83rd PGA Championship





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David Toms used a pair of momentous strokes, nearly 24 hours apart, to capture the first major championship of his 12-year professional career. In the third round, Toms set the tone for a pulsating final 18 holes by hitting a 5-wood tee shot 243 yards and into the hole on the par-3 15th. It was the longest ace in a major championship and the first time a hole-in-one produced the eventual PGA Champion.

Toms never surrendered the lead in the final round, but was tied several times by Phil Mickelson, the last after a birdie chip from 45 feet on the 15th. Mickelson then three-putted the 16th to give Toms the lead again and set up a dramatic final-hole decision on the treacherous par-4, 490-yard 18th. Toms hit his drive right of the fairway into the first cut of rough and 209 yards from the hole. He reached for a wedge and laid up to within 88 yards and short of the water. From there, he hit a lob wedge to what he later estimated to be 12 feet from the hole. Mickelson lagged a 25-foot birdie putt two rolls short of the hole. Toms then stroked home his winning par putt.

With a steady, closing 1-under-par 69, Toms shattered the PGA and major championship 72-hole scoring records. His 15-under-par 265 broke the 1993 British Open aggregate total by Greg Norman (267) and the PGA Championship standards set in 1995 by Steve Elkington and Colin Montgomerie (267). Elkington captured that year’s title in a one-hole playoff.

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