Greater Milwaukee Open

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Greater Milwaukee Open
Tournament information
Location Brown Deer, Wisconsin
Established 1968
Course(s) Brown Deer Park Golf Course
Par 70
Length 6,759 yards
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $4,000,000
Month played July
Tournament record score
Aggregate 260 Loren Roberts (2000)
260 Ben Crane (2005)
260 Corey Pavin (2006)
To par -20 Ben Crane (2005)
-20 Corey Pavin (2006)
Current champion
Bo Van Pelt

The Greater Milwaukee Open was a regular golf tournament on the PGA Tour. It was played annually in July in the Milwaukee suburb of Brown Deer, Wisconsin. The tournament was held at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course. U.S. Bancorp was the main sponsor of the tournament. The 2009 purse was $4,000,000, with $720,000 going to the winner. The tournament was run by Milwaukee Golf Charities, Inc., with proceeds from the tournament going to a variety of Wisconsin charities.

In 1968, the tournament made its inaugural appearance[1] on the Tour as the Greater Milwaukee Open (or GMO), competing against the British Open by offering a $200,000 purse (second highest on the Tour) with a $40,000 first prize. Lee Trevino, the 1968 U.S. Open winner, decided to play in the GMO instead of the British Open.[2]

In 2004, U.S. Bank signed on as title sponsor. In July 2006, U.S. Bank and Milwaukee Golf Charities Inc. announced that U.S. Bank will remain the sponsor for at least three more years.[3]

The tournament was played at various golf courses in the Milwaukee area:

  • North Shore Country Club, Mequon, 1968–70
  • Tripoli Country Club, Milwaukee, 1971–72
  • Tuckaway Country Club, Franklin, 1973–93
  • Brown Deer Park Golf Course, Brown Deer, 1994-2009.

The tournament was nationally televised beginning in 1989. Tiger Woods made his professional debut at the Milwaukee tournament on August 29, 1996, four days after winning his third consecutive U.S. Amateur title. He made the cut at the GMO and finished tied for 60th place, earning a modest $2,544.[1]

The event ended after the 2009 tournament. U.S. Bank announced that it would not renew its sponsorship after the 2009 event. Secondary sponsor Aurora Health Care also announced that it would substantially cut back on its financial involvement. Before U.S. Bank's sponsorship, the tournament survived thanks to the help of late philanthropist Jane Pettit. Its slot on the PGA Tour schedule against the British Open, along with low attendance and TV ratings, were reasons cited by U.S. Bank for pulling out of the event.[4] The Greater Milwaukee Charities organization has closed it offices and has shut down.

Winners

Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee
2009 Bo Van Pelt  United States 267 −13 Playoff United States John Mallinger
2008 Richard S. Johnson  Sweden 264 −16 1 stroke United States Ken Duke
2007 Joe Ogilvie  United States 266 −14 4 strokes South Africa Tim Clark
United States Tim Herron
South Korea Charlie Wi
2006 Corey Pavin (2)  United States 260 −20 2 strokes United States Jerry Kelly
2005 Ben Crane  United States 260 −20 4 strokes United States Scott Verplank
U.S. Bank in Milwaukee
2004 Carlos Franco (2)  Paraguay 267 −13 2 strokes United States Fred Funk
United States Brett Quigley
Greater Milwaukee Open
2003 Kenny Perry  United States 268 −12 1 stroke Australia Stephen Allan
United States Heath Slocum
2002 Jeff Sluman  United States 261 −23 4 strokes United States Tim Herron
United States Steve Lowery
2001 Shigeki Maruyama  Japan 266 −18 Playoff United States Charles Howell III
2000 Loren Roberts (2)  United States 260 −24 8 strokes United States Franklin Langham
1999 Carlos Franco  Paraguay 264 −20 2 strokes United States Tom Lehman
1998 Jeff Sluman  United States 265 −19 1 stroke United States Steve Stricker
1997 Scott Hoch (2)  United States 268 −16 1 stroke United States Loren Roberts
United States David Sutherland
1996 Loren Roberts  United States 265 −19 Playoff United States Jerry Kelly
1995 Scott Hoch  United States 269 −15 3 strokes United States Marco Dawson
1994 Mike Springer  United States 268 −16 1 stroke United States Loren Roberts
1993 Billy Mayfair  United States 270 −18 Playoff United States Mark Calcavecchia
United States Ted Schulz
1992 Richard Zokol  Canada 269 −19 2 strokes United States Dick Mast
1991 Mark Brooks  United States 270 −18 1 stroke United States Robert Gamez
1990 Jim Gallagher, Jr.  United States 271 −17 Playoff United States Ed Dougherty
United States Billy Mayfair
1989 Greg Norman  Australia 269 −19 3 strokes United States Andy Bean
1988 Ken Green  United States 268 −20 6 strokes United States Mark Calcavecchia
United States Jim Gallagher, Jr.
United States Donnie Hammond
United States Dan Pohl
1987 Gary Hallberg  United States 269 −19 2 strokes United States Wayne Levi
United States Robert Wrenn
1986 Corey Pavin  United States 272 −16 Playoff Canada Dave Barr
1985 Jim Thorpe  United States 274 −14 3 strokes United States Jack Nicklaus
1984 Mark O'Meara  United States 272 −16 5 strokes United States Tom Watson
1983 Morris Hatalsky  United States 275 −13 Playoff United States George Cadle
1982 Calvin Peete (2)  United States 274 −14 2 strokes Mexico Victor Regalado
1981 Jay Haas  United States 274 −14 3 strokes United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez
1980 Billy Kratzert  United States 266 −22 4 strokes United States Howard Twitty
1979 Calvin Peete  United States 269 −19 5 strokes Mexico Victor Regalado
United States Jim Simons
United States Lee Trevino
1978 Lee Elder  United States 275 −13 Playoff United States Lee Trevino
1977 Dave Eichelberger (2)  United States 278 −10 2 strokes United States Morris Hatalsky
United States Gary McCord
United States Mike Morley
1976 Dave Hill  United States 270 −18 3 strokes United States John Jacobs
1975 Art Wall  United States 271 −17 1 stroke United States Gary McCord
1974 Ed Sneed  United States 276 −12 4 strokes United States Grier Jones
1973 Dave Stockton (2)  United States 276 −12 1 stroke United States Homero Blancas
United States Hubert Green
1972 Jim Colbert  United States 271 −13 1 stroke United States Buddy Allin
United States Chuck Courtney
United States George Johnson
United States Grier Jones
1971 Dave Eichelberger  United States 270 −14 1 stroke United States Ralph Johnston
Australia Bob Shaw
1970 Deane Beman  United States 276 −12 3 strokes United States Richard Crawford
United States Ted Hayes, Jr.
United States Don Massengale
1969 Ken Still  United States 277 −11 2 strokes South Africa Gary Player
1968 Dave Stockton  United States 275 −13 4 strokes United States Sam Snead

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