The PGA Championship ended the same way it started, with plenty to talk about. Going into the event we had questions. Could Mickelson or Stricker overtake Tiger as the worlds #1 ranked golfer? Would Tiger work his way into the Ryder Cup? Who would win the Wanamaker Trophy?
As the golf world watched, other stories make the headlines.
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It took all three playoff holes for Kaymer to defeat Bubba Watson and be declared champion of the PGA Championship. The 25 year old German now has a major to go along with his 5 wins on the European Tour.
How did he do it? If you had told me after the first round he would be the winner I may have laughed in your face. An up and down round, Kaymer shot even par 72 with 4 bogey's, 2 birdies and an eagle. After that, it was smooth sailing.
In his next three rounds the youngster, made only 2 bogeys. Impressive considering the difficulty of Whistling Straights accompanied by delays due to weather during rounds one and two. His second round was completely bogey free and he made 13 birdies over the three rounds to get into the playoff where he defeated Bubba Watson. He added another birdie during the playoff and his bogey on the third playoff hole was enough to win.
Watson & Johnson Walk Away Winners
Bubba Watson played the 18th at even par through four rounds during until a double bogey on the 3rd playoff hole cost him the championship. It's a tough way to lose and Bubba knows it but he was classy all the way after his round. A guy that plays with emotion and is not afraid to show it (see his first PGA Tour win at the Travelers), Bubba spoke like a true gentleman and expressed how excited he was to be a part of it.
Image via Wikipedia"Before you ask, if I had it to do over again, I would hit it every day," Watson said. "I play to win a golf tournament. I don't play to lay up and hopefully make a par and tie or win. I went for the win and I'd do it over again, just like I did earlier in the day".
We all know the story of Dustin Johnson by now. The young American was penalized on the 72nd hole for grounding his club in a hazard. We could point fingers. His caddy could have questioned it. The rules official could have stepped in. Johnson himself could have second guessed it. The fans could have not been standing in the bunker... the bottom line is it's a bunker and you can't ground your club.
Should anyone lose that way? Absolutely not. Did him grounding his club help his shot? Maybe. Golf is a game of integrity. If Johnson had grounded his club in a bunker and knew it, he would have called the penalty on himself, that's how this sport works.
Like most fans, my heart breaks for him but he will learn from this and after the way he played this weekend, it's only a matter of time before he is a major champion.
Both Watson and Johnson were classy in their interviews. Disappointed? Sure, but neither of them snubbed the media or the fans. They handled themselves the way athletes (and all role models should), with class. They said what they needed to, gave us their time and walked away winners. Maybe not with a trophy to show for it, but certainly a few more fans
They are going to be great additions to the American Ryder Cup team and now we can all focus on what everyone wants to know. Who will Pavin select with his two captains picks?