The Skins Game was an unofficial-money event on the PGA Tour from 1983 to 2008. It took place in November or December each year after the end of the official PGA Tour season. It was recognized by the PGA Tour but did not count towards the official money list. It was most recently sponsored by LG and was officially known as the LG Skins Game, hosted at the Indian Wells Golf Resort in Indian Wells, California.
The Skins Game differed from most PGA Tour golf tournaments in several ways. Only four golfers were invited to the tournament and the golfers played to win individual holes or "skins" in a match play format. Each hole was assigned a different monetary value and the golfer who won the hole with the best score outright won the money for that hole. In the event that two or more golfers tie (which is called "halving") on a hole, the skins carried over to the next hole. In the event that two or more golfers halve the final hole, a playoff began until one golfer won a hole outright. (In a playoff that requires more than one playoff hole, if a player is not one of those that halve the playoff hole, he is eliminated--it was not "one tie, all tie".)
Fred Couples was given the nickname of "Mr. Skins" because of his dominance in the Skins Game. He won $3,515,000 and 77 skins in 11 appearances. He won five of the Skins Games overall.
The 2009 Skins Game, originally set for Thanksgiving weekend 2009, was canceled in May 2009 after LG pulled out of sponsorship.
Prize money was awarded as follows in 2008:
1 This is known as a "super skin". The total prize money is exactly $1 million.
In 2001, the player winning a hole outright had to tie or win the next hole to collect his skins from the previous hole, called "validation". This was very tough to do. Greg Norman was the only one that could back up his win on the previous hole. He won the 17th and tied for low on the 18th hole to collect $800,000, the largest skin collected for one hole. He won the $200,000 in a playoff to win the entire $1 million prize money. This rule was rescinded the following year.
|LG Skins Game|
|2008||K. J. Choi||South Korea||$415,000||Stephen Ames|
|2007||Stephen Ames (2)||Canada||$675,000||Fred Couples|
|2006||Stephen Ames||Canada||$590,000||Fred Couples|
|Merrill Lynch Skins Game|
|2005||Fred Funk||United States||$925,000||Tiger Woods|
|2004||Fred Couples (5)||United States||$640,000||Tiger Woods|
|The ConAgra Foods Skins Game|
|2003||Fred Couples (4)||United States||$605,000||Annika Sörenstam|
|2002||Mark O'Meara (2)||United States||$405,000||Phil Mickelson|
|2001||Greg Norman||Australia||$1,000,000||Tiger Woods, ,|
|2000||Colin Montgomerie||Scotland||$415,000||Vijay Singh|
|1999||Fred Couples (3)||United States||$635,000||Mark O'Meara|
|1998||Mark O'Meara||United States||$430,000||Tom Lehman|
|1997||Tom Lehman||United States||$300,000||Mark O'Meara|
|1996||Fred Couples (2)||United States||$280,000||Tom Watson|
|1995||Fred Couples||United States||$270,000||Corey Pavin|
|1994||Tom Watson||United States||$210,000||Fred Couples|
|1993||Payne Stewart (3)||United States||$280,000||Fred Couples|
|1992||Payne Stewart (2)||United States||$220,000||Fred Couples|
|1991||Payne Stewart||United States||$260,000||John Daly|
|1990||Curtis Strange (2)||United States||$225,000||Greg Norman|
|1989||Curtis Strange||United States||$265,000||Jack Nicklaus|
|1988||Raymond Floyd||United States||$290,000||Jack Nicklaus|
|1987||Lee Trevino||United States||$310,000||Jack Nicklaus, Fuzzy Zoeller|
|1986||Fuzzy Zoeller (2)||United States||$370,000||Lee Trevino|
|1985||Fuzzy Zoeller||United States||$255,000||Tom Watson|
|1984||Jack Nicklaus||United States||$240,000||Tom Watson|
|1983||Gary Player||South Africa||$170,000||Arnold Palmer|