Notable past winners at the PGA Championship
2014: Rory McIlroy
Coming off of back-to-back wins at the British Open and the WGC-Bridgestone, Rory McIlroy continued his dominant run when he captured the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla. With his Sunday tee-time pushed back due to inclement weather, McIlroy had to play-up on the 18th hole to beat darkness. Although he was rushed to complete his round, McIlroy stay composed as he finished at 16-under to claim his second PGA Championship and fourth major title.
2013: Jason Dufner
After blowing a five-shot lead with four holes to play at the 2011 PGA Championship, Jason Dufner captured his first major title at Oak Hill in 2013. Dufner shot a 63 on Friday, tied for the lowest round in major history, and went on to win by two strokes.
2012: Rory McIlroy
Leading throughout the final round at Kiawah Island, Rory McIlroy shot a 6-under 66 to win by eight shots, eclipsing Jack Nicklaus' seven-shot victory in 1980. McIlroy sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to break the record and finish at 13-under 275. It marks the second major title of his career.
2011: Keegan Bradley
After recording a triple bogey on the 15th hole of his final round at Atlanta Athletic Club, Keegan Bradley found himself five shots down with just three holes to play. The PGA Tour rookie engineered a remarkable comeback, making back-to-back birdies to ultimately force a three-hole playoff against Jason Dufner. Bradley birdied the first playoff hole and held on for a one-stroke victory, capturing his first major title in his first-ever appearance at a major. The 25-year-old American's victory ended the country's longest-ever major title drought at six.
2010: Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer beat Bubba Watson in a three-hole playoff for his first major title, while Dustin Johnson was left to wonder what could have been after being penalized on the final hole of regulation at Whistling Straits.
2009: Y.E. Yang
Y.E. Yang made a chip-in eagle from the rough on the par-4 14th hole and birdied No. 18 to overcome a two-stroke deficit and beat Tiger Woods by three strokes at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Yang became the first Asian-born player to win a major.
2008: Padraig Harrington
Padraig Harrington rallied from three shots behind to win the PGA Championship, closing with a 4-under 66 at Oakland Hills to become only the fourth player to win the British Open and PGA in the same year.
2007: Tiger Woods
With his victory in the 2007 PGA Championship, Tiger Woods became the first golfer to twice capture the title in back-to-back seasons; he was victorious in 1999 and 2000, then again in 2006 and 2007. Woods shot a tournament-record 63 in the second round in 2007 to set himself up for the win, finishing at 8-under and two strokes ahead of Woody Austin.
2006: Tiger Woods
Fresh off his emotional victory at the 2006 Open Championship, Tiger Woods continued his success at the 2006 PGA Championship. Woods made just three bogeys the entire tournament, which tied the record for fewest in a major. His final score of 18-under matched the 18-under score that earned him the British Open title just weeks earlier.
2005: Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson captured the 2005 PGA Championship title in dramatic fashion on the 18th hole. His shot from the deep greenside rough trickled to within a foot and a half of the cup, and his resulting birdie provided the decisive stroke, as he finished one shot ahead of Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjorn.
2004: Vijay Singh
He had a one-stroke lead heading into the final round at the PGA Championship, but Vijay Singh wasn't able to make that slight advantage hold up. After failing to make a single birdie in the fourth round, he was tied with Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco. The three advanced to a three-hole playoff, where Singh birdied the first hole and ultimately prevailed.
2003: Shaun Micheel
Ranked 169th in the world heading into the 2003 PGA Championship, few expected to see Shaun Micheel's name near the top of the leaderboard. In his first time playing at the major tournament, however, Micheel surprised the field and earned a two-stroke victory over Chad Campbell.
2002: Rich Beem
Rich Beem held off Tiger Woods in the 2002 PGA Championship to win his first major title by one stroke. August was a good month for Beem, who had earned just the second PGA Tour win of his professional career one week before the PGA Championship began.
2001: David Toms
With an aggregate score of 265 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in 2001, David Toms set the record for lowest 72-hole score not just at the PGA Championship but also at any major tournament. He beat Phil Mickelson by one stroke.
