Twelve down, six to go. In yet another awesome display of his legendary talents, Tiger Woods blew away the field Sunday at Medinah with a 4-under 68 that sent him to a whopping five-shot victory and 12th career major title at the 88th PGA Championship.
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U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman has selected veterans Stewart Cink and Scott Verplank with his captain's picks. Both have proven themselves in international team competition, and both hit the ball straight and have strong short games.
For one weekend, Medinah Country Club felt a lot like Wrigley Field. But when it comes to the majors these days, says PGA.com's Grant Boone, there are Tigers (Woods) and Cubs (every other player on tour) and the result is no contest.
Some helped themselves mightily with strong showings at the PGA Championship, while others shot themselves out of contention. Now all that remains is waiting for a call from U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman to see if they made the cut.
On the first green Sunday, Luke Donald turned away so he wouldn't see Tiger Woods sink the birdie putt to take the lead. But when he heard the roar, AP Columnist Jim Litke says, he knew that, once again, Woods would win a major.
Tiger Woods' challengers disappeared so quickly on Sunday that they could have stopped for lunch after nine and nobody would have noticed, says AP Columnist Tim Dahlberg. Is Woods that good or are the guys chasing him that bad?
With a chance to make a big splash by beating Tiger Woods and winning his first major, Luke Donald instead faded into the background as he scuffled to a tie for third. So for now, his dream of being among the best will stay just that.
Shaun Micheel closed with a 3-under 69 on Sunday to finish in solo second, five shots behind Tiger Woods. But for Micheel, who has struggled since his breakthrough in 2003, the strong result in a major is almost as good as a victory.
After trying out some other caddies, Sean O'Hair is happily back with Steve Lucas, who also happens to be his father-in-law. The pair put things together at Medinah just like they did last year, when O'Hair was the rookie of the year.