86th PGA Championship
Vijay Singh - a guy who couldn’t buy a birdie putt for 18 holes - finally found paydirt in overtime to capture his third major title in the 86th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits-Straits Course in Kohler, Wis.
Fiji’s most famous sportsman earned his second PGA Championship, and first since 1998, while winning a record $1.125 million from a $6.25 million purse. Singh accomplished his feat on a course that was the longest (7,536 yards) in major championship history and among a field featuring 95 of the world’s top 100 ranked players.
His closing 4-over-par 76 was the third highest final round by a major championship winner, and good for a 72-hole total of 8-under-par 280.
Singh made his only birdie of the day, but a timely one, sinking a five-foot putt on his 19th hole of the day - the uphill, 361-yard, par-4 10th, and went on to post two additional pars in the three-hole cumulative score playoff. It was just enough to defeat Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco. Singh became the fourth oldest to win a PGA Championship at 41 years, five months and 23 days. His closing 76 was the highest score by a major championship winner since Reg Whitcombe’s 78 at Royal St. George’s in the 1938 British Open.