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1996 PGA Tour season
DurationJanuary 4, 1996 (1996-01-04) – October 28, 1996 (1996-10-28)
Number of official events44[a]
Most wins4:
United States Phil Mickelson
Money winnerUnited States Tom Lehman
Player of the YearUnited States Tom Lehman
Rookie of the YearUnited States Tiger Woods

The 1996 PGA Tour season was played from January 4 to October 28. The season consisted of 44 official money events (plus one event cancelled due to weather). Phil Mickelson won the most tournaments, four, and there were 13 first-time winners. The season notably featured the first Tour win for Tiger Woods. The tournament results, leaders, and award winners are listed below.


The following table lists official events during the 1996 season.[1]

Date Tournament Location Purse
Winner[b] OWGR
Jan 7 Mercedes Championships California 1,000,000 United States Mark O'Meara (11) 52 Winners-only event
Jan 14 Nortel Open Arizona 1,250,000 United States Phil Mickelson (6) 42
Jan 21 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic California 1,300,000 United States Mark Brooks (5) 42 Pro-Am
Jan 27 Phoenix Open Arizona 1,300,000 United States Phil Mickelson (7) 48
Feb 4 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am California Canceled[c] Pro-Am
Feb 11 Buick Invitational California 1,200,000 United States Davis Love III (10) 52
Feb 18 United Airlines Hawaiian Open Hawaii 1,200,000 United States Jim Furyk (2) 38
Feb 25 Nissan Open California 1,200,000 United States Craig Stadler (12) 46
Mar 3 Doral-Ryder Open Florida 1,800,000 Australia Greg Norman (18) 68
Mar 10 Honda Classic Florida 1,300,000 United States Tim Herron (1) 50
Mar 17 Bay Hill Invitational Florida 1,200,000 United States Paul Goydos (1) 68 Invitational
Mar 24 Freeport-McDermott Classic Louisiana 1,200,000 United States Scott McCarron (1) 42
Mar 31 The Players Championship Florida 3,500,000 United States Fred Couples (12) 80 Flagship event
Apr 7 BellSouth Classic Georgia 1,300,000 United States Paul Stankowski (1) 54
Apr 14 Masters Tournament Georgia 2,500,000 England Nick Faldo (8) 100 Major championship
Apr 21 MCI Classic South Carolina 1,400,000 United States Loren Roberts (3) 60 Invitational
Apr 28 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic North Carolina 1,800,000 United States Mark O'Meara (12) 44
May 5 Shell Houston Open Texas 1,500,000 United States Mark Brooks (6) 40
May 12 GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic Texas 1,500,000 United States Phil Mickelson (8) 56
May 19 MasterCard Colonial Texas 1,500,000 United States Corey Pavin (14) 60 Invitational
May 26 Kemper Open Maryland 1,500,000 United States Steve Stricker (1) 40
Jun 2 Memorial Tournament Ohio 1,800,000 United States Tom Watson (38) 68 Invitational
Jun 9 Buick Classic New York 1,200,000 South Africa Ernie Els (3) 56
Jun 16 U.S. Open Michigan 2,400,000 United States Steve Jones (5) 100 Major championship
Jun 23 FedEx St. Jude Classic Tennessee 1,350,000 United States John Cook (7) 40
Jun 30 Canon Greater Hartford Open Connecticut 1,500,000 United States D. A. Weibring (5) 42
Jul 7 Motorola Western Open Illinois 2,000,000 United States Steve Stricker (2) 68
Jul 14 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill Virginia 1,250,000 United States Scott Hoch (7) 24
Jul 21 The Open Championship England £1,500,000 United States Tom Lehman (3) 100 Major championship
Jul 21 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic Mississippi 1,000,000 United States Willie Wood (1) 20 Alternate event
Jul 28 CVS Charity Classic Massachusetts 1,200,000 United States John Cook (8) 26
Aug 4 Buick Open Michigan 1,200,000 United States Justin Leonard (1) 50
Aug 11 PGA Championship Kentucky 2,400,000 United States Mark Brooks (7) 100 Major championship
Aug 18 Sprint International Colorado 1,600,000 United States Clarence Rose (1) 66
Aug 25 NEC World Series of Golf Ohio 2,100,000 United States Phil Mickelson (9) 58 Limited-field event
Aug 25 Greater Vancouver Open Canada 1,000,000 United States Guy Boros (1) 22 Alternate event
Sep 1 Greater Milwaukee Open Wisconsin 1,200,000 United States Loren Roberts (4) 38
Sep 8 Bell Canadian Open Canada 1,500,000 United States Dudley Hart (1) 40
Sep 15 Quad City Classic Illinois 1,200,000 United States Ed Fiori (4) 32
Sep 22 B.C. Open New York 1,000,000 United States Fred Funk (4) 28
Sep 29 Buick Challenge Georgia 1,000,000 United States Michael Bradley (1) 26
Oct 6 Las Vegas Invitational Nevada 1,650,000 United States Tiger Woods (1) 50
Oct 13 LaCantera Texas Open Texas 1,200,000 United States David Ogrin (1) 40
Oct 20 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic Florida 1,200,000 United States Tiger Woods (2) 46
Oct 28 The Tour Championship Oklahoma 3,000,000 United States Tom Lehman (4) 60 Tour Championship

