|Viking Classic - September 16, 2008
Annandale Golf Club
Par: 36-36—72Yards: 7,199
Purse: $3,600,000Winner: $648,000
2007 Champion: Chad Campbell (275, -13)
Viking Classic Opens PGA TOUR Fall Series
The first of seven Fall Series events begins this week at the Viking Classic in Madison, MS. Besides the Viking Classic, the official-money events include the Turning Stone Resort Championship, the Valero Texas Open, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the Frys.com Open, the Ginn sur Mer Classic and the Children’s Miracle Network Classic presented by Walmart. The seven events offer total prize money of more than $32 million.
Chad Campbell, the 2007 Viking Classic champion, will not defend his title as he is representing the United States this week at the Ryder Cup in Louisville, KY.
Viking Classic Notes
The final weeks of the PGA TOUR season are crunch time as players are vying for spots among the top 125 on the money list. Those who are successful earn their exempt playing status for the following year. Also at stake are victories, which carry a two-year TOUR exemption and invitations into select events such as the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship. Other at-stake perks during the PGA TOUR Fall Series are top-30 finishes on the season-ending money list that earn players invitations to the following year’s Masters and U.S. Open. In addition, a top-70 finish on the money list will yield a trip to the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament.
The cumulative scoring average of 71.975 in 2007 was the highest in tournament history since the event moved from Hattiesburg Country Club to Annandale Country Club in 1994. The previous high was 71.902, which was set in 2006.
There has been just one wire-to-wire winner at the Viking Classic since the event became an official PGA TOUR tournament in 1994. That came from John Huston in 2003.
David Toms is making his first Viking Classic appearance since 1998, when he tied for 56th. In his career at Annandale Golf Club, Toms never missed the cut in four appearances, with his best performance coming in 1996 when he tied for 12th. His other finishes: tie for 37th (1994), tie for 40th (1997) and tie for 56th (1998). In 1990, Toms missed the cut at Hattiesburg Country Club when that course hosted the tournament.
In 2006 D.J. Trahan became the sixth player to win his first PGA TOUR event at the Viking Classic since it became an official PGA TOUR event in 1994. The others with that distinction are Brian Henninger (1994), Ed Dougherty (1995), Willie Wood (1996), Cameron Beckman (2001) and Luke Donald (2002).
Chad Campbell’s four-round total of 275 in 2007 tied D.J. Trahan (2006) for the highest winning score in Viking Classic history.
Four players over age 40 have won the Viking Classic, with Fred Funk winning twice since hitting his 40s. The first to do it was Ed Dougherty (47 years, 8 months, 19 days), followed by Funk (42 years, 1 month, 5 days) in 1998. Steve Lowery (40 years, 23 days) won in 2000, while John Huston was the 2003 winner (42 years, 4 months, 4 days). Funk won his second title in 2004 (48 years, 3 months, 19 days)