2000: Tiger Woods
He already had won the U.S. Open and British Open in 2000, but Tiger Woods' run was in jeopardy at the 2000 PGA Championship when Bob May surged up the leaderboard with three straight rounds of 66 in the final three rounds to force a playoff. Woods birdied the first playoff hole and made par on the next two to defend his PGA Championship title.
1999: Tiger Woods
In 1999, Tiger Woods achieved a feat no golfer in 25 years had accomplished: he won eight tournaments. That included the 2000 PGA Championship, his lone major victory of the year. Woods shot an 11-under 277 to top Sergio Garcia by one stroke.
1998: Vijay Singh
Shooting a 66 in the second round to set a course record at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash., Vijay Singh positioned himself at the top of the PGA Championship leaderboard in 1998. He stayed there for the rest of the tournament, holding off Steve Stricker by two strokes to win his first major title.
1997: Davis Love III
Davis Love III was tied for the lead heading into the final round, but when the day's final putt had been made, Love had earned a five-stroke victory. He shot rounds of 66 on the first, third and fourth days of competition at Winged Foot Golf Club.
1996: Mark Brooks
Mark Brooks' birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff against Kenny Perry earned him the 1996 PGA Championship title at Valhalla Golf Club.
1995: Steve Elkington
Steve Elkington's first three rounds at the 1995 PGA Championship weren't at all bad -- he shot a 68, 67 and 68 -- but he still trailed by six strokes heading into the tournament's final day. After shooing a final-round 64, he had surged into a tie for the lead with Colin Montgomerie. Elkington birdied the first hole of a sudden death playoff to earn the title.
1994: Nick Price
Building on the British Open win he had earned just weeks prior to the start of the PGA Championship, Nick Price took a first-round lead at the 1994 PGA Championship with a 67 and never relinquished his hold on the leaderboard's top spot. He claimed a six-stroke victory over Corey Pavin and captured his second PGA Championship victory.
1993: Paul Azinger
Paul Azinger's 1993 PGA Championship victory in a sudden death playoff was memorable not only because it gave the veteran golfer his first major title but also because it gave opponent Greg Norman a dubious distinction. Norman became just the second golfer to lose playoffs in all four of golf's major championships.
1992: Nick Price
In the eight times Nick Price had competed in the PGA Championship prior to 1992, he had two top-10 finishes but had been cut once and had an average finish of 49th the other years. He broke through at Bellerive Country Club, shooting rounds of 70, 70, 68 and 70 for a three-stroke victory and his first major win.
1991: John Daly
John Daly joined the PGA Tour in 1991, and just months later he had earned his first major victory. His presence at the 1991 PGA Championship was far from guaranteed prior to the event, as he was the tournament's ninth and final alternate. With no time to practice, he stepped out on the course and shot a first-round 69. He bettered that score in the second round, shooting a 67, then finished up his time at Crooked Stick Golf Club with rounds of 69 and 71. That total gave Daly a three-stroke victory.
1990: Wayne Grady
Wayne Grady finished in the top 20 at the PGA Championship just once in his professional golf career, but that one time was a first-place finish. Grady claimed a three-stroke victory over Fred Couples in the tournament in 1990.
1989: Payne Stewart
Rebounding from a first-round 74, Payne Stewart shot scores of 66, 69 and 67 in the subsequent rounds of the 1989 PGA Championship to take a one-stroke win over Andy Bean, Mike Reid and Curtis Strange. It was Stewart's first major title and only one at the PGA Championship.
1988: Jeff Sluman
Jeff Sluman separated himself from the field in the final round of the 1988 PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club, shooting a 65 and earning a three-stroke victory over Paul Azinger.
1987: Larry Nelson
A par on the first playoff hole of the 1987 PGA Championship gave Larry Nelson his second tournament title and third major victory overall. Nelson was tied with Lanny Wadkins with a 1-under 287 after 72 holes had been completed.
