1987: The survivor

Champion: Larry Nelson, Marietta, Ga.
Site: PGA National Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Date: Aug. 6-9
Purse: $900,000
Par: 36-36 - 72 (7,002 yards)
Field: 150 Cut at 151 (74 players advanced)

Larry Nelson knows best how to play in the steamy southeastern part of the country. All but two of the Ft. Payne, Alabama native's victories were in the southeast. So, when PGA National Golf Club turned into a sauna, Nelson was around to towel off the Rodman Wanamaker Trophy. Nelson's final-round 72 produced the highest winning 72 hole score (1-under-par 287) in PGA Championship history. Nelson became the 15th multiple winner of the Championship, and pocketed his third major championship. Nelson defeated friend and former Ryder Cup teammate Lanny Wadkins in a playoff by making a 6 1/2-foot par putt on the 409-yard 10th hole. Wadkins failed to knock home his five-footer coming back.

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