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1987 PGA Championship

The 1987 PGA Championship was the 69th PGA Championship, held August 6–9 at the Champion Course of PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In hot and windy conditions, Larry Nelson won his second PGA Championship in a sudden-death playoff over 1977 champion Lanny Wadkins.[2][3][4] It was Nelson's third and final major title.

1987 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesAugust 6–9, 1987
LocationPalm Beach Gardens, Florida
Course(s)PGA National Golf Club
Champion Course
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length7,002 yards (6,403 m)
Field150 players, 74 after cut[1]
Cut151 (+7)
Prize fund$900,000
Winner's share$150,000
Champion
United States Larry Nelson
287 (−1), playoff
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D.A. Weibring, a 54-hole co-leader,[5] shot 76 (+4) and finished a stroke back at even-par 288. The other co-leader, Mark McCumber, posted 77 and finished in a tie for fifth. Two major champions in contention shot high scores and fell back: Seve Ballesteros (78) and Raymond Floyd (80).

In the August heat of Florida, the attendance was low.[4][6] A record high temperature for the day of 97 °F (36 °C) was recorded on Sunday.[7] It was the second major played in Florida, following the PGA Championship in 1971, played in February at the old PGA National. Through 2016, this is the last major played in the state. The purse was the last under $1 million at the PGA Championship.

With the win, Nelson gained an automatic bid to the Ryder Cup team in 1987, his third, bumping Don Pooley.[8] Nelson's record in that competition in late September was 0–3–1, as the U.S. lost the Cup for the first time on home soil. He lost all three pairs matches and halved his singles match.

The Champion Course hosted the Ryder Cup in 1983 and the Senior PGA Championship for 19 years (1982–2000). Since 2007, it has been the venue of The Honda Classic on the PGA Tour, played in March.

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Made the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Larry Nelson   United States 1981 70 72 73 72 287 −1 1
Lanny Wadkins   United States 1977 70 70 74 73 287 −1 2
Raymond Floyd   United States 1969, 1982 70 70 73 80 293 +5 T14
Jack Nicklaus   United States 1963, 1971,
1973, 1975, 1980
76 73 74 73 296 +8 T24
Hal Sutton   United States 1983 73 74 74 76 297 +9 T28
Bob Tway   United States 1986 78 71 76 75 300 +12 T47
Hubert Green   United States 1985 74 73 80 74 301 +13 T56
John Mahaffey   United States 1978 77 72 77 80 306 +18 T65

Missed the cutEdit

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
David Graham   Australia 1979 79 75 154 +10
Dave Stockton   United States 1970, 1976 79 80 159 +15
Lee Trevino   United States 1974, 1984 WD

Source:[9]

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, August 6, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Wadkins   United States 68 −4
T2 David Edwards   United States 69 −3
Fred Funk   United States
T4 Raymond Floyd   United States 70 −2
Bernard Langer   West Germany
Larry Nelson   United States
Curtis Strange   United States
Lanny Wadkins   United States
T9 Bobby Clampett   United States 71 −1
Bobby Cole   South Africa
Ray Freeman   United States
Dan Pohl   United States
Mike Reid   United States
Tim Simpson   United States

Source:[10]

Second roundEdit

Saturday, August 7, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Raymond Floyd   United States 70-70=140 −4
Lanny Wadkins   United States 70-70=140
T3 Tim Simpson   United States 71-70=141 −3
Jeff Sluman   United States 72-69=141
T5 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 72-70=142 −2
Ben Crenshaw   United States 72-70=142
Larry Nelson   United States 70-72=142
Bobby Wadkins   United States 68-74=142
T9 Bobby Clampett   United States 71-72=143 −1
Mark McCumber   United States 74-69=143

Source:[11]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, August 8, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Mark McCumber   United States 74-69-69=212 −4
D. A. Weibring   United States 73-72-67=212
T3 Raymond Floyd   United States 70-70-73=213 −3
Bobby Wadkins   United States 68-74-71=213
T5 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 72-70-72=214 −2
Lanny Wadkins   United States 70-70-74=214
7 Larry Nelson   United States 70-72-73=215 −1
T8 Ben Crenshaw   United States 72-70-74=216 E
David Frost   South Africa 75-70-71=216
T10 Curt Byrum   United States 74-75-68=217 +1
Don Pooley   United States 73-71-73=217
Nick Price   Zimbabwe 76-71-70=217
Curtis Strange   United States 70-76-71=217

Source:[5]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, August 9, 1987

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Larry Nelson   United States 70-72-73-72=287 −1 Playoff
Lanny Wadkins   United States 70-70-74-73=287
T3 Scott Hoch   United States 74-74-71-69=288 E 58,750
D. A. Weibring   United States 73-72-67-76=288
T5 Mark McCumber   United States 74-69-69-77=289 +1 37,500
Don Pooley   United States 73-71-73-72=289
T7 Ben Crenshaw   United States 72-70-74-74=290 +2 27,500
Bobby Wadkins   United States 68-74-71-77=290
9 Curtis Strange   United States 70-76-71-74=291 +3 22,500
T10 Seve Ballesteros   Spain 72-70-72-78=292 +4 17,000
David Frost   South Africa 75-70-71-76=292
Tom Kite   United States 72-77-71-72=292
Nick Price   Zimbabwe 76-71-70-75=292

Source:[1][9]

ScorecardEdit

Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Final round

Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 3 4 3 5
  Nelson −1 E −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1 E −1 −1
  Wadkins −3 −1 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −1 −1 −2 E E E −1 −1 −1 −1

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[2]

PlayoffEdit

The sudden-death playoff began on the par-4 10th hole, where both missed the green. Nelson chipped to six feet (1.8 m) and Wadkins to four. First to putt, Nelson saved par but Wadkins missed his attempt to extend the playoff.[2]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Larry Nelson   United States 4 E 150,000
2 Lanny Wadkins   United States x +1 90,000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1987 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Wadkins' poor putt gives Nelson victory". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. August 10, 1987. p. 1-part 2.
  3. ^ Boswell, Thomas (August 10, 1987). "Nelson beats heat, pressure, Wadkins". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1B.
  4. ^ a b Diaz, Jaime (August 17, 1987). "Cool customer in a hot PGA". Sports Illustrated. p. 28.
  5. ^ a b Boswell, Thomas (August 9, 1987). "McCumber, Weibring tied for PGA lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1C.
  6. ^ Boswell, Thomas (August 9, 1987). "The heat isn't as bad as PGA's profit motive". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 7C.
  7. ^ Hackenberg, Dave (August 10, 1987). "Steady Nelson survives". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. 24.
  8. ^ "Nelson joins U.S. Ryder Cup team". Toledo Blade. Ohio. August 10, 1987. p. 26.
  9. ^ a b "1987 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
  10. ^ Glick, Shav (August 7, 1987). "A rough first day at the PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1C.
  11. ^ Glick, Shav (August 8, 1987). "A Wadkins shares lead with Floyd". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. (Washington Post). p. 1C.

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