is a golf
tournament on the PGA Tour
The tournament began in 1967 as the Westchester Classic
. It was played at the Westchester Country Club
in Rye, New York
from 1967 to 2007. Beginning in 1976 it underwent a series of name sponsorships (detailed below); the name of the event has evolved to the point that, since 1990, it no longer contained the name of its host course or location. Like many such events that have undergone a series of name changes over the years, among golfers on tour and many fans it was known by its traditional name, "The Westchester."
The tournament was usually played during June of each year, either the week before (in even-numbered years) or the week after (in odd-numbered years) the U.S. Open
. It had its greatest attendance in 2001 when Tiger Woods
participated, although two days of heavy rains disrupted play. It had one of its more exciting finishes in 2005, when Pádraig Harrington
eagled the par-5 18th hole with a 65-foot putt to win the title. The most frequent winner of the tournament is Vijay Singh
, with four trophies.
In 2007 the tournament was played in August, to lead off the PGA Tour's new playoff system for the FedEx Cup
The 2008 tournament was held at Ridgewood Country Club
in Paramus, New Jersey
. This left the Westchester Country Club without a PGA Tour event for the first time in 40 years. Under an amended agreement, The Barclays will return to Westchester at least once before 2012. Westchester had been a Tour venue... Read More