It's a bit of a stretch to call it golf's Super Bowl, but the Tour Championship has served the same purpose since its inception in 1987: End the season with a bang and resolve all of the game's plotlines. Golf's measuring stick has always been money, and the Tour Championship has been a big part of the hyperinflation. The tournament gave us golf's first million-dollar man—Curtis Strange, in 1988—and now annually bestows a cool $10 million on some lucky soul as the culmination of the FedEx Cup. In fact the Cup has reinvigorated the Tour Championship, transforming what had become a mellow working vacation into a cutthroat stress-fest at which success is measured in both strokes and points. And money, of course. Almost a quarter century later, that hasn't changed.
Olympic Club San Francisco
Purse: $3 million | Winner's share: $540,000
Winner: Mark McCumber
MCCUMBER, 43, clinched the 10th and final tournament win of his career by draining a 40-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole in a playoff against Fuzzy Zoeller. But perhaps the most memorable shot of the week was hit by Greg Norman in the third round at the 146-yard par-3 8th. Norman flushed a seven-iron that landed 10 feet short of the hole and trickled in for an ace that elicited a massive roar from his gallery, which was the largest of any on the course even though Norman wasn't in contention after a second-round 75. After retrieving his ball, Norman, who would finish 13th, handed it to a five-year-old boy in the crowd. Later that day, when Norman was handed a bar bill for $18,413.60 to cover the drinks he was obliged to buy for making the ace, Norman was nonplussed. "Don't worry," he said. "I've got insurance."
East Lake Golf Club Atlanta
Purse: $7.5 million | Winner's share: $1.35 million