Geoff Ogilvy

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Speaking of the season, we're 19 weeks into the FedExCup, and we have had just three different leaders all year -- Geoff Ogilvy, Kenny Perry and Johnson, who is back atop the standings for the first time since Week 5. Ogilvy, meanwhile, has held the...
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Geoff Ogilvy was asked about Tiger's play so far this year, and was honest. Hopefully, his truthfulness won't anger Mr. Woods. "I think, whether he has admitted it or not, he's probably not quite as right as he wants to be," Ogilvy said at a news...
Singh returning to Colonial for first time since 2002 - Fort Worth Star Telegram
Colonial officials also said Geoff Ogilvy, the No. 4 player in the world rankings and leader in the 2009 FedEx Cup race, has indicated it is "very likely" he will add his name to the commitment list next week. If Ogilvy's name surfaces, as expected,...
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"It's a reflection of what's going on on the PGA TOUR," said Austrailan Geoff Ogilvy, a two-time champ in 2009 who leads the FedExCup standings. "An international guy would say it's become more balanced. It does really represent the best 100 or so...
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Geoff Ogilvy

Geoff Charles Ogilvy (born 11 June 1977) is an Australian professional golfer best known for winning the 2006 U.S. Open and three World Golf Championships events.

Ogilvy was born in Adelaide, South Australia to an English-born father Mike and Australian born mother Jane. He turned professional in May 1998 and he won a European Tour card at that year's Qualifying school. He played on the European Tour in 1999 and 2000, finishing 65th in his first season and improving to 48th in his second. He joined the U.S. based PGA Tour in 2001, and finished in the top 100 in each of his first five seasons. His first professional tournament win came in 2005 at the PGA Tour's Chrysler Classic of Tucson. In February 2006 he beat Davis Love III in the final of the 2006 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Ogilvy won his first major championship at the 2006 U.S. Open, becoming the first Australian to win a men's golf major since Steve Elkington at the 1995 PGA Championship. Ogilvy finished his round with a champion's flourish, making improbable pars on each of the last two holes. He holed a 30-foot chip shot at the 17th, and then got up-and-down for par at the 18th, dropping a downhill six-footer for his final stroke as all his competitors collapsed around him. Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie needed pars on the final hole to win, or bogeys to tie with Ogilvy, but they ruined their chances by producing double-bogey sixes to give Ogilvy a dramatic win. Jim Furyk needed par to force a playoff but bogeyed the final hole.

This success moved Ogilvy into the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time, at Number 8. He reached his highest placing to date on 9 July 2006 when he was ranked Number 7, and he returned to that rank in February 2007 after finishing as runner-up to Henrik Stenson whilst defending his title at the 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He has spent over 80 weeks in the top-10 of the rankings.

Ogilvy won the 2008 WGC-CA Championship, his second World Golf Championship title, by one shot shooting 17-under par. It was his first PGA Tour win since the 2006 U.S. Open. In his next start at the 2008 Shell Houston Open he finished tied for 2nd moving him up to number 5 in the Official World Golf Rankings. In late June 2008, he rose to 3rd in the rankings. In 2009 Ogilvy continued his success at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship defeating Paul Casey. Ogilvy moved into second alone in World Golf Championship wins. This win brought him up to 4th in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Ogilvy claims to be a distant relative of the Royal Family member Angus Ogilvy, and even more distantly related to Robert The Bruce on his fathers side. He is married to Juli and they have a daughter Pheobe Elizabeth and son Jasper Michael. He now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the United States.

Ogilvy is a founding owner of MOJO Pies, "The Original Australian Pie" located in Scottsdale, Arizona and is a proud supporter of the St Kilda Football Club.

1Defeated Kevin Na with birdie on second extra hole. Mark Calcavecchia was eliminated on the 1st hole when he made a double bogey.

DNP = did not play CUT = missed the half-way cut "T" = tied Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

DNP = Did not play QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play "T" = tied Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

This is what Ogilvy used at the 2006 U.S. Open.

