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Philo Jr. defeats Schulte in sudden death to win the title

It was no surprise that the 39th PGA Professional National Championship couldn't be settled in regulation, seeing as how the event boasted a field packed with 312 of the best PGA Professionals in the nation. Ron Philo Jr. (left) and Alan Schulte were the last men standing on Sunday, and Philo finally prevailed on the third extra hole.

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Small's big back-to-back bid comes up just a little short

Mike Small teed off Sunday trying to become only the third player ever to win the PGA Professional National Championship twice in a row. An unlikely mid-round stumble ended his hopes, but he still earned a coveted spot at Medinah.

Top 20 finishers clinch spots in the PGA Championship

One of the great perks available at the PGA Professional National Championship is that the 20 highest finishers receive automatic berths in the PGA Championship. Ron Philo Jr. will lead the 2006 contingent to Medinah Country Club in August.

Notes and Quotes from Sunday's final round

Four players come up aces at Turning Stone. Plus, Ron Philo discusses what the victory means to him, Lee Rinker looks ahead to the PGA Championship, Jeffrey Cranford talks about the wind, Sam Arnold appreciates his caddie, and more.

Keeping his nerves in check is job No. 1 for Schulte

Alan Schulte, who shares the third-round lead, is the rare athlete who freely admits when he's got a case of the butterflies. And if he wants to knock off defending champ Mike Small on Sunday, he knows he's got to keep the fluttering to a minimum.

Notes and Quotes from Saturday's third round

Mike Small insists a lot of players are still capable of winning, Lee Rinker explains the difficulty of playing out of the rough, Jerry Haas sets his goal for the final round, Alan Schulte measures his expectations on the greens, and more.

Perseverance pays off for three never-say-die grinders

Steve Schneiter, Donald Yrene and John Traub are scattered up and down the scoreboard after two rounds at Turning Stone, but they shared one thing on Friday. All three displayed an admirable ability to bounce back from a run-in with trouble.

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