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.
39th PGA Professional National Championship
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Take a moment to see the sights at Atunyote and Shenendoah at the 2006 PGA Professional National Championship.view photos
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.