2015 PGA Championship

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2015 PGA Championship
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Tournament information
Dates August 13–16, 2015
Location Kohler/Haven, Wisconsin
Course(s) Whistling Straits
Straits Course
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s)
Statistics
Par 72 [1]
Length 7,501 yards (6,859 m)
Field 156 players, 77 after cut
Cut 146 (+2)
Prize fund $10,000,000[2]
Winner's share $1,800,000[2]
Champion
Australia Jason Day
268 (−20)
WhistlingStraits is located in the US
WhistlingStraits
Whistling
Straits
Location in the United States
Whistling Straits is located in Wisconsin
Whistling Straits
Whistling Straits
Location in Wisconsin

The 2015 PGA Championship was the 97th PGA Championship, held August 13–16 on the Straits Course of Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin (the course is physically in Haven but holds a Kohler mailing address due to its Kohler Company ownership).[3] It was the third PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which previously hosted in 2004 and 2010, as well as the United States Senior Open in 2007, all held on the Straits Course.

Jason Day won his first major championship title with a total score of 268 (−20), at the time the lowest score in relation to par ever recorded in a major (a mark since equaled by Henrik Stenson during his win at the 2016 Open Championship).[4] Jordan Spieth, attempting to win his third major of the year, finished in second place three strokes behind. The second-place finish allowed Spieth to surpass Rory McIlroy as number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. [5]

Course layout[edit]

Straits Course

Hole Name Yards Par Hole Name Yards Par
1 Outward Bound 408 4 10 Voyageur 361 4
2 Cross Country 593 5 11 Sand Box 563 5
3 O' Man 181 3 12 Pop Up 143 3
4 Glory 489 4 13 Cliff Hanger 404 4
5 Snake 603 5 14 Widow's Watch 397 4
6 Gremlin's Ear 355 4 15 Grand Strand 518 4
7 Shipwreck 221 3 16 Endless Bite 569 5
8 On the Rocks 507 4 17 Pinched Nerve 223 3
9 Down and Dirty 446 4 18 Dyeabolical 520 4
Out 3,803 36 In 3,698 36
Source:[1][6][7] Total 7,501 72

Previous course lengths for major championships

Field[edit]

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 (8,9), Mark Brooks, John Daly, Jason Dufner, Pádraig Harrington (10), Martin Kaymer (2,9), Davis Love III, Rory McIlroy (2,4,6,8,9,10), Shaun Micheel, Phil Mickelson (4,6,8,9), Vijay Singh, David Toms, Tiger Woods, Yang Yong-eun

2. Last five U.S. Open Champions
Justin Rose (8,9,10), Webb Simpson (8,9), Jordan Spieth (3,8,9,10)

3. Last five Masters Champions
Charl Schwartzel (6,8), Adam Scott (6,8), Bubba Watson (8,9,10)

4. Last five Open Champions
Darren Clarke, Ernie Els (6), Zach Johnson (8,9)

5. Current Senior PGA Champion
Colin Montgomerie

6. 15 low scorers and ties in the 2014 PGA Championship
Kevin Chappell, Jason Day (8,10), Victor Dubuisson (9), Rickie Fowler (8,9,10), Jim Furyk (8,9,10), Mikko Ilonen, Brooks Koepka (8,10), Hunter Mahan (8,9,10), Louis Oosthuizen (8), Ryan Palmer (8), Brandt Snedeker (8,10), Henrik Stenson (8,9), Steve Stricker, Jimmy Walker (8,9,10), Marc Warren, Lee Westwood (9), Bernd Wiesberger

7. 20 low scorers in the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship
Brian Cairns, Matt Dobyns, Sean Dougherty, Charles Frost, Brian Gaffney, Ryan Helminen, Brett Jones, Ryan Kennedy, Johan Kok, Alan Morin, Jeff Olson, Austin Peters, Ben Polland, Adam Rainaud, Brent Snyder, Bob Sowards, Grant Sturgeon, Omar Uresti, Daniel Venezio, Steven Young

8. Top 70 leaders in official money standings from the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to the 2015 Quicken Loans National
Bae Sang-moon (10), Daniel Berger, Jason Bohn, Steven Bowditch (10), Paul Casey, Brendon de Jonge, Harris English, Matt Every (10), Tony Finau, Sergio García (9), Fabián Gómez (10), Bill Haas (10), Chesson Hadley, James Hahn (10), Brian Harman, David Hearn, Russell Henley, Charley Hoffman (10), Morgan Hoffmann, J. B. Holmes (10), Billy Horschel (10), Dustin Johnson (10), Matt Jones, Kevin Kisner, Russell Knox, Matt Kuchar (9), Danny Lee (10), Marc Leishman, David Lingmerth (10), Ben Martin (10), Hideki Matsuyama, Troy Merritt (10), Ryan Moore (10), Kevin Na, Geoff Ogilvy, Scott Piercy (10), Ian Poulter (9), Patrick Reed (9,10), John Senden, Shawn Stefani, Robert Streb (10), Kevin Streelman, Justin Thomas, Brendon Todd, Cameron Tringale, Camilo Villegas (10), Nick Watney, Boo Weekley

9. Members of the United States and European 2014 Ryder Cup teams (provided they are ranked in the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking on August 2, 2015)
Jamie Donaldson, Stephen Gallacher, Graeme McDowell

  • Thomas Bjørn (ranked 109) did not qualify, but was invited under category 12.

10. Winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour since the 2014 PGA Championship
Alex Čejka, J. J. Henry, Shane Lowry, Nick Taylor

11. Vacancies are filled by the first available player from the list of alternates (those below 70th place in official money standings).
Charles Howell III, Pat Perez, Rory Sabbatini, Brendan Steele

12. The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above[10][11]
An Byeong-hun, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thomas Bjørn, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Tim Clark, George Coetzee, Luke Donald, Ross Fisher, Tommy Fleetwood, Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo, Tyrrell Hatton, David Howell, Hiroshi Iwata, Thongchai Jaidee, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Søren Kjeldsen, Anirban Lahiri, Pablo Larrazábal, Alexander Lévy, Joost Luiten, George McNeill, Francesco Molinari, James Morrison, Koumei Oda, Eddie Pepperell, Richie Ramsay, Marcel Siem, Cameron Smith, Andy Sullivan, Danny Willett, Chris Wood

Alternates (category 11)
  1. Martin Laird – took spot reserved for WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner
  2. Sean O'Hair – replaced Graham DeLaet[8]
  3. Carl Pettersson – replaced Gary Woodland[9]

Nationalities in the field[edit]

North America (81) South America (3) Europe (44) Oceania (10) Asia (9) Africa (9)
 Canada (2)  Argentina (2)  England (14)  Australia (8)  India (1)  South Africa (8)
 United States (79)  Colombia (1)  Northern Ireland (3)  Fiji (1)  Japan (3)  Zimbabwe (1)
 Scotland (7)  New Zealand (1)  South Korea (3)
 Wales (1)  Thailand (2)
 Ireland (2)
 Austria (1)
 Denmark (2)
 Finland (1)
 France (2)
 Germany (3)
 Italy (1)
 Netherlands (1)
 Spain (4)
 Sweden (2)

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Martin Kaymer  Germany 2010 70 70 65 73 278 −10 T12
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 2012, 2014 71 71 68 69 279 −9 17
Phil Mickelson  United States 2005 72 73 66 69 280 −8 T18
Vijay Singh  Fiji 1998, 2004 73 71 71 70 285 −3 T37
Y. E. Yang  South Korea 2009 70 72 72 73 287 −1 T48
Keegan Bradley  United States 2011 76 70 72 71 289 +1 T61
Jason Dufner  United States 2013 71 75 69 77 292 +4 T68

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 2008 76 71 147 +3
Shaun Micheel  United States 2003 74 73 147 +3
Tiger Woods  United States 1999, 2000,
2006, 2007
75 73 148 +4
Davis Love III  United States 1997 79 73 152 +8
David Toms  United States 2001 77 75 152 +8
Rich Beem  United States 2002 76 78 154 +10
John Daly  United States 1991 73 82 155 +11
Mark Brooks  United States 1996 84 78 162 +18

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dustin Johnson recorded five birdies and an eagle and opened with a round of 66 (−6) for a one-stroke lead. This was the third consecutive major championship in which Johnson has held at least a share of the lead after the first round. David Lingmerth birdied five out of his first seven holes on the way to a round of 67 (−5) and is a stroke behind.[12] Defending champion Rory McIlroy, playing his first tournament since the U.S. Open after an ankle injury, opened with a round of 71 (−1), as did Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth.[13][14]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Dustin Johnson  United States 66 −6
2 David Lingmerth  Sweden 67 −5
T3 Jason Day  Australia 68 −4
Harris English  United States
Russell Henley  United States
J. B. Holmes  United States
Matt Jones  Australia
Matt Kuchar  United States
Danny Lee  New Zealand
Scott Piercy  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, August 14, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Play was suspended at 5:28 p.m. CDT due to thunderstorms with Jason Day and Matt Jones tied for the lead at nine-under par. David Lingmerth was the clubhouse leader at seven-under. Hiroshi Iwata tied a major championship record with a round of 63 (−9), the 27th time that had been achieved in a major and 13th time at the PGA Championship.[15][16]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Matt Jones  Australia 68-65=133 −11
2 Jason Day  Australia 68-67=135 −9
3 Justin Rose  England 69-67=136 −8
T4 Tony Finau  United States 71-66=137 −7
Anirban Lahiri  India 70-67=137
David Lingmerth  Sweden 67-70=137
T7 Scott Piercy  United States 68-70=138 −6
Jordan Spieth  United States 71-67=138
Brendan Steele  United States 69-69=138
T10 George Coetzee  South Africa 74-65=139 −5
Harris English  United States 68-71=139
Russell Henley  United States 68-71=139
J. B. Holmes  United States 68-71=139
Dustin Johnson  United States 66-73=139

