PURE Insurance Championship Primer

Scott McCarron
Scott McCarron tees off on the 17th hole during the second round of the Pure Insurance Championship on Sep 23, 2017 in Pebble Beach, CA. Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images

The PGA Tour’s senior circuit heads west, from Siuox Falls, South Dakota to Pebble Beach, California for the 16th annual PURE Insurance Championship.

Contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course, the PURE Insurance Championship is the 22nd stop (of 26) on the 2019 schedule. With just two tournaments to go before the start of the three-event Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, the field in Northern California will feature most of the tour’s top names, including seven of the top-10 on the money list, headlined by Nos. 1 and 2, Scott McCarron and Jerry Kelly, respectively.

Other top-10 money earners include Retief Goosen (4), Bernard Langer (6), Scott Parel (7), Woody Austin (8), and Kirk Triplett (9).

Rocco Mediate (23) – last week’s winner at the Sanford International will tee it up this week as well, alongside Colin Montgomerie (14), Ken Duke (34) and Bob Estes (26), who shared second in South Dakota. They will be joined by Ken Tanigawa (11) who returns to defend his 2018 title.

The Skinny

Tournament: PURE Insurance Championship
Dates: Sep. 27-29, 2019
Where: Pebble Beach, Calif.
Course: Pebble Beach GL, Poppy Hills GC
Distance: Par 72/7040 yards, Par 71/7002 yards
PBGL Designer: Jack Neville, Douglas Grant (1919)
PBGL Reno: Arnold Palmer (2016)
PHGC Designer: Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1986)
PHGC Reno: RTJ II (2014)
Format: 74 players, 54 holes, stroke-play, no cut
Purse: $2,100,000
Winning Share: $270,000
Defending Champion: Ken Tanigawa

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Rd 1: Fr 4:00-6:00 pm
Rd 2: Sa 4:00-6:00 pm
Rd 3: Su 4:00-6:00 pm
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Pure Insurance Championship
Willie Wood hits his tee shot off the 7th tee box, as Colin Montgomerie looks on, during the final round of the Pure Insurance Championship on Sep 24, 2017 in Pebble Beach, CA. Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images

The PURE Insurance Championship is an annual tournament on the Champions Tour. Contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links, it first debuted on the senior circuit’s schedule in 2004 as The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach presented by Wal-Mart. The inaugural winner was Craig Stadler, who posted a three-day score of 15-under par to win by three strokes.

Following Wal mart’s six-edition sponsorship, Home Care & Hospice took the title role for one year (2010) with Nature Valley signing on for its own a six-year run as the marquee name (2011 to 2016). PURE insurance has been the title holder since the 2017 edition.

Aside from a two-year stretch (2011, 2012), the tournament has been contested in the late August/early September timeframe at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. The First Tee of Monterey County has been the tournament’s main charity since its inception.

Jeff Sluman (3) and Kirk Triplett have won multiple titles, while Hall of Famers Hale Irwin and Bernhard Langer are the biggest names to own a W.

History: Recent Winners

2018: Ken Tanigawa (-10)
2017: Bernhard Langer (-17)
2016: Paul Broadhurst (-11)
2015: Esteban Toledo (-9)
2014: John Cook (-11)
2013: Kirk Triplett (-11)

History: Records

198 (−17) – Bernhard Langer (2016)
201 (-15) – Craig Stadler (2004)

3 – Jeff Sluman (2008-09, 2011)
2 – Kirk Triplett (2012, 2013)

2018 Winner

Ken Tanigawa Wins Pure Insurance Championship
Ken Tanigawa poses with the trophy after winning the PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links (CA) on Sep. 30, 2018. Credit: Pure Insurance

Ken Tanigawa made a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th at Pebble Beach to claim his maiden Champions Tour title at the PURE Insurance Championship.

The 50-year-old Tanigawa finished his final day at Pebble Beach with an even-par-72 to reach 10-under par and edge Kirk Triplett (70) and Marco Dawson (71) by a stroke.

Final Top-5

Pos-Player-To Par-(Final Rd)
1. Ken Tanigawa -10 (E)
2. Kirk Triplett -9 (-2)
2. Marco Dawson -9 (-1)
4. Duffy Waldorf -8 (-1)
5. Woody Austin -7 (-3)
5. Mike Goodes -7 (-1)
5. Tom Gillis -7 (+1)


Jerry Kelly
Jerry Kelly hits his ball from the 14th tee during the final round of the Pure Insurance Championship on Sep 24, 2017 in Pebble Beach, CA. Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images

The field in Northern California includes seven of the top-10 positioned players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, headlined by No. 1 Scott McCarron and No. 2 Jerry Kelly.

Top-5 Betting Favorites

1. Bernhard Langer (8-1)
2. Jerry Kelly (9-1)
3. Scott McCarron (9-1)
4. Retief Goosen (10-1)
5. Woody Austin (12-1)

Full Field & Odds

Credit: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images, Joel Cook


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