Sunday's Last Word

What could make our PGA Championship coverage even better? How about one story that recaps all the best stories we published throughout the entire day on Sunday? Here's our Last Word from the links.


The playoff scoreboard neatly summed up an unforgettable PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. (Getty Images)

KOHLER, Wis. (AP) -- Martin Kaymer won his first major Sunday in a PGA Championship that will be remembered as much for the guy who tied for fifth.

The final stroke of this most bizarre major was Kaymer tapping in from 2 feet to win a three-hole playoff over Bubba Watson.

Equally significant was the 4-iron that Dustin Johnson gently placed in the sand behind his ball on the final hole of regulation at Whistling Straits, unaware that he was in one of more than 1,000 bunkers that litters this lunarlike landscape.

Johnson had a one-shot lead playing the 18th hole when he drove it well right into a tiny patch of sand where the gallery had been walking all week. He grounded his club, thinking it was grass that had been killed under a week's worth of foot traffic. Fans were packed so tight around him that he never gave it another thought.

"Walking up there, seeing the shot, it never once crossed my mind that I was in a sand trap," Johnson said. "It's very unfortunate. The only worse thing that could have happened was if I had made the putt on that last hole."

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By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents

KOHLER, Wis. -- The 92nd PGA Championship began with Phil Mickelson, one of the PGA Tour's most fervent carnivores, revealing that he had been a vegetarian for the last eight weeks after being diagnosed with psoraitic arthritis. And he even likes it.

Then we moved from Mickelson's eating habits to two people who almost certainly won't be dining together any time soon -- U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin and TV reporter Jim Gray.

The two got into a classic he-said, no-I-didn't-say battle after Tiger Woods announced he would accept a captain's pick. And things got ugly with fingers pointed after Pavin's Wednesday press conference where the U.S. skipper maintained Gray misquoted him as saying the world No. 1 was a lock for a pick.

Woods was a storyline throughout the week, as he always is, but this time it was for his continuing subpar play rather than a challenge for the first win of his truncated and troubled 2010 season. And don't forget the marathon fog delays on Thursday and Friday that had alarm clocks working overtime in the wee hours from Milwaukee to Sheboygan.

But then there was Sunday, one of the most entertaining -- and excruciating -- final rounds in major championship history.

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By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Contributor

KOHLER, Wis. -- In gambling terminology, Bubba Watson didn't come all this way to break even.

That's why the left-hander from Bagdad, Fla., went for the kill shot on the third playoff hole at the PGA Championship. Watson's approach shot to the 18th hole came out heavy and landed in the water in front of the green, essentially killing his chances to win at Whistling Straits. But when the bell had sounded and Martin Kaymer was holding the Wanamaker Trophy, Watson had no second thoughts.

"Before you ask, if I had it to do over again, I would hit it every day," Watson said. "I play to win a golf tournament. I don't play to lay up and hopefully make a par and tie or win. I went for the win and I'd do it over again, just like I did earlier in the day."

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By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer

KOHLER, Wis. – Dustin Johnson will never forget the 92nd PGA Championship, and it’s not likely that the fans of golf will soon forget it, either.

Playing the 72nd hole of the championship at Whistling Straits, Johnson stood on the tee with a one-shot lead over Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer at 12 under.

Moments later, his bid at first major title turned out to be a major gaffe.

Johnson’s tee shot on No. 18 sailed wide right of the fairway and into the gallery. Whistling Straits, crafted by renowned designer Pete Dye, features 1,200 bunkers.

Johnson found one of them. He just didn't know it.

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By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer

KOHLER, Wis. -- Masters champion Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan, with three victories between them this season, will lead eight players who earned automatic berths Sunday on the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team.

The top eight players were determined at the conclusion of the 92nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and will compete in the 28th Ryder Cup, Oct. 1-3, at The Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales.

Mickelson, winner of the Masters, and Mahan -- who has two victories in 2010, including the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational -- each had their spots secured before the PGA Championship. Everyone else had something to play for.

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