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1995: Elkington tops Monty in a playoff

Champion: Steve Elkington, Sydney, Australia
Site: Riviera Country Club. Los Angeles, Calif.
Date: Aug. 10-13
Purse: $2,000,000
Par: 35-36 - 71 (6,956 yards)
Field: 150 Cut at 142 (72 players advanced)

Australia's Steve Elkington defeated Scotland's Colin Montgomerie with a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the 1995 PGA Championship.

Elkington started the round six strokes behind Ernie Els, who had been setting records during the previous two days and brought a three-stroke lead into the final day. But Elkington shot a bogey-free round of 7-under-par 64 for 17-under 267.

The 17-under was a PGA championship scoring record and the 267 total tied the major championship low, set by Greg Norman at the 1993 British Open.

Elkington took sole possession of the lead for the first time when he got to 17-under on the 12th hole with a birdie, his third in succession. Coming to the last three holes, Els was a stroke behind at 16-under and Montgomerie three back at 14-under. Montgomerie birdied each of the last three holes to get to 65 and force the playoff.

While Elkington remained in the scorer's tent, Montgomerie was on the 18th green, standing over a 20-foot birdie putt for the tie. The Scotsman made the putt and Elkington headed back to 18 for the playoff.

Both players played the hole in similar fashion, hitting the fairway and then approach shots to 20 feet. Elkington putted first, ironically sinking a similar putt to Monty's on 18 just a few minutes before to clinch the championship.

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