|TOUR Championship - September 10, 2007
THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA
The Fourth of Four Playoff Events
East Lake Golf Club
Par: 35-35—70Yards: 7,154
FedExCup Points: 50,000 Winner: 10,300
Purse: $7,000,000Winner: $1,260,000
2006 Champion: Adam Scott (269, -11)
THE TOUR Championship
Presented by Coca-Cola Notes
In the first round in 2005, Bart Bryant posted the East Lake Golf Club record for a PGA TOUR event held there (8-under 62). Vijay Singh carded a 7-under 63 in the first round of the 1998 TOUR Championship, the first season-ending event held at East Lake.
In winning the 2005 tournament, Bart Bryant shattered THE TOUR Championship record low total for 72 holes, with a 263. The previous low 72-hole total was 267 by Phil Mickelson at East Lake Golf Club in 2000. Bryant also shares the 36-hole mark with Retief Goosen (130) and owns the 54-hole record (196).
In the history of THE TOUR Championship, only 17 of 591 players to play all 72 holes have posted four rounds in the 60s—with seven of those players winning THE TOUR Championship. Only one player accomplished the feat last year—champion Adam Scott. The players who have had four rounds in the 60s at East Lake are Phil Mickelson (2000, won), Tiger Woods (2000, second), Charles Howell III (2002, second), Bart Bryant (2005, won), Tiger Woods (2005, second), Scott Verplank (2005, third) and Vijay Singh (2005, tied for fourth).
Scott Verplank, who is 19th in the FedExCup point standings, is making his eighth appearance at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. His experience in the event takes him back to the second tournament in 1988. That year he tied for eighth. Since then, he’s played in 1998, 2000-01 and 2003-05, with only 2000 not resulting in a top-10 finish. That year he was 14th. In 2005, his last appearance, he had his best finish, solo third place.
Mark Calcavecchia is 18th in the FedExCup Playoff standings. Calcavecchia participated in the inaugural TOUR Championship in 1987 held at Oak Hills Country Club and tied for fifth. At age 47, he is making his 14th appearance at this event. In 13 previous starts, Calcavecchia has five top-10 finishes, including a career-best tie for third in 1988.
In third place going into the final event in the FedExCup Playoffs for the FedExCup, Phil Mickelson is a past winner of THE TOUR Championship held at East Lake Golf Club. He captured the event in 2000, aided by a final-round 66 where he overtook third-round leader Tiger Woods. At that point, it was only one of three events (of 43) in Woods’ PGA TOUR career in which he failed to win after holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead.
The 16th hole at East Lake Golf Club has been one of the toughest holes for players to birdie whenever the course has hosted THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. The Atlanta course’s second-to-last par 4 has yielded only 42 birdies, averaging seven per year in the six previous tournaments, with the birdies coming from 31 different players. Only Vijay Singh (2005), Davis Love III (2005) and Luke Donald (2005) have made 3s there more than once in a single week.