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DATES: Thursday, August 12th through Sunday, August 15th
SITE: Whistling Straits (Straits Course), Kohler, Wisconsin
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,507
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 408 Yds10 - Par 4 361 Yds
2 - Par 5 593 Yds11 - Par 5 618 Yds
3 - Par 3 181 Yds12 - Par 3 143 Yds
4 - Par 4 489 Yds13 - Par 4 404 Yds
5 - Par 5 598 Yds14 - Par 4 373 Yds
6 - Par 4 355 Yds15 - Par 4 518 Yds
7 - Par 3 221 Yds16 - Par 5 569 Yds
8 - Par 5 507 Yds17 - Par 3 223 Yds
9 - Par 4 446 Yds18 - Par 4 500 Yds
36 3,798 Yds36 3,709 Yds
Annual:  92nd
Television:  TNT - Thursday/Friday -- 1-8 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (et),
  CBS - Saturday/Sunday -- 2-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Y.E. Yang
Runner-Up:  Tiger Woods
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)
Course Record:  65 (Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2004)
Total Purse:  $7,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,350,000; 2nd Place - $810,000; 3rd Place - $510,000
2009 Finish
Y.E. Yang280Ernie Els287
Tiger Woods283Soren Kjeldsen287
Lee Westwood285Henrik Stenson287
Rory McIlroy285Martin Kaymer287
Lucas Glover286Six players at288
Past PGA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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), 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
Y.E. Yang---------------T-47---mc---Won
Tiger WoodsWonT-292ndT-39T-24T-4WonWon---2nd
Lee WestwoodT-15T-44mcmcmcT-17T-29T-32mcT-3
Rory McIlroy---------------------------T-3
Lucas Glover---------------mcT-46T-50---5th
Henrik Stenson---------------T-47T-14mcT-4T-6
Ernie ElsT-34T-13T-34T-5T-4---T-163rdT-31T-6
Martin Kaymer------------------------mcT-6
Soren Kjeldsen------------------------mcT-6
Padraig HarringtonT-58mcT-17T-29T-45mcmcT-42WonT-10
Graeme McDowell------------mcmcT-37---T-15T-10
Zach Johnson------------T-37T-17mcmcmcT-10
Dustin Johnson---------------------------T-10
Francesco Molinari---------------------------T-10
Tim Clark------T-533rdmcT-17T-24mcT-55T-16
Hunter Mahan---------------mc---T-18mcT-16
Vijay SinghmcT-518thT-34WonT-10mcmcmcT-16
Ian Poulter---mc---T-61T-37T-47T-9T-23T-31T-19
Ross Fisher------------------------mcT-19
Ben Curtis---------mcmcT-34T-60mcT-2T-24
Robert AllenbyT-19T-16T-10T-39T-9mcT-20mcT-31T-24
K.J. Choi---T-29mcT-69T-6T-40T-7T-12mcT-24
Stephen AmesT-30---wdmcT-9T-72T-55T-12mcT-24
Steve FleschmcT-13T-17mcT-37T-10T-24T-236thT-32
David TomsT-41WonmcT-29T-17T-10T-16T-42T-15T-36
Boo Weekley---------------------T-9T-20T-36
Woody Austin---------T-27T-62T-66T-162ndmcT-36
Miguel A. JimenezT-64mc------T-31T-40T-65mcmcT-36
Geoff Ogilvy---------T-27T-24T-6T-9T-6T-31T-43
Chad Campbell------mc2ndT-24T-28T-24T-57mcT-43
Rich Beem------WonmcmcmcT-49mcmcT-43
Kenny PerryT-30T-44T-29T-10mcT-23T-49T-23wdT-43
Luke Donald---------T-23T-24T-66T-3T-32---T-43
Camilo Villegas------------------mcT-23T-4T-51
Retief GoosenmcT-37T-23mc---T-6T-34T-23T-24T-51
Anthony Kim---------------------T-50T-55T-51
Bob TwaymcT-29mcmcT-55mcT-65T-50mcT-56
Tom LehmanwdmcT-29mc---mcmcT-69T-42T-60
Angel CabreraT-19T-37T-48T-45mc---mcmcT-20T-63
Jim FurykT-72T-79thT-18mcT-34T-29mcT-29T-63
Rory Sabbatini77thmcmc68thmcT-74mcmcT-39T-67
Justin LeonardT-41T-10T-4mcT-2mcmcmcT-58T-67
Stewart CinkT-15T-59T-10mcT-17T-28T-24T-32mcT-67
Phil MickelsonT-92ndT-34T-23T-6WonT-16T-32T-773rd
Sean O'Hair---------------T-59T-12T-42T-3175th
Sergio GarciaT-34mcT-10mcmcT-23T-3dqT-2mc
Andres Romero------------------mcmcT-7mc
Justin Rose------T-23mcmc---T-41T-12T-9mc
Aaron Baddeley---------T-57------T-55mcT-13mc
Stuart ApplebyT-4T-16T-17T-23T-17T-15T-55T-12T-15mc
Steve StrickermcT-66mc---------T-7T-23T-39mc
Steve Elkington---wdT-48------T-2---mcT-39mc
John Senden------------------mcT-4T-42mc
Mike WeirT-30T-16T-34T-7mcT-476thmcT-42mc
Michael CampbellmcmcT-23T-69T-49T-6mcmcT-42mc
Charles Howell III---T-22T-17T-10T-31T-15mcT-42T-47mc
Pat Perez------70th------T-6mcT-18T-58mc
Louis Oosthuizen------------------------73rdmc
Scott VerplankmcT-7mcmcT-62T-34mcT-9mcmc
Adam Scott---mcT-23T-23T-9T-40T-3T-12mcmc
Colin MontgomerieT-39dqmcmc70thmcmcT-42mcmc
Davis Love IIIT-9T-37T-48mcmcT-4T-34mcmcmc
Mark Brooksmcmcmcmcmcmcmcmcmcmc
Shaun Micheel---------WonT-24mc2ndT-32---mc
Shingo KatayamamcT-4mcmcT-62T-23---T-50---mc
J.B. Holmes------------------T-37---T-29wd
John DalymcmcmcmcmcT-74mcT-32mcwd
Paul Casey------mc66thmcT-59mcT-40T-15---
Robert Karlsson---mc---mc------T-29T-57T-20---
Fredrik Jacobson---------mcT-17T-34------T-24---
Trevor Immelman---------T-48T-37T-17T-34T-6mc---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Robert Karlsson
Darkhorse - Jeff Overton, Bryce Molder, Jimmy Walker
Last Week's Pick to Win - WGC-Bridgestone (L.Donald) - Tied for 46th
Last Week's Darkhorse - WGC-Bridgestone (N.Watney) - Tied for 16th
Last Week's Pick to Win - Turning Stone (B. de Jonge) - Tied for 16th
Last Week's Darkhorse - Turning Stone (D. Wilson) - Tied for 41st
NOTES:The PGA Tour is in Wisconsin this week for the final major of the
season, the PGA Championship. Phil Mickelson captured the first major of the year at the Masters; Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open; and Louis Oosthuizen was victorious at the British Open Championship. World No. 1 Tiger Woods will be looking to win his first major since the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. He has finished in the top-four in his last three PGA Championships played and will be trying to win his fifth title.

