2012 PGA Championship
|Dates||August 9–12, 2012|
|Course(s)||Kiawah Island Golf Resort
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Length||7,676 yards (7,019 m)|
|Field||156 players, 72 after cut|
The 2012 PGA Championship was the 94th PGA Championship, played August 9–12 at the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, southwest of Charleston. Rory McIlroy shot a bogey-free 66 (−6) in the final round to win his second major title by eight strokes over runner-up David Lynn.
The victory margin was a record for the PGA Championship, surpassing the seven-stroke win in 1980 by Jack Nicklaus for his fifth PGA and seventeenth major title. The winner of the U.S. Open in 2011, also by eight strokes, McIlroy became the sixth-youngest winner of two majors at 23 years and 3 months.
The following qualification criteria were used to select the field. Each player is listed according to the first category by which he qualified with additional categories in which he qualified shown in parentheses.
1. All former PGA Champions
Rich Beem, Keegan Bradley (6,8,10), Mark Brooks, John Daly, Pádraig Harrington (4,8,9), Martin Kaymer (9), Davis Love III, Shaun Micheel, Phil Mickelson (3,8,9,10), Vijay Singh (8), David Toms (6,8), Tiger Woods (2,8,9,10), Y. E. Yang
The following former champions did not compete: Paul Azinger, Jack Burke, Jr., Steve Elkington, Dow Finsterwald, Raymond Floyd, Doug Ford, Al Geiberger, Wayne Grady, David Graham, Hubert Green, Don January, John Mahaffey, Larry Nelson, Bobby Nichols, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman, Dave Stockton, Hal Sutton, Lee Trevino, Bob Tway, Lanny Wadkins
6. 15 low scorers and ties in the 2011 PGA Championship
Luke Donald (8,9,10), Jason Dufner (8,10), Sergio García, Bill Haas (8,10), Anders Hansen, Robert Karlsson, Kevin Na (8,10), D. A. Points (8), Adam Scott (8), Steve Stricker (8,9,10), Scott Verplank, Nick Watney (8), Lee Westwood (8,9), Gary Woodland
7. 20 low scorers in the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship
Danny Balin, Frank Bensel, Mark Brown, Brian Cairns, Jeff Coston, Matt Dobyns, Michael Frye, Brian Gaffney, Marty Jertson, Darrell Kestner, Mitch Lowe, Kelly Mitchum, Alan Morin, Bill Murchison III, Rod Perry, Corey Prugh, Paul Scaletta, Mike Small, Bob Sowards, Doug Wade
8. Top 70 leaders in official money standings from the 2011 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to the 2012 RBC Canadian Open
Aaron Baddeley, Jonathan Byrd, Bud Cauley, K. J. Choi, Ben Curtis (10), Brian Davis, Jason Day, Brendon de Jonge, Ken Duke, Matt Every, Rickie Fowler (9,10), Jim Furyk (9), Tommy Gainey, Robert Garrigus, Peter Hanson (9), Charley Hoffman, Charles Howell III, John Huh (10), Dustin Johnson (9,10), Zach Johnson (9,10), Matt Kuchar (9,10), Martin Laird, Marc Leishman (10), Spencer Levin, Hunter Mahan (9,10), George McNeill (10), Bryce Molder (10), Ryan Moore, Noh Seung-yul, Geoff Ogilvy, Ryan Palmer, Pat Perez, Carl Pettersson (10), Scott Piercy (10), Ted Potter, Jr. (10), Chez Reavie, John Rollins, Justin Rose (10), Rory Sabbatini, John Senden, Brandt Snedeker (10), Kyle Stanley (10), Michael Thompson, Cameron Tringale, Bo Van Pelt, Johnson Wagner (10), Charlie Wi, Mark Wilson (10)
9. Members of the United States and European 2010 Ryder Cup teams (provided they are ranked in the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking on July 30)
Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter
- Stewart Cink was ranked #196, qualified in category 4
- Ross Fisher was ranked #122
- Edoardo Molinari was ranked #164
- Jeff Overton was ranked #103, qualified in category 11
- William McGirt – took the spot reserved for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner (Keegan Bradley already qualified)
- Chris Stroud – replaced Ben Crane
12. The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above
Thomas Aiken, Robert Allenby, Bae Sang-moon, Thomas Bjørn, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Paul Casey, Greg Chalmers, Tim Clark, George Coetzee, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jamie Donaldson, Simon Dyson, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Marcus Fraser, Hiroyuki Fujita, Retief Goosen, Branden Grace, Michael Hoey, Ryo Ishikawa, Fredrik Jacobson, Thongchai Jaidee, Brendan Jones, Kim Kyung-tae, Pablo Larrazábal, Paul Lawrie, Joost Luiten, David Lynn, Matteo Manassero, Alexander Norén, José María Olazábal, Thorbjørn Olesen, Álvaro Quirós, Robert Rock, Marcel Siem, Jeev Milkha Singh, Toru Taniguchi, Bernd Wiesberger
Past champions in the field
Thirteen former champions were in the field, including two multiple winners.
