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DATES: Thursday, August 9th through Sunday, August 12th
SITE: Kiawah Island Resort (Ocean Course), Kiawah Island, South Carolina
COURSE ARCHITECT: Pete and Alice Dye (1991)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,676
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 396 Yds10 - Par 4 447 Yds
2 - Par 5 557 Yds11 - Par 5 593 Yds
3 - Par 4 390 Yds12 - Par 4 412 Yds
4 - Par 4 458 Yds13 - Par 4 497 Yds
5 - Par 3 188 Yds14 - Par 3 238 Yds
6 - Par 4 480 Yds15 - Par 4 444 Yds
7 - Par 5 579 Yds16 - Par 5 581 Yds
8 - Par 3 198 Yds17 - Par 3 223 Yds
9 - Par 4 494 Yds18 - Par 4 501 Yds
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36 3,740 Yds36 3,936 Yds
 
Annual:  94th
Television:  TNT - Thursday/Friday -- 1-7 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 2-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Keegan Bradley
Runner-Up:  Jason Dufner
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)
  (Steve Stricker, 2011 - Atlanta Athletic Club)
Total Purse:  $8,000,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,445,000; 2nd Place - $865,000; 3rd Place - $545,000
 
2011 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Keegan Bradley *272Robert Karlsson275
Jason Dufner272Adam Scott276
Anders Hansen273Luke Donald277
David Toms275Lee Westwood277
Scott Verplank275D.A. Points278
Kevin Na278

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past PGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Keegan Bradley (272) -- Jason Dufner
(Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course), Johns Creek, Georgia)
2010*Martin Kaymer (277) -- Bubba Watson
(Whistling Straits Golf Club (Straits Course), Kohler, Wisconsin)
2009Y.E. Yang (280) -- Tiger Woods
(Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota)
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), Johns Creek, 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
Player2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Keegan Bradley---------------------------Won
Jason Dufner---------------------mcT-52nd
Anders Hansenmcmc------T-24T-12mcmcmc3rd
Robert Karlsson---mc------T-29T-57T-20---T-16T-4
David TomsmcT-29T-17T-10T-16T-42T-15T-36T-33T-4
Scott VerplankmcmcT-62T-34mcT-9mcmcmcT-4
Adam ScottT-23T-23T-9T-40T-3T-12mcmcT-397th
Luke Donald---T-23T-24T-66T-3T-32---T-43mcT-8
Lee WestwoodmcmcmcT-17T-29T-32mcT-3---T-8
Steve Strickermc---------T-7T-23T-39mcT-18T-12
Sergio GarciaT-10mcmcT-23T-3dqT-2mcmcT-12
Trevor Immelman---T-48T-37T-17T-34T-6mc---mcT-12
Matt Kucharmc------------------mcT-10T-19
Phil MickelsonT-34T-23T-6WonT-16T-32T-773rdT-12T-19
Hunter Mahan---------mc---T-18mcT-16T-39T-19
John Senden------------mcT-4T-42mcmcT-19
Bubba Watson---------------mc70thmc2ndT-26
Francesco Molinari---------------------T-10T-33T-34
Jim Furyk9thT-18mcT-34T-29mcT-29T-63T-24T-39
K.J. ChoimcT-69T-6T-40T-7T-12mcT-24T-39T-39
Ian Poulter---T-61T-37T-47T-9T-23T-31T-19wdT-39
Rickie Fowler------------------------T-58T-51
Zach Johnson------T-37T-17mcmcmcT-10T-3T-59
Rory McIlroy---------------------T-3T-3T-64
Padraig HarringtonT-17T-29T-45mcmcT-42WonT-10mcT-64
Y.E. Yang---------T-47---mc---WonmcT-69
Davis Love IIIT-48mcmcT-4T-34mcmcmcT-55T-72
Shaun Micheel---WonT-24mc2ndT-32---mcT-48T-74
Rory Sabbatinimc68thmcT-74mcmcT-39T-67mcT-74
Martin Kaymer------------------mcT-6Wonmc
Dustin Johnson---------------------T-10T-5mc
Ernie ElsT-34T-5T-4---T-163rdT-31T-6T-18mc
Tiger Woods2ndT-39T-24T-4WonWon---2ndT-28mc
Vijay Singh8thT-34WonT-10mcmcmcT-16T-39mc
Graeme McDowell------mcmcT-37---T-15T-10mcmc
Justin RoseT-23mcmc---T-41T-12T-9mcmcmc
Louis Oosthuizen------------------73rdmcmcmc
Webb Simpson---------------------------mc
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Luke Donald, Tiger Woods, Louis Oosthuizen
Darkhorse - Bo Van Pelt, David Toms, Vijay Singh
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - Bridgestone (Zach Johnson) - Finished tied for 40th
Last Week's Darkhorse - Bridgestone (Ian Poulter) - Finished tied for 29th
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - Reno (Padraig Harrington) - Finished tied for 19th
Last Week's Darkhorse - Reno (Patrick Cantlay) - Finished tied for 37th
 