Unofficial events

The following events were sanctioned by the PGA Tour, but did not carry official money, nor were wins official.

Date Tournament Location Purse
Winner(s) OWGR
Sep 15 Presidents Cup Virginia n/a Team USA n/a Two 12-man teams
Nov 3 Subaru Sarazen World Open Georgia 1,900,000 New Zealand Frank Nobilo 40
Nov 10 Lincoln-Mercury Kapalua International Hawaii 1,200,000 United States Paul Stankowski 40
Nov 15 MasterCard PGA Grand Slam of Golf Hawaii 1,000,000 United States Tom Lehman n/a 4-player field
Nov 17 Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout California 1,100,000 United States Jay Haas and
United States Tom Kite
n/a Team event
Nov 24 World Cup of Golf South Africa 1,300,000 South Africa Ernie Els and
South Africa Wayne Westner
n/a Team event
World Cup of Golf Individual Trophy 200,000 South Africa Ernie Els n/a
Dec 1 Skins Game California 540,000 United States Fred Couples n/a 4-player field
Dec 8 JCPenney Classic Florida 1,500,000 United States Donna Andrews and
United States Mike Hulbert
n/a Team event
Dec 15 Diners Club Matches California 700,000 United States Tom Lehman and
United States Duffy Waldorf
n/a Team event

Money leaders

The Money list was based on prize money won during the season, calculated in U.S. dollars.[4]

Position Player Events Prize money (US$)
1 United States Tom Lehman 22 1,780,159
2 United States Phil Mickelson 21 1,697,799
3 United States Mark Brooks 29 1,429,396
4 United States Steve Stricker 22 1,383,739
5 United States Mark O'Meara 21 1,255,749


Award Winner
Money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) United States Tom Lehman
PGA Tour Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) United States Tom Lehman
PGA Player of the Year United States Tom Lehman
Rookie of the Year United States Tiger Woods
Scoring leader (PGA – Vardon Trophy) United States Tom Lehman
Scoring leader (PGA Tour – Byron Nelson Award) United States Tom Lehman
Comeback Player of the Year United States Steve Jones


  1. ^ A further one tournament was scheduled but was canceled.
  2. ^ The number in brackets after each winner's name is the number of PGA Tour events he had won up to and including that tournament. This information is only shown for PGA Tour members.
  3. ^ Canceled after 36 holes due to weather.[2][3]


  1. ^ "1996 Schedule". PGA Tour.
  2. ^ "Weather ends Pebble Beach Pro-Am". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. February 5, 1996. p. 7B.
  3. ^ "Washout forces cancellation of Pebble Beach Pro-Am". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). wire services. February 5, 1996. p. C2.
  4. ^ "Money Leaders – 1996". PGA Tour.

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