PGA Professional National Championship

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The PGA Professional National Championship is a golf tournament for golf club professionals and teachers who are members of the Professional Golfers' Association of America. It has been held by the PGA of America since 1968, when touring professionals split off to found the PGA Tour.

The PGA Professional National Championship was known as the PGA Club Professional Championship until 2006. Since 1997, the tournament has usually been played in late June, six to seven weeks before the PGA Championship in mid-August. Previously, the club pro tournament had been played in the fall, anywhere from late September to December, and its top 25 finishers qualified for the PGA Championship. The number of qualifiers was reduced by five in 2006 to the top 20 finishers.

312 (twice the amount of most PGA Tour events) professionals initially play in the field. At the end of two rounds, the top 90 plus ties compete in round three. After round three, the field is reduced to 70 plus ties. At the end of 72 holes, if there is a tie for 20th place, a playoff occurs until exactly twenty advance to the PGA Championship.

The PGA Championship was originally the leading championship organized by the whole body of professionals, both club and touring. This contrasts to the other three majors, two of which are organized by bodies controlled by golf's amateur establishment, and the other run by a private club founded by a lifetime amateur. Since 1968, the PGA Championship has been run mainly for the top touring professionals, but unlike the other majors, it continues to reserve places for the club pros.

Sam Snead and Bob Rosburg are the only players to win a major championship and the PGA Professional National Championship. Bruce Fleisher and Larry Gilbert each would go on to win a senior major. Several other winners have had PGA Tour careers, either before or after winning the championship.

The winner also earns $75,000 and six exemptions into the PGA Tour for the next season, three of which must be opposite The Open Championship or World Golf Championship events. The top five finishers are also given entry into the second round of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Although the event gives invitations to the men's PGA event, women are eligible to compete. Those who have done so are: Patty Post (1997), Suzy Whaley (2002, 2005), Karen Paolozzi (2014, 2016), and Ashley Grier (2016). Whaley (2005) and Paolozzi made the 36-hole cut. Paolozzi placed inside the top 20 in 2016, but was not given entry due to the "Whaley Rule," where women must play from the same tees as the men during both the sectional and national tournaments. The Women's PGA Championship (formerly the LPGA Championship) was established in 2015 and awarded entry to the top eight finishers of the LPGA T&CP (Teaching and Club Professional) National Championship.

Winners[edit]

Year Champion Venue Location Score Top 20 cut
2017 Crosswater Club Sunriver, Oregon
2016 Rich Berberian, Jr. Turning Stone Resort & Casino Verona, New York 277 (−11) 287 (−1)
2015 Matt Dobyns (2) Philadelphia Cricket Club Flourtown, Pennsylvania 279 (−3) 286 (+4)
2014 Michael Block The Dunes Golf & Beach Club
Grande Dunes Resort Club
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 286 (−2) 293 (+5)
2013 Rod Perry Crosswater Club Sunriver, Oregon 277 (−10) 288 (+1)
2012 Matt Dobyns Bayonet Golf Club Seaside, California 275 (−13) 291 (+3)
2011 David Hutsell Hershey Country Club Hershey, Pennsylvania 274 (−11) 284 (−1)
2010 Mike Small (3) French Lick Resort Casino French Lick, Indiana 278 (−8) 289 (+3)
2009 Mike Small (2) Twin Warriors Golf Club Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico 277 (−7) 282 (−2)
2008 Scott Hebert Reynolds Plantation Greensboro, Georgia 276 (−12) 287 (−1)
2007 Chip Sullivan Crosswater Club Sunriver, Oregon 282 (−6) 291 (+3)
2006 Ron Philo, Jr. Turning Stone Resort & Casino Verona, New York 278 (−10) 287 (−1)
2005 Mike Small (1) Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Ocean Course Kiawah Island, South Carolina 289 (+1)
2004 Bob Sowards Longaberger Golf Club Licking County, Ohio 276 (−12)
2003 Tim Thelen (2) Twin Warriors Golf Club Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico 282 (−6)
2002 Barry Evans Valhalla Golf Club Louisville, Kentucky 281 (−7)
2001 Wayne DeFrancesco Crosswater Club Sunriver, Oregon 278 (−10)
2000 Tim Thelen (1) Oak Tree Golf Club Edmond, Oklahoma 214 (+1)*
1999 Jeff Freeman Whistling Straits, Straits Course Kohler, Wisconsin 287 (−1)
1998 Mike Burke, Jr. Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 8 Pinehurst, North Carolina 281 (−3)
1997 Bruce Zabriski Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 8 Pinehurst, North Carolina 281 (−3)
1996 Darrell Kestner PGA West La Quinta, California 271 (−17)
1995 Steve Schneiter Multiple courses La Quinta, California and Rancho Mirage, California 278
1994 Sammy Rachels Multiple courses Osage Beach, Missouri and Lake Ozark, Missouri 284 PO
1993 Jeffrey Roth PGA National Resort & Spa Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 275
1992 Ron McDougal Multiple courses La Quinta, California and Rancho Mirage, California 273
1991 Larry Gilbert (3) Doral Golf Resort & Spa Doral, Florida 267
1990 Brett Upper Multiple courses La Quinta, California and Rancho Mirage, California 275
1989 Bruce Fleisher Multiple courses La Quinta, California and Rancho Mirage, California 277
1988 Bob Boyd Pinehurst Resort Pinehurst, North Carolina 287 PO
1987 Jay Lumpkin Multiple courses La Quinta, California and Rancho Mirage, California 279
1986 Bob Lendzion Multiple courses La Quinta, California and Rancho Mirage, California 284
1985 Ed Dougherty Multiple courses La Quinta, California 277
1984 Bill Schumaker PGA National Resort & Spa Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 284 PO
1983 Larry Webb Multiple courses La Quinta, California 283
1982 Larry Gilbert (2) PGA National Resort & Spa Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 284
1981 Larry Gilbert (1) PGA National Resort & Spa Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 285 PO
1980 John Traub PGA National Resort & Spa Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 283
1979 Buddy Whitten Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain, Georgia 278 PO
1978 John Gentile Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain, Georgia 276 PO
1977 Laurie Hammer Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain, Georgia 282
1976 Bob Galloway Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain, Georgia 280
1975 Roger Watson (2) Callaway Gardens Pine Mountain, Georgia 279 PO
1974 Roger Watson (1) Pinehurst Resort Pinehurst, North Carolina 284 PO
1973 Rives McBee Pinehurst Resort Pinehurst, North Carolina 282
1972 Don Massengale Pinehurst Resort Pinehurst, North Carolina 280
1971 Sam Snead Pinehurst Resort Pinehurst, North Carolina 275
1970 Rex Baxter Sunol Valley Golf Course, Palm Course Sunol, California 285
1969 Bob Rosburg Multiple courses Chandler, Arizona 275
1968 Howell Fraser Multiple courses Scottsdale, Arizona 272
  • PO - Won in playoff
  • * - Only 54 holes, not 72, were played due to inclement weather

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