PGA Tour - Tiger Woods topped the money list with winnings of $9,941,563, despite playing only 15 events due to the death of his father mid-year. This was his seventh money list victory, putting him one behind Jack Nicklaus's record. Final money list
  • European Tour - Pádraig Harrington topped the Order of Merit for the first time, with earnings of €2,489,337 Final Order of Merit
  • Japan Golf Tour - Shingo Katayama topped the money list for the third consecutive year with earnings of ¥178,402,190. Final money list
  • Asian Tour - Jeev Milkha Singh topped the Order of Merit for the first time with earnings of US$591,884 Final order of merit
  • PGA Tour of Australasia - Nick O'Hern topped the Order of Merit for the first time, with earnings of A$583,820 Final order of merit
  • Sunshine Tour - Charl Schwartzel of South Africa topped the 2005-06 Order of Merit with earnings of R1,207,459.70, and led the rankings for a third consecutive season in 2006-07 with earnings of R1,585,117.41. Final 2006-07 Order of Merit.

Awards

  • PGA Tour
    • Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) - Tiger Woods won for a record eighth time in ten full seasons on the PGA Tour
    • Money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) - Tiger Woods won for the seventh time
    • Vardon Trophy - Jim Furyk won for the first time with an adjusted scoring average of 68.86
    • Byron Nelson Award - Tiger Woods won for a record seventh time with an adjusted scoring average of 68.11
    • Rookie of the year - Trevor Immelman won the Western Open
    • Comeback Player of the Year - Steve Stricker posted seven top-10 finishes
  • Champions Tour
    • Player of the Year - Jay Haas also topped the senior money list
    • Rookie of the Year - Eduardo Romero
    • Comeback Player of the Year - Tim Simpson
  • Nationwide Tour
    • Player of the Year - Ken Duke
  • European Tour
    • Player of the Year - Paul Casey
    • Rookie of the Year - Marc Warren

Team events

  • 22–24 September: Ryder Cup - the Ryder Cup was played in Ireland for the first time. Europe were in the lead from the first set of matches. The Europeans went into the last day with a 10-6 lead and extended it to 18½ to 9½ in the singles, matching their best ever result in 2004. This was the first time Europe had won the matches three times in a row.
  • 7–10 December: WGC-World Cup - The event was held in Barbados for the first time, and Germany, represented by Bernhard Langer and Marcel Siem, beat Scotland in a play-off to win the tournament for the second time.

Other tour results

  • 2006 Asian Tour
  • 2006 PGA Tour of Australasia
  • 2006 Challenge Tour
  • 2006 Nationwide Tour

Other happenings

  • 11 January: The PGA Tour announces new six-year network deals with CBS and NBC to commence in 2007, and a fifteen year deal with the Golf Channel.
  • 26 May: Frenchman Adrien Mörk shot the first 59 in the history of any of the PGA European Tour's three tours in the second round of the Challenge Tour's Moroccan Classic.
  • 28 June: The PGA Tour announces further details of the FedEx Cup playoff system to be introduced in 2007, including confirmation that there will be a US$35 million dollar bonus prize fund, with US$10 million going to the winner.
  • 29 October: Jeev Milkha Singh (Volvo Masters) and K.J. Choi (Chrysler Championship) became the first pair of Asian players to win on the PGA Tour and the European Tour in the same weekend.

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