2009 PGA Championship
|Dates||August 13–16, 2009|
|Location||Chaska, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Course(s)||Hazeltine National Golf Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
Japan Golf Tour
|Length||7,674 yards (7,017 m)|
|Field||156 players, 80 after cut|
Yang Yong-eun, more commonly referred to as "Y.E. Yang" in the U.S., won his first major title, three strokes ahead of runner-up Tiger Woods, a four-time champion. It marked the first time that Woods had failed to win a major he had led after 54 holes. Yang also became the first Asian-born player to win a men's major championship (although the third of Asian descent, after Vijay Singh and Woods).
It was the fourth major championship held at the course; it previously hosted the PGA Championship in 2002, won by Rich Beem, and two U.S. Opens (1970, 1991). The 2009 course was the longest to date for a major at 7,674 yards (7,017 m). The average elevation of the course is approximately 940 feet (287 m) above sea level.
Lengths of the course for previous majors:
- 7,360 yards (6,730 m), par 72 - 2002 PGA Championship
- 7,149 yards (6,537 m), par 72 - 1991 U.S. Open
- 7,151 yards (6,539 m), par 72 - 1970 U.S. Open
The following were the qualification criteria that were used to select the field. Each player is listed according to the first category by which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses:
1. All former PGA Champions
Paul Azinger, Rich Beem, Mark Brooks, John Daly, Steve Elkington, Pádraig Harrington (4,6,8), Davis Love III (8,10), Shaun Micheel, Phil Mickelson (3,6,8,9,10), Vijay Singh (8,10), David Toms (6,8), Bob Tway, Tiger Woods (2,3,4,8,10)
(Eligible but not competing: Jack Burke, Jr., 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, Lanny Wadkins)
6. 15 low scorers and ties in the 2008 PGA Championship
Stuart Appleby (8), Aaron Baddeley, Ben Curtis (8,9), Ken Duke, Steve Flesch, Alastair Forsyth, Sergio García (8), Graeme McDowell, Prayad Marksaeng, Andrés Romero, Justin Rose, Jeev Milkha Singh, Henrik Stenson (8,10), Camilo Villegas (8,10), Charlie Wi (8)
7. 20 low scorers in the 2009 PGA Professional National Championship
Sam Arnold, Ryan Benzel, Greg Bisconti, Keith Dicciani, Brian Gaffney, Bob Gaus, Scott Hebert, Todd Lancaster, Eric Lippert, Mitch Lowe, Mike Miles, Lee Rinker, Kevin Roman, Steve Schneiter, Mark Sheftic, Mike Small, Chris Starkjohann, Grant Sturgeon, Craig Thomas, Tim Weinhart
8. Top 70 leaders in official money standings from the 2008 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Legends Reno-Tahoe Open to the 2009 Buick Open
Robert Allenby, Stephen Ames, Woody Austin, Briny Baird, Cameron Beckman (10), Chad Campbell (9), K. J. Choi, Tim Clark, Ben Crane, Brian Davis, Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk (9), Brian Gay (10), Mathew Goggin, Retief Goosen (10), Paul Goydos, J. J. Henry, Charley Hoffman, Charles Howell III, Dustin Johnson (10), Jerry Kelly (10), Anthony Kim (9), Justin Leonard (9), Hunter Mahan (9), John Mallinger, Steve Marino, John Merrick, Kevin Na, Sean O'Hair (10), Jeff Overton, Pat Perez (10), Kenny Perry (9,10), Carl Pettersson (10), Ian Poulter, Brett Quigley, John Rollins (10), Rory Sabbatini (10), John Senden, Kevin Streelman, Steve Stricker (9,10), Kevin Sutherland, D. J. Trahan, Bo Van Pelt (10), Scott Verplank, Nick Watney (10), Bubba Watson, Mike Weir, Lee Westwood, Mark Wilson (10), Yang Yong-eun (10)
11. The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above
Darren Clarke, Fred Couples, Nick Dougherty, Johan Edfors, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Ross Fisher, Hiroyuki Fujita, Richard Green, Anders Hansen, Søren Hansen, Peter Hanson, Ryuji Imada, Ryo Ishikawa, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Brendan Jones, Shingo Katayama, Martin Kaymer, Søren Kjeldsen, Tom Lehman, Thomas Levet, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Colin Montgomerie, Louis Oosthuizen, Rod Pampling, Corey Pavin, Álvaro Quirós, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Michael Sim, David Smail, Brandt Snedeker, Richard Sterne, Thongchai Jaidee, Anthony Wall, Steve Webster, Oliver Wilson, Chris Wood
12. Vacancies are filled by the first available player from the list of alternates (those below 70th place in official money standings)
- Scott McCarron (72) – took spot reserved for WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner (Tiger Woods already eligible)
- Matt Kuchar (73) – took spot reserved for Legends Reno-Tahoe Open winner (John Rollins already eligible)
- Bob Estes (75) – replaced Trevor Immelman
- Michael Letzig (78) – withdrew from alternate list
- Tim Petrovic (79) – replaced Paul Casey
Nationalities in the field
|North America (89)||South America (3)||Europe (31)||Oceania (16)||Asia (10)||Africa (7)|
|Canada (2)||Argentina (2)||England (11)||Australia (13)||India (1)||South Africa (7)|
|United States (87)||Colombia (1)||Northern Ireland (3)||Fiji (1)||Japan (4)|
|Scotland (2)||New Zealand (2)||South Korea (3)|
|Ireland (1)||Thailand (2)|
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Tiger Woods||United States||1999, 2000,
|Vijay Singh||Fiji||1998, 2004||69||72||75||73||289||+1||T16|
|David Toms||United States||2001||69||75||72||77||293||+5||T36|
|Rich Beem||United States||2002||71||76||75||72||294||+6||T43|
|Bob Tway||United States||1986||72||76||74||74||296||+8||T56|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||2005||74||74||76||76||300||+12||73|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Mark Brooks||United States||1996||74||75||149||+5|
|Davis Love III||United States||1997||76||73||149||+5|
|Paul Azinger||United States||1993||74||80||154||+10|
|Shaun Micheel||United States||2003||76||78||154||+10|
|John Daly||United States||1991||78||WD|
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tiger Woods had the outright lead after a 67 on the first round, which included 5 birdies and no bogeys. Defending champion Pádraig Harrington, who played in the same group as Woods, was in second place after a 68. David Toms, 2001 champion, also started well. He made many long birdie putts and par saves to shoot a 69, placing him in a group of six tied for third place that also included two-time champion Vijay Singh. World number two Phil Mickelson struggled slightly, shooting a 2-over par 74. John Daly, 1991 champion, withdrew after posting a 78, citing a back injury.
