2006 in golf

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Men's professional golf

Major championships

  • 6–9 April: The Masters - Winner: Phil Mickelson
    The Augusta National course was lengthened to 7,445 yards for the tournament, generating some advance controversy. For the first time since 1954 neither Jack Nicklaus nor Arnold Palmer played. Vijay Singh shot 67 to take the first round lead, but on Day 2 Chad Campbell moved to six under and a three shot lead. Due to bad weather the third round wasn't completed until Sunday. After 54 holes Phil Mickelson led by one at 4 under and fifteen players were within four shots of the lead, including the top five in the world rankings (in ranking order Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Mickelson and Ernie Els). On Sunday Phil Mickelson led for much of the day and finished two ahead of South African Tim Clark. It was Mickelson's third major championship, his second Masters title in three years and his second consecutive major victory as he also won the 2005 PGA Championship.
  • 15–18 June: U.S. Open - Winner: Geoff Ogilvy
    15-year-old Tadd Fujikawa of Hawaii became the youngest qualifier in US Open history.[1] Qualifier Madalitso Muthiya was the first Zambian to play in the U.S. Open. The tournament was played at Winged Foot for the first time since 1984. Scottish veteran Colin Montgomerie was the only man to shoot under par in round 1. After 36 holes Steve Stricker was one shot ahead of the field and the only man under par. Tiger Woods missed the first cut in a major of his professional career after posting a 12 over par total. Phil Mickelson shared the third round lead with the 27-year-old Englishman Kenneth Ferrie, who was playing in his first U.S. Open. Mickelson led by one shot after 71 holes, but was unable to put it away on number 72. His errant driving, which had troubled him all round, climaxed in a very poor tee shot that was almost out-of-bounds. This was followed by several bad shot selections, leading to a double bogey 6, and a second-place finish to winner Geoff Ogilvy. First round leader Colin Montgomerie agonizingly finished T2 when he, needing only a par at hole number 72 to win, double bogeyed. This was Montgomerie's fifth second-place finish in a major championshiop and his third at the U.S. Open.
  • 20–23 July: The Open Championship - Winner: Tiger Woods
    The Open returned to Hoylake for the first time since 1967. Marius Thorp of Norway won the Silver Medal as leading amateur. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell took a one shot lead on the first day. On Day 2, Tiger Woods moved into the lead early in the day and remained at the top of the leaderboard at the close, one shot ahead of Ernie Els. During the third round the top of the field bunched up, with several leading players moving into contention, but Woods regained a one stroke lead at the end of the day, over Chris DiMarco, Sergio García, and Ernie Els. Woods shot a 67 in the final round to win by two shots over DiMarco at 270, 18-under par, only one shot short of his own to-par record for all majors. It was his third Open Championship, eleventh major, and he became the first man to pass $60 million in PGA Tour career earnings.
  • 17–20 August: PGA Championship - Winner: Tiger Woods
    The tournament was played at Medinah Country Club near Chicago, which had been extended to 7,561 yards, making it the longest course in major championship history. The event was closely contested for three rounds, with a ten-way tie at one point early in round 3, but Tiger Woods pulled clear on the fourth day to win by five shots over Shaun Micheel. It was Woods' third PGA Championship win and his twelfth major championship title. Woods also became the first player ever to win the PGA twice on the same course, and the first in the era of the modern Grand Slam to win two major championships in each of two successive years.

World Golf Championships (individual events)

Other leading PGA Tour events

For a complete list of PGA Tour results see 2006 PGA Tour.

Other leading European Tour events

For a complete list of European Tour results see 2006 European Tour.

Tour money list / order of merit winners


Team events

  • 22–24 September: Ryder Cup - the Ryder Cup was played in Ireland for the first time. Europe were in the lead from the first set of matches. The Europeans went into the last day with a 10-6 lead and extended it to 18½ to 9½ in the singles, matching their best ever result in 2004. This was the first time Europe had won the matches three times in a row.
  • 7–10 December: WGC-World Cup - The event was held in Barbados for the first time, and Germany, represented by Bernhard Langer and Marcel Siem, beat Scotland in a play-off to win the tournament for the second time.

