East Lake Golf Club Atlanta
Purse: $7 million | Winner's share: $1.26 million | Winner: Tiger Woods
THE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP took on added luster in '07 as the event became not only the final stop in the regular Tour season but also the culmination of the inaugural $65 million, four-tournament FedEx Cup playoffs. The tournament was short on drama but long on jaw-dropping golf as Woods delivered one of the best performances of his career. After an opening six-under 64, Tiger took command with a second-round 63 that included a career-best nine-hole score of 28 on the front side capped by an eagle at the 9th hole. Woods's four-round total of 257, which gave him an eight-shot victory and made him the only two-time winner of the Tour Championship, was the lowest in tournament history and the third lowest in Tour history. When Woods left East Lake, about the only scoring record he didn't hold was best single round. That mark belonged to Zach Johnson, who shot a 10-under 60 in the third round.
Champions Golf Club Houston
Purse: $6 million | Winner's share: $1.08 million
Winner: Chad Campbell
CAMPBELL WASN'T on anybody's list of favorites before the Tour Championship. Yes, he had won an amazing 13 times on the minor league Hooters tour, but now, at 29 and in his second season on the PGA Tour, he was winless and mostly unknown. A runner-up finish at the PGA Championship should have foreshadowed what was to come at Champions, as Campbell, who at UNLV had developed a reputation for going low, shot a tournament-record 11-under-par 61 in the third round. That gave him a one-shot lead, which he increased by two with a 68 on Sunday. Campbell thus became the first player to make his first Tour victory the Tour Championship. The '03 Tour Championship was also notable for who wasn't there. Phil Mickelson ranked only 38th on the money list going into the event, so he didn't qualify for the 31-man field. That year marked the only time in Mickelson's career that he finished outside the top 30 in earnings.