Down to the Wire at the PGA Championship

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Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, KY — May 19, 2024

Birdies were everywhere among the leaders during the first nine holes of the final day of the 2024 PGA Championship. Bryson DeChambeau and Viktor Hovland had three each. However, the two golfers who entered the day tied atop the leaderboard went in opposite directions.

Xander Schauffele rolled in four birdies on the front nine. Collin Morikawa made 14 straight pars and finished even par for the day, never contending for the win.

Schauffele held a two-stroke lead, making the turn on Sunday. With Dechambeau and Hovland playing ahead of him, he knew exactly what was required of his game as the holes wound down.

Hole By Hole

Schauffele drove into a fairway bunker on the par-five 10th hole. Using a wood, he picked the ball clean but came up short of the green in the rough. The leader chipped through the putting surface and three-putted for a bogey. The lead was down to one stroke at 18 under par.

Justin Rose birdied three of the first four holes on the backside of the course to get to 16 under. But could get no closer.

Hovland made back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13 to take the lead. DeChambeau birdied the 13th to tie Schauffele at 18 under. A stroke behind Hovland. A Schauffele birdie on 11 put him back into a tie for the lead.

DeChambeau was in a greenside bunker on 14. Safely out, he made the par save, matching Hovland’s score on the hole. A birdie for Schauffele at 12 returned him to sole possession of the lead at 20 under.

On the 16th, DeChambeau stuck his approach shot close to the pin. The birdie putt fell, tying him with Hovland, one back of the leader. Schauffele continued to grind our pars to maintain the one-shot advantage.

Hovland and DeChambeau have birdie putts on 17. Both fail to convert. Schauffele sails his tee shot on 17 into a fairway bunker. While up ahead, DeDhambeau has a birdie putt that creeps to the edge of the hole and falls in over the lip of the cup. Tying the leader at 20 under. Hovland has a chance, but three putts the final hole, eliminating him from contention for the win.

Schauffele escapes the fairway bunker but misses the green right of the pin. A successful chip and putt sends him to the final hole of the tournament.

On the par five 18th, Schauffele must birdie the hole or face the possibility of a playoff with DeChambeau. After 12 top-10 finishes and twice a runner-up in Major Championships, will this be the day “the best player never to win a Major” gets it done?

A drive short of the bunker on the left side of the fairway. Schauffele’s second shot landed just short of the green. A chip to six feet from the hole left him a very makeable birdie putt. Controlling his nerves, Schauffele rolled the putt into the center of the hole and finally became a Major Championship winner.

Schauffele’s score of 21 under par set a new record for the lowest score to par in a Major.

Results of the 106th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club

POS NAME TO PAR R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1 Xander Schauffele -21 62* 68 68 65 263
2 Bryson DeChambeau -20 68* 65 67 64 264
3 Viktor Hovland -18 68* 66 66 66 266
T4 Thomas Detry -15 66* 67 70 66 269
T4 Collin Morikawa -15 66 65* 67 71 269
T6 Justin Rose -14 70* 67 64 69 270
T6 Shane Lowry -14 69 69* 62 70 270
T8 Scottie Scheffler -13 67 66* 73 65 271
T8 Billy Horschel -13 69 69* 69 64 271
T8 Robert MacIntyre -13 66 69* 66 70 271
T8 Justin Thomas -13 69* 67 67 68 271
T12 Taylor Moore -12 67 68* 69 68 272
T12 Rory McIlroy -12 66* 71 68 67 272
T12 Lee Hodges -12 71 65* 67 69 272
T12 Sahith Theegala -12 65* 67 67 73 272
T12 Dean Burmester -12 69* 65 68 70 272
T12 Alex Noren -12 67* 70 70 65 272
T18 Ryo Hisatsune -11 71 68* 67* 67 273
T18 Harris English -11 68 67* 68 70 273
T18 Tony Finau -11 65* 69 69 70 273
T18 Keegan Bradley -11 69* 67 68 69 273
T18 Austin Eckroat -11 67* 67 69 70 273
T23 Russell Henley -10 70* 69 66* 69 274
T23 Tom Hoge -10 66* 73 68* 67 274
T23 Maverick McNealy -10 66 72* 69 67 274
T26 Ben Kohles -9 67 73* 67* 68 275
T26 Kurt Kitayama -9 68 70* 70* 67 275
T26 Brooks Koepka -9 67* 68 74 66 275
T26 Tommy Fleetwood -9 72* 69 69* 65 275
T26 Brian Harman -9 72 68* 68* 67 275
T26 Min Woo Lee -9 72 66* 70 67 275
T26 Corey Conners -9 70 71* 67* 67 275
T26 Tom Kim -9 66 71* 68 70 275
T26 Mark Hubbard -9 65 68* 73 69 275
T35 Brice Garnett -8 72* 67 69* 68 276
T35 Max Homa -8 68* 70 69 69 276
T35 Hideki Matsuyama -8 70* 65 70 71 276
T35 Doug Ghim -8 69* 68 70 69 276
T39 Alexander Bjork -7 71 67* 71 68 277
T39 Aaron Rai -7 68* 68 70 71 277
T39 Joaquin Niemann -7 73 68* 69* 67 277
T39 Jordan Smith -7 70* 71 72* 64 277
T43 Byeong Hun An -6 71 67* 72 68 278
T43 Lucas Herbert -6 69* 67 68 74 278
T43 Lucas Glover -6 71* 68 70* 69 278
T43 Matt Wallace -6 70 65* 71 72 278
T43 Will Zalatoris -6 71 68* 69* 70 278
T43 Dustin Johnson -6 73* 68 71* 66 278
T43 Grayson Murray -6 72* 68 71* 67 278
T43 Adam Svensson -6 70 69* 70* 69 278
T43 Jordan Spieth -6 69* 69 67 73 278
T43 Jason Day -6 71 67* 69 71 278
T53 Thorbjørn Olesen -5 69* 71 69* 70 279
T53 Jesper Svensson -5 68* 71 72* 68 279
T53 Patrick Reed -5 69 70* 71* 69 279
T53 Patrick Cantlay -5 70 68* 73 68 279
T53 Zac Blair -5 73 66* 68* 72 279
T53 Andrew Putnam -5 68* 72 72* 67 279
T53 Erik van Rooyen -5 72 68* 71* 68 279
T60 Gary Woodland -4 71 69* 71* 69 280
T60 Talor Gooch -4 71 70* 70* 69 280
T60 Adam Hadwin -4 68 72* 71* 69 280
T63 Rickie Fowler -3 72 69* 69* 71 281
T63 Cameron Young -3 69 71* 70* 71 281
T63 Tyrrell Hatton -3 71* 69 68* 73 281
T63 S.H Kim -3 69 72* 71* 69 281
T63 Cameron Smith -3 68* 70 70 73 281
T68 Nicolai Hojgaard -2 70 71* 68* 73 282
T68 Luke Donald -2 70 69* 72* 71 282
T68 Sebastian Soderberg -2 73* 67 74* 68 282
T68 Rasmus Hojgaard -2 68* 72 73* 69 282
72 Braden Shattuck -1 71 70* 68* 74 283
T73 Alejandro Tosti E 68* 69 79 68 284
T73 Martin Kaymer E 68 72* 68* 76 284
75 Ryan Fox 2 72 68* 72* 74 286
76 Stephan Jaeger 5 70* 71 70* 78 289
77 Jeremy Wells 6 69 71* 75* 75 290
78 Brendon Todd 9 70* 70 74* 79 293

*Started Round on the Back Nine