Ever wonder what the strategy is to play the reachable-in-two par-5 18th at Valhalla? Look no further! I caught up with Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Geoff Ogilvy during their practice rounds to inquire about their approach to the exciting finishing hole. I also spoke with Adam Scott and Jim Furyk to gather their thoughts.
Henrik Stenson has been knocking on the door at major championships recently. His T3 at the 96th PGA Championship is his fourth top-5 in a major since last year. A lip out on 14, and a mud ball on 18 kept him from winning his first major at Valhalla, but don’t expect Stenson to remain major-less for long.
Rickie Fowler took the solo lead with a chip in birdie on the 5th hole, and moved into a tie for the lead with a birdie on the 10th hole at the 96th PGA Championship. However, a bogey on 14, and pars on the final four holes left him in a tie for third, two strokes behind Rory McIlroy.
On Sunday, Phil Mickelson finished second for the ninth time at a major championship. It won’t be the most crushing defeat of his career, but Phil knows he let a great opportunity slip from his amazingly talented hands.
Rory McIlroy became the third youngest player in the modern era to reach four career major titles at the 96th PGA Championship. He was able to overcome a three-shot deficit early in the round with a sizzling back nine 32 to defeat Phil Mickelson by one stroke.
Ernie Els shot a six-under 65 on Sunday to move into a tie for sixth place at 11-under total. Els will not win the 96th PGA Championship, but he is encouraged after a solid performance.
Kenny Perry was given a special exemption to play in his home state of Kentucky, and he did not disappoint the fans at Valhalla. Perry birdied the final hole on his birthday to shoot a bogey-free 68, and a total score of six-under par.