1986: Bob Tway
After forgettable first- and second-round scores of 72 and 70, Bob Tway shot up the leaderboard with a third-round 64. He still trailed leader Greg Norman by two strokes, but Norman struggled on the final day and finished with a 76. Tway rode a 1-under 70 to the top of the leaderboard, earning the only major win of his career. His final round was highlighted by a play he made on the 18th hole, where his shot from the greenside bunker found the cup.
1985: Hubert Green
After winning the U.S. Open in 1977, Hubert Green broke into the top 10 just five times at major tournaments until 1985. That year was when he posted a 6-under 278 in the PGA Championship, beating defending champion Lee Trevino by two strokes to take the title.
1984: Lee Trevino
The only player in the 1984 PGA Championship to record scores in the 60s all four rounds at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club, Lee Trevino easily earned his second victory at the tournament. Runners-up Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins finished four strokes behind Trevino's final 15-under tally. It was Trevino's sixth and final major victory on the PGA Tour.
1983: Hal Sutton
Playing in the PGA Championship for just the second time, Hal Sutton earned his first and only major title. He posted a 10-under 274 through 72 holes in 1983 to beat Jack Nicklaus by one stroke.
1982: Raymond Floyd
For the second time at the PGA Championship, a final score of 8-under earned Raymond Floyd the title. Adding to the win he picked up in 1969, Floyd bested Lanny Wadkins by three strokes. Floyd was one of just eight golfers to finish under par at Southern Hills Country Club in 1982.
1981: Larry Nelson
Ten years after turning professional, Larry Nelson earned the first major win of his golfing career. He finished with a 7-under 273 in the 1981 PGA Championship to beat runner-up Fuzzy Zoeller by four strokes at PGA National Resort & Spa.
1980: Jack Nicklaus
The only golfer under par at Oak Hill Country Club in 1980, Jack Nicklaus destroyed the rest of the PGA Championship field en route to claiming the 17th major victory of his career. It was also Nicklaus' fifth and final PGA Championship win, which tied him with Walter Hagen for the most victories ever at the event. Nicklaus finished with a 6-under 274, while runner-up Andy Bean was seven strokes back at 1 over.
1979: David Graham
He had missed the cut at the PGA Championship each of the prior two years, but David Graham made the most of his time in the tournament in 1979. Rebounding from a four-stroke deficit heading into the final round, Graham shot a 65 on the final day to force a playoff with Ben Crenshaw. Graham then earned the victory with a birdie on the third extra hole.
1978: John Mahaffey
John Mahaffey holds the record for biggest comeback in PGA history, as he rallied after trailing leader Tom Watson by seven strokes with just 14 holes to play at Oakmont Country Club in 1978. Mahaffey was tied with Watson and Jerry Pate after 72 holes, and a birdie on the second playoff hole completed his comeback. He never again would finish in the top five of a major.
1977: Lanny Wadkins
Recording his first PGA Tour victory since 1973, Lanny Wadkins beat Gene Littler on the third playoff hole of the 1977 PGA Championship. It was Wadkins' only win at a major, although he subsequently finished as the runner-up at the PGA Championship in 1982, 1984 and 1987.
1976: Dave Stockton
Because rain played havoc with the 1976 PGA Championship, Dave Stockton had to wait until Monday to win the tournament for the second time. It was the first time in PGA Championship history where the final round was played on a day other than Sunday. With a 10-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, Stockton avoided a playoff with Raymond Floyd and Don January and won by one stroke at 1 over.
1975: Jack Nicklaus
In 1975 for the third time in five years, Jack Nicklaus captured the PGA Championship title. From 1970 to 1977, Nicklaus finished out of the top 10 just once and out of the top five just twice.
1974: Lee Trevino
Lee Trevino took a one-stroke lead into the final round of the 1974 PGA Championship, and he emerged with a one-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus. It was Trevino's fifth major victory, four of which had come with Nicklaus finishing in second place.
