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2009 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates August 13–16, 2009
Location Chaska, Minnesota
Course(s) Hazeltine National Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
PGA European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Par 72
Yardage 7,674
Field 156 players, 80 after cut
Cut +4 (148)
Purse $7,500,000[1]
Winner's share $1,350,000
South KoreaYang Yong-eun
280 (−8)

The 2009 PGA Championship was the 91st PGA Championship and was played from August 13-16 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Prior to 2009 the last major played at Hazeltine was the 2002 PGA Championship, the 84th PGA Championship, which was won by Rich Beem. The 2009 course is notable for having a greater length than any other course to host a major.

Yang Yong-eun, more commonly referred to as Y.E. Yang in the United States, won his first major by three strokes over four-time champion Tiger Woods, marking the first time that Woods had failed to win a major he had led after 54 holes. Yang also became the first Asian-born player to win a men's major championship (although the third of Asian descent, after Woods and the Indian Fijian Vijay Singh).[2]



The following were the qualification criteria that were used to select the field.[3] Each player is listed according to the first category by which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses:

1. All former PGA Champions
Paul Azinger, Rich Beem, Mark Brooks, John Daly, Steve Elkington, Pádraig Harrington (4,6,8), Davis Love III (8,10), Shaun Micheel, Phil Mickelson (3,6,8,9,10), Vijay Singh (8,10), David Toms (6,8), Bob Tway, Tiger Woods (2,3,4,8,10)
(Eligible but not competing: Jack Burke, Jr., Dow Finsterwald, Raymond Floyd, Doug Ford, Al Geiberger, Wayne Grady, David Graham, Hubert Green, Don January, John Mahaffey, Larry Nelson, Bobby Nichols, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman, Dave Stockton, Hal Sutton, Lee Trevino, Lanny Wadkins)

2. Last five U.S. Open Champions
Ángel Cabrera (3,8), Michael Campbell, Lucas Glover (8), Geoff Ogilvy (8,10)

3. Last five Masters Champions
Zach Johnson (8,10)

4. Last five British Open Champions
Stewart Cink (8,9,10)

5. Current Senior PGA Champion
Michael Allen

6. 15 low scorers and ties in the 2008 PGA Championship
Stuart Appleby (8), Aaron Baddeley, Ben Curtis (8,9), Ken Duke, Steve Flesch, Alastair Forsyth, Sergio García (8), Graeme McDowell, Prayad Marksaeng, Andrés Romero, Justin Rose, Jeev Milkha Singh, Henrik Stenson (8,10), Camilo Villegas (8,10), Charlie Wi (8)

  • Paul Casey (8,10) withdrew prior to the championship due to a rib injury.[5]

7. 20 low scorers in the 2009 PGA Professional National Championship
Sam Arnold, Ryan Benzel, Greg Bisconti, Keith Dicciani, Brian Gaffney, Bob Gaus, Scott Hebert, Todd Lancaster, Eric Lippert, Mitch Lowe, Mike Miles, Lee Rinker, Kevin Roman, Steve Schneiter, Mark Sheftic, Mike Small, Chris Starkjohann, Grant Sturgeon, Craig Thomas, Tim Weinhart

8. Top 70 leaders in official money standings from the 2008 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Legends Reno-Tahoe Open to the 2009 Buick Open
Robert Allenby, Stephen Ames, Woody Austin, Briny Baird, Cameron Beckman (10), Chad Campbell (9), K. J. Choi, Tim Clark, Ben Crane, Brian Davis, Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk (9), Brian Gay (10), Mathew Goggin, Retief Goosen (10), Paul Goydos, J. J. Henry, Charley Hoffman, Charles Howell III, Dustin Johnson (10), Jerry Kelly (10), Anthony Kim (9), Justin Leonard (9), Hunter Mahan (9), John Mallinger, Steve Marino, John Merrick, Kevin Na, Sean O'Hair (10), Jeff Overton, Pat Perez (10), Kenny Perry (9,10), Carl Pettersson (10), Ian Poulter, Brett Quigley, John Rollins (10), Rory Sabbatini (10), John Senden, Kevin Streelman, Steve Stricker (9,10), Kevin Sutherland, D. J. Trahan, Bo Van Pelt (10), Scott Verplank, Nick Watney (10), Bubba Watson, Mike Weir, Lee Westwood, Mark Wilson (10), Yang Yong-eun (10)

9. Members of the 2008 United States Ryder Cup team
J. B. Holmes, Boo Weekley

10. Winners of tournaments co-sponsored or approved by the PGA Tour since the 2008 PGA Championship
Michael Bradley, Nathan Green, Will MacKenzie, Ryan Palmer, Marc Turnesa

11. The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above[6]
Darren Clarke, Fred Couples, Nick Dougherty, Johan Edfors, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Ross Fisher, Hiroyuki Fujita, Richard Green, Anders Hansen, Søren Hansen, Peter Hanson, Ryuji Imada, Ryo Ishikawa,[7] Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Brendan Jones, Shingo Katayama, Martin Kaymer, Søren Kjeldsen, Tom Lehman,[8] Thomas Levet, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Colin Montgomerie, Louis Oosthuizen, Rod Pampling, Corey Pavin, Álvaro Quirós, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Michael Sim, David Smail, Brandt Snedeker, Richard Sterne, Thongchai Jaidee, Anthony Wall, Steve Webster, Oliver Wilson, Chris Wood

12. Vacancies are filled by the first available player from the list of alternates (those below 70th place in official money standings)[6]

