|PGA Championship - August 06, 2007
Southern Hills Country Club
Par: 35-35—70Yards: 7,131
FedExCup Points: 27,500 Winner: 4,950
Purse: $6,800,000* Winner: $1,224,000*
2006 Champion: Tiger Woods (270, -18)
PGA Championship Notes
The last time Southern Hills Country Club hosted a PGA TOUR event was in 2001 when the course was the site of the U.S. Open. Here are the top-10 finishers in that event, won by Retief Goosen: Mark Brooks (second), Stewart Cink (third), Rocco Mediate (fourth), Paul Azinger and Tom Kite (tied for fifth) and Angel Cabrera, Davis Love III, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Kirk Triplett (tied for seventh).
The winner of the PGA Championship has come out of the last grouping in the final round each of the last 11 years. Steve Elkington (1995) was the last PGA Championship winner not to play in the final group on Sunday. He was tied for fifth entering the final round. In 2007, all three major winners have not played in the final group. Here is where the major winners were through 54 holes in 2007:
Masters Tournament (Zach Johnson T4, 2 strokes behind 54-hole leader Stuart Appleby.
U.S. Open (Angel Cabrera T7, 2 strokes behind 54-hole leader Aaron Baddeley.
British Open (Padraig Harrington T3, 6 strokes behind 54-hole leader Sergio Garcia.
If a first-time major championship winner captures this week’s PGA Championship, it will mark the first time since 2003 that the four majors were won by four different first-time major champions. In 2003, Mike Weir won the Masters Tournament, Jim Furyk captured the U.S. Open, Ben Curtis prevailed at the British Open and Shaun Micheel took home the Wannamaker Trophy at the PGA Championship. This year, Zach Johnson won the Masters, while Angel Cabrera was victorious at the U.S. Open and Padraig Harrington won the Claret Jug at the British Open.
David Toms still holds the PGA Championship 72-hole record, when he had a 15-under 265 at the par-70 Atlanta Athletic Club in 2001. Last year, Tiger Woods was 18-under at the par-72 Medinah Country Club. Those are the two lowest scores in relation to par in the history of the tournament since it changed its format to stroke play in 1958.
The 18-hole mark at the PGA Championship is shared by eight players, all with 63s. The first came in 1975 by Bruce Crampton (7-under). In 1982, at Southern Hills Country Club, site of this week's tournament, Raymond Floyd had a 63 (7-under), followed by Gary Player in 1984 (9-under), Vijay Singh in 1993 (8-under), Brad Faxon and Michael Bradley in 1995 (8-under), Jose Maria Olazabal in 2000 (9-under), Mark O'Meara in 2001 (7-under) and Thomas Bjorn in 2005 (7-under).
E NOTES FROM THE PGA TOUR
- There are 26 rookies on the PGA TOUR this year and if the season ended today, 13 of them would qualify for the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
- How good was Steve Flesch in winning last week’s Reno-Tahoe Open? He led the field in Driving Distance and was third in Driving Accuracy. He was also second in Greens In Regulation. The victory gave him a huge boost in the FedExCup standings are he jumped from a precarious 140th all the way to 79th.
- Andres Romero has made a remarkable move up The Presidents Cup eligibility list over the last three weeks. Prior to the British Open, Romero was 35th in the standings for the International team. Following his 3rd place finish at the British Open, his win at the Deutsche Bank Players’ Championship and a T6 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, he’s climbed all the way to 10th in the standings with just one week remaining. During that same span, he’s gone from 114th in the Official World Golf Rankings all the way to 25th.
- He’s never a bad pick, but Vijay Singh might be a good player to watch this week at Southern Hills. The Tulsa course has hosted four events over the past 15 years —the 1994 PGA Championship, the 1995 and 1996 TOUR Championships and the 2001 U.S. Open — and Singh has finished in the Top-10 in three of those tournaments. He was 6th at the 1995 TOUR Championship, T7 at the 2001 U.S. Open and T9 at the 1996 TOUR Championship.
- It’s pretty rare to win the same event on TOUR three years in a row. In fact, after Tom Watson won his third consecutive Byron Nelson Classic in 1980, no one performed the feat until Tiger Woods won his third consecutive Memorial Tournament in 2001. As difficult as the task has been, Tiger will begin the 2008 PGA TOUR season looking for his fourth consecutive win in three different events — the Buick Invitational, the World Golf Championships-CA Championship and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
- None of the Top-10 players in Driving Distance on TOUR have won a tournament this season, but players ranked in the Top-10 in Driving Accuracy have won four — Zach Johnson has two while Fred Funk and Jim Furyk have one each.
- Steve Flesch’s win last week at the Reno-Tahoe Open was the 210th on the PGA TOUR by a former Nationwide Tour player. Former players have won a TOUR event in each of the last four weeks.
- When Brad Elder won last week’s Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open he became just the seventh player in Nationwide Tour history to win the same event twice. Elder also won in Wichita back in 1999.
- You might want to look for a veteran to emerge this week at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic. Players 40 or older have won four of the previous seven events in Pennsylvania.
- There will be a strong Nationwide Tour presence at this week’s PGA Championship with 61 former players in the field. Three alums have won the PGA Championship — John Daly in 1991, David Toms in 2001 and Shaun Micheel in 2003.
- Jay Haas finished second last week at the 3M Championship for his eighth consecutive Top-10 finish. The finish allowed Haas to extend his lead in the Charles Schwab Cup race to 194 points over Brad Bryant.
- Eagle twos were recorded by consecutive groups on the 15th hole last Sunday at the 3M Championship. First, Chip Beck knocked in his second shot from 157 yards and in the following group, Jay Haas did the same from 180 yards.
- It should not have been a surprise that D.A. Weibring won last week’s 3M Championship. Prior to last week, Weibring had nine sub-par rounds in nine starts at the event and added three more last week in winning.
- More on Weibring: The Illinois native has won a combined nine PGA TOUR or Champions Tour events in his career and six of them have come in the Midwest — four in Illinois, one in Iowa and one in Minnesota.