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2004 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates August 12 - 15, 2004
Location Kohler, Wisconsin
Course(s) Whistling Straits, Straits Course
Tour(s) PGA Tour
PGA European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Par 72
Yardage 7,514
Field 156 players, 73 after cut
Cut 145 (+1)
Purse $6,250,000
Winner's share $1,125,000
Vijay Singh
280 (-8)

The 2004 PGA Championship was the 86th PGA Championship, played from August 12 to August 15 at the Straits Course of the Whistling Straits complex in Haven, Wisconsin (postal address Kohler).[1] It was the first PGA Championship held at Whistling Straits. Vijay Singh earned his third major win in a three hole playoff defeating Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco. The purse was $6.25 million and Singh took home $1.125 million.



  1. All former PGA Champions.
  2. Winners of the last five U.S. Opens.
  3. Winners of the last five Masters.
  4. Winners of the last five British Opens.
  5. The 2003 Senior PGA Champion.
  6. The low 15 scorers and ties in the 2003 PGA Championship.
  7. The 25 low scorers in The 2004 PGA Club Professional Championship.
  8. The 70 leaders in official money standings.
  9. Members of the 2002 United States Ryder Cup Team.
  10. Winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour from the 2003 PGA Championship to the 2004 PGA Championship (does not include pro-am and team competitions).
  11. The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above.
  12. The total field will be a maximum of 156 players. Vacancies will be filled by the first available player from the list of alternates (those below 70th place in official money standings).

Full eligibility list

History of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits

2004 was the first year that Whistling Straits hosted a PGA Championship or any Grand Slam event. The Straits Course will hold the PGA Championship in 2010 and 2015, along with the 2020 Ryder Cup. The course also hosted the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, won by Brad Bryant.

Course layout

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yardage 408 593 181 493 598 355 221 507 449 3,805 361 618 143 404 373 518 569 223 500 3,709 7,514
Par 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 36 72

Round-by-round summary


First round (Thursday)

39 players broke par Thursday, led by Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke, who birdied the first four holes and finished at 7-under-par 65. It was the lowest score under par in the first round of a major since Chris DiMarco had a 7-under 65 at the 2001 Masters. He was one stroke better than Justin Leonard and Ernie Els.

# Player Country Score To par
1 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 65 -7
T2 Ernie Els  South Africa 66 -6
Justin Leonard  United States
T4 Vijay Singh  Fiji 67 -5
Scott Verplank  United States
Luke Donald  England
Briny Baird  United States

Second round (Friday)

Justin Leonard posted a 3-under 69 and Vijay Singh carded a 4-under 68 to share a one stroke lead at 9 under midway through the 86th PGA Championship. Opening round leader Darren Clarke shot a 1-under 71 and is tied for third with Ernie Els and Briny Baird. Tiger Woods made two straight birdies on 16 and 17 to avoid missing his first cut in 128 events. Miguel Ángel Jiménez, who shot the low round of the day of 65, ended in a tie for 13th at 3-under.

# Player Country Score To par
T1 Justin Leonard  United States 66-69=135 -9
Vijay Singh  Fiji 67-68=135
T3 Briny Baird  United States 67-69=136 -8
Ernie Els  South Africa 66-70=136
Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 65-71=136
6 Chris DiMarco  United States 68-70=138 -6

Third round (Saturday)

Vijay Singh shot 69 to reach 12 under par as he tried to add a third major title to his 1998 PGA Championship and 2000 Masters. Justin Leonard carded 70 and was at 11 under. Leonard, who had a two-shot lead after making a 6-foot birdie on the 12th, bogeyed Nos. 15 and 18 to keep him one behind. Briny Baird, the leader at one point, pulled his tee shot over the cliff left of the par-3 17th and wound up with a triple bogey to knocked him out of contention. He wound up with a 75 and was seven shots behind.

