The PGA Championship, also known as the US PGA Championship or simply US PGA, is one of the oldest and most prestigious golfing tournaments in the world, dating back to 1916. It is the final major of the year, following the Masters, U.S. Open and the Open Championship. The PGA Championship was originally introduced to commemorate the formation of the Professional Golfers Association of America, which was established in the same year in New York City.
The first PGA Championship was held at the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York, in October 1916 and was won by Englishman Jim Barnes. Back then, the winner received $500 and a diamond-studded gold medal, which was donated by wealthy department store owner and golfing enthusiast Rodman Wanamaker. In comparison, the 2014 champion, Rory McIlroy, received a cheque for over $1.45 million. Since its inception, the winner is awarded with a replica of the Wanamaker Trophy, which was also donated by Wanamaker himself, to keep until next year’s PGA Championship.
The Championship was originally a match play event, where scoring consists of individual holes won, halved or lost. It wasn’t until 1958 that the tournament changed to stroke play (total number of strokes over one or more rounds of 18 holes), which is the most common form of scoring today. Many great players have been success at this event over the years, from Jack Nicklaus, who won the event five times, to Tiger Woods, who almost caught Nicklaus after winning the tournament on four occasions. The Championship has been dominated by Americans since its inception, with only three Aussies (Jim Ferrier in 1947, David Graham in 1979 & Steve Elkington in 1995), successful in 100 years.
|YEAR||WINNER||RUNNER UP||MARGIN OF VICTORY|
|2015||JASON DAY||JORDAN SPIETH||3 STROKES|
|2014||RORY MCILROY||PHIL MICKELSON||1 STROKE|
|2013||JASON DUFNER||JIM FURYK||2 STROKES|
|2012||RORY MCILROY||DAVID LYNN||8 STROKES|
|2011||KEEGAN BRADLEY||JASON DUFNER||PLAYOFF|
|2010||MARTIN KAYMER||BUBBA WATSON||PLAYOFF|
|2009||YANG YONG-EUN||TIGER WOODS||3 STROKES|
|2008||PADRAIG HARRINGTON||BEN CURTIS & SERGIO GARCIA||2 STROKES|
|2007||TIGER WOODS||WOODY AUSTIN||2 STROKES|
|2006||TIGER WOODS||SHAUN MICHEEL||5 STROKES|
|2005||PHIL MICKELSON||THOMAS BJORN & STEVE ELKINGTON||1 STROKE|