11 Memorable Tour Championships
A look back at the more notable editions of the PGA Tour's season finale
September 15, 2013
1988: Playoff at Pebble
Before East Lake became the event's permanent home, the Tour Championship rotated among other high-profile courses like Pinehurst No. 2, Southern Hills, Olympic Club and Harbour Town. Curtis Strange won the second edition of the tournament (then called the Nabisco Championship) in a playoff over Tom Kite at Pebble Beach to cap a season in which he won PGA Player of the Year.
1989: Kite's Revenge
After losing in a playoff to Curtis Strange the year before, Kite won in extra holes against Payne Stewart at Harbour Town. Like Strange in 1988, the season-ending title clinched his lone Player of the Year Award.
1997: Duval's World
For years David Duval was the guy who couldn't win on the PGA Tour. But at the end of the 1997 season, that all changed. Duval won three tournaments in the span of less than a month, including a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk at Champions GC in Houston. It became part of a torrid stretch in which Duval won 11 of 34 tournaments he entered.
2000: Phil Tops Tiger (Part 1)
Contrary to popular belief, Tiger Woods did NOT win every tournament he played in 2000. In the season's final event, Phil Mickelson shot 66 to nip Woods by two shots and deny Tiger his 10th PGA Tour title of the year.
2001: The Stars Align
What's better than a four-man playoff? A four-man playoff involving four of the game's best players. That happened in 2001 when Mike Weir, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and David Toms all finished at 14 under par. Weir birdied the first playoff hole to top this esteemed foursome.
2005: Where Did That Come From?
Remember that time Bart Bryant won the Tour Championship by SIX shots over Tiger Woods? Perhaps you don't, but it happened. The win was Bryant's third and final PGA Tour title. His next victory came nearly eight years later -- on the Champions Tour.
2007: Tiger Ushers In A New Era
With the first FedEx Cup -- and its $10-million bonus -- on the line, it only made sense that the game's biggest name would walk away the big winner. Woods left little doubt with an eight-shot win over Zach Johnson and Mark Calcavecchia, his lone win at East Lake in eight tries.
2009: Phil Tops Tiger (Part 2)
Golf fans long have clamored for a Phil-Tiger duel down the stretch of a major. While that hasn't materialized, the two have gone toe-to-toe at the Tour Championship twice. Like in 2000, Mickelson came out on top in 2009 with a final-round 65, but it still wasn't enough to keep Woods from claiming his second FedEx Cup Trophy.
2010: Fiery Furky
Jim Furyk's clutch up and down on the final hole of regulation topped Luke Donald by a stroke and not only won him his first Tour Championship, but the FedEx Cup as well. Furyk will probably remain the first golfer to accomplish those things while wearing his hat backwards -- he turned it around before holing a three-footer because rain was falling off the bill of his cap -- for a long time.
2011: "The Shot"
If winning the FedEx Cup from the 25th of 30 positions at the Tour Championship wasn't a minor miracle itself, then doing it the way Bill Haas did was. Haas needed to get up and down from a watery lie at East Lake -- check that, in East Lake -- to extend a playoff with Hunter Mahan. After making the unlikely par, Haas won on the next hole to become the most unexpected FedEx Cup champion in the playoff's brief history.
2012: Sneds Cashes In
Our list leans heavy towards recent Tour Championships, but it's tough not to with so much money on the line thanks to the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Brandt Snedeker became the latest to cash in with a win at East Lake, vaulting over points leader Rory McIlroy -- the tour's clear-cut player of the year -- and pocketing the $10 million bonus.