2013 Senior PGA Champion
Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid
It was Kohki Idoki's first trip to the United States, a journey that evolved into a storybook ending to the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Finishing ahead of 54-hole leader Kenny Perry's group, Idoki signed his scorecard then stood outside the scorer's area. It wasn't long when word came that victory was his in the most prestigious and historic event in senior golf.
"It is one of the greatest things to win in this game, so I cannot imagine more," Idoki said, with his translator working hard to effectively deliver his comments. "I can't believe that I am the Champion."
The first Asian male player to win a senior major championship, Idoki who wore some words stitched on his left sleeve: "Believe My Ability." Idoki, who made a lot of believers on his way to a flawless bogey-free 6-under-par 65 final round, rallied from a five-stroke deficit, charging to a two-stroke victory at 11-under-par 273.
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Jeff Coston, PGA teaching professional at Semiahmoo Golf Resort in Blaine, Wash., and Mark Mielke, PGA head professional at Mill River Club in Oyster Bay, N.Y., shot even-par 284 to become the first dual Low PGA Club Professional honorees since the Senior PGA Championship began recognizing the feat with a crystal bowl in 2005. Click here for more.
The most historic and prestigious event in senior golf, the Senior PGA Championship was born in 1937 and was played that initial year at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club, at the suggestion of renowned amateur Bobby Jones. Today, the Senior PGA Championship brings both the legends of the game and the newest members of senior professional golf to new audiences throughout the United States.
The 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will be held May 22-25 at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.
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