Third round[edit]

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Following the completion of the second round on Saturday morning, the third round began at 9:15 a.m. CDT. After a round of 66 (−6), which included eight birdies and an eagle to offset a double bogey at the 15th, Jason Day built a two-stroke lead after 54 holes. Day carried at least a share of the lead into the final round for the third consecutive major championship, the first since Phil Mickelson in 2006 to do so. Jordan Spieth birdied six out of his last eight holes for a bogey-free round of 65 (−7) to move into second place. Branden Grace had the low round of the day with a 64 (−8) and jumped from 28th at the start of the round to a tie for third.[17]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jason Day  Australia 68-67-66=201 −15
2 Jordan Spieth  United States 71-67-65=203 −13
T3 Branden Grace  South Africa 71-69-64=204 −12
Justin Rose  England 69-67-68=204
5 Martin Kaymer  Germany 70-70-65=205 −11
T6 Tony Finau  United States 71-66-69=206 −10
Matt Jones  Australia 68-65-73=206
T8 Dustin Johnson  United States 66-73-68=207 −9
Anirban Lahiri  India 70-67-70=207
T10 J. B. Holmes  United States 68-71-69=208 −8
Billy Horschel  United States 72-68-68=208
Matt Kuchar  United States 68-72-68=208

Final round[edit]

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jason Day set a major championship scoring record on the way to a three-stroke victory and his first career major. After a round of 67 (−5) he finished the tournament at 20-under-par, breaking the previous major scoring record set by Tiger Woods at the 2000 Open Championship. Jordan Spieth, looking to join Woods and Ben Hogan with three major victories in a year, began the final round two strokes behind but was never able to close that deficit, finishing three shots behind. Spieth finished the year 54-under-par at the majors, also surpassing Woods' record from 2000. Branden Grace and Justin Rose also got to within two shots of the lead but fell from contention after double bogeys at the 10th and 13th, respectively.[18][19]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jason Day  Australia 68-67-66-67=268 −20 1,800,000
2 Jordan Spieth  United States 71-67-65-68=271 −17 1,080,000
3 Branden Grace  South Africa 71-69-64-69=273 −15 680,000
4 Justin Rose  England 69-67-68-70=274 −14 480,000
T5 Brooks Koepka  United States 73-69-67-66=275 −13 367,500
Anirban Lahiri  India 70-67-70-68=275
T7 George Coetzee  South Africa 74-65-70-67=276 −12 293,000
Dustin Johnson  United States 66-73-68-69=276
Matt Kuchar  United States 68-72-68-68=276
T10 Tony Finau  United States 71-66-69-71=277 −11 243,000
Robert Streb  United States 70-73-67-67=277

Scorecard[edit]

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 4
Australia Day −15 −16 −16 −16 −17 −18 −19 −18 −18 −18 −19 −19 −19 −20 −19 −20 −20 −20
United States Spieth −13 −13 −14 −13 −14 −15 −15 −15 −14 −15 −15 −15 −16 −16 −16 −17 −17 −17
South Africa Grace −12 −12 −13 −13 −14 −15 −16 −16 −16 −14 −14 −14 −15 −15 −14 −14 −15 −15
England Rose −12 −12 −12 −12 −13 −14 −14 −14 −14 −15 −16 −16 −14 −14 −14 −15 −15 −14
United States Koepka −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −10 −10 −11 −12 −12 −11 −11 −12 −14 −13 −13
India Lahiri −10 −10 −10 −10 −11 −12 −12 −12 −13 −12 −13 −13 −13 −13 −13 −14 −14 −13
South Africa Coetzee −7 −7 −7 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −8 −9 −10 −10 −10 −10 −11 −12 −13 −12
United States Johnson −5 −6 −5 −4 −5 −6 −7 −7 −7 −8 −10 −11 −11 −11 −11 −13 −12 −12
United States Kuchar −8 −9 −9 −9 −10 −11 −11 −11 −10 −11 −13 −13 −12 −12 −12 −12 −12 −12

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Preceded by
2015 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
2016 Masters

Coordinates: 43°51′04″N 87°44′06″W / 43.851°N 87.735°W / 43.851; -87.735