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The PGA Championship

Tournament Info for: 2000 PGA Championship
Date: August 17 - 20, 2000
Site: Valhalla Golf Club
Champion: Tiger Woods
Purse: $5,000,000.00
Field: 150
Cut at: 80
Par: 36 - 36 - 72 (7,167 yards)
Players Advanced: 147

Tiger Woods had never faced Bob May in competition while both toiled in the Southern California junior ranks. May, seven years older than Woods, had dominated that state's junior ranks with Woods vowing to someday break all of May's records. The twosome, who had lived 20 minutes from each other as youngsters, finally met face to face on a world stage in the 82nd PGA Championship. Woods and May dueled through 21 pulsating holes at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., three of which were in overtime. Both played brilliantly down the stretch, each posting a bogey-free 31 on the back nine. Woods, pushed to the limit, reached down for something extra. He birdied the final two holesin regulation and the first hole (the 16th) in the Championship's first-ever three-hole aggregate score playoff. From there, Woods made memorable par saves on the final two holes to march to his second Wanamaker Trophy. He became the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three major titles in one year. Woods earned $900,000 from a PGA record purse of $5 million. He also erased a PGA "jinx" of capturing back-to-back Championships. Woods is the first to do so since Denny Shute (1936-37), and is the first to repeat in the stroke (medal) play era of the championship that began in 1958. Woods was tested from the beginning, losing his one-stroke margin through 54 holes, with a rare bogey on the par-5 second hole. The 31-year-old May, a resident of Las Vegas, played the wily poker hand throughout in perhaps the best one-on-one duel in a major championship since Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson squared off in the 1977 British Open at Turnberry, Scotland. Woods didn't clinch his fifth major championship until May missed by inches a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the playoff. Woods preceded by blasting out of a greenside bunker to two feet and making his putt for par. That par capped a remarkable major championship run for 2000 where Woods finished 53-under-par in 291 total holes of the modern Grand Slam events. Woods now owns the scoring record in relation to par in every major championship, an 18-under 270 that allowed him to get into the playoff. At St. Andrews a month earlier, the 24-year-old Woods became the youngest player to complete the career Grand Slam, with an eight-stroke victory. In June, he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by 15 strokes. "The fireworks started on the back nine," Woods said. "We played probably one of the - I mean, I think it's got to go down as one of the best duels in the game, in major championships. Granted there have been some great ones, but I think this one goes up there. Both of us shoot 31 on the back nine on Sunday afternoon with no bogeys. That is not too bad. Hats off to Bob. He played his heart out." May said later that he had a restless night before the finale. He awakened fresh, but felt he had "played golf all night." In effect, his dreams were carried over to daylight before a massive throng at Valhalla Golf Club, which featured its second playoff to determine a PGA Championship since 1996 when Mark Brooks won the title. May took a two-stroke lead following a birdie on the second hole. He never gave up the lead until his final putt. "I think I have a big heart," said May, who closed with his third successive 6-under-par 66 to Woods' 67. "People weren't expecting me to do what I did. I think I proved to them that I can play golf. If I would have won, it would have been a dream come true." May proved his point on the 72nd hole. Tied with Woods, he holed an 18-foot birdie putt from the fringe that forced Woods to make a downhill six-foot birdie putt. It curled in on the left side, Woods punching his fist and letting out a roar. Woods took a one-stroke lead on the first playoff hole, No. 16, but not until after May showed he wasn't going away, hitting a 70-yard chip from the rough that stopped inches from the cup. Woods tracked his 25-foot birdie putt, trotting after it and pointing at the ball as it dropped for birdie. Both players made memorable par saves on the 17th hole, and that left the par-5 18th where Woods had birdied three times and May once. Woods hit his drive left, with the ball ricocheting off a sycamore tree. It rolled back along a cart path, bouncing so high it hit the tree again before rolling down the path on to trampled dirt. He hit his approach into the left rough, and his third shot into a bunker. But May failed to capitalize. He hit across the fairway into more rough, and his approach caught the ridge on the horseshoe-shaped 18th green, some 40 feet away. Woods then hit his bunker approach to two feet and May stepped up and barely missed his birdie attempt to extend the playoff. Almost lost in the drama were the challengers to Woods and May. Thomas Björn of Denmark had a 68 and finished third, five strokes back at 13-under 275. He was among five other players who challenged late, including two -time Masters Champion Jose Maria Olazabal, who closed with a 69 and Australians Stuart Appleby (69) and Greg Chalmers (70), who were another stroke back.

Course AverageUnder
Low RoundsRound LeaderTiger Woods
Round 1: 74.79 21 20 109 66 Scott Dunlap, Tiger Woods 66 Scott Dunlap, Tiger Woods 66
Round 2: 73.38 51 16 83 66 Bob May, Notah Begay III 133 Tiger Woods 133
Round 3: 71 53 5 22 63 Jose Maria Olazabal 203 Tiger Woods 203
Round 4: 71.33 47 6 27 65 Lee Janzen 270 Bob May, Tiger Woods 270
Totals: 73.06 172 47 241