77th PGA Championship
Australian-born Steve Elkington, playing what he called “the round of my life,” posted a final-round 7-under-par 64 at historic Riviera Country Club for a 72-hole total of 17-under-par 267. Elkington’s performance shattered Nick Price’s year-old PGA Championship record by two strokes. Moments later, Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie registered a 65 to tie the record total that was the lowest 72-hole score in a U.S. major championship and tie Greg Norman’s all-time major championsip total from the 1993 British Open. A sudden-death playoff followed, and Elkington went on to make a 25-foot birdie putt at the 18th green, then watched as Montgomerie missed his 20-foot birdie attempt on the right side of the cup. Elkington concluded the year by winning his first Vardon Trophy for lowest adjusted scoring average. The 77th PGA Championship produced the lowest course average in Championship history (71.09) and the second most sub-par rounds (194). Among the records tied was a final-round 63 by Brad Faxon, who finished fifth. Faxon’s performance included a front-nine 28 for the lowest nine-hole score in PGA Championship history. Faxon salvaged his gem by making a 15-foot par-saving putt on the 18th green.