|1||Tiger Woods||United States||67||−5|
|Hunter Mahan||United States|
|David Toms||United States|
|T9||Michael Bradley||United States||70||−2|
|Ben Crane||United States|
|Paul Goydos||United States|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland|
Friday, August 14, 2009
Tiger Woods broke away from the pack with a run of three straight birdies on the back nine, finishing the round with a four-shot lead. It is his largest margin after two rounds at a major since the 2005 British Open at St Andrews, when he led by five. Conditions on the second day were tough, with strong winds playing with putts and uneven greens. Vijay Singh, Lucas Glover and Brendan Jones, who moved up the leaderboard into second place, all played in the morning. The other two in the group tied for second place, Pádraig Harrington and Ross Fisher, had to cope with the fierce afternoon winds.
|1||Tiger Woods||United States||67-70=137||−7|
|Lucas Glover||United States||71-70=141|
|T9||Ernie Els||South Africa||75-68=143||−1|
|Yang Yong-eun||South Korea||73-70=143|
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tiger Woods played a safe round, avoiding throwing away shots. His lead was halved to two shots over Pádraig Harrington and 2009 Honda Classic winner Yang Yong-eun. Henrik Stenson, winner of that year's Players Championship, scored a round of 68 and was tied for fourth place along with U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover. Ernie Els was as close as one shot from the lead but finished with three straight bogeys.
|1||Tiger Woods||United States||67-70-71=208||−8|
|Yang Yong-eun||South Korea||73-70-67=210|
|T4||Lucas Glover||United States||71-70-71=212||−4|
|T6||Ernie Els||South Africa||75-68-70=213||−3|
|John Rollins||United States||73-73-68=214|
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Struggling with his putting all day, Tiger Woods was in jeopardy of losing a major for the first time when leading after 54 holes. The only player who was able to take advantage of this was Woods' playing partner, Yang Yong-eun. Defending champion Pádraig Harrington was in contention early, but made a quintuple-bogey 8 on the par-3 8th, causing him to fall from tied for 2nd to tied for 10th. Tied on the short par-4 14th, Yang chipped in for eagle from just off the green. The eagle gave Yang the lead which he did not relinquish. Yang sealed the victory by drawing a 210-yard (192 m) approach around a tree to within ten feet (3 m) on the final hole, setting up a birdie against Woods' closing bogey and a winning margin of three strokes.
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Yang Yong-eun||South Korea||73-70-67-70=280||−8||1,350,000|
|2||Tiger Woods||United States||67-70-71-75=283||−5||810,000|
|T3||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||71-73-71-70=285||−3||435,000|
|5||Lucas Glover||United States||71-70-71-74=286||−2||300,000|
|T6||Ernie Els||South Africa||75-68-70-74=287||−1||233,125|
|Dustin Johnson||United States||72-73-73-70=288|
|Zach Johnson||United States||74-73-70-71=288|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||70-75-71-72=288|
|John Merrick||United States||72-72-74-70=288|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
|Eagle||Birdie||Bogey||Double bogey||Triple bogey+|
- The 91st PGA Championship – Prize Money Breakdown
- "Yang outplays Woods for USPGA win". BBC Sport. August 16, 2009. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2009.
- "Topographic map". mapper.acme.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
- 2008 PGA Championship Eligibility – no changes for 2009
- "Injured Immelman to miss a 3rd straight major". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2009-08-11.
- Citing injury, England's Casey pulls out of PGA Championship
- 91st PGA Championship Entry List as of August 9, 2009
- Ishikawa gets PGA Championship invite
- Minnesotan Tom Lehman gets exemption into PGA Championship
- Karlsson out of PGA Championship
- Notebook: Irish drums highlight Harrington's Champions dinner – Divots
- "Woods lays down gauntlet in USPGA". BBC Sport. August 13, 2009. Archived from the original on August 15, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2009.
- Daly withdraws from PGA Championship
- Armour, Nancy (August 14, 2009). "Woods builds a 4-shot lead in the PGA". Yahoo Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2009.
- Ferguson, Doug (August 15, 2009). "Tiger claws out a 2-shot lead at the PGA". Yahoo Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
- Yang stuns Tiger to become 1st Asian to win major
- Allen, David (August 17, 2009). "Yang Tames Tiger with Help of 3-Hybrid". Golf Channel. Archived from the original on August 20, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2010.
- "2009 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
- "2009 PGA Championship leaderboard". Yahoo! Sports. August 16, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- "2009 PGA Championship leaderboard". ESPN. August 16, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
- 2009 Official site
- Coverage on European Tour's official site
- Hazeltine National Golf Club
- About.com: 2009 PGA Championship
2009 Open Championship
|Major Championships||Succeeded by|