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DATES: Thursday, August 13th through Sunday, August 16th
SITE: Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones (1962), Rees Jones (1991-present,
         redesign and renovation)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,674
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 490 Yds10 - Par 4 452 Yds
2 - Par 4 431 Yds11 - Par 5 606 Yds
3 - Par 5 633 Yds12 - Par 4 518 Yds
4 - Par 3 210 Yds13 - Par 3 248 Yds
5 - Par 4 448 Yds14 - Par 4 352 Yds
6 - Par 4 405 Yds15 - Par 5 642 Yds
7 - Par 5 572 Yds16 - Par 4 402 Yds
8 - Par 3 176 Yds17 - Par 3 182 Yds
9 - Par 4 432 Yds18 - Par 4 475 Yds
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36 3,797 Yds36 3,877 Yds
 
Annual:  91st
Television:  TNT - Thursday/Friday -- 2-8 p.m. (et),
  Saturday/Sunday -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 2-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Padraig Harrington
Runner-Up:  Ben Curtis
Tournament Record:  265 (David Toms, 2001 - Atlanta Athletic Club,
  Highlands Course - 15-under-par)
  270 (Tiger Woods, 2000 - Valhalla Golf Club - 18-under-par)
  (Bob May, 2000 - Valhalla Golf Club - 18-under-par)
  (Tiger Woods, 2006 - Medinah C.C. - 18-under-par)
54-Hole Record:  196 (David Toms, 2001 - Atlanta Athletic Club, Highlands)
36-Hole Record:  131 (Hal Sutton, 1983 - Riviera Country Club)
  (Vijay Singh, 1993 - Inverness Country Club)
  (Mark O'Meara, 1995 - Riviera Country Club)
  (Ernie Els, 1995 - Riviera Country Club)
  (David Toms, 2001 - Atlanta Athletic Club, Highlands)
  (Shingo Katayama, 2001 - Atlanta Athletic Club, Highlands)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Bruce Crampton, 1975 - Firestone Country Club)
  (Raymond Floyd, 1982 - Southern Hills Country Club)
  (Gary Player, 1984 - Shoal Creek Country Club)
  (Vijay Singh, 1993 - Inverness Country Club)
  (Michael Bradley, 1995 - Riviera Country Club)
  (Brad Faxon, 1995 - Riviera Country Club)
  (Jose Maria Olazabal, 2000 - Valhalla Golf Club)
  (Mark O'Meara, 2001 - Atlanta Athletic Club, Highlands)
  (Thomas Bjorn, 2005 - Baltusrol Golf Club)
  (Tiger Woods, 2007 - Southern Hills Country Club)
Total Purse:  $7,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,350,000; 2nd Place - $756,000; 3rd Place - $476,000
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Padraig Harrington277Steve Flesch282
Ben Curtis279Phil Mickelson284
Sergio Garcia279Andres Romero284
Henrik Stenson281Four players at285
Camilo Villegas281
 
