August 3-9, 2020 TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA, USA
PGA Championship - Preview Day 3

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

Year
Winner
Location
Purse
Year
2019
Winner
Brooks Koepka
Bethpage Black Course
Farmingdale, New York
Purse
$11,000,000
PGA Championship - Final Round
$1,980,000
Money Earned
2
PGA Champ. Wins
2 strokes
Winning Margins
272 (-8)
Score
Held in May for the first time since 1949, Brooks Koepka defended his title in the PGA of America’s signature Championship. Koepka became the first player to repeat as champion of the PGA and the U.S. Open — at the same time, no less — and the first player since Tiger Woods to win back-to-back PGAs since it shifted to stroke play in 1958. But it wasn’t easy. It rarely is in major championships, especially at one of the world’s toughest public courses.

Koepka held a seven-shot lead entering the final round, knowing no player had lost that big of a lead in one of golf’s four major championships. Koepka led by six with eight holes to play before Bethpage Black’s demanding back nine, the toughening wind conditions and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson’s charge cut the lead to one shot when Koepka walked off the 14th green. Koepka steadied his game and made clutch pars on the 15th and 16th holes, adding another up-and-down par at the 18th to win by two shots at 8-under 272. Koepka said he was never as excited as when he made the final putt to once again etch his name onto the Wanamaker Trophy.
Year
2018
Winner
Brooks Koepka
Bellerive Country Club
Town and Country, Missouri
Purse
$11,000,000
PGA Championship - Final Round
$1,980,000
Money Earned
2
PGA Champ. Wins
2 strokes
Winning Margins
264 (-16)
Score
Brooks Koepka posted a final-round 4-under 66 to win the historic 100th PGA Championship by two shots at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Koepka, 28, entered play Sunday with a 2-shot advantage, but that evaporated thanks to five Adam Scott birdies in a seven-hole stretch. Koepka answered with 10- and 7-foot birdie putts on Nos. 15 and 16 to reset the margin he began the day with and ultimately won by. Tiger Woods (266) closed strong with a 64 to finish second, while Scott’s 67 to put him third at 267.

For the third time in seven majors, or 14 short months, Koepka won a major championship, this time hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy for the first time. In doing so, he overcame recognizable roars as Woods climbed a Sunday afternoon leaderboard in a major.

Koepka’s two-stroke victory came 56 days after his second career major championship triumph at Shinnecock Hills, and by doing so, he became only the fifth player to win the PGA Championship and U.S. Open in the same year, joining Woods (2000), Jack Nicklaus (1975), Ben Hogan (1948) and Gene Sarazen (1922).

“When I look at what I’ve done in the past two months, it’s incredible. Looking where I was, sitting on my couch watching the Masters, and to think I could do this, I would have laughed and told you there was no way, no chance,” said Koepka, who essentially missed the season’s first four months with a wrist injury.”

At 264, Koepka set the lowest 72-hole score in a PGA Championship and matched Henrik Stenson’s mark (2016 Open Championship) for lowest four-round score in a major championship.
Year
2017
Winner
Justin Thomas
Quail Hollow Club
Charlotte, North Carolina
Purse
$10,500,000
PGA Championship - Final Round
$1,890,000
Money Earned
1
PGA Champ. Wins
2 strokes
Winning Margins
276 (-8)
Score
Some storylines are too good to be true. But for Justin Thomas, the son and grandson of PGA Professionals, winning the PGA Championship was a dream come true.

Thomas fired a closing three-under-par, 68 to win the 99th PGA Championship by two shots at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte. Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Patrick Reed finished in a tie for second at 6-under, 278. Third-round leader, Kevin Kisner, shot 74 on Sunday and finished in a tie for seventh.

Thomas, 24, entered play Sunday two shots back and in a tie for fourth place, but three birdies on his inward 9 eventually secured the first major championship of his career.

“For me, the PGA (Championship) definitely had a special place in my heart, and maybe (it provided) a special drive. (Winning the PGA) was really cool,” said Thomas. “For this to be my first (major championship victory) and have my Dad (PGA Master Professional, Mike Thomas) here, and I know grandpa (retired PGA Life Member, Paul Thomas) was watching at home ... was pretty cool. It’s just a great win for the family.”
Year
2016
Winner
Jimmy Walker
Baltusrol Golf Club, Lower Course
Springfield, New Jersey
Purse
$10,000,000
PGA Championship - Final Round
$1,800,000
Money Earned
1
PGA Champ. Wins
1 stroke
Winning Margins
266 (-14)
Score
In the longest final day at the PGA Championship in 64 years, Jimmy Walker produced three big birdies on the back nine at Baltusrol and held his nerve Sunday against the No. 1 player in the world to the very end. He closed with a bogey-free 3-under 67 for a one-shot victory over defending champion Jason Day.

