82nd PGA Championship
Tiger Woods had chased the records Bob May set in the Southern California junior golf ranks, but the twosome had never faced one another in competition. That drought ended before a world stage in the 82nd PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.
Woods and May dueled through the final round and then finished in a three-hole playoff. Both played brilliantly down the stretch, each posting a bogey-free 31 on the back nine.
Woods, pushed to the limit, reached down for something extra. He birdied the final two holes in regulation and the first hole (the 16th) in the Championship’s first-ever three-hole aggregate score playoff. From there, Woods made memorable par saves on the final two holes to march to his second Wanamaker Trophy. He became the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three major titles in one year. Woods erased a PGA jinx of capturing back-to-back Championships. Woods became the first to do so since Denny Shute (1936-37) and is the first to repeat in the stroke (medal) play era of the Championship that began in 1958. Woods was tested from the beginning, losing his one-stroke margin through 54 holes, with a rare bogey on the par-5 second hole.
Woods didn’t clinch his fifth major championship until May missed a 30-foot birdie putt by inches on the final hole of the playoff.