Past PGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Padraig Harrington (277) -- Ben Curtis, Sergio Garcia
(Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Bloomfield Township, MI)
2007Tiger Woods (272) -- Woody Austin
(Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma)
2006Tiger Woods (270) -- Shaun Micheel
(Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Illinois)
2005Phil Mickelson (276) -- Steve Elkington, Thomas Bjorn
(Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, New Jersey)
2004*Vijay Singh (280) -- Chris DiMarco, Justin Leonard
(Whistling Straits Golf Club (Straits Course), Kohler, Wisconsin)
2003Shaun Micheel (276) -- Chad Campbell
(Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York)
2002Rich Beem (278) -- Tiger Woods
(Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota)
2001David Toms (265) -- Phil Mickelson
(Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course), Duluth, Georgia)
2000*Tiger Woods (270) -- Bob May
(Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky)
1999Tiger Woods (277) -- Sergio Garcia
(Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Illinois)
1998Vijay Singh (271) -- Steve Stricker
(Sahalee Country Club, Redmond, Washington
1997Davis Love III (269) -- Justin Leonard
(Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, New York)
1996*Mark Brooks (277) -- Kenny Perry
(Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Kentucky)
1995*Steve Elkington (267) -- Colin Montgomerie
(Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California)
1994Nick Price (269) -- Corey Pavin
(Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma)
1993*Paul Azinger (272) -- Greg Norman
(Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio)
1992Nick Price (278) -- Nick Faldo, John Cook, Gene Sauers, J.Gallagher,Jr
(Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri)
1991John Daly (276) -- Bruce Lietzke
(Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana)
1990Wayne Grady (282) -- Fred Couples
(Shoal Creek Country Club, Birmingham, Alabama)
1989Payne Stewart (276) -- Mike Reid
(Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois)
1988Jeff Sluman (272) -- Paul Azinger
(Oak Tree Golf Club, Edmond, Oklahoma)
1987*Larry Nelson (287) -- Lanny Wadkins
(PGA National Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
1986Bob Tway (276) -- Greg Norman
(Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio)
1985Hubert Green (278) -- Lee Trevino
(Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colorado)
1984Lee Trevino (273) -- Gary Player, Lanny Wadkins
(Shoal Creek Country Club, Birmingham, Alabama)
1983Hal Sutton (274) -- Jack Nicklaus
(Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California)
1982Ray Floyd (272) -- Lanny Wadkins
(Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma)
1981Larry Nelson (273) -- Fuzzy Zoeller
(Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course), Duluth, Georgia)
1980Jack Nicklaus (274) -- Andy Bean
(Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York)
1979*David Graham (272) -- Ben Crenshaw
(Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan)
1978*John Mahaffey (276) -- Jerry Pate, Tom Watson
(Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
1977*Lanny Wadkins (282) -- Gene Littler
(Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California)
1976Dave Stockton (281) -- Ray Floyd, Don January
(Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Maryland)
1975Jack Nicklaus (276) -- Bruce Crampton
(Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio)
1974Lee Trevino (276) -- Jack Nicklaus
(Tanglewood Golf Club, Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
1973Jack Nicklaus (277) -- Bruce Crampton
(Canterbury Golf Club, Cleveland, Ohio)
1972Gary Player (281) -- Tommy Aaron, Jim Jamieson
(Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course), Birmingham, Michigan)
1971Jack Nicklaus (281) -- Billy Casper
(PGA National Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
1970Dave Stockton (279) -- Arnold Palmer, Bob Murphy
(Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma)
1969Ray Floyd (276) -- Gary Player
(NCR Country Club (South Course), Dayton, Ohio)
1968Julius Boros (281) -- Arnold Palmer, Bob Charles
(Pecan Valley Country Club, San Antonio, Texas)
1967*Don January (281) -- Don Massengale
(Columbine Country Club, Littleton, Colorado)
1966Al Geiberger (280) -- Dudley Wysong
(Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio)
