|Ford Championship at Doral - February 27, 2006
Ford Championship at Doral
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
Blue Monster Course
Par: 71, Yards: 7,266
February 27 - March 5, 2006
Defending champion: Tiger Woods
Purse: $5.5 million
Winning Share: $990,000
TV & XM Radio Schedule
Thursday, 3/2: 12-6 PM ET XM 146
Thursday, 3/2: 3-6 PM ET USA
Friday, 3/3: 12-6 PM ET XM 146
Friday, 3/3: 3-6 PM ET USA
Saturday, 3/4: 12-6 PM ET XM 146
Saturday, 3/4: 3-6 PM ET NBC
Sunday, 3/5: 12-6 PM ET XM 146
Sunday, 3/5: 3-6 PM ET NBC
- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson hold the tournament record for most birdies in a single event. The pair each had 27 birdies during the 2005 tournament, with Woods posting a 24-under score to win by one over Mickelson. Vijay Singh had 26 birdies last year en route to finishing third.
- The playoff in 2004 between Craig Parry and Scott Verplank was just the sixth in the 43-year history of the tournament but the second consecutive after the Monday playoff finish in 2003, which saw Scott Hoch defeat Jim Furyk after darkness suspended the tournament on Sunday night. In fact, two of the six playoffs have been Monday finishes. In 1991 after play was suspended on Sunday afternoon due to an electrical storm, Rocco Mediate defeated Curtis Strange on Monday with a birdie on the first extra hole.
- A plaque now sits in the spot on the 18th fairway where Craig Parry made his miraculous eagle on the first extra playoff hole to defeat Scott Verplank in the 2004 Ford Championship at Doral. Parry used a 6-iron from 176 yards to record the lone eagle of the week on the par-4 hole, which was the most-difficult hole on the PGA TOUR in 2004 (4.480 scoring average).
- Four times a player 40 or older has gone on to win the Ford Championship at Doral. The most recent was Scott Hoch in 2003 when he was 47 years, 3 months, 15 days. In 1996, Greg Norman won at 41 years, 22 days. Raymond Floyd, the 1992 champion, is the oldest winner at Doral at the age of 49 years, 6 months and 4 days. Gardner Dickinson was 40 years, 5 months the day of his victory in 1968.
The record margin for the biggest-come-from-behind victory at the Ford Championship at Doral is seven strokes by Greg Norman in 1990. Norman trailed Paul Azinger and Fred Couples but fired a course-record, final-round 10-under 62 to defeat Azinger, Mark Calcavecchia and Tim Simpson in a playoff.
This will be the final Ford Championship at Doral but not the last PGA TOUR event at Doral Resort and Spa's Blue Course. Next year, the course will host a World Golf Championships event, the CA Championship March 19-25.
PGA TOUR E-NOTES
- Just in case you missed this one, long-hitting Bubba Watson finished the Chrysler Classic of Tucson last week without making a single bogey. While he may be the longest hitter on TOUR, he has touch, too. He got it up and down 11 out of 11 times when he missed a green last week.
- Only six players have finished among the Top 30 money winners in each of the last five seasons—Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, David Toms, Davis Love III, Kenny Perry and Chris DiMarco.
- David Branshaw and Charley Hoffman each graduated to the PGA TOUR this year from the Nationwide Tour. Each enjoyed his first career Top-10 finish last week in Tucson. Branshaw finished in solo sixth while Hoffman earned a T9. It wasn’t his first Top-10, but two-time TOUR winner Gabriel Hjertstedt enjoyed his first Top-10 since he finished T4 at the 2001 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.
- Jason Gore looks like he’s regained his form after finishing T7 last week in Tucson with four consecutive rounds in the 60s.
- Tiger Woods has won in 11 different states on TOUR. He has 10 wins in California and eight in Florida in his career.
- Here’s a good gauge of how international golf is these days — there are 10 countries represented among the Top 20 players on the Official World Golf Ranking.
- Jerry Pate’s win last week ended a drought of 23 years, 11 months and 1 day since his final PGA TOUR win — the 1982 PLAYERS Championship.
- Hale Irwin finished in a T2 last week at the Outback Steakhouse
Pro-Am giving him 85 finishes of first or second in his 254 career starts. That’s 33.5% he wins or finishes second.
- Don Pooley, who is currently second on the Champions Tour money list, tried his hand on the PGA TOUR last week. While he missed the cut, he did shoot a very respectable 1-under par 143 in Tucson.
- Leonard Thompson had a T5 last week in Tampa for his best finish since he recorded a T2 at the 2003 Emerald Coast Classic.
- Nationwide Tour players Kevin Stadler and Charlie Wi have enjoyed great success overseas in early 2006. Both have won PGA European Tour events. Stadler won the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia and the following week, Wi won the Maybank Malaysian Open.
- Jim Rutledge earned his first career Nationwide Tour last week at the ING New Zealand PGA Championship and became the 10th Canadian player to win on the Tour. Overall, Canadian players have won 15 times since the Tour began in 1990.
- Rutledge earned his victory in dramatic fashion, too, holing a
111-yard wedge for eagle three on the 17th hole and sinking a 25-foot putt from the fringe for birdie on the final hole. He began the final round nine strokes behind, but a closing 64 did the trick for the 46-year old.
- The Class of 2005 continues to impress on the PGA TOUR. Four members of the class finished in the Top 10 last week in Tucson — Bubba Watson (T3), David Branshaw (6), Jason Gore (T7) and Charley Hoffman (T9).