1997 PGA Championship

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1997 PGA Championship
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Tournament information
Dates August 14–17, 1997
Location Mamaroneck, New York
Course(s) Winged Foot Golf Club,
West Course
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 6,987 yards (6,389 m)
Field 150 players, 77 after cut[1]
Cut 146 (+6)
Prize fund $2.6 million
Winner's share $470,000
Champion
United States Davis Love III
269 (–11)
Winged Foot Golf Club is located in the US
Winged Foot Golf Club
Winged Foot Golf Club
Location in the United States

The 1997 PGA Championship was the 79th PGA Championship, held August 14–17 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, a suburb northeast of New York City. Davis Love III won his only major championship, five strokes ahead of runner-up Justin Leonard, winner of the 1997 Open Championship.[2][3]

The last few holes on Sunday were played in a steady rain. However, when Love reached the final green with the tournament wrapped up, the sun peaked through the clouds and a rainbow appeared in the sky. Many took it as a symbol of Love finally winning his first major after several close calls and of his late father, a PGA professional, approvingly looking down from above.

This was the first PGA Championship at the West Course and the fifth major; it previously hosted four U.S. Opens (1929, 1959, 1974, and 1984), which returned in 2006. The tournament was televised by TBS Sports and CBS Sports.

Course layout[edit]

Main article: Winged Foot Golf Club

West Course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Genesis 446 4 10 Pulpit 190 3
2 Elm 411 4 11 Billows 396 4
3 Pinnacle 216 3 12 Cape 540 5
4 Sound View 460 4 13 White Mule 212 3
5 Long Lane 515 5 14 Shamrock 432 4
6 El 324 4 15 Pyramid 423 4
7 Babe-in-the-Woods 161 3 16 Hells Bells 457 4
8 Arena 442 4 17 Well-Well 449 4
9 Meadow 467 4 18 Revelations 448 4
Out 3,442 35 In 3,545 35
Source:[4] Total 6,987 70

Lengths of the course for previous majors:

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 1992, 1994 72 70 72 70 284 +4 T13
Bob Tway  United States 1986 68 75 72 69 284 +4 T13
John Daly  United States 1991 66 73 77 70 286 +6 T29
Paul Azinger  United States 1993 68 73 71 74 286 +6 T29
Payne Stewart  United States 1989 70 70 72 74 286 +6 T29
Steve Elkington  Australia 1995 72 72 70 74 288 +8 T45
Lanny Wadkins  United States 1977 72 72 77 70 291 +11 T58
Larry Nelson  United States 1981, 1987 76 70 76 73 295 +15 T71

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Mark Brooks  United States 1996 70 79 149 +9
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963, 1971,
1973 1975, 1980
74 76 150 +10
Jeff Sluman  United States 1988 74 77 151 +11
Hal Sutton  United States 1983 78 78 156 +16
Wayne Grady  Australia 1990 79 79 158 +18
John Mahaffey  United States 1978 78 WD

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 14, 1997

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 John Daly  United States 66 –4
Davis Love III  United States
3 Robert Allenby  Australia 67 –3
T4 Paul Azinger  United States 68 –2
Tom Kite  United States
Justin Leonard  United States
Shigeki Maruyama  Japan
Greg Norman  Australia
Chris Perry  United States
Paul Stankowski  United States
Bob Tway  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, August 15, 1997

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Janzen  United States 69-67=136 –4
2 Davis Love III  United States 66-71=137 –3
T3 Phil Blackmar  United States 70-68=138 –2
Fred Couples  United States 71-67=138
Justin Leonard  United States 68-70=138
Jeff Maggert  United States 69-69=138
Shigeki Maruyama  Japan 68-70=138
Phil Mickelson  United States 69-69=138
Costantino Rocca  Italy 69-69=138
T10 John Daly  United States 66-73=139 –1
Greg Norman  Australia 68-71=139
Chris Perry  United States 68-71=139
Vijay Singh  Fiji 73-66=139
Paul Stankowski  United States 68-71=139

Third round[edit]

Saturday, August 16, 1997

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Justin Leonard  United States 68-70-65=203 –7
Davis Love III  United States 66-71-66=203
T3 Lee Janzen  United States 69-67-74=210 E
Tom Kite  United States 68-71-71=210
T5 Fred Couples  United States 71-67-73=211 +1
David Duval  United States 70-70-71=211
Scott Hoch  United States 71-72-68=211
Jeff Maggert  United States 69-69-73=211
Phil Mickelson  United States 69-69-73=211
Tiger Woods  United States 70-70-71=211

Final round[edit]

Sunday, August 17, 1997

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Davis Love III  United States 66-71-66-66=269 –11 470,000
2 Justin Leonard  United States 68-70-65-71=274 –6 280,000
3 Jeff Maggert  United States 69-69-73-65=276 –4 175,000
4 Lee Janzen  United States 69-67-74-69=279 –1 125,000
5 Tom Kite  United States 68-71-71-70=280 E 105,000
T6 Phil Blackmar  United States 70-68-74-69=281 +1 85,000
Jim Furyk  United States 69-72-72-68=281
Scott Hoch  United States 71-72-68-70=281
9 Tom Byrum  United States 69-73-70-70=282 +2 70,000
T10 Tom Lehman  United States 69-72-72-70=283 +3 60,000
Scott McCarron  United States 74-71-67-71=283
Joey Sindelar  United States 72-71-71-69=283

Source:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1997 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ Diaz, Jaime (August 25, 1997). "At long last, Love". Sports Illustrated. p. 28. 
  3. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (August 18, 1997). "Color this one special". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. B1. 
  4. ^ D'Amato, Gary (August 14, 1997). "1997 PGA Championship: course". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. p. 6C. 
  5. ^ "1997 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1997 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1998 Masters

Coordinates: 40°57′29″N 73°45′14″W / 40.958°N 73.754°W / 40.958; -73.754