NOTES:The PGA Tour is in South Carolina this week for the final major of the
season, the PGA Championship. Bubba Watson captured the first major of the year at The Masters; Webb Simpson won the U.S. Open; and Ernie Els was victorious at the British Open Championship. World No. 2 Tiger Woods will be looking to win his first major since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines and will be trying to win his fifth PGA Championship title. The Ocean Course will host a major championship for the first time. The 1991 Ryder Cup matches were held at the Ocean Course, won by the United States.

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 Opens; a berth in the 2012 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 13 of the last 16 years. Only Padraig Harrington in 2008, Martin Kaymer in 2010, and Keegan Bradley in 2011 came from outside of the final group. Bradley won his first tournament since the 2011 PGA Championship last week at the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational.

Americans have won 11 of the last 16 PGA Championships, however, three of the last four winners have come from overseas. Overall, players from the United States have captured 76 PGA's while South Africans and Australians have won four each. Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus captured the PGA five times, while Woods is a four-time champion.

Last year, Bradley defeated Jason Dufner in a playoff to earn his first major title in his rookie season. Bradley finished the 3-hole playoff at 1-under par and beat Dufner by a single stroke at Atlanta Athletic Club. Bradley became the third golfer in history to win in his major championship debut. Francis Ouimet won the 1913 U.S. Open in his first major appearance and Ben Curtis did the same at the 2003 British Open. Bradley also ended a major drought for Americans. The last major winner from the U.S. had been Phil Mickelson at the 2010 Masters. The six-tournament span without an American winner was the longest in history.

In 2010, Kaymer defeated Watson in a playoff to earn his first major title. Kaymer bogeyed the final hole of the playoff to win by a stroke at even-par 11. He and Watson were tied at 1-under with the last playoff hole to go, but Kaymer's bogey was one better than Watson's double. Kaymer collected his first major and first PGA Tour win, but the interesting story happened before the 3- hole aggregate playoff because it looked like there would be three players in the extra session. Dustin Johnson was given a 2-stroke penalty after his round for grounding his club in a bunker on the 18th hole and that knocked him out of a playoff at Whistling Straits. Johnson held a 1-stroke lead on the 18th tee and pushed his drive into the gallery on the right. His ball landed in a small sandy patch and he grounded his club before pulling his shot well left of the green. He pitched to seven feet and if he would have made it, he thought that would've been for the title. Johnson missed and thought he was headed to a playoff with Watson and Kaymer. When Johnson walked off the green, he was greeted by a PGA official. Johnson and playing partner Nick Watney sat in the scorer's tent for several minutes before it was determined that Johnson was getting a 2-stroke penalty for grounding his club.

In 2009, Y.E. Yang became the first Asian man to win a major championship when he stunned third-round leader Woods. Yang was the first player to ever come from behind and beat Woods in a major championship when he held at least a piece of the 54-hole lead. Woods had been 14-0 with the third-round lead at a major. Yang birdied the last hole for a 2-under 70 in the final round and won the title at 8-under 280. Woods finished with a bogey at 18 and shot a 3-over 75 to finish three back. Woods' 75 was his second-worst score in the final round of a major.

Harrington holed a gutsy 12-foot par save on the 72nd hole in 2008 to win his second major in a row. Harrington finished with his second consecutive 4- under 66 to win his third major title at 3-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 2-under 68 and a share of second place with third-round leader Ben Curtis, who shot a 1-over 71. The pair came in at 1-under 279. 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.

Woods again won the PGA Championship in 2007 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, 1- under 69 to finish the tournament at 8-under-par 272, which was good for a 2- stroke victory over Woody Austin. The win was Woods' fourth PGA Championship and he has 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 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, 4-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. Phil Mickelson got up and down for birdie on the 72nd hole at Baltusrol Golf Club to capture the event. 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, 4-under par. The Monday finish was the first at this event since 1976 at Congressional.

Woods is the all-time money winner with $5,931,478 in earnings. With a minimum of 25 rounds played, he has the lowest scoring average at 70.12. 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 with 27, while Tom Watson is next with 25.

The PGA Tour travels to North Carolina next week for the Wyndham Championship, where Simpson captured the title last year. The European Tour moves to Scotland in two weeks for the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, where Bjorn won in 2011.

08/06 13:40:52 ET

As of August 6, 2012, at 01:41 PM ET

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