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2006 U.S. Open Golf Championship


The 2006 United States Open Golf Championship was the 106th U.S. Open, played from June 15 to June 18, 2006 at Winged Foot Golf Club West Course. The U.S. Open returned to Winged Foot for the first time since 1984 when Fuzzy Zoeller captured his second and final major championship. Geoff Ogilvy won his first career major in one of the wildest finishes in U.S. Open history. He made gutsy pars on the final two holes including a chip in from off the green on 17. Jim Furyk, Colin Montgomerie, and Phil Mickelson all failed to par the 72nd hole giving Ogilvy an unlikely one shot victory. Mickelson, looking for his third straight major championship, double bogeyed the final hole after failing to hit the 18th fairway. The event took place in Mamaroneck, New York, The purse was $6.25 million and Ogilvy earned $1.225 million.

The 2006 U.S. Open Golf Championship was the fifth U.S. Open at Winged Foot and the 6th major championship (1997 PGA Championship won by Davis Love III). Former champions include: Bobby Jones (1929), Billy Casper (1959), Hale Irwin (1974), and Fuzzy Zoeller (1984). 1974's U.S. Open was known as the "The Massacre at Winged Foot" as Irwin won with a seven over par 287. Over the four days, just seven sub-par rounds were recorded. Not a single golfer broke par following the first round, leading to complaints to the USGA that the set-up had gone too far. In the years following World War II, only Julius Boros’ 9-over total in 1963 had been a higher winning score.

Colin Montgomerie shot 69 and was the only player to shoot under par in the opening round. Phil Mickelson, the winner of the last two majors, is just one shot back. Former U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk is also just one shot back. Seven shots back is Tiger Woods who shot a six over 76 in his first major since his father's death. It was his worst start ever in a major.

Steve Stricker leads at a major for the first time since 1998 after firing a one under 69. He is the only player under par entering the weekend and is one shot clear of Colin Montgomerie. Tiger Woods missed the cut at a major as a professional for the first time, ending his record-tying streak of 39 consecutive cuts made at majors. Woods shot 76 for the second consecutive day missing the cut by three shots. Phil Mickelson struggled throughout the day shotting 73 which put him four shots back entering the weekend. The best rounds of the day belonged to Arron Oberholser and David Duval who both shot 68. It was the first cut Duval had made the weekend in a major since the 2002 PGA Championship. Other notables missing the cut include: Sergio García, Retief Goosen, 1997 PGA Championship winner at Winged Foot Davis Love III, and defending US Open Champion Michael Campbell.

Phil Mickelson leads going into the final round after firing a one under 69. He is tied with Kenneth Ferrie who bogeyed the 18th to shoot a one over 71. Geoff Ogilvy made two straight bogeys on the back, finishing with a two over 72 that left him one shot out of the lead. Steve Stricker lead through much of the front nine but ended up firing a six over 76 putting him one shot out of the lead. Pádraig Harrington needed a birdie to catch Mickelson on the 18th hole but made triple bogey. He barely made contact out of the deep rough, moving the ball 15 yards into the fairway. Once he got out of a greenside bunker, he three-putted for a triple bogey that sent him to a disappointing four over 74.

In one of the most exciting final rounds in U.S. Open history Geoff Ogilvy survived a brutal final day winning his first major championship. Ogilvy led by two strokes in the middle of the round, only to give away his lead with four bogeys in seven holes. But Ogilvy finished his round with a champion's flourish, making improbable pars on each of the last two holes. He holed a 30-foot chip shot at the 17th, and then got up-and-down for par at the 18th, dropping a downhill six-footer for his final stroke as all his competitors collapsed around him. Phil Mickelson and Colin Montgomerie needed pars on the final hole to win, or bogeys to tie with Ogilvy, but they ruined their chances by producing double-bogey sixes to give Ogilvy a dramatic win. He became the first Australian to win a major since Steve Elkington in the 1995 PGA Championship.

Montgomerie holed a 75-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole for a share of the lead and was in the middle of the 18th fairway, 172 yards from the hole, in prime position to do no worse than a playoff. After much club deliberation he missed well to the right and ended up three putting for double bogey. Mickelson entered the last hole needing par to win and bogey to force a playoff but could not finish off what would have been his third consecutive major championship victory. Mickelson's tee shot on the 18th went so far left that it clattered through the trees by a hospitality tent. He went for the green on his second shot and hit a tree, but the ball advanced only 25 yards. He ended up in the bunker on the next shot and could not get up and down to tie. Mickelson tied Sam Snead for the most second-place finishes by a player who has never won the U.S. Open, with four. Jim Furyk needed par to force a playoff but bogeyed the final hole after missing a five foot par putt. Five different players held the lead at one point on Sunday with 15 different lead changes between them.

