History

1988: Tiny "Slu" slays mighty Oak Tree

Champion: Jeff Sluman, Naples, Fla.
Site: Oak Tree Golf Club, Edmond, Okla.
Date: Aug. 11-14
Purse: $1,000,000
Par: 36-35 - 71 (7,015 yards)
Field: 150 Cut at 144 (72 players advanced)

Playing one of the country's most difficult courses, 5-foot-7, 140-pound Jeff Sluman appeared a giant after the 70th PGA Championship. Sluman entered the final round three strokes behind Paul Azinger, who was on a tournament roll with a third-round hole-in-one. Sluman caught fire with a final-round 65 that featured a pair of birdies and an eagle after holing a 115-yard sand wedge on the par-5, 590-yard fifth hole. He then added three birdies coming in. Sluman became the first player to win in his debut on the PGA Tour since Jerry Pate won the 1976 U.S. Open. Pate was at Oak Tree, but walking the course as a television commentator. The concern by players earlier in the week that Oak Tree would produce the highest scores for a PGA Championship were quickly dispelled. The field averaged 73.02 strokes and produced the second easiest scoring total in Championship history.

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