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1998 Mercedes Championships - Tournament History

The Tournament of Champions has been played since 1953. Back then it was played at the Desert Inn Country Club (par 72, 7209 yards), in Las Vegas. In 1967 and 1968 the tournament moved to the Stardust Country Club (par 71, 6725 yards). It finally moved to La Costa in 1969, and the course was extended from 6911 to 7022 yards in 1984. The tournament became the MONY Tournament of Champions in 1975, the Infiniti Tournament of Champions in 1990, and the Mercedes Championships in 1994. The Senior PGA Tour separated from this event in 1995. The player with most wins is Jack Nicklaus with five (1963, 1964, 1971, 1973, and 1977). Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson won this tournament three times.

Year Winner Score Year Winner Score
1953 Al Besselnik 280 1976 Don January 277
1954 Art Wall 278 1977 Jack Nicklaus 281
1955 Gene Littler 280 1978 Gary Player 281
1956 Gene Littler 281 1979 Tom Watson 275
1957 Gene Littler 285 1980 Tom Watson 276
1958 Stan Leonard 275 1981 Lee Trevino 273
1959 Mike Souchack 281 1982 Lanny Wadkins 280
1960 Jerry Barber 268 1983 Lanny Wadkins 280
1961 Sam Snead 273 1984 Tom Watson 274
1962 Arnold Palmer 276 1985 Tom Kite 275
1963 Jack Nicklaus 273 1986 Calvin Peete* 267
1964 Jack Nicklaus 279 1987 Mac O'Grady 278
1965 Arnold Palmer 277 1988 Steve Pate ** 202
1966 Arnold Palmer 283 1989 Steve Jones 279
1967 Frank Beard 278 1990 Paul Azinger 272
1968 Don January 276 1991 Tom Kite 272
1969 Gary Player 284 1992 Steve Elkington 279
1970 Frank Beard 273 1993 Davis Love III 272
1971 Jack Nicklaus 279 1994 Phil Mickelson 276
1972 Bobby Mitchell 280 1995 Steve Elkington 278
1973 Jack Nicklaus 276 1996 Mark O'Meara 271
1974 Johnny Miller 280 1997 Tiger Woods ** 202
1975 Al Geiberger 277 1998 Phil Mickelson 271

* Tournament Record.
** Weather-shortened event.