Past winners at The Tour Championship
2013: Henrik Stenson
After two top-five major finishes and a win at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Stenson headed into the final event in first place of the FedEx rankings. Stenson shot all four rounds under 70 en route to a three-stroke victory, securing the FedEx Cup title. The Swede became the first European to win the title, and was also named European Tour Golfer of the Year for 2013.
2012: Brandt Snedeker
The 2007 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Brandt Snedeker got the biggest win of his career at East Lake in 2012. He closed out Sunday with three birdies on the back-nine, and was the only player in the final five groups to finish the round under par. For the third straight year, the winner of the Tour Championship also took home the FedEx Cup title, with Snedeker pocketing a cool $10 million.
2011: Bill Haas
Haas took home the Tour Championship in a playoff against Hunter Mahan with one of the most memorable shots in FedEx Cup history. On the par-four 17th, Haas' second shot rolled off the green and stopped half-submerged in the water. With one foot in the lake, Haas hit a stunning shot, stopping the ball within four feet of the hole to save par. He went on to birdie the 18th to take home the title, which also propelled him to first place in the FedEx Cup, securing the $10 million prize.
2010: Jim Furyk
Leading by one stroke on the 72nd hole at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Jim Furyk nearly holed a bunker shot before draining a 2 1/2-foot par putt to secure the Tour Championship win and give him three PGA Tour wins in a single season for the first time in his career. The tournament victory helped Furyk jump up 10 spots in the FedEx Cup standings to No. 1, giving him the Cup and its $10 million bonus prize. Tournament runner-up Luke Donald finished third in the FedEx Cup standings.
2009: Phil Mickelson
Overcoming a four-shot deficit in the final round, Phil Mickelson seized control of The Tour Championship with a 5-under 65 and the only bogey-free round of the day. He finished with a 9-under 271, three strokes ahead of Tiger Woods, to claim his third PGA Tour victory of the season and first since both his wife and his mother were diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring. Mickelson had also won the first Tour Championship title of the decade.
2008: Camilo Villegas
Camilo Villegas erased a five-stroke deficit on the final day of the 2008 Tour Championship, draining six birdies on the final 11 holes of regulation (including a clutch putt on the 17th hole) and forcing a playoff with Sergio Garcia. Garcia's tee shot sailed over the green on the first playoff hole, which gave Villegas the opportunity he needed to win his second tournament of the year.
2007: Tiger Woods
In 2007, the first year The Tour Championship doubled as the final event in the Chase for the FedEx Cup, Tiger Woods dominated en route to winning both. Finishing at 23-under in Atlanta after shooting rounds of 64, 63, 64 and 66, Woods beat the field by eight strokes and became the first two-time victor in tournament history. The win also kept Woods atop the FedEx Cup standings with 123,033 points and earned him its inaugural trophy.
2006: Adam Scott
Adam Scott got progressively better as The Tour Championship progressed in 2006, shooting a 69 in the first round before recording two 67s and finishing up with a 66 for the win. He beat Jim Furyk by three strokes in Atlanta, earning the biggest win of his professional golf career. Scott finished third on the PGA Tour money list that year, aided by the $1,170,000 purse from The Tour Championship.
2005: Bart Bryant
Two of Bart Bryant's three career PGA Tour victories came in 2005, as he picked up wins at the Memorial Tournament and season-ending Tour Championship. He surprised the field in Atlanta by shooting a first-round 62, then held on to beat Tiger Woods by six strokes. Bryant's earnings in 2005 were more than he had earned in total in his first 18 seasons on the PGA and Nationwide Tours.
2004: Retief Goosen
At The Tour Championship in 2004 for only the third time in his career at that point, Tiger Woods had a final-round lead and didn't take home the trophy. Instead, Retief Goosen shot a six-under 64 to beat Woods by four strokes. It was Goosen's second win that year, with his first coming in the U.S. Open.
2003: Chad Campbell
After shooting a course-record 61 in the third round of the 2003 Tour Championship, Chad Campbell took a one-stroke lead into the final day's action. With two birdies in the first five holes, he quickly extended that advantage and held on for a three-stroke victory over Charles Howell III, who was the runner-up at the event for the second straight year. The win was Campbell's first on the PGA Tour.
2002: Vijay Singh
Charles Howell III shot all four rounds in the 60s in the 2002 Tour Championship, but he still finished two strokes behind Vijay Singh. With rounds of 65, 71, 65 and 67, Singh earned the victory. The previous two times he had played events on the course at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta he had led after three rounds, but he wasn't able to capitalize either time.
2001: Mike Weir
Mike Weir outlasted Ernie Els, David Toms and Sergio Garcia in a four-man playoff to claim victory at the 2001 Tour Championship. After shooting a 14-under 270 through 72 holes, Weir birdied the first playoff hole while the other three were just able to make par.