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U.S. Open (golf)


The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Open, is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. It is the second of the four major championships in golf and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. It is staged by the United States Golf Association (USGA) in mid-June, scheduled such that the final round is always played on the third Sunday, which is Father's Day. From 2008, it will also be an official money event on the Asian Tour, with 50% of Asian Tour members' earnings counting towards the Order of Merit.

The U.S. Open is staged at a variety of courses, set up in such a way that scoring is very difficult with a premium placed on accurate driving. U.S. Open play is characterized by tight scoring at or around par by the leaders, with the winner emerging at just under par. A U.S. Open course is seldom beaten severely, and there have been many over-par wins (in part because par is usually set at 70 except for the very longest courses). Normally, an Open course is quite long and will have a high cut of primary rough (termed "Open rough" by the American press and fans), hilly greens (such as at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2005, which was described by Johnny Miller of NBC as "like trying to hit a ball on top of a VW Beetle"), and pinched fairways (especially on what are expected to be less difficult holes). Some courses that are attempting to get into the rotation for the U.S. Open will undergo renovations to have these features. Rees Jones is the most notable of the "Open Doctors" who take on these projects. As with any professional golf tournament, the available space surrounding the course (for spectators, among other considerations) and local infrastructure also factor into deciding which courses will host the event.

The U.S. Open is the only one of the four major championships which does not go immediately to a playoff if two or more players are tied at the end of the four rounds. Instead, the players play a fifth 18-hole round the following day (Monday), but if a tie still exists after the round, then a sudden death playoff is held. Only three times has the U.S. Open gone to sudden death after the playoff round.

The first U.S. Open Championship was played on October 4, 1895, on a nine-hole course in Newport, Rhode Island. It was a 36-hole competition and was played in a single day. Ten professionals and one amateur entered. The winner was a 21-year-old Englishman named Horace Rawlins, who had arrived in the U.S. in January that year to take up a position at the host club. He received $150 cash out of a prize fund of $335, plus a $50 gold medal; his club received the Open Championship Cup trophy, which was presented by the USGA. In the beginning, the tournament was dominated by experienced British players until 1911, when John J. McDermott became the first native-born American winner. American golfers soon began to win regularly and the tournament evolved to become one of the four majors.

Throughout the modern history of the competition, the title has been won almost exclusively by players from the United States. Since 1950, players from only five nations other than the United States have won the championship, most notably South Africa, which has won five times since 1965.

A streak of four consecutive non-American winners occurred from 2004 to 2007 for the first time since 1910. These four players—South African Retief Goosen (2004), New Zealander Michael Campbell (2005), Australian Geoff Ogilvy (2006) and Argentine Ángel Cabrera (2007) —are all from countries in the Southern Hemisphere. No player from Europe has won since Tony Jacklin of England in 1970.

The 2008 edition of the Open ended in a tie between Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate, forcing an 18-hole playoff the following day. After completing 90 holes over five days, both players were still tied, marking only the third time in Open history that a winner was determined using sudden death. On the first sudden death hole (the seventh), Woods won the tournament with a par to defeat Mediate, who made a bogey. The victory made Woods the sixth player to win three or more U.S. Opens.

The U.S. Open is open to any professional, or to any amateur with an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 1.4. Players (male or female) may obtain a place by being fully exempt or by competing successfully in qualifying. The field is 156 players.

About half of the field is made up of players who are fully exempt from qualifying. There are 17 full exemption categories, including winners of the U.S. Open for the last ten years and the other three majors for the last five years, the top 30 from the previous year's PGA Tour money list, the top 15 from the previous year's European Tour money list, and the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings as of two weeks before the tournament.

Potential competitors who are not fully exempt must enter the Qualifying process, which has two stages. Firstly there is Local Qualifying, which is played over 18 holes at over 100 courses around the United States. Many leading players are exempt from this first stage, and they join the successful local qualifiers at the Sectional Qualifying stage, which is played over 36 holes in one day at several sites in the U.S. and one each in Europe and Japan. There is no lower age limit and the youngest-ever qualifier was 15-year-old Tadd Fujikawa of Hawaii, who qualified in 2006.

