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2010 PGA Championship

Multiple Hosts of a Premier Major

The previous 91 PGA Championships have been hosted by 71 different courses in 25 states. The following 14 courses have hosted multiple PGA Championships:

Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla. -- 1970, '82, '94, 2007
Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Township, Mich. -- 1972, '79, 2008
Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club -- 1922, '51, '78
Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio -- 1960, '66, '75
Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minn. -- 2002, '09
Medinah (Ill.) Country Club -- 1999, 2006
Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Ky. -- 1996, 2000
Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club -- 1925, '61
Keller Golf Club, St. Paul, Minn. -- 1932, '54
Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y. -- 1980, 2003
The Atlanta Athletic Club, Duluth, Ga. -- 1981, 2001
Riviera Country Club, Pacifica Palisades, Calif. -- 1983, '95
Shoal Creek Country Club, Birmingham, Ala. -- 1984, '90
Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio -- 1986, '93
Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisc. -- 2004, 2010

States Hosting the PGA Championship

Ranking the 25 states and the number of times they have hosted the PGA Championship:

11 — New York, Ohio
9 — Pennsylvania
6 — Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma
5 — Minnesota
4 — California
3 — Colorado, Kentucky, Texas
2 — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin
1 — Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia

International PGA Champions

Since 1916, the following 12 internationally born players have combined to win 16 PGA Championships:

Jim Barnes, England -- 1916, '19
Jock Hutchison, Scotland -- 1920
Tommy Armour, Scotland -- 1930
Jim Ferrier, Australia -- 1947
Gary Player, South Africa -- 1962, '72
David Graham, Australia -- 1979
Wayne Grady, Australia -- 1990
Nick Price, South Africa -- 1992, '94
Steve Elkington, Australia -- 1995
Vijay Singh, Fiji -- 1998, 2004
Padraig Harrington, Ireland -- 2008
Y.E. Yang, South Korea -- 2009

Method of Play

Stroke play, four rounds of 18 holes. Following the first 36 holes of play, the field will be reduced to the low 70 scorers and ties. Those players will advance to complete the final rounds. In the event of a tie for first place after 72 holes, there will be a three-hole aggregate-score playoff on holes No. 10, 17 and 18. If a tie still remains, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff beginning on hole No. 10 and, if necessary, on to holes No. 17, 18 repeated until a winner is determined.

Rules and Regulations

The Rules of Golf, which govern play, are determined by the United States Golf Association and applied by the PGA of America Board of Directors. The PGA Championship is subject to the overall supervision of the PGA of America Board of Directors.


The PGA of America has approved the following list of players eligible to compete in the 92nd PGA Championship:

-- All former PGA Champions
-- Winners of the last five Masters (2006-2010)
-- Winners of the last five U.S. Opens (2006-2010)
-- Winners of the last five British Opens (2006-2010)
-- The 2010 Senior PGA Champion
-- The 15 low scorers and ties in the 2009 PGA Championship
-- The 20 low scorers in the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship
-- The 70 leaders from the PGA Championship Points list from the 2009 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational through the 2010 Greenbrier Classic
-- Members of the 2008 United States and European Ryder Cup Teams providing they remain within the top 100 of the World Golf Rankings as of Aug. 2, 2010
-- Winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour from the 2009 PGA Championship to the 2010 PGA Championship (does not include pro-am and team competitions).
-- Vacancies will be filled by the first available player from the list of alternates (those below 70th place in the PGA Championship Points list from the 2009 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational through the 2010 Greenbrier Classic).
-- In addition, The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above. The total field will be a maximum of 156 players.

PGA Champion Benefits

The 2010 PGA Champion will receive:

-- A lifetime exemption into the PGA Championship
-- The Masters – Five-year exemption
-- U.S. Open – Five-year exemption
-- British Open – Five-year exemption
-- A berth in the 2010 PGA Grand Slam of Golf
-- A five-year exemption on the PGA Tour
-- Points for every $1,000 earned in the PGA Championship toward a berth on the 2010 Ryder Cup (provided he is American-born)
-- 30 points toward the 2010 PGA Player of the Year Award
(Note: Should a player win more than one major Championship in one year, an additional 50 bonus points for each win are awarded toward the PGA Player of the Year Award.)

