Kaymer wins PGA Championship|
Kohler, WI (Sports Network) - Martin Kaymer defeated Bubba Watson in a playoff
Sunday to earn his first major title at the 92nd PGA Championship.
Kaymer, 25, bogeyed the final hole of the playoff to win by a stroke at even-
par 11. He and Watson were tied at one-under with the last playoff hole to go,
but Kaymer's bogey was one better than Watson's double.
"It feels great," Kaymer said in a television interview. "I get goose bumps
just talking about it. It's fantastic."
The German did collect his first major and first PGA Tour win, but the
interesting story happened before the three-hole aggregate playoff because it
looked like there would be three players in the extra session.
Dustin Johnson was given a two-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
"I don't know if I can describe it," Johnson told CBS' David Feherty. "Walking
up there, seeing the shot, never once did it cross my mind it was a sand
Johnson held a one-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.
"The only worse thing that could've happened is if I would have made that
putt," Johnson said.
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 two-stroke penalty for
grounding his club.
"If it was up to me, I wouldn't have thought I was in a bunker, but it's not
up to me," Johnson said.
"That was an area that was designed and built as a bunker," PGA official Mark
Wilson said in a television interview.
Johnson ended up with a one-over 73 and missed the playoff by two strokes.
With the controversy aside, Kaymer and Watson headed to the 10th tee to begin
the two-man extra session.
Watson drove into the right rough near the green, but Kaymer found a bunker in
the middle of the fairway. Kaymer knocked his second to 40 feet, but Watson
played a strong pitch to three feet. Kaymer two-putted for par and Watson
drained his birdie effort to take a one-stroke lead.
The par-three 17th was next for the pair and Watson came up 45 feet short of
the stick with his tee ball. Kaymer hit a beautiful shot 12 feet shy of the
hole. Watson lagged his birdie try close and tapped in for par. Kaymer
converted the birdie putt and the two were knotted with one hole to play.
Both players drove into the right rough at the 18th. Watson appeared to have
the better lie and tried to go for the flag. It didn't work and his ball
landed in a stream well short of the green.
Kaymer elected to pitch out with his second after his opponent's watery
mistake. He hit his third 15 feet right of the hole.
"My lie was not very good in the rough," said Kaymer. "I wanted to give myself
a chance for par."
After Watson took his penalty drop, he knocked his fourth over the green into
a bunker. He blasted out and his ball hit the flagstick, but rolled three feet
Kaymer needed two putts for the win and he ran his par putt about two feet
past the cup. Watson kicked in his short double-bogey putt and Kaymer studied
his little winning putt.
Kaymer tapped in for the bogey and the win.
"I was very nervous the last three or four holes, but the playoff was strange.
I was very calm, very confident," said Kaymer, who pocketed $1,350,000
for the victory.
Watson was in search of his first major title as well. While disappointed,
Watson can take comfort that his runner-up finish was enough to earn one of
the eight automatic American Ryder Cup spots.
"That's all that matters to me," said Watson. "The win would be great, but the
Ryder Cup was most important."
Kaymer (70) and Watson (68) finished regulation at 11-under 277.
Zach Johnson (70) and Rory McIlroy (72) tied for third at 10-under 278.
Dustin Johnson was joined in a tie for fifth by 1995 PGA Champion Steve
Elkington and Jason Dufner, who both had rounds of one-under 71 on Sunday.
Tiger Woods had a one-over 73 and tied for 28th at minus-two, while Phil
Mickelson carded a five-under 67 to vault into a tie for 12th at six-under
The ending of regulation was a thriller.
Watson was first in at 11-under par after a bogey at the 17th. He sank a five-
footer for par at the last, then waited for the rest of the contenders to
Zach Johnson and Elkington both couldn't get to 11-under, so up next was
Kaymer, who was at that number. He came up well short of the green with a
four-iron and pitched 15 feet right of the hole. Kaymer drilled the par putt
to match Watson in the lead.
McIlroy couldn't make birdie, but Dustin Johnson made his move.
At the par-five 16th, Johnson went from a bunker right to the left rough, but
hit a beautiful pitch inches from the hole. He tapped in to get to 11-under,
but took the outright lead with a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 17.
Sadly, his tournament ended with the bogey turned triple-bogey at 18.
Camilo Villegas (68) and Wen-Chong Liang (73) tied for eighth at eight-under
280. Matt Kuchar (72) and Jason Day (74) shared 10th at minus-seven.
NOTES: Dustin Johnson also made the U.S. Ryder Cup team...Kaymer is a lock to
be on the European side...Third-round leader Nick Watney had a day he'd like
to forget. He shot a nine-over 81 and tied for 18th at four-under.
08/15 21:18:57 ET