History

1979: An extraordinary day

Champion: David Graham, Dallas, Texas
Site: Oakland Hills Country Club, Birmingham, Mich.
Date: Aug. 2-5
Purse: $350,600
Par: 35-35 - 70 (7,014 yards)
Field: 150 Cut at 146 (74 players advanced)

It was one of the most extraordinary days any tour player ever had. Australia's David Graham rode an emotional roller-coaster from elation to despair to glory in a span of four holes. Graham reached the 72nd tee with a two-stroke lead, but admitted he began thinking, "PGA Championship." He pushed his drive wide right and double-bogeyed the 459-yard hole. He limped into a playoff against a player he knew well - Ben Crenshaw. Graham was a clubmaker and who fashioned Crenshaw's irons. But it was Graham's putter than proved his salvation. He scrambled for pars on the first two extra holes, making putts of 25 and 10 feet. On the third extra hole, a par-3, Crenshaw blocked out his tee shot and knocked it into a bunker. Graham's tee shot was within four feet of the pin, and he didn't miss the chance to end the dramatics by sinking the winning putt. Graham became the fifth foreign-born PGA Champion.

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