Other PGA Championship and Top Performance Benefits

-- The top four scorers and ties in the PGA Championship are eligible to compete in the following year's Masters.
-- The top 30 scorers and ties are exempt from local qualifying (but not Sectional) for the following year's U.S. Open.
-- The Players Championship – Five-year exemption

In a Class of Their Own

Only 44 golf clubs have been included in Golf Digest's list of "America's 200 Toughest Golf Courses" since the list's inception in 1966. The roster, which was changed to "America's Greatest 100 Courses" in 1975, features the following future PGA Championship sites, which are among the elite 44 facilities:

2013 Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y.
2016 Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.

An Unmatched Field

Since 1994, the PGA Championship has been a perennial leader among major Championships by hosting the most world-ranked players in the world's strongest field. The 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., featured a record 98 of the Top 100 players. The 2009PGAChampionship at Hazeltine National Golf Club featured 97 of the top 100 world-ranked players, along with a record 69 players representing 22 countries, the most internationals to compete in a PGA Championship and the most for any U.S.-based major.

Record Media Coverage

The PGA Championship is a worldwide television event, too. The 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club attracted more 875 print and broadcast representatives from 13 countries

A Major Presence on the Airwaves

The PGA Championship is one of the most extensively broadcast golf events, with 27 hours of coverage by CBS Sports and TNT. The 1991 PGA Championship was the first golf event in which CBS featured coverage of all 18 holes. The network continues to use that format for the PGA Championship.

PGA Championship Playoff History

1923 Pelham Golf Club
Pelham Manor, N.Y.
Gene Sarazen defeated Walter Hagen, 1-up, 38 holes

1934 Park Club of Buffalo
Williamsville, N.Y.
Paul Runyan defeated Craig Wood, 1-up, 38 holes

1937 Pittsburgh Field Club
Aspinwall, Pa.
Denny Shute defeated Harold "Jug" McSpaden, 1-up, 37 holes

1939 Pomonok Country Club
Flushing, N.Y.
Henry Picard defeated Byron Nelson, 1-up, 37 holes

1941 Cherry Hills Country Club
Vic Ghezzi defeated Byron Nelson, 1-up, 38 holes

1961 Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club
Jerry Barber defeated Don January, 67 to 68, in an 18-hole playoff

1967 Columbine Country Club
Don January defeated Don Massengale, 69 to 71, in an 18-hole playoff

1977 Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
Lanny Wadkins defeated Gene Littler, making a six-foot par putt on the third extra hole in a sudden-death playoff

1978 Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club
John Mahaffey defeated Jerry Pate and Tom Watson by making a 12-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff

1979 Oakland Hills CC
Bloomfield Township, Mich.
David Graham defeated Ben Crenshaw with a birdie on the third extra hole of a sudden-death playoff

1987 PGA National Golf Club
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Larry Nelson defeated Lanny Wadkins with a par on the first extra hole of a sudden-death playoff

1993 Inverness Club
Toledo, Ohio
Paul Azinger defeated Greg Norman with a par on the second extra hole of a sudden-death playoff

1995 Riviera Country Club
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Steve Elkington defeated ColinMontgomerie with a birdie on the first extra hole of a sudden-death playoff

1996 Valhalla Golf Club
Louisville, Ky.
Mark Brooks defeated Kenny Perry with a birdie on the first extra hole of a sudden-death playoff

2000 Valhalla Golf Club
Louisville, Ky.
Tiger Woods defeated Bob May in the first three-hole aggregate score playoff in major and PGA Championship history, making a birdie on the 16th hole and finishing with two pars. May parred all three holes.

2004 Whistling Straits (Straits Course)
Kohler, Wisc.
Vijay Singh defeated Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard in a three-hole aggregate score playoff, making a birdie on the 10th hole (the first extra hole), and finishing with pars on the 17th and 18th holes. DiMarco and Leonard each had three consecutive pars.