The PGA media office released these facts about the PGA Championship:

With his victory today in the 91st PGA Championship, Y.E. Yang of South Korea:

• Becomes the first male player from Asia to win a major golf championship

• Becomes the first to beat Tiger Woods in 15 tries in the final round of a major championship when Woods either held or shared the lead after the third round

• Records the largest comeback ever to win a PGA Championship, rallying from nine strokes back of Woods after the fifth hole of the second round this week (John Mahaffey came from seven strokes back after three rounds to win the 1978 PGA Championship in a playoff over Tom Watson and Jerry Pate at Oakmont Country Club) 

• Wins for the second time this year on the PGA Tour – first being The Honda Classic in March – in his 61st appearance in a U.S. Tour event.

• Wins his 10th professional title worldwide


Yang Qualifies for ’09 PGA Grand Slam of Golf: Y.E. Yang is the final qualifier for the 2009 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which will take place Oct. 19-21 at Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda.

The other qualifiers for the 27th PGA Grand Slam of Golf: Masters Champion Angel Cabrera, who captured the 2007 PGA Grand Slam of Golf; U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover; and Open Champion Stewart Cink.


Previous Best Was T-47: Y.E. Yang was playing in only his third PGA Championship this week, with his best previous finish a tie for 47th in 2005. He missed the cut in 2007.


Runner-up Again: Tiger Woods has been the runner-up in both PGA Championships contested at Hazeltine National. He was 9-under par in 2002, one stroke back of Rich Beem.


Woods’ Bogeys Today: Woods had four bogeys total over the first three rounds. He had four bogeys today.


Field Scoring Average vs. ’02: The cumulative scoring average for the field for the week was 74.395. It was 74.735 in 02.

For the week, there were:

• 1,158 birdies

• 1,806 bogeys

• 217 double bogeys

• 25 “others”


Winning Score vs. ’02: The winning score today of 8-under-par 280 was not as good as the 10-under-par 278 that Rich Beem totaled in winning the 2002 PGA Championship here at Hazeltine National.

Major Finishes: U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover easily turned in the best performance of the three other major champions of 2009 coming into this week. Glover shot 74 today and was fifth at 2-under par. Angel Cabrera, the 2009 Masters Champion, shot 76 today, and finished the Championship tied for 63rd at 10-over par. Right behind him was Stewart Cink, the 2009 Open Champion, who completed play at 11-over and in a tie for 67th.


Four Different Major Champions: For the second time in three years, there are four different winners of golf’s major championships.


McIlroy’s Strong Start in the Majors: Rory McIlroy, the 20-year-old Irishman, played all four major championships for the first time this year and he saved his best performance for his last one. McIlroy shot 70 today for a share of third place, his best finish in a major this year.

Earlier, McIlroy tied for 20th at the Masters; tied for 10th at the U.S. Open; and tied for 47th at the British Open.


Els Has Best Major Finish in ’09: Ernie Els of South Africa missed the cut in the first two major championships of 2009, but he came back in a big way in the last two. Els, a three-time major champion, tied for eighth in the Open Championship then closed with 74 today for a 287 total (1-under par) and tied for sixth.

 

A “Gopher” Salute from Lehman: Holding aloft a club with his University of Minnesota Golden Gopher head cover atop it, Alexandria, Minn., native Tom Lehman saluted the appreciative crowd at the 18th hole today. Lehman, the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain, made his special invitation to the 91st PGA Championship a special time for all concerned as he applauded the gallery that gave him a standing ovation.

Lehman made four birdies today, shot 75, and finished the Championship at 297 (9-over par).


Beem Ties for 46th: There wasn’t the same magic for Rich Beem in 2009 as there was in 2002, when he won the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National. He made only 11 birdies for the week, closing today with an even-par 72 and a 72-hole total of 6-over-par 294.

Beem tied for 43rd place.


Strong TV Viewership: CBS Sports' third-round coverage of the 2009 PGA Championship on Saturday earned an overnight household rating/share in the metered markets of 4.9/13, up 390 percent from last year’s coverage which earned a 1.0/2; and up 7% compared to a 4.6/12 in 2007. 

Yesterday’s third-round rating peaked at 5.6/13 from 6:30-7:00 p.m., ET.

This year’s PGA Championship third round was the second highest-rated of the four majors in 2009:

Masters Third Round - 5.7/13 (CBS)

U.S. Open Third round - 3.7/9 (NBC)

British Open - 2.4/7 (ABC)


Two Sets of PGA Champions Paired Together: In all, seven PGA Champions played through the weekend. Today, two sets of them were paired together.

Vijay Singh, a two-time PGA Champion who played in the final pairing yesterday, shot 73 today and finished the Championship at 1-over par. David Toms, the 2001 PGA Champion, and Singh’s playing partner today, shot 77 and tied for 36th.at 5-over par.

Rich Beem, who finished at 6-over par and 1986 PGA Champion Bob Tway (8-over par) also played together.


Bisconti is Low PGA Club Professional: Greg Bisconti, PGA assistant professional at The St. Andrew’s Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., turned in a 4-over-par 76 for a 72-hole total of 301, earning him Low PGA Club Professional honors in the 91st PGA Championship.

Though the final score was not what Bisconti had anticipated, it was his preparation that catapulted him to gain the honor of stepping on to the 18th green during Sunday’s award ceremony and share in a national spotlight.

It was the third PGA Championship appearance for Bisconti, and the first time that he had made a 36-hole cut. He finished two strokes better than Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club Assistant Professional Grant Sturgeon of Ambler, Pa., who closed with a 79 and 303 total.

Bisconti birdied the fifth and 14th holes, offsetting an opening-hole double bogey and four additional bogeys. He said that he received a short-game lesson prior to Thursday’s opening round from renowned PGA Teaching Professional Stan Utley, who has helped improve the short games of many Tour professionals.

“That’s part of the reason why I made the cut,” Bisconti said of the aid he received from Utley. “I got up and down a bunch out of this really thick rough. That’s something I can bring back to my members.”


Two More Eagles Today: PGA Champion Phil Mickelson eagled the par-4 first hole and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain made 2 on the par-4 14th hole today. For the week, there were 20 eagles but no holes-in-one.


2009 Senior PGA Champion Ties for 24th: Michael Allen, who earned his way into the 91st PGA Championship by capturing the 2009 Senior PGA Championship in May, shot steady rounds of 74-71-72-73 – 290, and tied for 19th at 2-over par. He made three birdies today.


PGA Club Professional is Marker for Sean O’Hair: With Richard Sterne of South Africa pulling out of the PGA Championship in the third round with a hand injury, 79 players were left to tee off today. That gave PGA Club Professional Jeff Sorenson an unexpected thrill.

Sorenson, the 2008 Minnesota PGA Section Player of the Year, was asked to serve as the marker for Sean O’Hair, who was the lone competitor to tee off at 7:36 a.m. The two zipped around the course, with Sorenson walking along while O’Hair played in a rapid-fire 2 hours, 13 minutes. O’Hair shot 73 and finished at 14-over par.

“It was a good experience; nice to be inside the ropes,” said Sorenson, a PGA teaching professional at Columbia Golf Club in northeast Minneapolis. Sorenson, who has won nine of the 19 events in which he has competed in the state of Minnesota, said the short time walking about a major championship course today, “is something I can use for the future.”

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