Over the past 11 years, the Deutsche Bank Championship has been the site of dramatic Labor Day finishes, wild shootouts and exciting wins by an impressive list of champions. With record-breaking scores from the best of the best on the PGA TOUR, the Deutsche Bank Championship always promises an exhilarating performance for the whole family to enjoy.
Champion: Henrik Stenson shot back-to-back 66s in the third and final rounds, which included a 63 in the second round, to win the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship by two strokes over 2009 DBC champion Steve Stricker.
The Championship: Consistent with previous years, the 2013 Deutsche Bank Championship came down to the wire on Labor Day, with Swedish native Stenson capturing the Wedgwood Trophy by turning in another steady and low-scoring round. Stenson, who would go on to win the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and win the FedExCup Playoffs, left Norton, Mass., with 2,500 FedExCup points and $1,440,000.
Stricker and Graham DeLaet applied pressure on Stenson, but they fell short in vying for the trophy. Four players -- Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar, Kevin Stadler and Sergio Garcia -- finished at 17-under, rounding out the top five. Notably, Spieth shot a final-round 62 (9-under), which was the low round Monday. DeLaet shot a 62 in the third round.
Previous winners of the Deutsche Bank Championship, including Adam Scott (2003), Tiger Woods (2006), Phil Mickelson (2007), Stricker (2009), Charley Hoffman (2010), Webb Simpson (2011) and Rory McIlroy (2012), were all in competition this week at TPC Boston.
With a total of 262 strokes in regulation, Stenson would tie the Deutsche Bank Championship record for the lowest cumulative score. First set by Vijay Singh in 2008, Hoffman also won the Deutsche Bank Championship with a mirror performance in 2010.
Champion: Adam Scott, playing on a sponsor exemption, earned the first win of his TOUR career at the inaugural Deutsche Bank Championship. Scott did so in dominating fashion, shooting a 62 in Saturday's second round and breaking 70 in all four rounds.
The Championship: In 2003, the PGA TOUR teamed with Deutsche Bank, the Tiger Woods Foundation and IMG to create the Deutsche Bank Championship, the only tournament on the PGA TOUR with a scheduled Monday finish. This spectacular event that takes place at the Tournament Players Club Boston during Labor Day weekend brought PGA TOUR golf back to New England in dramatic style. Backed by the support and commitment of eleven (11) top local, regional and national brands, the inaugural championship raised more than $1.5 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation and local New England charities, setting the record for the largest charitable contribution for a first year event in the history of the PGA TOUR.
Milestones: The Deutsche Bank Championship opened its doors to capacity crowds and set a PGA TOUR charitable record for a first-year event by raising $1.5 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation and several New England Charities.
Champion: Vijay Singh, in claiming one of the nine PGA TOUR titles in the year, moved to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, as he outdueled Tiger Woods and Adam Scott. Woods had been ranked No. 1 for a record 264 weeks.
The Championship: In 2004, the second Deutsche Bank Championship was not only another tremendous success, but it also provided an incredible storybook finish as Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh dueled it out in the final round for the prestigious title of No. 1 player in the world. By virtue of his final round score of 69, Singh finally dethroned Woods to end his five-year reign atop the World Golf Rankings and added just a little more to this storied rivalry. The 2004 Championshipalso proved to be another great event for charity. Beyond the record-setting golf, the Deutsche Bank Championship increased its total raised for the Tiger Woods Foundation and local New England charities to $2.9 million. This commitment to philanthropy and community partnerships embodies the spirit behind the Deutsche Bank Championship and has continued to be a driving force as the Championship staff endeavors to make this event the best on the PGA TOUR.
Milestones: Tiger vs. Vijay, Round 1. Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh dueled it out in the final round, and by virtue of his final round score of 69, Singh finally dethroned Woods to end his five-year reign atop the World Golf Rankings.
Champion: Olin Browne clipped Jason Bohn by a single stroke for his third career win. In the process, he surpassed $1 million in season earnings for the first time in his career.
The Championship: In 2005, another Deutsche Bank Championship record was set, as the Championship raised $1.6 million for charity, bringing the three-year total to $4.5 million. In addition to setting new records, the Deutsche Bank Championship created a new Kids Zone program that yielded extremely positive results. The Kids Zone program included a 10,000 square foot Funway USA & Café Kids Village and Kids Zones viewing areas for children with "front row" viewing of golf. The Funway USA & Café Kids Village hosted a wealth of interactive activities for children and their parents, including a putting green, arts and crafts area, PGA TOUR player autograph area, Boston Red Sox World Series trophy display and EA Sports Tiger Woods 2005 game area. The success of both these programs set a benchmark for the PGA TOUR and recorded another industry-leading innovation created by the Deutsche Bank Championship and our partners.