1965Dave Marr (280) -- Billy Casper, Jack Nicklaus
(Laurel Valley Country Club, Ligonier, Pennsylvania)
1964Bobby Nichols (271) -- Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer
(Columbus Country Club, Columbus, Ohio)
1963Jack Nicklaus (279) -- Dave Ragan, Jr.
(Dallas Athletic Club, Dallas, Texas)
1962Gary Player (278) -- Bob Goalby
(Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania)
1961*Jerry Barber (277) -- Don January
(Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Illinois)
1960Jay Hebert (281) -- Jim Ferrier
(Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio)
1959Bob Rosburg (277) -- Jerry Barber, Doug Sanders
(Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park, Minnesota)
1958Dow Finsterwald (276) -- Billy Casper
(Llanerch Country Club, Havertown, Pennsylvania)
1957Lionel Hebert (2 & 1) -- Dow Finsterwald
(Miami Valley Country Club, Dayton, Ohio)
1956Jack Burke (3 & 2) -- Ted Kroll
(Blue Hill Country Club, Boston, Massachusetts)
1955Doug Ford (4 & 3) -- Cary Middlecoff
(Meadowbrook Country Club, Detroit, Michigan)
1954Chick Harbert (4 & 3) -- Walter Burkemo
(Keller Golf Club, St. Paul, Minnesota)
1953Walter Burkemo (4 & 3) -- Felice Torza
(Birmingham Country Club, Birmingham, Michigan)
1952Jim Turnesa (1 up) -- Chick Harbert
(Big Spring Country Club, Louisville, Kentucky)
1951Sam Snead (7 & 6) -- Walter Burkemo
(Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
1950Chandler Harper (4 & 3) -- Henry Williams, Jr.
(Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio)
1949Sam Snead (3 & 2) -- Johnny Palmer
(Hermitage Country Club, Richmond, Virginia)
1948Ben Hogan (7 & 6) -- Mike Turnesa
(Norwood Hills Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri)
1947Jim Ferrier (2 & 1) -- Chick Harbert
(Plum Hollow Country Club, Detroit, Michigan)
1946Ben Hogan (6 & 4) -- Ed Oliver (Portland Golf Club,
Portland, Ore)
1945Byron Nelson (4 & 3) -- Sam Byrd
(Moraine Country Club, Dayton, Ohio)
1944Bob Hamilton (1 up) -- Byron Nelson
(Manito Golf and Country Club, Spokane, Washington)
1943Not held due to World War II
1942Sam Snead (2 & 1) -- Jim Turnesa
(Seaview Country Club (Bay Course), Atlantic City, New Jersey)
1941Vic Ghezzi (1 up) -- Byron Nelson
(Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver, Colorado)
1940Byron Nelson (1 up) -- Sam Snead
(Hershey Country Club, Hershey, Pennsylvania)
1939Henry Picard (1 up) -- Byron Nelson
(Pomonok Country Club, Flushing, New York)
1938Paul Runyan (8 & 7) -- Sam Snead
(Shawnee Country Club, Shawnee-On-Delaware, Pennsylvania)
1937Denny Shute (1 up) -- Harold McSpaden
(Pittsburgh FC, Aspinwall, Pennsylvania)
1936Denny Shute (3 & 2) -- Jimmy Thomson
(Pinehurst Country Club (Number Two), Pinehurst, North Carolina)
1935Johnny Revolta (5 & 4) -- Tommy Armour
(Twins Hills Country Club, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
1934Paul Runyan (1 up) -- Craig Wood
(Park Country Club, Williamsville, New York)
1933Gene Sarazen (5 & 4) -- Willie Goggin
(Blue Mound Country Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
1932Olin Dutra (4 & 3) -- Frank Walsh
(Keller Golf Club, St. Paul, Minnesota)
1931Tom Creavy (2 & 1) -- Denny Shute
(Wannamoisett Country Club, Rumford, Rhode Island)
1930Tommy Armour (1 up) -- Gene Sarazen
(Fresh Meadows Country Club, Flushing, New York)
1929Leo Diegel (6 & 4) -- Johnny Farrell
(Hillcrest Country Club, Los Angeles, California)
1928Leo Diegel (6 & 5) -- Al Espinosa
(Five Farms Country Club, Baltimore, Maryland)
1927Walter Hagen (1 up) -- Joe Turnesa
(Cedar Crest Country Club, Dallas, Texas)
1926Walter Hagen (5 & 3) -- Leo Diegel
(Salisbury Golf Club, Westbury, Long Island, New York)
1925Walter Hagen (6 & 5) -- William Mehlhorn
(Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Illinois)
1924Walter Hagen (2 up) -- James M. Barnes
(French Lick Country Club, French Lick, Indiana)
1923Gene Sarazen (1 up) -- Walter Hagen
(Pelham Country Club, Pelham Manor, New York)
1922Gene Sarazen (4 & 3) -- Emmet French
(Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
1921Walter Hagen (3 & 2) -- James M. Barnes
(Inwood Country Club, Far Rockaway, New York)
1920Jock Hutchison (1 up) -- J. Douglas Edgar
(Flossmoor Country Club, Flossmoor, Illinois)
1919James Barnes (6 & 5) -- Fred McLeod
(Engineers Country Club, Roslyn, Long Island, New York)
1918Not held due to World War I
1917Not held due to World War I
1916James M. Barnes (1 up) -- Jock Hutchison
(Siwanoy Country Club, Bronxville, New York)

* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders in the Field
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Padraig Harrington---T-58mcT-17T-29T-45mcmcT-42Won
Ben Curtis------------mcmcT-34T-60mcT-2
Sergio Garcia2ndT-34mcT-10mcmcT-23T-3dqT-2
Camilo Villegas---------------------mcT-23T-4
Henrik Stenson------------------T-47T-14mcT-4
Steve FleschT-34mcT-13T-17mcT-37T-10T-24T-236th
Phil MickelsonT-57T-92ndT-34T-23T-6WonT-16T-32T-7
Andres Romero---------------------mcmcT-7
Justin Rose---------T-23mcmc---T-41T-12T-9
Aaron Baddeley------------T-57------T-55mcT-13
Stuart ApplebymcT-4T-16T-17T-23T-17T-15T-55T-12T-15
Paul Casey---------mc66thmcT-59mcT-40T-15
David TomsmcT-41WonmcT-29T-17T-10T-16T-42T-15
Boo Weekley------------------------T-9T-20
Robert KarlssonT-41---mc---mc------T-29T-57T-20
Angel CabreraT-41T-19T-37T-48T-45mc---mcmcT-20
Retief GoosenmcmcT-37T-23mc---T-6T-34T-23T-24
Fredrik Jacobson------------mcT-17T-34------T-24
Jim FurykT-8T-72T-79thT-18mcT-34T-29mcT-29
J.B. Holmes---------------------T-37---T-29
Ernie ElsmcT-34T-13T-34T-5T-4---T-163rdT-31
Geoff Ogilvy------------T-27T-24T-6T-9T-6T-31
Ian Poulter------mc---T-61T-37T-47T-9T-23T-31
Sean O'Hair------------------T-59T-12T-42T-31
Robert AllenbymcT-19T-16T-10T-39T-9mcT-20mcT-31
Steve StrickermcmcT-66mc---------T-7T-23T-39
Rory Sabbatini---77thmcmc68thmcT-74mcmcT-39
Steve Elkington------wdT-48------T-2---mcT-39
John Senden---------------------mcT-4T-42
Tom LehmanT-34wdmcT-29mc---mcmcT-69T-42
Mike WeirT-10T-30T-16T-34T-7mcT-476thmcT-42
Michael Campbell---mcmcT-23T-69T-49T-6mcmcT-42
Charles Howell III------T-22T-17T-10T-31T-15mcT-42T-47
Anthony Kim------------------------T-50T-55
Tim Clark---------T-533rdmcT-17T-24mcT-55
Pat Perez---------70th------T-6mcT-18T-58
Justin LeonardmcT-41T-10T-4mcT-2mcmcmcT-58
Woody Austin------------T-27T-62T-66T-162ndmc
Trevor Immelman------------T-48T-37T-17T-34T-6mc
Scott VerplankT-34mcT-7mcmcT-62T-34mcT-9mc
Adam Scott------mcT-23T-23T-9T-40T-3T-12mc
K.J. Choi------T-29mcT-69T-6T-40T-7T-12mc
Stephen Ames---T-30---wdmcT-9T-72T-55T-12mc
Stewart CinkT-3T-15T-59T-10mcT-17T-28T-24T-32mc
Lee WestwoodT-16T-15T-44mcmcmcT-17T-29T-32mc
John Daly---mcmcmcmcmcT-74mcT-32mc
Colin MontgomerieT-6T-39dqmcmc70thmcmcT-42mc
Bob TwayT-57mcT-29mcmcT-55mcT-65T-50mc
Chad Campbell---------mc2ndT-24T-28T-24T-57mc
Davis Love IIIT-49T-9T-37T-48mcmcT-4T-34mcmc
Rich BeemT-70------WonmcmcmcT-49mcmc
Miguel A. JimenezT-10T-64mc------T-31T-40T-65mcmc
Vijay SinghT-49mcT-518thT-34WonT-10mcmcmc
Zach Johnson---------------T-37T-17mcmcmc
Mark BrooksT-16mcmcmcmcmcmcmcmcmc
Kenny PerryT-34T-30T-44T-29T-10mcT-23T-49T-23wd
Tiger WoodsWonWonT-292ndT-39T-24T-4WonWon---
Shaun Micheel------------WonT-24mc2ndT-32---
Luke Donald------------T-23T-24T-66T-3T-32---
Lucas Glover------------------mcT-46T-50---
Shingo Katayama---mcT-4mcmcT-62T-23---T-50---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, Anthony Kim
Darkhorse - John Senden, Woody Austin, Stephen Ames
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - WGC-Bridgestone (T.Woods) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse - WGC-Bridgestone (A.Kim) - Finished tied for 36th
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - Reno-Tahoe Open (J.Rollins) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse - Reno-Tahoe Open (J.Walker) - Missed the cut
 
