Golf PGA Championship

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

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.


PREVIOUS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS


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