# Player Country Score To par
1 Vijay Singh  Fiji 67-68-69=204 -12
2 Justin Leonard  United States 66-69-70=205 -11
T3 Stephen Ames  Canada 68-71-69=208 -8
Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 65-71-72=208
Ernie Els  South Africa 66-70-72=208
Phil Mickelson  United States 69-72-67=208
Chris Riley  United States 69-70-69=208
8 Chris DiMarco  United States 68-70-71=209 -7

Final round (Sunday)

An excited final round filled with missed opportunities led to a three man playoff between Vijay Singh, Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard. Ernie Els missed the playoff by one stroke, thanks to a bogey at No. 18, and completed a disheartening season of near-misses in majors. He finished fourth, tied with Chris Riley who also bogeyed No. 18. Els finished second in The Masters, second in the British Open and ninth in the U.S. Open.

Phil Mickelson also had a chance to get into the playoff, needing a birdie at 72nd hole. Michelson however took bogey and added a sixth-place finish to his memorable run at majors in 2004. Michelson won The Masters, took second in the U.S. Open and placed third in the British Open. Tiger Woods bogeyed two of the first four holes and wound up with a 73, his worst finish in the majors this year. This extended his streak to 10 majors without winning. That's the longest drought of his career.

Leonard, playing in the final group at the PGA Championship for the third time, took a two-shot lead with five holes to play with an 18-foot birdie putt. Leonard missed four putts inside 12 feet down the stretch including a 12 foot par putt on No. 18 which would have given him his second major championship. DiMarco, the only player in the final nine groups to break par, had an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th that he left short that would have given him his first major.

# Player Country Score To par Winnings
T1 Vijay Singh  Fiji 67-68-69-76=280 -8 Playoff
Chris DiMarco  United States 68-70-71-71=280
Justin Leonard  United States 66-69-70-75=280
T4 Ernie Els  South Africa 66-70-72-73=281 -7 $267,500
Chris Riley  United States 69-70-69-73=281
T6 K.J. Choi  South Korea 68-71-73-70=282 -6 $196,000
Paul McGinley  Ireland 69-74-70-69=282
Phil Mickelson  United States 69-72-67-74=282
T9 Robert Allenby  Australia 71-70-72-70=283 -5 $152,000
Stephen Ames  Canada 68-71-69-75=283
Ben Crane  United States 70-74-69-70=283
Adam Scott  Australia 71-71-69-72=283


Playoff (Sunday)

After 72 holes, Singh, DiMarco and Leonard were tied on 8 under par, requiring a three hole playoff played over the 10th, 17th and 18th holes. Singh, who had yet to make a birdie during the day, got off to fast start with a birdie at the 361-yard 10th hole. Singh nearly drove the green leaving himself a simple pitch to 6 feet. DiMarco and Leonard both made par, giving Singh a one shot lead with two to play.

Singh then laced a 3-iron into 6 feet on the 236-yard 17th, although he missed that putt. Leonard and DiMarco needed birdie on the 18th and didn't come close — DiMarco in a bunker, Leonard so far away that he used a wedge to chip on the green. Neither finished the hole, giving Singh his third career major. Singh's 76 on was the highest final-round score ever by a PGA champion.

# Player Country Score To par Winnings
1 Vijay Singh  Fiji 3-3-4=10 -1 $1,125,000
T2 Chris DiMarco  United States 4-3-x=x x $800,000
Justin Leonard  United States 4-3-x=x x


It looked ugly, but it's the prettiest one, I think.
Vijay Singh on his third major championship win.
It was sad to see someone win it the way I did. The putter kind of fell asleep. I got new life when (Leonard) missed the putt on the last hole.
Vijay Singh on his final round.
This makes my year. I think this is the biggest accomplishment I've ever had in my whole career.
Vijay Singh on his season that eventually won him PGA Player of the Year.
I missed about four putts inside 10 feet on the back nine. It's pretty hard to win a golf tournament, much less a major, when you do that.
Justin Leonard on his putting woes on the back nine.
I didn't win, and it's very disappointing. It's not like I haven't traveled down this road before. And hopefully, it will be the same result.
Tiger Woods after his tenth straight major without a win.
It's been a great year for me in the majors. I feel like I'm really onto something good, and I'm looking forward to next year. I'm sorry we have such a long way to go.
Phil Mickelson on a year where he finished in the top six at all four majors.


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Preceded by
2004 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
2005 Masters


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