Champion: Payne Stewart
Site: Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Hawthorn Woods, Ill.
Date: Aug. 10-13
Par: 36-36 - 72 (7,217 yards)
Field: 150 Cut at 145 (70 players advanced)
The 71st PGA Championship will be remembered for Payne Stewart's come-from-behind victory over the final five holes - four birdies that were enough to edge Mike Reid, Curtis Strange and Andy Bean. Reid led until the final three holes, suffering a bogey at the 16th, a double bogey at 17 and missing a birdie putt on the 18th green.
The other short story of this Championship was writted in the first round by Arnold Palmer, a month shy of his 60th birthday. Palmer birdied five straight holes on the front nine, posting a 31, and causing thunderous roars to shake the serenity of the course. Palmer made his 34th attempt to win the major championship that has eluded his grasp. As the putts kept falling, the gallery kept motivating the "king." After a birdie at the 15th hole, Palmer was in the lead. But a missed 12-foot birdie putt at the 16th hole stemmed the celebration. He bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes, finished with a 68 and his stroll down nostalgia lane ended. Palmer finished the Championship with rounds of 74, 81 and 70, tying for 63rd. His march up the 18th fairway in the final round resulted in a tumultuous ovation. Not to disappoint his followers, Palmer sank a 25-foot birdie putt, prompting an even greater roar of approval from an army of adoring fans.
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