PGA Championship lacked drama of season’s other majors
The professional golf season features numerous tournaments but four stand out above the rest; the season’s majors.
The majors, consisting of The Masters, U.S. Open, The Open Championship and PGA Championship, are the highlights of the season, drawing the attention of not only golf fans, but sports fans around the world.
This year, The Masters, U.S. Open and The Open Championship lived up to the hype, with dramatic finishes at each. Many expected the PGA Championship to match the excitement of its fellow majors, as the world’s top two golfers, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, entered the tournament with momentum.
Unfortunately for fans, the PGA Championship didn’t produce.
The Masters had a thrilling two hole playoff between Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera which Scott eventually won. The U.S. Open came down to Phil Mickelson chipping for birdie from 60-feet to force a playoff with Justin Rose, but Mickelson couldn’t connect. Mickelson avenged the miss chip by playing one of the best Sunday rounds in major history at The Open Championship, coming back from five strokes down to win.
What did the PGA Championship have?
Well, besides Jason Dufner’s course record and major record for low round of 63 on Friday and a hole-in-one by Tim Clark, not really much.
The game’s biggest names – Woods, Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy – were never fully in contention. Of the season’s three major victors, only Scott had a legitimate chance on to win on Sunday, but he stumbled.
The tournament came down to the last four players to tee off. Swedes Jonas Blixt and Henrik Stenson were in the second to last group, while Dufner and Jim Furyk went off last. Not exactly superstar names in the golf community.
By the time Dufner and Furyk reached the turn, it became a two man race.
Dufner went on to win the Wanamaker Trophy, finishing with bogeys on the final two holes but still winning by two strokes. In contrast, Scott went par-birdie on the two playoff holes at Augusta, Rose carded back-to-back pars on a very tough Merion golf course and Mickelson birdied the final two to seal his victory at Muirfield.
It’s a great accomplishment for Dufner, winning his first major, and I congratulate him on that. But for fans who watched any, or all, of the tournament, it was one that they’ll likely very soon forget.