NOTES:
The PGA Tour heads to Minnesota next week for the final major of the season, the PGA Championship. Angel Cabrera captured the first major of the year at The Masters; Lucas Glover won the U.S. Open; and Stewart Cink was victorious at the British Open Championship in a playoff over Tom Watson. World No. 1 Tiger Woods is back this year after missing last year's tournament due to knee surgery. Woods won the last two PGA Championships he has played (2006-07). He will be gunning for his fifth PGA Championship title.

The finest field of the season will be at Hazeltine National, as 100 of the top 101-ranked players in the world are expected to compete. Overall, 28 major champions who have combined to win 52 major titles will be among the 156- player field. They are: Paul Azinger, Rich Beem, Mark Brooks, Cabrera, Michael Campbell, Cink, Fred Couples, Ben Curtis, John Daly, Steve Elkington, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, Todd Hamilton, Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, Shaun Micheel, Phil Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Corey Pavin, Vijay Singh, David Toms, Bob Tway, Mike Weir and Woods.

Last year, Harrington holed a gutsy 12-foot par save on the 72nd hole to win his second major in a row at the PGA Championship. Harrington finished with his second consecutive four-under 66 to win his third major title at three- under 277. Sergio Garcia's bid for a first major title once again ended in heartbreak. He held the lead on the back nine, but a bogey at the last gave him a round of two-under 68 and a share of second place with third-round leader Ben Curtis, who shot a one-over 71. The pair came in at one-under 279.

Play on the back nine in the final round was sensational as Harrington, Garcia and Curtis battled for the season's final major. Garcia held the top spot on the back nine, but Harrington got back into the championship with birdies at 10, 12 and 13. That birdied at 13 tied him for first, but Harrington bogeyed No. 14 to fall one off the lead. The 16th proved to be crucial. Garcia, tied for the lead with Curtis, found the short grass off the tee, but hit a five- wood and had quite a ways to go for his second. With the pin cut on the right, he went after it and bounced into the water. Harrington's approach landed in a greenside bunker left. Garcia went to the ball-drop area and hit his fourth to four feet. Harrington played a bad bunker shot 15 feet past the stick. Curtis also had trouble. He drove into the left rough at 15 and could only advance his ball into the fairway. Curtis' third stopped at 12 feet and he missed to temporarily fall out of the lead, but with Garcia hoping to make bogey at 16, Curtis would at least remained tied for first. Garcia sank the bogey putt and Harrington made his par-saving putt and all three were tied for the lead at minus-two. At the par-three 17th, Harrington hit a spectacular five-iron to seven feet. Garcia handled the pressure and knocked his closer. Harrington stepped up and drained the birdie effort. Garcia's old nemesis resurfaced, as his putt lipped out on the left side from five feet and he tapped in for par. Harrington walked to 18 with a one-shot lead over Garcia and Curtis, who made a great par save from the tents at 16. Harrington drove into a bunker and hit a terrible layup into the rough at the difficult closing hole at Oakland Hills. Garcia drove into the rough and hit his second into a greenside bunker. Harrington knocked a seven-iron to 12 feet for his third. Garcia blasted out to 10 feet and if Harrington missed his par putt, Garcia would need that 10- footer to force a playoff. Harrington never gave him a chance as he snaked in the par putt, but did not officially win until Curtis' approach at 18 did not go in for eagle. Curtis' ball stayed above ground and Harrington walked off with his third major.

