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Tour Championship: 10 Records to Know

After a much needed break, the final event of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs gets underway this week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, the host venue for the season ending tournament since 2004.

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Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the 16th hole during day one of the 2018 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC in Akron, Ohio. Credit: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR/Getty Images

Before we begin our coverage for the week, here are 10 Tour Championship records to know.

1. 18-Hole Scoring Record

Zach Johnson owns the course record at East Lake Golf Club. Johnson shot a 60 (-10) in the third round during the 2007 Tour Championship. That week, Johnson, along with Mark Calcavecchia, finished runner-up to Tiger Woods.

2. Lowest Winning Score – Aggregate and To Par

Tiger Woods owns the 72-hole scoring record in Atlanta. In 2007, Woods shot rounds of 64-63-64-66 to finish 23-under par 257 for the week. Along the way, Woods also set the 36- and 54-hole scoring records.

3. Largest Margin of Victory

That same year, in 2007, Tiger Woods (-23) won with a margin of eight strokes over co-runners-up Zach Johnson and Mark Calcavecchia (-15), to set the largest margin of victory at the Tour Championship.

4. Low Finish by Winner

In 2004, Retief Goosen started the final round four strokes behind 54-hole leaders, Tiger Woods and Jay Haas. Goosen fired a 6-under par 64 to win by four strokes over Woods, who carded a 2-over par 72. Haas shot a final-day 5-over par 75.

5. Best Come from Behind

In 2008, Colombian Camillo Villegas started the final round five strokes behind leader Sergio Garcia. Villegas erased the deficit in regulation and then beat Garcia on the first sudden death hole to set the best come from behind victory at the Tour Championship.

6. Most Wins

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the only multiple time winners at the season-ending tournament. Both are two time winners.

Mickelson won titles both at East Lake (2000, 2009), while Woods won his first in Houston at Cypress Creek (1999) and his second in Atlanta (2007).

7. Most Starts at the Tour Championship

Phil Mickelson is making his 18th start at the Tour Championship this week. This is two more than Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk, who owns 16 appearances. Mickelson has posted five top-10s at this event.

8. Lowest Scoring Average

Tiger Woods has the lowest scoring average at this event. In his 14 starts here, Woods has a scoring average of 69.00 and is a combined 72-under through 56 rounds.

9. Wire-to-Wire Winners

There have been seven wire-to-wire winners at the Tour Championship, most recently Billy Horschel in 2014. The others are: Tom Watson (1987), Curtis Strange (1988), Craig Stadler (1991), Tom Lehman (1996), Bart Bryant (2005), and Henrik Stenson (2013).

10. Money Leaders

Tiger Woods hasn’t played in the Tour Championship in five years, but he’s still the all-time money leader of the Atlanta finale.

1. Tiger Woods – $5,876,800
2. Jim Furyk – $5,333,466
3. Phil Mickelson – $4,611,500

Saurav Ghosh

Saurav is Pro Golf Weekly's Statistics Content Editor.

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