80th PGA Championship
Vijay Singh, the national sports hero of tiny Fiji, delivered a gritty performance to win the 80th PGA Championship, and the first PGA Championship in the Pacific Northwest in 54 years. The 35-year-old Singh recorded a final-round 2-under-par 68, including a two-putt par on the treacherous 18th, to finish at 9-under-par 271. His two-stroke victory over Steve Stricker earned him $540,000. Steve Elkington, the 1995 Champion, finished third at 274 after a 67.
Singh became the 10th player in 11 years to earn his first major championship at the PGA Championship and the 10th international player to win the Wanamaker Trophy. Singh triumphed over a 150-player field featuring 85 of the top 100 world-ranked players, who among them owned 53 major championship titles.
Singh and Stricker shared the third-round lead, and each had an adventurous final round at Sahalee. Stricker scrambled to a closing 70. The twosome were four strokes ahead of the field as they began the final round. Stricker lost a share of the lead on the ninth hole and trailed by a stroke before a bogey at the par-3 17th. Singh was boosted by a birdie on the 11th, where his second shot ricocheted off a tree and settled 50 feet from the hole. He also birdied the 15th before Stricker made his birdie, then parred out from there for the victory.