78th PGA Championship
Mark Brooks’ focused game plan proved to be the key to victory, as the 78th PGA Championship celebrated its first visit to Valhalla Golf Club. The field featured 81 of the top 100 Sony world-ranked players. Brooks, 35, capped a dramatic final round by making two birdies within 20 minutes on the par-5, 540-yard 18th hole. He knocked home a five-foot birdie putt in regulation play and then joined Kentucky-born favorite Kenny Perry for the 14th playoff in PGA Championship history.
Once at the 18th tee in the playoff, Brooks’ tee split the fairway, and Perry’s drive found the left-hand rough. Perry failed to get out of the rough until his fourth approach shot crept on the putting surface. Brooks calmly hit a 229-yard 3-wood approach to the green. He two-putted, making a four-foot birdie putt to claim victory.
Brooks’ steady play was reflected in how he handled Valhalla’s slick greens and in steering his drives away from the rough. Brooks ranked first in putting among the elite field, needing only 104 putts, and was tied for 21st in driving accuracy.