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Place|
|Keegan Bradley||United States||2011||68||77||71||68||284||–4||T3|
|Tiger Woods||United States||1999, 2000,
|John Daly||United States||1991||68||77||73||69||287||–1||T18|
|Vijay Singh||Fiji||1998, 2004||71||69||74||77||291||+3||T36|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||2005||73||71||73||74||291||+3||T36|
|Y.E. Yang||South Korea||2009||73||74||74||70||291||+3||T36|
|Rich Beem||United States||2002||72||76||72||71||291||+3||T36|
|David Toms||United States||2001||72||78||72||70||292||+4||T42|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Davis Love III||United States||1997||72||79||151||+7|
|Shaun Micheel||United States||2003||72||83||155||+11|
|Mark Brooks||United States||1996||78||82||160||+16|
Thursday, August 9, 2012
In good weather conditions, Carl Pettersson jumped out to a one-stroke lead with a bogey-free 66 (–6). Joost Luiten had raced to eight-under-par through 14 holes, but bogeyed each of his final four holes to fall back into the pack. World number one Luke Donald struggled to an opening 74 (+2), but number two Tiger Woods shot 69 (–3) in the morning wave of players.
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland|
|Gary Woodland||United States|
|Keegan Bradley||United States|
|John Daly||United States|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland|
|Scott Piercy||United States|
Friday, August 10, 2012
The wind gusted 20–30 mph (30–50 km/h) throughout the day on Friday, making conditions much tougher than the first round of the tournament. Scoring was the toughest on record since the championship assumed a strokeplay format in 1958, with the average round being over 78; 72 players made the cut which fell at 150 (+6). Leader Pettersson backed up with a 74 (+2) but that was good enough to stay in a tie for the lead with two other players: Vijay Singh, the 1998 and 2004 champion, shot the lowest round of the day, 69 (–3), while Tiger Woods also rose into a tie for the lead with a 71 in which he made three birdies and two bogeys and stroked only 26 putts. The tough conditions and long course created very slow play; one player, Luiten, chose to complete his second round early on Saturday morning (the other two in his threesome chose to finish their rounds in near-darkness on Friday). He birdied the eighteenth for a round of 76 (+4), which put him at even-par 144.
|Tiger Woods||United States||69-71=140|
|Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||67-75=142|
|T7||Blake Adams||United States||71-72=143||−1|
|Trevor Immelman||South Africa||71-72=143|
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Weather conditions continued to worsen, and a fierce thunderstorm blew in late afternoon on Saturday, causing play to be postponed for the day with 26 of the 72 players still out on the course. Until the delay, scoring had been a little easier: world number 3 Rory McIlroy surged early with five birdies in his opening eight holes, and a remarkable par save on the third after his drive lodged in a tree. However, a bogey on nine, his final hole of the day, dropped him back into a share of the lead with two-time champion Singh, 26 years McIlroy's senior and attempting to become the oldest major winner in history. They led Adam Scott, also enjoying a fast start, by one, as Scott attempted to shrug off his near miss at the year's previous major. Woods struggled early and was three-over par with a lengthy putt for par at the eighth when play was halted. The overnight clubhouse lead was held by Bo Van Pelt, who carded a five-under 67 early to move to three-under for the week.
The leaderboard when play was halted on Saturday at 4:50 pm EDT:
|T1||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||67-75-32=174||–6||9|
|T5||Bo Van Pelt||United States||73-73-67=213||–3||F|
|Trevor Immelman||South Africa||71-72-38=181||10|
|T7||Steve Stricker||United States||74-73-67=214||–2||F|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||68-76-43=187||11|
Play resumed Sunday at 7:45 am EDT
|1||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||67-75-67=209||–7|
|T3||Trevor Immelman||South Africa||71-72-70=213||–3|
|Bo Van Pelt||United States||73-73-67=213|
|Steve Stricker||United States||74-73-67=214|
|Tiger Woods||United States||69-71-74=214|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||68-76-71=215|
|Jimmy Walker||United States||73-75-67=215|
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Ian Poulter made an early charge by making five birdies in a row to start his round, but his charge fizzled on the back nine and he finished with four bogeys in the last six holes. Pettersson was in contention early in the round with a front nine 34 despite a rules infraction where he received a two-stroke penalty from moving a leaf in a lateral hazard, though he also fell out of contention on the back nine when McIlroy pulled away. McIlroy shot a bogey-free 66 (–6) and needed only 24 putts for the round, winning the championship by a record eight strokes, capped with a 20-foot (6 m) birdie putt on the final hole. The previous PGA record winning margin was seven strokes, by Jack Nicklaus at age 40 in 1980, his 17th major.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||67-75-67-66=275||–13||1,445,000|
|T3||Keegan Bradley||United States||68-77-71-68=284||–4||384,500|
|T7||Blake Adams||United States||71-72-75-67=285||–3||226,000|
|Steve Stricker||United States||74-73-67-71=285|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
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- PGA Championship 2012 Live
- Official website
- Coverage on the European Tour's official site
- Coverage on CBS Sports
- Kiawah Island Golf Resort
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