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The PGA Championship is returning to the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island (South Carolina) in 2021, three decades after the seaside layout made its debut at the 1991 Ryder Cup. This will be the second time Pete Dye’s course has hosted golf’s final major – in 2012 Rory McIlroy won by eight shots. The course was commissioned specifically for the Ryder Cup, and Bernhard Langer’s missed par putt lifted the U.S. to victory. While the golf is magnificent, the logistics of moving people on and off the seaside island near Charleston presents a challenge. In 2012, shuttles for fans and media from downtown Charleston took up to 90 minutes to make the 40-mile trip. –AP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rory McIlroy stood over a 10-inch putt in gathering darkness to win the PGA Championship as flashes from thousands of cameras lit up Valhalla like a rock concert. Everyone wanted to capture a moment from golf’s latest coronation.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his fist, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship. “It’s a great position to be in,” he said.
Rory McIlroy celebrated his final birdie with a smile and a slight pump of his fist, knowing that 8-foot putt gave him the outright lead Saturday in the PGA Championship.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rory McIlroy tracked the flight of his drive as long as he could against the rain clouds over Valhalla on Friday, not quite sure where it landed. He turned to his caddie for confirmation and asked, “Was it good?” “Beautiful,” J.P. Fitzgerald replied, his eyes still fixed on a shot that traveled 311 yards right down the middle.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Maybe Tiger Woods should have stayed at home. Looking much like a guy who could barely bend over last weekend, Woods sprayed shots all over Valhalla and faced a daunting deficit at the PGA Championship before heavy favorite Rory McIlroy even teed off Thursday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There were lots of jokes, some big swings, few surprises and zero injuries – unless you count bruised egos. That’s how the scorecard read from Tuesday’s long-drive competition at the PGA Championship.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Las Vegas bookies are giving Bubba Watson the same odds of winning the PGA Championship as Tiger Woods. One is the Masters champion. The other might not even be healthy enough to play.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play together in the opening two rounds of the PGA Championship next week at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky. The PGA Championship released its tee times for the final major of the year. Padraig Harrington will be joining Woods (left in photo) and Mickelson (right) in the 8:35 a.m. EDT tee time for the first round Thursday. Woods and Mickelson are in the same group at a major for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open. In the traditional pairing of major champions, Bubba Watson (Masters), Martin Kaymer (U.S. Open) and Rory McIlroy (British Open) will tee off at 1:45 p.m. EDT. This will be the sixth time since 2001 that Woods and Mickelson have been in the same group at a major. – Associated Press
Golf: Colin Montgomerie took the third-round lead Saturday in the Senior PGA Championship, making a winding, 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 3-under 68. Trying to win his first major championship, the 51-year-old Scot took a 7-under 206 total into the final round at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Jason Dufner doesn’t have the same set of skills as Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, though his career has shared the same path – from a memorable collapse at a major championship to redemption in pretty short order. And in this sport, redemption doesn’t always come easily. Just ask Dustin Johnson or Thomas Bjorn. There’s an even longer list of players who gave away majors in the final hour and never so much as earned another shot, such as Ed Sneed or Mike Reid.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Jason Dufner finally cracked a smile, raised both arms and gave a slight pump of the fist, saving all that emotion for a big occasion. He won the PGA Championship.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Jason Dufner won his first major title with a two-stroke victory over Jim Furyk at the PGA Championship. Dufner bogeyed the final two holes Sunday for a 2-under 68 that was good enough to hold off the 2003 U.S. Open champion. The winning score was 10-under 270. Henrik Stenson finished three shots back. Dufner made up for the heartache of the 2011 PGA, when he went to the 15th tee with a four-stroke lead in Atlanta. He dunked that shot in the water, squandered the advantage and lost to Keegan Bradley in a playoff.
The final moments Saturday at Oak Hill brought out more emotion as big putts kept falling in the PGA Championship, with one big difference.
No Dufnering on this day. In fact, Jason Dufner actually showed a bit of emotion.
Jeff Overton ended up being first alternate at the PGA Championship. It was the first time since 2008 that he did not play in the final major of the year, and based on a series of tweets early Saturday morning, he wasn’t happy about it.
Rory McIlroy’s chip for birdie on No. 18 dropped into the hole, and he dropped to a crouch with a fierce fist pump.
Tiger Woods walked off the 18th hole and past Jason Dufner and Adam Scott, who stood on the putting green still waiting to tee off as the last group of the PGA Championship’s third round.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Nothing was dull about the way Jason Dufner played golf Friday at the PGA Championship. If anything, it was historic. Dufner holed out from the fairway for eagle, rolled in a putt across the green for par and kept making birdies until he stood 12 feet away from a shot at the lowest score in the 153 years of championship golf. One last birdie attempt didn’t even get to the hole, and Dufner had to settle for a record-tying round of 7-under 63.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Here they are again, back at the top of the world rankings. Tiger Woods, No. 1.