2000: Phil Mickelson
With Vijay Singh and Tigers Woods tied at 10-under, one stroke ahead of Phil Mickelson and four ahead of Ernie Els, heading into the final round of the 2000 Tour Championship, the stage was set for a dramatic battle. Mickelson prevailed, shooting a 4-under 66 to earn beat Woods by two strokes. Everything seemed to go Mickelson's way from his opening drive, which hit a spectator's arm but bounced back into the fairway. He birdied the hole.
1999: Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods capped his 1999 season with four straight wins, including one at the Tour Championship where he beat runner-up Davis Love III by four strokes. The tournament was a somber one, as golfer Payne Stewart had died three days earlier in a plane crash. The golfers played 27 holes on both Thursday and Saturday so they could attend a memorial service for Stewart on Friday.
1998: Hal Sutton
Hal Sutton drained a six-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole of the 1998 Tour Championship against Vijay Singh to earn the tournament's trophy. It was an emotional win for Sutton, who had suffered a winless drought from 1986 to 1995 and then again until 1998 and had nearly lost his tour card.
1997: David Duval
David Duval continued his meteoric rise on the PGA Tour by winning his third straight start and earning his third win overall. He took top honors at the 1997 Tour Championship. He beat Jim Furyk by one stroke after starting the day in a four-way tie for first with Davis Love III, Bill Glasson and Brad Faxon.
1996: Tom Lehman
With rounds of 66, 67, 64 and 71, Tom Lehman clinched the 1996 Tour Championship victory by six strokes. The win, which came a day later than expected because the final round was postponed due to rain, moved him from third to first place on that year's money list. Lehman also won the British Open in 1996.
1995: Billy Mayfair
Difficult wind conditions and slick greens contributed to Billy Mayfair's 3-over 73 on the final day of the 1995 Tour Championship, but he had built up a big enough lead prior to that to still win by three strokes over Steve Elkington and Corey Pavin. Just one player shot under par in the final round, and there were only 14 subpar rounds during the entire tournament. Mayfair finished at even par over the four rounds.
1994: Mark McCumber
Mark McCumber's bogey, his first of the round, on the 72nd hole of the 1994 Tour Championship dropped him into a first-place tie with Fuzzy Zoeller at the Olympic Club. McCumber made sure he didn't let the win slip away again, sinking an uphill birdie putt on the first playoff hole to claim victory. It was McCumber's 10th and final PGA Tour victory, while Zoeller finished as the runner-up for the fifth time that year.
1993: Jim Gallagher, Jr.
Greg Norman was the dominant player for much of the 1993 Tour Championship, but he couldn't hold on for the win. Instead, the victory went to Jim Gallagher Jr., who had shot an opening-round 63. Norman bogeyed four of the final seven holes, leading Gallagher to say, "Sorry about that, Greg," when the two players shook hands at the tournament's end.
1992: Paul Azinger
A 25-foot eagle putt on the 70th hole of the 1992 Tour Championship was the clincher Paul Azinger needed to win his first PGA Tour event in 21 months. He beat Corey Pavin and Lee Janzen by three strokes, earning at least one victory for the sixth consecutive year. Azinger shot a 71 in the final round, his worst of the tournament after shooting a 70, 66 and 69 in the first three days.
1991: Craig Stadler
Craig Stadler ended a seven-year winless drought on the PGA Tour with a sudden-death playoff victory over Russ Cochran in the 1991 Tour Championship. Prior to his winning 8-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole, Stadler had to hit a clutch par putt on the 72nd hole to tie Cochran and force the extra holes.
1990: Jodie Mudd
Birdies on his final three holes keyed Jodie Mudd's victory in the 1990 Nabisco Championship. Trailing Billy Mayfair by two strokes with two holes to go, Mudd hit a 12-footer on 71, a 20-footer on 72 and an 18-footer on the first playoff hole. It was the second lucrative victory for Mudd in 1990, as he added a $450,000 winner's prize to the $270,000 winner's prize he received at the Players Championship.
1989: Tom Kite
He lost on the second playoff hole of the 1989 United States Open, but Tom Kite reversed his fortunes on the second playoff hole of the 1989 Nabisco Championship. Kite two-putted for par while Payne Stewart bogeyed the hole, giving Kite the $625,000 winner's prize. Stewart's putting woes earned Kite a spot in the playoff, as Stewart three-putted the 72nd hole for bogey.
1988: Curtis Strange
Although he led for most of the 1988 Nabisco Championship, Curtis Strange bogeyed the 71st hole, and that blip, combined with Tom Kite's birdie on the 72nd hole, forced the two players to decide the champion in a sudden-death playoff. Pushed to a fifth day of action, Strange ultimately beat Kite on the second playoff hole after his 4-iron shot off the tee stopped 18 inches from the pin on the 188-yard 17th hole. The win pushed Strange over the $1 million mark in yearly prize money, as he became the first man to break that mark in a single year on the PGA Tour.
1987: Tom Watson
At the 1987 Nabisco Championship, Tom Watson snapped a winless streak that had spanned over three years. Watson led from start to finish, as his final-round 2-under 68 provided the two-stroke difference between him and runner-up Chip Beck. He clinched his victory with a birdie putt on the 18th hole at the Oak Hills Country Club in Texas.