The purse at the 2007 U.S. Open was $7 million, and the winner's share was $1.26 million. The PGA European Tour uses conversion rates at the time of the tournament to calculate the official prize money used in their Order of Merit rankings (€5,241,402 in 2007). In line with the other majors, winning the U.S. Open gives a golfer several privileges that make his career much more secure, if he is not already one of the elite players of the sport. U.S. Open champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors (the Masters, the Open Championship (British Open), and the PGA Championship) for the next five years, as well as the near-major Players Championship, and they are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open itself for 10 years. They may also receive a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, which is automatic for regular members. Non-PGA Tour members who win the U.S. Open have the choice of joining the PGA Tour either within 60 days of winning, or prior to the beginning of any one of the next five tour seasons.

The top 15 finishers at the U.S. Open are fully exempt from qualifying for the following year's Open, and the top eight are automatically invited to the following season's Masters.

Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for the most U.S. Open victories, with four victories each. Hale Irwin is the oldest winner of the U.S. Open: he was &0000000000000045.00000045 years, &0000000000000015.00000015 days old when he won in 1990. The youngest winner of the U.S. Open is John McDermott who was 19 years 315 days old when he won in 1911. Jack Nicklaus, Lee Janzen, Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk hold the record for the lowest score over 72 holes, which is 272. Tiger Woods holds the distinction of being the most strokes under par for 72 holes, he was 12 strokes under par (-12) when he won in 2000.

There is an extensive records section on the official site here.

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Phil Mickelson


Philip Alfred Mickelson (born June 16, 1970) is an American professional golfer. He is one of the leading players of his generation, having won three major championships and a total of 36 events on the PGA Tour. He has reached a career high world ranking of 2nd in multiple years. He is nicknamed "Lefty" for his left-handed swing, even though he is otherwise right-handed.

Mickelson was born in San Diego, California and raised there and in Arizona. He swings a golf club left-handed, which he learned by watching his right-handed father swing and mirroring it. He is right-handed otherwise. He graduated from the University of San Diego High School in 1988, then attended Arizona State on a golf scholarship, where he graduated in 1992. During his time at Arizona State, he became the face of amateur golf in the United States, capturing three NCAA individual championships and three Haskins Awards (1990, 1991, 1992) as the outstanding collegiate golfer. He was the second collegiate golfer to earn first-team All-American honors all four years. In addition, in 1990, he became the first left-hander to win the U.S. Amateur title. Perhaps his greatest achievement, though, came in 1991 when he won his first PGA Tour tournament, the Northern Telecom Open. He did so as an amateur, becoming only the fourth in PGA history to accomplish this feat and the first since Scott Verplank, who won the 1985 Western Open in Chicago.

Mickelson continued to win many PGA Tour tournaments, including the Byron Nelson Golf Classic and the World Series of Golf in 1996, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 1998, the Colonial National Invitation in 2000 and the Greater Hartford Open in 2001 and again in 2002. He also won the Buick Invitational in 2000, defeating Tiger Woods and ending his streak of consecutive tournament victories at six. After his win, Mickelson said, "I didn't want to be the bad guy. I wasn't trying to end the streak per se. I was just trying to win the golf tournament." Mickelson also shot a round of 59 at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Poipu Bay Golf Course on November 24, 2004. Mickelson was known for his powerful full swing but even more so for his superlative short game, most of all his daring "Phil flop" shot in which a big swing with a high-lofted wedge against a tight lie flies a ball high into the air for a short distance.

Despite these accomplishments, for many years Mickelson was often described as the "best golfer never to win a major." Mickelson often played well in majors: in the five-year span between 1999 and 2003 he had six second-place or third-place finishes. But victory always eluded him, for reasons that were ascribed to taking too many risky shots, missing too many short putts, or a general lack of what it takes to close out a big tournament. Undaunted, Mickelson continued to refine his game and his course strategy and psychology.

Mickelson shares a record for the most second-place finishes in the U.S. Open with four (along with Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, and Jack Nicklaus).

According to a Sports Illustrated feature entitled "The Fortunate 50", Mickelson is the second-highest paid athlete in the world, behind Tiger Woods. In 2007, Mickelson earned $62 million, $53 million of it from endorsements. The same article estimated that he earned $51 million in 2006. In January 1994 Mickelson made a short cameo appearance in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in the episode named "Witness".