Walker built a three-shot lead with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th, only to watch Day blast a 3-wood onto the green at the par-5 18th to 15 feet for an eagle, closing the margin to one shot. Needing only a par to win, Walker went for the green and left it in deep rough to the right and well below the green. He safely pitched to 35 feet, and the putt settled 3 feet beyond the hole.

He shot 68-67 on Sunday to finish at 14-under 266, one shot from David Toms’ record score in the 2001 PGAChampionship. Walker played the final 28 holes without a bogey.

It was a long road to his first major for the 37-year-old American, and it ended with a marathon. More amazing than Walker playing bogey-free for his first major was that the PGA Championship even finished. Any delay would have meant a Monday finish. Instead, it was the first time since Jim Turnesa won the 1952 PGA Championship in a 36-hole match that the winner played so many holes on the final day.
Year
2015
Winner
Jason Day
Whistling Straits, Straits Course
Kohler, Wisconsin
Purse
$10,000,000
PGA Championship - Final Round
$1,800,000
Money Earned
1
PGA Champ. Wins
3 strokes
Winning Margins
268 (-20)
Score
Jason Day entered Sunday’s final round leading Jordan Spieth, who was attempting to cap a historical summer by winning all three U.S.-based major championships, by three strokes. Day, 27, answered both obstacles -- his own and Spieth’s pursuit – by hatching a little history of his own. Day distanced himself from Spieth with a 5-under-par 67 to win his first major comfortably by three strokes. He was never seriously threatened and became the fifth Australian to win the PGA Championship, the first since Steve Elkington in 1995. With his friend, mentor, coach and caddie, Colin Swatton, on his bag, Day became the first player in major championship history to finish as low as 20-under-par.
Year
2014
Winner
Rory McIlroy
Valhalla Golf Club
Louisville, Kentucky
Purse
$10,000,000
PGA Championship - Final Round
$1,800,000
Money Earned
2
PGA Champ. Wins
1 stroke
Winning Margins
268 (-16)
Score
Rory McIlroy emerged from a four-man race to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness at Valhalla Golf Club, to capture his second straight major championship. McIlroy’s closing 3-under 68 made him the fifth player to win four majors at age 25 or younger. The others – Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Bobby Jones and “Young” Tom Morris.

Trailing by three shots heading to the back nine, McIlroy rallied to take the lead and then birdied No. 17 for a two-shot advantage. Because of a two-hour rain delay, and with darkness falling quickly, it wasn’t certain that McIlroy would be able to finish. McIlroy got the invitation from Rickie Fowler at the No. 18 tee to hit his tee shot before Fowler and his playing partner, Mickelson, had reached their drives. Both were only two shots behind. McIlroy then came within a yard of driving into a hazard right of the fairway before getting permission from a PGA of America Rules Official to hit his second shot. Trying to force a tie, Fowler missed a 50-foot eagle attempt before Mickelson’s eagle chip came within inches of the hole. McIlroy’s second found a bunker, and he two-putted from 35 feet for a one-shot victory. Mickelson (66) finished runner- up for the ninth time in a major.
Year
2013
Winner
Jason Dufner
Oak Hill Country Club, East Course
Rochester, New York
Purse
$8,000,000
PGA Championship - Final Round
$1,445,000
Money Earned
1
PGA Champ. Wins
2 strokes
Winning Margins
270 (-10)
Score
Jason Dufner officially closed any debate that he had not recovered from a back-nine PGA Championship collapse in 2011, by turning in a technician- like performance at Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course to win the 95th PGA Championship and his first major title. Dufner’s closing 2-under-par 68 was good for a 10-under-par 270 total and a two-stroke victory over Jim Furyk, who could not close the gap, nor could any other challengers, in the final round.

The final weekend stretch was as much proof of how far Dufner has come as perhaps any other segment of the week. He struggled to a 71 on Saturday, and trailed Furyk by one stroke to open Sunday’s finale. He made a knee- knocking three-foot par putt on No. 1, saved par on 2, then made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 and 5 to tie and go ahead for good. He reached 12-under par through 16 holes, before closing with a pair of bogeys. At age 36, playing in all four majors for just the second time, Dufner made the most of his opportunities, producing a near-flawless, second-round 7-under-par 63, which was the 26th round of 63 in a major.

