The International (Former PGA Tour Golf Tournament)

"The International" was the name of a PGA Tour golf tournament that was played in Colorado for around 20 years and that served as the introduction for many American golfes to the Modified Stableford golf format.

First played: 1986

Last played: 2006

This tournament stood out from the rest of the PGA Tour schedule because it used a different format: The International employed the Modified Stableford scoring system. Rather than counting birdies, pars and bogies and summing up those strokes, Stableford assigns points for those scores, and counts the points. At The International, the point values used were: A double eagle was worth 8 points, an eagle 5 points, a birdie two points, a par zero, a bogey minus-1 point and a double bogey or worse minus-3 points.

Stableford scoring was well-known in some parts of the world when The International debuted in 1986, but not so much in the United States. In fact, some of the PGA Tour golfers in the field at first International had no idea what Stableford was.

Davis Love III (1990, 2003) and Phil Mickelson (1993, 1997) were the only two-time winners of this tournament. Mickelson (in 1997) and Ernie Els (in 2000) set the tournament scoring record with 48 points each. The high point total in a single round was 20 points, set by Greg Whisman (1992) and Tom Purtzer (1997).

Also known as: The International presented by Qwest; and Sprint International

Winners of The International on the PGA Tour

2006 — Dean Wilson
2005 — Retief Goosen
2004 — Rod Pampling
2003 — Davis Love III
2002 — Rich Beem
2001 — Tom Pernice Jr.
2000 — Ernie Els
1999 — David Toms
1998 — Vijay Singh
1997 — Phil Mickelson
1996 — Clarence Rose
1995 — Lee Janzen
1994 — Steve Lowery
1993 — Phil Mickelson
1992 — Brad Faxon
1991 — Jose María Olazábal
1990 — Davis Love III
1989 — Greg Norman
1988 — Joey Sindelar
1987 — John Cook
1986 — Ken Green

Golf Courses: The International was played, for all of its 21 years, at Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colo., a community south of Denver.

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