AFTER THE final round, even Gallagher admitted that he didn't win as much as Greg Norman had lost. This was unexpected, because in the months leading up to the Tour Championship, Norman seemed to have put his string of final-round collapses behind him by winning the British Open and coming in second at the PGA. At Olympic, Gallagher finished his final round before Norman and watched at 18 as the Great White Shark concluded a stunning collapse by making his fourth bogey in his final seven holes, leaving him a shot back. Standing in the fairway with only 133 yards to the 18th hole, Norman overclubbed, hitting an eight-iron that sailed over the green into rough on a hillside. Norman chipped 20 feet past the hole, then left his par putt short. "I kind of backed into that one," said Gallagher. Moments later, as he shook Norman's hand in front of the scoring tent, Gallagher told Norman, "Sorry about that, Greg."
Pebble Beach Golf Links Pebble Beach
Purse: $2 million | Winner's share: $360,000
Winner: Curtis Strange
MONSTER PURSES and huge paydays have been a trademark of the Tour Championship since its inception, and the second playing of the event (then called the Nabisco Championships) underscored that fact. During a rainy final round, Strange and Tom Kite battled down the stretch, with Kite birdieing the par-5 18th to force a playoff. Because of weather delays the sudden-death playoff was held on Monday. Both players parred the par-4 16th hole, but at 17, the famous 178-yard par-3 overlooking the Pacific, Strange hit what is arguably the greatest shot in Tour Championship history—a four-iron to two feet for a kick-in birdie that gave him the victory and what seemed, at the time, to be an unheard-of winner's check of $360,000, the biggest in Tour history and more than Strange had won combined that season for taking the Memorial ($140,000) and the U.S. Open ($160,000). Strange finished with $1,147,644 in earnings to become the Tour's first player to win more than $1 million in a season.
Champions Golf Club Houston