Harrington became the fourth player to win the British Open and PGA Championship in the same year, joining Walter Hagen (1924), Nick Price (1994) and Woods (2000 and 2006). Harrington became the first European to win the Wanamaker Trophy since Tommy Armour in 1930 and the first European to take home consecutive majors.

In 2007, Woods won the PGA Championship at Southern Hills for his 13th major title. Woods tied a PGA Championship record with a 63 in the second round to grab the lead and led the rest of the way. He shot a final-round, one-under 69 to finish the tournament at eight-under-par 272, which was good for a two- stroke victory over Woody Austin. The win was Woods' fourth PGA Championship and he has now successfully defended this title twice.

In 2006, Woods collected his 12th professional major championship and his third PGA Championship, as he won the PGA for the second time at Medinah Country Club. Woods became the first player to win the PGA Championship on the same course twice. Woods moved to second on the all-time majors list as he jumped past Walter Hagen. Woods picked up his 12th major almost three years earlier than Nicklaus was able to win his 12th at the 1973 PGA Championship. Woods fired a final-round, four-under 68 to finish the event at 18-under-par 270. That matched his own PGA Championship record for lowest score in relation to par, which he originally set in 2000 along with Bob May. He was the only player in the field with four rounds in the 60s (69-68-65-68).

The 2005 championship was completed on Monday due to a weather-delayed final round, Mickelson got up and down for birdie on the 72nd hole at Baltusrol Golf Club to capture the PGA Championship. Mickelson, who led wire-to-wire, edged Thomas Bjorn and Steve Elkington by one shot, as he won with a four-round score of 276, four-under par. The Monday finish was the first at the PGA Championship since 1976 at Congressional.

In 2003, Shaun Micheel, in his first PGA Championship, defeated Chad Campbell by two shots. Micheel also became the seventh player in history and first since John Daly in 1991 to make the PGA Championship his first victory on the PGA Tour. Micheel iced the win with a 7-iron on the final hole to within inches for a birdie.

Bob Rosburg (1959), Gary Player (1962), Nicklaus (1963), Hal Sutton (1983) and Rich Beem (2002) are the only players to win this event in their second appearance.

When David Toms captured the 2001 title, his total of 265 set a new 72-hole scoring record, while his 196 mark set a new 54-hole record and his 36-hole score of 131, along with Shingo Katayama, was also a new record. Toms was one of three players to shoot all four rounds in the 60s (Mickelson and Steve Lowery).

The method of play will be four rounds of stroke play. Following the first 36 holes the field will be reduced to the 70 players having the lowest scores and those tied for 70th place. In the event of a tie after 72 holes, there will be a playoff. The PGA of America implemented a new playoff system in 2000 in the event of a tie after the completion of regulation play. In that year, Woods and May competed in a three-hole, cumulative scoring system, as Woods bested May by one shot. Playoffs have decided the PGA Championship five times in the last 16 years.

Woods is the all-time money winner at this event with $5,074,776 in earnings. With a minimum of 25 rounds played, he has the lowest scoring average at 69.73. There have been six wire-to-wire winners of the PGA, the last coming in 2005 when Mickelson captured the event. Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd hold the record for the most cuts made at this event with 27, while Tom Watson is next with 25.

Americans have won 10 of the last 13 PGA Championships. Overall, players from the United States have captured 75 PGA's while South Africans and Australians have won four each. Hagen and Nicklaus captured the PGA five times, while Woods is a four-time champion.

The winner of this event not only gains the impressive first-place prize, but also receives an exemption for the next five years to the U.S. Open; an invitation to the next five Masters Tournaments and British Open; a berth in the 2009 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, 30 points toward the PGA Player of the Year award and his name on the Wanamaker Trophy. The winner of the PGA Championship has come out of the final pairing in the final round 12 of the last 13 years. Only Harrington in 2008 came from outside of the final group.

The PGA Tour travels to North Carolina next week for the Wyndham Championship, where Carl Pettersson captured the title last year.

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