Location & Course Information
Kiawah Island, S.C.
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort
Pete and Alice Dye designed the Ocean Course to host the 1991 Ryder Cup, and it also hosted the 2012 PGA Championship. The demanding links-style
layout features 10 holes along
the ocean, with the other eight running parallel.
Yardage: 7,676; par 72.
Notable Course Features
Five of the six hardest holes in the 2012 PGA Championship were on the back nine. The toughest are the 497-yard 13th, where a canal runs all the way down the right side, and the 501-yard 18th, which snakes around dunes and a large bunker to the right of the fairway. The 18th also features another large bunker to the left of the green.
Collin Morikawa, U.S.
Field: 156 players
Format: 72 holes stroke play
Purse: $11 million
600 to the winner
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HOW COLLIN MORIKAWA WON
Collin Morikawa broke away from a crowded pack of contenders with two key shots on the back nine and claimed a major title at age 23. Seven players were tied for the lead at one point early on the back nine before Morikawa chipped in for a birdie on the 14th and drove the green on the par-4 16th. His tee shot settled seven feet from the hole to set up an eagle. Pars on the last two holes gave him a 31 on the back nine for a bogey-free 64 and a total of 13-under 267 for a two-stroke victory over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey at San Francisco’s Harding Park. Johnson led through 54 holes before closing with a 68 on a day when there were 41 rounds in the 60s; Casey, tied for the lead on the 17th tee, shot 66. Morikawa started the final round two strokes back and moved into position with birdies on Nos. 3, 4 and 10 before his strong finish.
Morikawa ranked first in Strokes Gained: Putting at 2.019 per round.
Morikawa also led the field in Driving Accuracy Percentage, hitting 69.64 percent of the fairways.
Morikawa played the eight par-5 holes in 7-under for the week, ranking T1.
Morikawa matched the best score of the day on both Saturday (65) and Sunday (64).
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At age 23 years, 6 months, 3 days, Collin Morikawa became the third youngest PGA Championship winner since World War II, behind Rory McIlroy and Jack Nicklaus.
Morikawa became the fifth player to win in his PGA Championship debut since the event went to stroke play in 1958, joining Bob Tway (1986), John Daly (1991), Shaun Micheel (2003) and Keegan Bradley (2011).
Morikawa was playing in only his second career major championship (T35 in 2019 U.S. Open).
Morikawa’s total of 129 for the final two rounds (65-64) was a championship record for the last 36 holes (Tiger Woods, 130/2018). The 64 tied the lowest final round by a winner (Steve Elkington, 1995).
Morikawa was the first player to make an eagle in the final round and go on to win the PGA Championship since Rory McIlroy (2014).
Dustin Johnson finished second for the second consecutive year at the PGA Championship, the first to do that since Jack Nicklaus (1964-65). Johnson has posted nine consecutive rounds in the 60s in the event.