Mickelson is unpopular with his fellow players. In a poll by GQ magazine, Mickelson was named as one of the athletes most hated by other PGA tour players.

Just prior to the 2004 Ryder Cup, Mickelson was dropped from his long standing contract with Titleist/Acushnet Golf when he took heat for a voicemail message he left for a Callaway Golf executive. In it, he praised their driver and golf ball and thanked them for their help in getting some equipment for his brother. This memo was played to all of their salesmen and eventually found its way back to Titleist. He was then let out of his multi-year deal with Titleist 16 months early and signed on with Callaway golf, his equipment sponsor to this day. He endured a great deal of ridicule and scrutiny from the press and fellow Ryder Cup members for his equipment change so close to the crucial Ryder Cup matches. He faltered horribly at the 2004 Ryder Cup going 1-3-0, but refused to blame the sudden change in equipment or his practice methods for his performance.

The following year, in a Monday final round, Mickelson captured his second career major championship with his victory at the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol. On the 18th hole, Mickelson hit one of his trademark soft pitches from deep greenside rough to within a foot and a half of the cup, and then made his birdie to finish at a 4-under-par total of 276, one shot ahead of Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjørn. Mickelson captured his third major championship the following spring by winning the 2006 Masters. He won his second Green Jacket after shooting a 3 under par final round, winning by 2 strokes over his nearest rival Tim Clark. This win propelled him to 2nd place in the Official World Golf Rankings (his career best), behind Tiger Woods and ahead of Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen.

At the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot, Mickelson finished second to Geoff Ogilvy after one of the most memorable final hole collapses in major championship golf. Coincidentally, Scottish golfer Colin Montgomerie also had a similar collapse on the 18th handing victory to Ogilvy. Ogilvy himself had a two-stroke lead in the middle of the round, only to fade away and needed to chip in at 17 and hole a 6-footer at 18 to finish at 5 over par. Mickelson, then leading by a stroke with one hole to play, chose to hit driver on the final (72nd) hole of the tournament, and hit it well left of the fairway. This decision was widely criticized since he had only hit two of thirteen fairways previously in the round. The ball bounced off a corporate hospitality tent and settled in an area of trampled down grass that was enclosed with trees. He decided to aggressively go for the green with his second shot rather than play it safe and pitch out into the fairway. His ball then hit a tree, with the following shot plugging into the greenside bunker. He was unable to get up and down from there, resulting in double bogey and costing him any chance of winning the championship outright or getting into a playoff (a bogey would have gotten him a playoff with Ogilvy), and also ending his bid to join Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods as the only players to win three consecutive professional majors (he had two heading into Winged Foot).

Reflecting on his performance afterwards Mickelson admitted: "I still am in shock that I did that. I just can't believe I did that. I'm such an idiot".

During the third round of the 2006 Ford Championship at Doral, Mickelson gave $200 to a spectator after his wayward tee shot at the par-5 10th broke the man's watch.

Mickelson has also shown other signs of appreciation. In 2007, after hearing the story of retired NFL player Conrad Dobler and his family on ESPN explaining their struggles to pay medical bills, Mickelson volunteered to pay for Conrad's daughter Holli's college education at Miami University in Ohio.

Frustrated with his driving accuracy, Mickelson made the decision in April 2007 to leave longtime swing coach Rick Smith. He currently works with Butch Harmon, a former coach of Tiger Woods.

On May 13, 2007, Mickelson came from a stroke back on the final round to shoot a three-under 69 to win The Players Championship with an 11-under-par 277. This Mother's Day win was his first without his wife and children present.

In the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont, after shooting 11 over par after 2 rounds, Mickelson missed the cut (by a stroke) for the first time in 31 majors, since the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie. He had been hampered by a wrist injury that was incurred while practicing in the thick rough at Oakmont a few weeks before the tournament.

On September 3, 2007, Mickelson won the Deutsche Bank Championship which is the second FedEx Cup playoff event. On the final day he was paired with Tiger Woods who ended up finishing 2 strokes behind Mickelson in a tie for second. It was the first time Mickelson was able to best Woods while paired together on the final day of a tournament. The next day Mickelson announced that he would not be competing in the third FedEx Cup playoff event. His withdrawal stemmed from a disagreement with PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem over issues Mickelson would not explain.

Mickelson has spent over 550 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Rankings, the most by anyone not ranked number one.

