The International (golf)
|Location||Castle Rock, Colorado|
|Course(s)||Castle Pines Golf Club|
|Length||7,619 yards (6,967 m)|
|Tournament record score|
|Score||48 points Ernie Els (2000)|
48 points Phil Mickelson (1997)
The International (styled as The INTERNATIONAL) was a professional golf tournament in Colorado on the PGA Tour. It was played for 21 seasons, from 1986 through 2006, at the Castle Pines Golf Club at Castle Pines Village in Castle Rock, south of Denver.
It had the distinction of being one of two PGA Tour events not conducted at traditional stroke play, the only other exception is the match-play event, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. The International was the only tournament to use the Modified Stableford scoring system, enacted because of the significant elevation of the venue, which averages 6,300 feet (1,920 m) above sea level.
Beginning in 2007, the International was scheduled to change dates to be played during the first full weekend of July (July 5–8, and July 4–7, 2008), midway between the U.S. Open and the British Open. Tournament officials hoped this new date would draw even more top-ranked players, such as Tiger Woods, as it would no longer be contested the week before (or after) the year's final major (PGA Championship). Even with the change in dates, both tournament founder Jack Vickers and the membership of the club were apparently not happy with the overall direction the PGA Tour was taking.
Also (according to the ticker on the FSN Final Score), the tourney had not generated sufficient sponsorship money to pay the purses. The last presenting sponsor (as shown below) was Qwest in 2002; the last title sponsor was Sprint in 1999.
On February 8, 2007, the PGA Tour announced the permanent cancellation of the International. It was replaced by the AT&T National, hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation, and held in the Washington, D.C. area; near sea level, it uses standard stroke play.
The Modified Stableford system awards points on each hole, based on the score relative to par. It is designed to reward aggressive play, taking chances to go for birdies (or better), as the reward for a low score on a hole is typically greater than the punishment for a poor score. For example, over a two-hole span, a birdie (+2) and a bogey (−1) gain one point, where two pars gain nothing. The scoring operates as follows:
|3 under||Albatross (double eagle)||+8|
|2 over +||Double bogey or more||−3|
Holes in one are treated as the score relative to par; an ace on a par-3 hole would be considered an eagle and scored as +5.
The International used several different formats throughout its history. Until 1993, final-round scores alone determined the winner; additionally, the event had multiple cuts in every year except 2005.
- 1986: Field cut to 78 after first round; cut to 39 after second round based solely on second-round scores; cut to 12 after third round based solely on third-round scores; winner determined solely by final-round score
- 1987–1988: Field cut to 78 after first round; cut to 54 after second round based solely on second-round scores; cut to 18 after third round based solely on third-round scores; winner determined solely by final-round score
- 1989: Field cut to 72 after second round based on two-round cumulative scores; cut to 24 after third round based solely on third-round scores; winner determined solely by final-round score
- 1990–1992: Field cut to 72 after second round based on two-round cumulative scores; cut to 24 after third round based on three-round cumulative scores; winner determined solely by final-round score
- 1993–1997: Field cut to 72 after second round based on two-round cumulative scores; cut to 24 after third round based on three-round cumulative scores; winner determined by four-round cumulative score
- 1998–2004, 2006: Field cut to top 70 and ties after second round based on two-round cumulative scores; cut to top 35 and ties after third round based on three-round cumulative scores; winner determined by four-round cumulative score
- 2005: Due to rain, schedule changed; no play Thursday; field cut to top 60 and ties after second round based on two-round cumulative scores; 36 holes played on Sunday, with winner determined by four-round cumulative score
|2006||Dean Wilson||34 pts||Playoff||Tom Lehman||990,000|
|2005||Retief Goosen||32 pts||1 point||Brandt Jobe||900,000|
|2004||Rod Pampling||31 pts||2 points||Alex Čejka||900,000|
|2003||Davis Love III (2)||46 pts||12 points|| Retief Goosen
|The International presented by Qwest|
|2002||Rich Beem||44 pts||1 point||Steve Lowery||810,000|
|2001||Tom Pernice Jr.||34 pts||1 point||Chris Riley||720,000|
|2000||Ernie Els||48 pts||4 points||Phil Mickelson||630,000|
|1999||David Toms||47 pts||3 points||David Duval||468,000|
|1998||Vijay Singh||47 pts||6 points|| Phil Mickelson
|1997||Phil Mickelson (2)||48 pts||7 points||Stuart Appleby||306,000|
|1996||Clarence Rose||31 pts||Playoff||Brad Faxon||288,000|
|1995||Lee Janzen||34 pts||1 point||Ernie Els||270,000|
|1994||Steve Lowery||35 pts||Playoff||Rick Fehr||252,000|
|1993||Phil Mickelson||45 pts||8 points||Mark Calcavecchia||234,000|
|1992||Brad Faxon||14 pts||2 points||Lee Janzen||216,000|
|1991||José María Olazábal||10 pts||3 points|| Ian Baker-Finch
|1990||Davis Love III||14 pts||3 points|| Steve Pate
|1989||Greg Norman||13 pts||2 points||Clarence Rose||180,000|
|1988||Joey Sindelar||17 pts||4 points|| Steve Pate
|1987||John Cook||11 pts||2 points||Ken Green||180,000|
|1986||Ken Green||12 pts||3 points||Bernhard Langer||180,000|
- Between 1986–1992, the winning score (points) were for the final round only.
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