  1. Scott McCarron (72) – took spot reserved for WGC-Bridgestone Invitational winner (Tiger Woods already eligible)
  2. Matt Kuchar (73) – took spot reserved for Legends Reno-Tahoe Open winner (John Rollins already eligible)
  3. Bob Estes (75) – replaced Trevor Immelman[4]
  4. Michael Letzig (78) – withdrew from alternate list[10]
  5. Tim Petrovic (79) – replaced Paul Casey[5]

Course layout

The 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL
Yardage N/A 490 431 633 210 448 405 572 176 432 3,797 452 606 518 248 352 642 402 182 475 3,877 7,674
Par N/A 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36 72

Round summary


First round

Tiger Woods had the outright lead after shooting a 67 on his first round, which included 5 birdies and no bogeys. Defending champion Pádraig Harrington, who played in the same group as Woods, was alone in second place after a 68. 2001 PGA champion David Toms was also one of the golfers to make a move. He made many long birdie putts and par saves to shoot a 69, placing him in a group of six tied for third that also included two-time PGA Championship winner Vijay Singh.[11] World number two Phil Mickelson struggled slightly, shooting a 2-over par 74. John Daly, winner in 1991, withdrew after shooting a 78 citing a back injury.[12]

# Player Country Score To par
1 Tiger Woods  United States 67 −5
2 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 68 −4
T3 Robert Allenby  Australia 69 −3
Mathew Goggin  Australia
Hunter Mahan  United States
Álvaro Quirós  Spain
Vijay Singh  Fiji
David Toms  United States
T9 Michael Bradley  United States 70 −2
Ben Crane  United States
Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño  Spain
Paul Goydos  United States
Søren Kjeldsen  Denmark
Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland
Thongchai Jaidee  Thailand
Lee Westwood  England

Second round

Tiger Woods broke away from the pack with a run of three straight birdies on the back nine, finishing the round with a four-shot lead. It is his largest margin after two rounds at a major since the 2005 British Open at St Andrews, when he led by five.[13] Conditions on the second day were tough, with strong winds playing with putts and the greens uneven.[13] Vijay Singh, Lucas Glover and Brendan Jones, who moved up the leaderboard all played in the morning. Pádraig Harrington and Ross Fisher, had to cope with the fierce winds.[13]

# Player Country Score To par
1 Tiger Woods  United States 67–70=137 −7
T2 Ross Fisher  England 73–68=141 −3
Lucas Glover  United States 71–70=141
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 68–73=141
Brendan Jones  Australia 71–70=141
Vijay Singh  Fiji 69–72=141
T7 Ian Poulter  England 72–70=142 −2
Lee Westwood  England 70–72=142
T9 Ernie Els  South Africa 75-68=143 −1
Martin Kaymer  Germany 73-70=143
Søren Kjeldsen  Denmark 70-73=143
Yang Yong-eun  South Korea 73-70=143

Third round

Tiger Woods played a safe round, avoiding throwing away shots. His lead was halved to two shots over Pádraig Harrington and 2009 Honda Classic winner Yang Yong-eun.[14] Henrik Stenson, winner of this year's Players Championship, scored a round of 68 and was in the group that played along with U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover.[14] Ernie Els was as close as one shot from the lead but finished with three straight bogeys.[14]

# Player Country Score To par
1 Tiger Woods  United States 67–70–71=208 −8
T2 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 68–73–69=210 −6
Yang Yong-eun  South Korea 73–70–67=210
T4 Lucas Glover  United States 71–70–71=212 −4
Henrik Stenson  Sweden 73–71–68=212
T6 Ernie Els  South Africa 75–68–70=213 −3
Søren Kjeldsen  Denmark 70–73–70=213
T8 Ross Fisher  England 73–68–73=214 −2
Brendan Jones  Australia 71–70–73=214
Martin Kaymer  Germany 73–70–71=214
Álvaro Quirós  Spain 69–76–69=214
John Rollins  United States 73–73–68=214

Final round

Struggling with his putting all day, Tiger Woods was in jeopardy of losing a major for the first time when leading after 54 holes. The only player who was able to take advantage of this was Woods' playing partner, Yang Yong-eun. Defending champion Pádraig Harrington was in contention early, but made a quintuple-bogey 8 on the par-3 8th, causing him to fall from tied for 2nd to tied for 10th. Tied on the short par-4 14th, Yang chipped in for eagle from just off the green, whereas Woods was only able to make birdie. This enabled Yang to take the lead and he did not relinquish it, sealing the victory with a birdie on the 72nd hole.[15]

# Player Country Score To par
1 Yang Yong-eun  South Korea 73–70–67–70=280 −8
2 Tiger Woods  United States 67–70–71–75=283 −5
T3 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 71–73–71–70=285 −3
Lee Westwood  England 70–72–73–70=285
5 Lucas Glover  United States 71–70–71–74=286 −2
T6 Ernie Els  South Africa 75–68–70–74=287 −1
Martin Kaymer  Germany 73–70–71–73=287
Søren Kjeldsen  Denmark 70–73–70–74=287
Henrik Stenson  Sweden 73–71–68–75=287
T10 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 68–73–69–78=288 E
Dustin Johnson  United States 72–73–73–70=288
Zach Johnson  United States 74–73–70–71=288
Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 70–75–71–72=288
John Merrick  United States 72–72–74–70=288
Francesco Molinari  Italy 74–73–69–72=288


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