1973: Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus broke Bobby Jones' record for career major victories in 1973 with his win at the PGA Championship. It was the 14th major title Nicklaus had earned since becoming a professional in 1961.
1972: Gary Player
No golfer finished under par in the 1972 PGA Championship, so Gary Player's finishing score of 1-over 281 was strong enough to give him the victory. Player topped runners-up Tommy Aaron and Jim Jamieson by two strokes.
1971: Jack Nicklaus
When he wrapped up his victory at PGA National Golf Club in the 1971 PGA Championship, Nicklaus became the first golfer in history to win each of the four majors twice.
1970: Dave Stockton
Dave Stockton endured an erratic final round at Southern Hills Country Club in 1970 in which he recorded both an eagle and a double-bogey on back-to-back holes to earn a two-stroke victory over Arnold Palmer and Bob Murphy.
1969: Raymond Floyd
Three was the greatest number of wins Raymond Floyd earned in a single season, a feat he accomplished three times. The first of those was in 1969, the year he also earned the first major victory of his career. Floyd beat Gary Player by one stroke at the PGA Championship.
1968: Julius Boros
When Julius Boros won the PGA Championship in 1968 -- his first win at the tournament -- he was 48 years, 4 months and 18 days old. The win made him the oldest golfer ever to win a major championship, a record that still stands. Boros finished the four rounds with a 1-over 281.
1967: Don January
An 18-hole playoff between Don January and Don Massengale decided the victor in the 1967 PGA Championship, with January prevailing with a 69 to Massengale's 71. The two Americans had been tied at the end of 72 holes with 7-under 281 scores.
1966: Al Geiberger
At Firestone Country Club in 1966, Al Geiberger finished the PGA Championship at even par after recording a total score of 280. It was low enough to earn him the victory, the lone major title he collected during his professional career.
1965: Dave Marr
Few players have had to deal with the pressure Dave Marr felt in the 1965 PGA Championship. Not only was he battling legends like Jack Nicklaus and Billy Casper, but he also knew the birth of his third child was imminent. Marr shot a 72-hole score of 280 to hold off Nicklaus and Casper by two strokes, then rushed to the hospital where his wife gave birth to their son, Tony, just hours later.
1964: Bobby Nichols
Bobby Nichols led from start to finish at the 1994 PGA Championship, ultimately defeating Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus by three shots. His finishing score of 271 was the lowest at the tournament for 30 years until it was broken by Nick Price in 1994.
1963: Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus was impressive at the PGA Championship in 1962, finishing tied for third the first year he played at the tournament. He was even better the second time around. Nicklaus rallied from a three-shot deficit heading into the final day of the 1963 tournament and finished with a two-stroke win.
1962: Gary Player
Gary Player won the PGA Championship the second time he played in the tournament, capturing the title in 1962 after finishing in a tie for 29th the previous year. He finished with a 2-under 278 at Aronimink Golf Club to earn a one-stroke victory over Bob Goalby.
1961: Jerry Barber
Extremely strong putting secured the PGA Championship for Jerry Barber in 1961. Down by four strokes to Don January with three holds to play on the final day, Barber made a 20-foot birdie putt, a 40-foot par putt and a 60-foot birdie putt to force a playoff. His success continued in the playoff the following day, as he topped January by one stroke.
1960: Jay Hebert
His younger brother, Lionel, had won the PGA Championship in 1957, the tournament's final year of match-play action, and in 1960 Jay Hebert earned another PGA Championship victory for his family. Rounds of 72, 67, 72 and 70 gave Hebert a 72-hole total of a 1-over 281.
1959: Bob Rosburg
Although he enjoyed a consistently strong professional career on the PGA Tour, Bob Rosburg's best year came in 1959. Not only did he win the PGA Championship that year, but he also finished second at the U.S. Open, was named to the Ryder Cup team and earned the seventh spot on the money list.
1958: Dow Finsterwald
In the first year that the PGA Championship was held as a stroke-play event, Dow Finsterwald shot a 14-under 276 to finish two strokes ahead of Billy Casper and claim the title.