The finest field of the season will be at Whistling Straits, as 105 of the top 106-ranked players in the world are expected to compete. Toru Taniguchi, ranked 82nd in the world, is the only top-100 player not in the field. Overall, 29 major champions who have combined to win 54 major titles will be among the 156-player field. They are: Paul Azinger, Mark Brooks, Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink, Ben Curtis, John Daly, Steve Elkington, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover, Retief Goosen, Todd Hamilton, Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, McDowell, Shaun Micheel, Mickelson, Geoff Ogilvy, Oosthuizen, Corey Pavin, Vijay Singh, David Toms, Bob Tway, Mike Weir, Woods and Y.E. Yang.

Last year, 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 the world's best 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 two-under 70 in the final round and won the title at eight-under 280. Woods finished with a bogey at 18 and shot a three-over 75 to finish three back. Woods' 75 was his second- worst score in the final round of a major.

Yang and Woods dueled on a sunny Sunday afternoon where the wind at Hazeltine swirled. Scores were high, but Yang, better than anyone, hung in and stared down golf's most daunting task. The two were tied at six-under par when they reached the driveable, par-four 14th. Woods drove into a bunker and Yang came up just short of the putting surface. Woods blasted out to seven feet, but Yang chipped in for an eagle to move in front by himself. Woods rolled in his birdie effort and trailed by a stroke. Woods had a great look at birdie on the next hole, but missed. Yang could've put more distance between himself and Woods, but his 12-footer for birdie at 16 died left at the hole. At the par- three 17th, Yang came up 25 feet short off the tee. Woods' ball was on line with the flag stick, but went over the putting surface and he chipped 10 feet shy of the hole. Yang showed some nerves. His birdie putt was five feet from the cup. Woods missed his par putt and Yang could all but wrap up the championship. A par would have given him a two-stroke cushion with one to play, but Yang didn't oblige. His putt lipped out and it was off to 18 for the Wanamaker Trophy. Both drove into the fairway at the par-four final hole. Yang hit a three-hybrid that was headed directly at the hole. When it stopped, Yang had eight feet for birdie. The pressure was on Woods and he pulled his second into the left rough. He needed to chip-in to have any chance to force a playoff, but his shot from the tall grass rolled past the hole some 10 feet. Yang ran home his birdie putt and the Korean raised his arms and screamed in excitement.

In 2008, Harrington holed a gutsy 12-foot par save on the 72nd hole to win his second major in a row. 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. 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 Jack 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 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, four-under par. The Monday finish was the first at this event since 1976 at Congressional.

In 2003, Shaun Micheel, in his first PGA Championship, defeated Chad Campbell by two shots. Micheel became the seventh player in history and first since John Daly in 1991 to make this event 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. Micheel joined Jim Barnes (1916), Tom Creavy (1931), Bob Hamilton (1944), Doug Ford (1955), Tway (1986) and Daly (1991) as the only players to win this championship in their first appearance. 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 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.

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 Bob May competed in a three-hole, cumulative scoring system, as Woods bested May by one shot.

Woods is the all-time money winner at this event with $5,884,776 in earnings. With a minimum of 25 rounds played, he has the lowest scoring average at 69.81. 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 14 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 2010 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 14 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 Ryan Moore captured the title last year.

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