WGC-American Express Championship

WGC-American Express Championship

WGC-Cadillac Championship
Tournament information
Location Doral, Florida, U.S.
Established 1999
Course(s) Doral Golf Resort & Spa
Par 72
Length 7,344 yards (6,715 m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $8,750,000
Month played March
Tournament record score
Aggregate 261 Tiger Woods (2006)
To par –25 Tiger Woods (2002)
Current champion
United States Tiger Woods
2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship

The WGC-Cadillac Championship is a professional golf tournament, one of the four annual World Golf Championships. It is sanctioned and organized by the International Federation of PGA Tours and the prize money is official money on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

From 1999 through 2006, it was known as the WGC-American Express Championship. In 1999 and 2000 it was held in November, before moving to September/October. Since the start of the FedEx Cup in 2007, the event has been played in March. From 2007 to 2010, it was known as the WGC-CA Championship. After the 2010 event, CA Inc. announced the termination of their sponsorship of the tournament.[1] It was announced on November 29, 2010 that Cadillac would be the new sponsor in a multi-year sponsorship deal beginning in 2011.[2]

During its first eight years, the event was played at different locations in the United States and Europe. Since 2007 it has been played annually on the TPC Blue Monster course at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, in Doral, Florida. Doral was previously the site of the Ford Championship at Doral, a regular stop on the PGA Tour in March for 45 consecutive years (1962–2006).

Tournament format and field

The Cadillac Championship is played over 72 holes in the stroke play format. Since 2010 the qualification criteria have been:[3]

The field consists of approximately 70 eligible players, half that (144 to 156 players) for most regular PGA Tour events. Because of the limited field, there is no 36-hole cut.

From 2007 to 2009 the qualification criteria were similar:

  • Top 50 players from the Official World Golf Rankings (one week and two weeks prior to event)
  • Top players from member tours' money lists or orders of merit (from last complete season)

Tournament hosts

Years Venue Location
2007–2013 Doral Golf Resort & Spa Doral, Florida, U.S.
2006 The Grove Hertfordshire, England
2005 Harding Park Golf Club San Francisco, California, U.S.
2002, 2004 Mount Juliet Golf Club Thomastown, Ireland
2003 Capital City Club Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
2001* Bellerive Country Club St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
1999–2000 Valderrama Golf Club San Roque, Spain

*Note – The 2001 tournament, scheduled to be played from September 13 to 16 at Bellerive Country Club, was canceled following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.[4]
The concurrent alternate event, the Tampa Bay Classic, was canceled as well.
The 2001 Ryder Cup, scheduled for late September in England, was postponed until 2002.

Winners

Year Player Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Purse
($)
Winner's
share ($)
WGC-Cadillac Championship
2013 Tiger Woods (7)  United States 269 –19 2 strokes 8,750,000 1,500,000
2012 Justin Rose  England 272 –16 1 stroke 8,500,000 1,400,000
2011 Nick Watney  United States 272 –16 2 strokes 8,500,000 1,400,000
WGC-CA Championship
2010 Ernie Els (2)  South Africa 270 –18 4 strokes 8,500,000 1,400,000
2009 Phil Mickelson  United States 269 –19 1 stroke 8,500,000 1,400,000
2008 Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 271 –17 1 stroke 8,000,000 1,350,000
2007 Tiger Woods (6)  United States 278 –10 2 strokes 8,000,000 1,350,000
WGC-American Express Championship
2006 Tiger Woods (5)  United States 261 –23 8 strokes 7,500,000 1,300,000
2005 Tiger Woods (4)  United States 270 –10 Playoff 7,500,000 1,300,000
2004 Ernie Els  South Africa 270 –18 1 stroke 7,000,000 1,200,000
2003 Tiger Woods (3)  United States 274 –6 2 strokes 6,000,000 1,050,000
2002 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 263 –25 1 stroke 5,500,000 1,000,000
2001 Cancelled due to September 11 attacks[4]
2000 Mike Weir  Canada 277 –7 2 strokes 5,000,000 1,000,000
1999 Tiger Woods  United States 278 –6 Playoff 5,000,000 1,000,000

Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Source[5]

See also

References

External links

  • Coverage on the European Tour's official site