1956: Jack Burke, Jr.
He had lost in the PGA Championship quarterfinals the previous year in a nine-hour, 40-hole match against Cary Middlecoff, but Jack Burke, Jr. rebounded in the 1956 tournament. He beat Ted Kroll 3 & 2 to claim his second career major title and second major title in 1956 (he won The Masters as well).
1942, 1949, 1951: Sam Snead
Each of Sam Snead's three PGA Championship wins was more impressive than the previous one. In 1942, he topped Jim Turnesa 2 & 1 to win his first career major title. In 1949 he beat Johnny Palmer 3 & 2, but his 1951 victory was the most dominant. At Oakmont Country Club, he crushed Walter Burkemo 7 & 6.
1946, 1948: Ben Hogan
Although he often opted to skip the PGA Championship, two of Ben Hogan's nine career major victories came at the tournament. He won the title there in 1946 and in 1948. His win in 1946, which marked his first career major title, came courtesy of a 6 & 4 final performance against Ed Oliver, while he beat Mike Turnesa 7 & 6 in 1948.
1940, 1945: Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson earned two career victories at the PGA Championship. His first came over rival Sam Snead, who was born within five months of Nelson, by a 1-up margin at Hershey Country Club in 1940. His second came in 1945, a year that stands out among Nelson's many highlights. That season he won 18 tournaments overall, including 11 in a row. Because of the war, however, the PGA Championship was the only major that wasn't cancelled. At Moraine Country Club, he beat Sam Byrd, 4 & 3.
1939: Henry Picard
Henry Picard needed 37 holes in the 1939 PGA Championship to beat Byron Nelson and capture the win. It was Picard's second and final major victory (his first had come at The Masters the previous year).
1934, 1938: Paul Runyan
Nicknamed "Little Poison" both because of his short drives and small stature, Paul Runyan captured both of his two career major titles at the PGA Championship. His victory in 1938, which came against Sam Snead, was the most lopsided in the tournament's match-play history. Runyan topped the eventual three-time champion 8 & 7. His win in 1934 came in 38 holes over Craig Wood.
1936, 1937: Denny Shute
Until Tiger Woods did it in 1999 and 2000, Denny Shute was the last golfer to capture back-to-back PGA Championship wins. He first earned the title in 1936, defeating Jimmy Thomson 3 & 2, then defended his win in 1937 by knocking out Harold McSpaden in 27 holes.
1922, 1923, 1933: Gene Sarazen
When Gene Sarazen won his first PGA Championship title in 1922, he was just 20 years, 5 months and 22 days old, making him the tournament's youngest champion in history. The PGA Championship was the second major he won that year, as he had earned his first at the U.S. Open. Sarazen defended his title in 1923, beating Walter Hagen in 38 holes. His final win at the tournament came in 1933, where he defeated Willie Goggin 5 & 4.
1932: Olin Dutra
After playing 196 holes at the 1932 PGA Championship, Olin Dutra wrapped up his first major title with a 4 & 3 victory over Frank Walsh. His other victories throughout the tournament came by 9 & 8, 5 & 3, 5 & 4 and 3 & 2 margins.
1930: Tommy Armour
Although Tommy Armour won the 1930 PGA Championship title with a 1-up victory over Gene Sarazen, his title was hardly the biggest golf story in the news. Bobby Jones completed his amateur-open "Grand Slam" at around the same time.
1928, 1929: Leo Diegel
Leo Diegel won back-to-back titles at the PGA Championship in 1928 and 1929. His victory in 1928 came over Walter Hagen, who had won the Championship each of the previous four years. He beat Hagen again the following year, ending the legend's professional golf career, but this time they had met in the semifinals. He topped Johnny Farrell 6 & 4 in the 1929 finals.
1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927: Walter Hagen
With PGA Championship wins in 1921 and from 1924-1927, Walter Hagen tied the record for most victories at the event. His wins came by scores of 3 & 2, 2 up, 6 & 5, 5 & 3 and 1 up.