Senior PGA Championship: Sunday notebook
By The PGA of America
ST. LOUIS -- With his victory today in the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, Kohki Idoki:
--Gets his name inscribed on the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy, awarded to the winner of the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf Earns a Lifetime Exemption into the Senior PGA Championship
--Receives an Exemption into the 2013 PGA Championship, Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
--Gains an Exemption into the 2013 Senior British Open
--Gains an Exemption into the 2013 U.S. Senior Open
--Claims his first major championship on the Champions Tour
--Has a one-year calendar exemption on the Champions Tour
KOHKI’S FIRSTS: In his first-ever visit to the United States, Kohki Idoki becomes the first Asian-born male to win the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Y.E. Yang became the first Asian-born male to win a major championship when he captured the 2009 PGA Championship.
Idoki is the second consecutive international player to win the Senior PGA Championship (Roger Chapman of England last year)
Statistically, Idoki led this week in Putts Per Greens in Regulation, and tied for first in Birdies (19) and Total Putts (108). He also tied Mark O’Meara for the second low round of the Championship, with a closing 65.
Idoki gained entry into the Championship as one of the top four players from the 2012 Japanese Seniors Tour Order of Merit.
MORE ON IDOKI: Idoki’s 65 is the second-best final-round score by a Champion – Allen Doyle closed with 64 to win the 1999 Senior PGA Championship. He improved his score each day here at Bellerive, from 71 to 69 to 68 to 65.
RUTLEDGE FIRES 64, SETS CHAMPIONSHIP MARK: Canadian Jim Rutledge shot the low score of the Championship today, with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 64. Rutledge played the front nine in 5 under par, then added birdies on Nos. 14 and 17.
The competitive course record at Bellerive Country Club belongs to Jim Furyk, who shot 62 in the second round of the 2008 BMW Championship, when the course played to a par of 70.
“I got off to a good start and I think that that was a key to a good day,” said Rutledge, whose wife, Jill, caddies for him. “We knew that we had a good score out there, because we put together some good stretches of holes. We just hadn't put it all together at once. But today was the day.”
Rutledge had 11 one-putts for the round and vaulted 30 spots on the scoreboard. He finished the Championship tied for sixth place, at 6-under-par 278.
TOP 15 AND TIES QUALIFY FOR 2014: One of the criteria to be eligible to compete in the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid is being among the low 15 finishers, and ties, in the preceding Senior PGA Championship. So, based on their finishing scores today, the following players have gained a spot in the 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, to be held May 22-25 at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.:
Tommy Armour III
COSTON, MIELKE SHARE LOW PGA CLUB PROFESSIONAL HONORS: Mark Mielke of East Norwich, N.Y., birdied No. 18 today to tie Jeff Coston of Blaine, Wash., for low PGA Club Professional honors. Both finished at even-par 284, as Coston closed with 72 and Mielke with 73. They tied for 28th place. This is the second time that Coston has finished as the Low PGA Club Professional in this Championship (2007).
Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga., who almost holed out of a greenside bunker for birdie on the 18th that would have matched Coston and Mielke, tied with Don Berry of Rogers, Minn., at 285. St. Louis native Bob Gaus shot 73 today and tied for 59th.
BY THE NUMBERS … ONE LAST TIME:
4: par-5 hole at Bellerive that played the easiest for the Championship, with a 4.686 stroke average
6: par-3 hole at Bellerive that played the most difficult for the Championship, with a 3.486 stroke average
6: number of birdies made today by Kohki Idoki, the 74th Senior PGA Champion
7: number of strokes Idoki made up today on third-round leader Kenny Perry
10: number of one-putt greens today for Idoki
26: number of putts taken today by Idoki
38: score for Kenny Perry on the back nine today, as he lost the lead in the Senior PGA Championship
55: number of consecutive holes Bernhard Langer played without a bogey (from his final hole in Round 1 through the completion of his round today)
64: low 18-hole round of the Championship, shot today by Jim Rutledge
65: second-best 18-hole round of the Championship, shot today by Idoki, and Mark O’Meara, who was fourth
67: score posted by Bernhard Langer each of the last three rounds, to climb back from 8-over par after the first round to 4-under par for the Championship
273: winning score for Kohki Idoki
FOUR EAGLES TODAY: The four eagles recorded today at Bellerive brought to 15 the total number made during the Championship, with the most eagles made on the par-5 17th hole (7).
HAAS TOPS AMONG SIX SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONS: He may not have won his third Senior PGA Championship, but Jay Haas does have the distinction of finishing with the best score among the six Senior PGA Champions who played through the weekend.
The 72-hole scores of Senior PGA Champions, and where they placed in the Championship:
Jay Haas (9-under-par 275, tied for second)
Michael Allen (2-under-par 282, tied for 20th)
Tom Watson (even-par 284, tied for 28th)
Hale Irwin (5-over-par 28, tied for 56th)
Defending Champion Roger Chapman (7-over-par 291, tied for 64th)
John Jacobs (10-over par 294, 75th place)
A FINISHING FOURSOME OF PGA CHAMPIONS: Jeff Sluman (1988 PGA Champion), Hal Sutton (1983), Bob Tway (1986) and Lanny Wadkins (1977) all completed 72 holes at Bellerive. Sutton and Tway had the best scores of the round (70) but Sluman finished with the lowest 72-hole total of the four. Their results:
Jeff Sluman (71 today for 287 total, tied for 47th)
Hal Sutton (70 today for 291 total, tied for 64th)
Bob Tway (70 today for 291 total, tied for 64th)
Lanny Wadkins (80 today for 299 total, tied for 79th)
The 2013 PGA Championship, the Season’s Final Major, will be played Aug. 8-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.
ALMOST THE SAME EACH DAY: Jeff Sluman and Boonchu Ruangkit finished 72 holes with the same total (287). They also had the same score in Rounds 1 and 4 and virtually had identical scores each day. Their scores per round:
ALMOST THE SAME AS IN ‘92: Russ Cochran tied for sixth this week in the Senior PGA Championship at Bellerive. He tied for seventh in the 1992 PGA Championship at Bellerive. Duffy Waldorf tied for ninth in the ’92 PGA Championship and tied for sixth today.
SEE YOU IN 2018: The 100th PGA Championship will be played in the summer of 2018 here at Bellerive Country Club. Nick Price won the first PGA Championship contested at Bellerive, in 1992.