89th PGA Championship
A season of first-time major winners ended with a familiar Champion — Tiger Woods, who seems to win them all.
Challenged only briefly Sunday along the back nine of steamy Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., Woods captured the PGA Championship to win at least one major for the third straight season and run his career total to 13 as he moves closer to the standard set by Jack Nicklaus.
Woods closed with a 1-under 69 for a two-shot victory over Woody Austin, who grinded himself for an impressive 67 and his best finish in any major championship.
Three-time major champion Ernie Els of South Africa also joined the charge after Woods, but a faulty putter would leave him no closer than three strokes back.
It was a day in which Woods entered the final round with a three-stroke lead and slipped once, a three-putt bogey on the 14th hole. He rebounded quickly, sinking a birdie putt at 15 and then running off three consecutive pars to finish with a two-stroke victory.
Woods’ perfect 13-for-13 major championship performance after either sharing or leading alone after 54 holes remains his trademark in a career laden with records.
He also became the first major champion in seven tries to make a par on the 72nd hole at Southern Hills. The victory also was his first major as a father, walking into the scoring room to meet wife, Elin, who was holding their 2-month-old daughter, Sam Alexis.