Other tour results

Other happenings

Women's professional golf

LPGA majors

  • 30 March - 2 April: Kraft Nabisco Championship: Australia's Karrie Webb defeated 18, 36 and 54 hole leader Lorena Ochoa in a playoff to claim her seventh major championship. Ochoa shot a 62 in the first round, setting a tournament record and equalling the record low score in an LPGA major.
  • 8–11 June: LPGA Championship - Se Ri Pak defeated Karrie Webb in a playoff to claim her third LPGA Championship and fifth major title. Nicole Castrale shot a 64 in the first round to set a tournament record.
  • 29 June - 2 July: U.S. Women's Open - The tournament was played at Newport Country Club. The prize fund was US$3.1 million, a record for a women's golf tournament, with $560,000 going to the winner. The first day's play was cancelled due to fog and 36 holes were played on the Sunday. Annika Sörenstam and Pat Hurst tied on level par after 72 holes. Sörenstam won an eighteen hole Monday playoff to claim her tenth major championship and third U.S. Open.
  • 3–6 August: Weetabix Women's British Open - The tournament was played at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for the third time in its history. American Sherri Steinhauer took the lead after a third round 66 and held the lead in the final round for a three-stroke win over runners-up Cristie Kerr and Sophie Gustafson. It was Steinhauer's third British Open win, but her first since the tournament became a major in 2001.

Ladies European Tour major (in addition to the Women's British Open)

  • 26–29 July: Evian Masters - Karrie Webb continued her return to form by winning the second richest event in women's golf.

For a complete list of Ladies European Tour results see 2006 Ladies European Tour.

Additional LPGA Tour events

For a complete list of LPGA Tour results see 2006 LPGA Tour.

Money list winners

Team events

Other happenings

Senior men's professional golf

Senior majors

For a complete list of Champions Tour results see 2006 Champions Tour.
For a complete list of European Seniors Tour results see 2006 European Seniors Tour.

Money list winners

Amateur golf

Table of results

This table summarises all the results referred to above in date order.

Dates Tournament Status or tour Winner
20-22 Jan Women's World Cup of Golf Professional world team championship  Sweden
22-26 Feb WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship World Golf Championships Australia Geoff Ogilvy
23-26 Mar The Players Championship PGA Tour Trinidad and Tobago Canada Stephen Ames
30 Mar-2 Apr Kraft Nabisco Championship LPGA major Australia Karrie Webb
6-9 Apr The Masters Men's major United States Phil Mickelson
25–28 May BMW Championship European Tour England David Howell
25–28 May Senior PGA Championship Senior major United States Jay Haas
31 May-3 Jun NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships U.S. college championship Oklahoma State / Jonathan Moore
8-11 Jun LPGA Championship LPGA major South Korea Se Ri Pak
15-18 Jun U.S. Open Men's major Australia Geoff Ogilvy
19-24 Jun The Amateur Championship Amateur men's individual tournament France Julien Guerrier
29 Jun-2 Jul U.S. Women's Open LPGA major Sweden Annika Sörenstam
6-9 Jul HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship LPGA Tour United States Brittany Lincicome
6-9 Jul U.S. Senior Open Senior major United States Allen Doyle
13-16 Jul Senior Players Championship Senior major United States Bobby Wadkins
20-23 Jul The Open Championship Men's major United States Tiger Woods
26-29 Jul Evian Masters Ladies European Tour major and LPGA Tour regular event Australia Karrie Webb
27-30 Jul Senior British Open Senior major

United States Loren Roberts

29-30 Jul Curtis Cup GB & Ireland v United States - women's amateur  United States
3-6 Aug Women's British Open LPGA and Ladies European Tour major United States Sherri Steinhauer
7-13 Aug U.S. Women's Amateur Amateur women's individual tournament United States Kimberly Kim
17-20 Aug PGA Championship Men's major United States Tiger Woods
24-27 Aug WGC-Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championships United States Tiger Woods
23-27 Aug U.S. Amateur Amateur men's individual tournament Scotland Richie Ramsay
24-27 Aug The Tradition Senior major Argentina Eduardo Romero
14-17 Sep HSBC World Match Play Championship European Tour England Paul Casey
22-24 Sep Ryder Cup Europe v United States — men's professional European Union Team Europe
28 Sep-1 Oct WGC-American Express Championship World Golf Championships United States Tiger Woods
18-21 Oct Espirito Santo Trophy Women's world amateur team championship South Africa South Africa
26-29 Oct Eisenhower Trophy Men's world amateur team championship Netherlands Netherlands
26-29 Oct Volvo Masters European Tour India Jeev Milkha Singh
2-5 Nov The Tour Championship PGA Tour Australia Adam Scott
16-19 Nov LPGA Playoffs at The ADT LPGA Tour Paraguay Julieta Granada
7-10 Dec WGC-World Cup World Golf Championships  Germany
15-17 Dec Lexus Cup Asia vs. International — women's professional Asia

The following biennial events will next be played in 2007: Presidents Cup; Seve Trophy; Solheim Cup; Walker Cup.


The first golf drive in space was made on 22 November 2006 funded by Canadian golf company Element 21 as part of the Expedition 14.


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