Furyk finished runner-up after an even-par 70. Sweden’s duo of Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt, attempting to make history themselves by giving their homeland its first male major champion, finished third and fourth, respectively, with each posting 70s.

Dufner took the 36-hole lead, and ultimately became the sixth player in history to win a major after posting a 63.
Year
2012
Winner
Rory McIlroy
Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Purse
$8,000,000
PGA Championship - Final Round
$1,445,000
Money Earned
2
PGA Champ. Wins
8 strokes
Winning Margins
275 (-13)
Score
Rory McIlroy had all the tools at his command in the 94th PGA Championship, registering a performance that will rank among legends who march generations ahead. McIlroy validated his record- setting 2011 U.S. Open Championship by blowing away the field at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.

McIlroy closed in the style befitting golf’s royalty by knocking home a birdie putt from 25 feet on the 18th hole for a 6-under-par 66, and a 13-under-par 275 total. His eight-stroke victory broke the PGA Championship record for victory margin that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980. The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland, who jumped back to No. 1 in the world rankings, is the first from his homeland to win a PGA Championship and a U.S. Open. McIlroy also became the youngest player since Seve Ballesteros to win two majors.

McIlroy separated himself from the field, returning to the course Sunday morning to complete nine holes of a rain-delayed third round, offsetting a bogey at 13 with birdies at 15 and 16. His third-round 67 gave him a three-stroke lead. From that point, he went bogey free over his final 23 holes, and no one came closer than two strokes.
Year
2011
Winner
Keegan Bradley
Atlanta Athletic Club, Highlands Course
Johns Creek, Georgia
Purse
$8,000,000
PGA Championship - Final Round
$1,445,000
Money Earned
1
PGA Champ. Wins
Playoff
Winning Margins
272 (-8)
Score
Trailing by five strokes with just three holes to play, Keegan Bradley rallied over a crucible quartet of holes at Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course to become the first major champion using a belly putter, and just the third player in nearly a century to win a major championship in his first attempt. Bradley made back-to-back birdies at the 16th and 17th holes to force a three-hole aggregate-hole playoff with Jason Dufner. Bradley opened the playoff on the 16th hole by hitting his approach to four feet, after Dunfer’s approach nearly hit the flag- stick and rolled six feet past.

When Bradley made his birdie putt, it was his first outright lead of the day. He added a two-putt par at 17 and then reached the 471-yard 18th hole in regulation. His ball landed just inside of Dufner’s. Though Dufner made his final putt, Bradley followed and had a short tap-in to close and become only the third player in nearly a century to win a major championship in his first try. He joined Francis Ouimet (1913 U.S. Open) and Ben Curtis (2003 Open Championship) in that exclusive club.

Bradley also is one of six PGA Champions (following Jack Burke Jr., Dave Marr, Raymond Floyd, Davis Love III and Rich Beem), who is the son of a PGA Professional. Bradley closed regulation play with a 2-under-par 68 and matched Dufner at 8-under-par 272. Dufner posted a 69.
Year
2010
Winner
Martin Kaymer
Whistling Straits, Straits Course
Kohler, Wisconsin
Purse
$7,500,000
PGA Championship - Final Round
$1,350,000
Money Earned
1
PGA Champ. Wins
Playoff
Winning Margins
277 (-11)
Score
Germany's Martin Kaymer emerged victorious from a three-hole playoff with Bubba Watson, posting a winning even-par total in overtime drama to become his country's first PGA Champion and second ever towin one of golf’s four majors.

The dramatics, however, were more compelling prior to the playoff when Dustin Johnson –clinging to a one-stroke lead standing on the 18th tee – saw his chances for glory erased due to a rule violation in a tiny sand bunker on the right-hand side of the fairway. Johnson had placed his 4-iron behind the ball, unaware that it was part of a bunker. He went on to pitch to seven feet of the hole, just missing a par putt that was to have been a Championship-winning stroke. However, he incurred a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a bunker – outside the ropes and missed the playoff.

Kaymer accomplished his feat after tying for eighth in the U.S.Open and sharing seventh at the Open Championship. Kaymer began the day four strokes behind third-round leader Nick Watney and finished regulation tied with Watson at 11-under par 277. Watson birdied the first playoff hole and Kaymer the second. Then Watson went for the green out of thick rough from 206 yards at the 18th, the third playoff hole, and put his ball into Seven Mile Creek, 40 yards short of the green. After seeing what happened to Watson, Kaymer chipped back to the fairway before putting a 7-iron third shot 15 feet from the hole. Watson took a penalty stroke, on his way to a double bogey. Kaymer two-putted for a bogey and victory.
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