In a recent Men's Vogue article, Mickelson recounted his effort to lose 20 pounds with the help of sports trainer Sean Cochran. "Once the younger players started to come on tour, he realized that he had to start working out to maintain longevity in his career," Cochran said. Mickelson's regimen consisted of increasing flexibility and power, eating five smaller meals a day, aerobic training, and carrying his own golf bag.

Mickelson, paired with Tiger Woods, struggled mightily at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. He even notched a quadruple bogey.

He won for the first time in 2009 by defending his title at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. He finished one stroke ahead of Steve Stricker. It was Mickelson's 35th win on tour, allowing him to surpass Vijay Singh for all time wins at the current time on the PGA Tour. A month later, he won his 36th title on the tour, and his first World Golf Championship win at the 2009 WGC-CA Championship with a one stroke win over Nick Watney.

Mickelson was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 as his heritage is Italian on his mother's side.

LA = Low Amateur DNP = did not play CUT = missed the half-way cut "T" = tied Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

1Cancelled due to 9/11 DNP = Did not play QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play "T" = tied NT = No Tournament Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Being a very popular golfer as well as a successful one, Mickelson is able to earn far more from endorsements than he does in prize money. According to estimates by Fortune Magazine Mickelson's income for 2007 was over $51 million, with $47 million coming from endorsements.

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2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

The 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship was the 9th WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship played from February 21 to February 25, 2007 at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain (South Course). This was the first time it was hosted at The Gallery. Henrik Stenson, a three seed, won his first World Golf Championship event by defeating defending champion Geoff Ogilvy 2 & 1 in a 36 hole final. The purse was $8,000,000 and Stenson earned $1,350,000. Stenson became the first player from Continental Europe to win a World Golf Championship.

The Championship was a single elimination match play event. The field consists of the top 64 players available from the Official World Golf Rankings, seeded according to the rankings. Number 60 Charl Schwartzel decided to play the South African PGA Championship on the Sunshine Tour in an effort to claim that Tour's Order of Merit (he was successful). Number 65 J. J. Henry took Schwartzel's place in the field.

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Henrik Stenson

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Henrik Stenson (born 5 April 1976) is a Swedish professional golfer.

Stenson was born in Gothenburg. He turned professional in 1999 and the following year topped the money rankings on the second tier golf tour in Europe, the Challenge Tour. He joined the main European Tour in 2001 and has won six European Tour events. Since 2005 he has finished each year in the top 10 of the European Order of Merit.

Stenson reached the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings in 2006 and the top 10 in 2007. In February 2007, he reached number eight in the rankings following his victory at the Dubai Desert Classic and became the highest ranked European golfer for the first time.

The following week, Stenson then became the first Swede to win one of the World Golf Championships when beating Geoff Ogilvy 2&1 in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. This victory took Stenson to the top of the European Order of Merit and also to a high of 5th in the world rankings, which is also the highest a Swedish player has ever been ranked, surpassing Jesper Parnevik's previous record of reaching seventh place in May 2000. In all, he spent over 40 weeks in the top 10 of the rankings since 2007.

These two victories put Stenson in the lead of the 2007 European Tour Order of Merit, but he failed to add to his success over the rest of the season and finished in fourth place.

Stenson made his Ryder Cup debut in 2006, and after getting a half point in the foursomes against Stewart Cink and David Toms on the Friday, he had the honour of holing the winning putt and ensuring Europe won the Ryder Cup for a third consecutive time when beating Vaughn Taylor 4 & 3 in the Sunday singles. He played again in 2008 at Valhalla, tallying a win, a loss and a draw in the foursomes. However he was not as fortunate as two years before, losing the singles on Sunday 3 & 2 to an inspired Kenny Perry.

Stenson married fellow Swede Emma Lofgren in Dubai ten years after meeting her on a golf course in Sweden. On July 2, 2007, his wife gave birth to the couple's daughter, Lisa.

His name was famously mispronounced during the friday foursomes during the 2008 Ryder Cup. The announcer stuttered, calling him Henrik Stevenson and then Henrik Stevens. He corrected his mistake later on.

In March 2009 Stenson created a storm in the media after stripping to his underwear and golf glove in order to play a recovery shot from muddy ground at the first round of the WGC-CA Championship.

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DNP = Did not play QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play "T" = tied Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

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