Milestones: Created and launched two innovative programs, "Kids Village" and "Kids Zones." These concepts were extremely well received and included a 10,000 square-foot interactive village and a "front row" viewing opportunity for the kids on the golf course.
Champion: With two eagles in his first seven holes in the final round, Tiger Woods erased a three-shot deficit and posted an 8-under-par 63, overcoming the 54-hole leader, Vijay Singh, to win by two.
The Championship: In 2006, the Deutsche Bank Championship set another record by raising $2.6 million for charity, which brought the total to more than $7 million for four years. The action on the golf course was highlighted by Tiger Woods winning his fifth consecutive PGA TOUR event in another dramatic shootout with Vijay Singh. This incredible competition helped us set a championship record in network television ratings, with a 3.8 for the final round. All in all, the 2006 Championship was another tremendous success. Aside from the golf action and charity contributions, the Championship started three significant programs that were all well received. The Championship launched its first ever kickoff concert with Sheryl Crow and John Mayer, started the Birdies for Charity program and held the first DBC Junior Challenge Cup, which was played on the weekend at Boston Golf Club.
Milestones: Tiger vs. Vijay, Round 2. Woods defeated Singh by overcoming a three-shot deficit going into the final round after Singhhad scorched the TPC Boston with a course record 61 on Sunday. In addition, the Championship also set a new Championship record by generating $2.6 million for charity.
Champion: The Championship becomes a part of the first-ever PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were paired together in three rounds, including a final-round pairing in which they battled for the title. Mickelson emerged as victor by two strokes.
The Championship: After four amazing years of continued success, the Deutsche Bank Championship ushered in a new era of golf in 2007 as part of the first ever PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. As the second of four events within the new PGA TOUR Playoff system, the Deutsche Bank Championship delivered on all levels and proved to be arguably the best event in 2007 on the PGA TOUR. The top 120 professionals on the PGA TOUR converged on New England, with many competitors stepping on the TPC Boston stage for the first time including PhilMickelson, Retief Goosen, Chris DiMarco, Mike Weir, Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald. Another amazing chapter was added to the Deutsche Bank Championship story as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were paired in three out of the four competition rounds, including a final-round pairing in which they battled head to head for the Championship title. Mickelson emerged the victor by two strokes, joining an elite group of Deutsche Bank Championship winners that includes Woods, Olin Browne, Vijay Singh and Adam Scott. Mickelson's win was his third of the season. In 2007, along with the new Playoff format, the Championship also had a change in television partners as well as the "new" golf course. New television partners The Golf Channel and NBC carried extended coverage of all four rounds of competition. The highly touted pairings and tight competition between Mickelson and Woods caught the attention of national and international audiences. On both Sunday and Monday the Deutsche Bank Championship led all sports related television ratings with the highest national ratings, 2.6 and 3.4. Contributions to charity continued to be the measuring stick of success for theDBC as the 2007 Championship helped generate a Championship-record $3.2 million for charity. That brought the five-year total to more than $10 million.
Milestones: The Deutsche Bank Championship is selected to be a part of the first ever PGA TOUR Playoff system that will determine the inaugural season-long FedExCup Champion.
Champion: Vijay Singh became the Championship's first two-time winner when he carded a tournament-record 22-under 262 to cruise to a five-stroke victory over Mike Weir and, ultimately, the FedExCup championship.
The Championship: This was the Deutsche Bank Championship's second year of inclusion in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and it brought forth yet another big-name, world-class champion out of a field of the top 120 PGA TOUR golfers. This time it was World No. 3 Vijay Singhwho hoisted the unique, light blue, wedgewood trophy, as he became the Championship's first two-time winner by matching the final-round record with an 8-under-par 63 on Labor Day Monday and beat second-place Mike Weir by five shots. Singh's record winning score of 64-66-69-63-262 was punctuated by a remarkable back nine in which he made three birdie putts of 35 feet or longer. In addition to spectacular tournament competition, the Deutsche Bank Championship established another Championship charity record in 2008 by generating $3.5 million for the Tiger Woods Learning Center (TWLC), the Stop & Shop Family Foundation and many New England charities. Through its first six years, the Championship generated nearly $14 million for charity.
Milestones: The Deutsche Bank Championship became the first carbon neutral event on the PGA tour.
Champion: Steve Stricker made his 250th career cut on the PGA TOUR and went on to record his seventh win by one stroke over Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank. Stricker's victory vaulted him to a career-best No. 2 ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The Championship: When the top 100 players in the FedExCup points standings descended on TPC Boston, fans were treated to a Championship filled with drama, and it wasn't until the final hole on Labor Day Monday that Steve Stricker secured victory and joined an impressive list of Deutsche Bank Championship winners that includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh (twice), Adam Scott and Olin Browne.Stricker carded birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to shoot a final-round 67 and edge Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank by two strokes with a winning score of 17-under-par 267. Stricker not only took home the $1.35 million winner's check from the Championship's record $7.5 million purse, but also earned 2,500 FedExCup points and surged past Tiger Woods into the points lead heading into the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events. Stricker's third victory and 10th top-10 finish in 20 events in 2009 vaulted him to a career-best No. 2 ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking. Stricker's late surge helped him break away from a crowded leaderboard, as 12 players started the final round within three strokes of the lead and 20 players were within five strokes. The dramatic climax to the tournament, along with the notable consequence that Stricker had leapt over the indomitable Woods in the FedExCup standings with his win, created a sentiment among many that suggested the 2009 Championship had become the highlight tournament of the three-year-old FedExCup Playoff system. The Championship continued to place an emphasis on supporting the Tiger Woods Foundation and local New England charities, and increased its total contributions over seven years to nearly $17 million.
Champion: Charley Hoffman carded a career-low 62, including 11 birdies, en route to a five-stroke win over Luke Donald and a pair of Aussies, Geoff Ogilvy and Jason Day. Hoffman's 22-under-par 262 tied Vijay Singh's record for lowest winning score.
The Championship: Just when New England golf fans thought the Deutsche Bank Championship couldn't possibly provide more excitement than it had already, the eighth installment of the region's favorite Labor Day sports tradition thrilled once again in 2010.
In the fourth year of the Championship's status as a PGA TOUR Playoffs event, it was Charley Hoffman who provided the spark, as the Southern California native noted for his long blond hair sprouting out from under his flat-billed cap and a personality just as bright set multiple Championship records en route to becoming the Deutsche Bank Championship's seventh different winner and earning his second PGA TOUR victory.
Hoffman entered Labor Day four shots behind leader Jason Day and needing to leapfrog Brandt Snedeker and Luke Donald to have any hope of catching the young Australian. He didn't waste any time doing so. Hoffman carded four birdies in his first five holes (finishing the front nine in 3-under par) and then really got his game together on the back nine. He tied a Championship record for the back nine by shooting 6-under par 29, which also helped him set the record for lowest final-round score (62) and tie the record marks for lowest final score (262) and largest margin of victory (five strokes).
Day, Donald and Geoff Ogilvy tied for second at 17-under-par 267, but Hoffman took the drama out of the afternoon. By the time he birdied the 18th hole, there was little doubt that the $1.35 million winner's check would be his and that he would gain the 2,500FedExCup points necessary to vault him to No. 2 in the standings heading to the third of four PGA TOUR Playoffs events.
Hoffman added his name to the list of accomplished and colorful winners in the Deutsche Bank Championship's short history, which includes Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh (twice), Steve Stricker, Adam Scott and Olin Browne.
Champion: Webb Simpson stormed back with a final-round 65 and then defeated Chez Reavie with a birdie on the second extra hole to win the first-ever playoff at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The Championship: The Deutsche Bank Championship has been known to be a launching pad for the careers of some of the PGA TOUR's brightest rising stars -- like in 2003 when Adam Scott won his first tournament on US soil. The 2011 Championship's version of Scott was a then-unknown 26 year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina: Webb Simpson. While Simpson has gone on to win multiple majors since, it was the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship that put his career on the map in dramatic fashion. Simpson sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the fourth round to get to 15-under par for the Championship, forcing a playoff with TOUR newcomer Chez Reavie. On the second extra hole, Simpson birdied again, winning the Championship and its $1.440 million prize. The ninth annual event generated over $20 million for charitable organizations, including the Tiger Woods Foundation, the Stop & Shop Giant Family Foundation and many other deserving New England charities.
Milestones: Webb Simpson won the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship in a sudden death playoff with Chez Reavie. This was the first playoff in DBC history.
Champion: Rory McIlroy turned in back-to-back rounds of 67 over the final 36 holes to outlast Louis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods and capture the Deutsche Bank Championship.
The Championship: The 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship capped off its 10th anniversary weekend in dramatic fashion as World No. 1 Rory McIlroy shot a 4-under 67 and rallied to defeat Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke in the final round of play at TPC Boston.
McIlroy, who started the day three strokes behind Oosthuizen, used a hot start, featuring five birdies over the first 8 holes, to storm his way back atop the leaderboard. Despite struggling mightily on the back nine, McIlroy was able to hold on and earn his first Deutsche Bank Championship title.
McIlroy became the third foreign-born player to win The Championship, joining Vijay Singh (2008) and Adam Scott (2003).
Tiger Woods opened the final round six shots off the lead and mounted a charge, but couldn't catch the Irishman. Woods finished with a 66 for a four day score of 18-under under. With his 3rd place finish, Woods passed the $100 million mark in career earnings -- the first player to ever accomplish the feat in PGA TOUR history.
Fan favorite and New England native, Keegan Bradley, finished up his weekend with a 2-under 69, 8-under for the Championship.