PGA Championship is the all-professional major championship with 156 players competing annually for the Wanamaker Trophy, one of the most precious possessions of golf. This year the 101st PGA Championship moved its usual late summer date to May 2019.
The tournament was hosted by the Black Course in Bethpage State Park on Long Island, New York, from May 13 – 19, 2019– for the first time ever. This was also the first time since 1949 that the Championship was held in May.
Here is what to know about the PGA Championship 2019 –
Who Won The PGA Championship 2019?
This year Brooks Koepka got lucky and won his second- straight PGA Championship. The muscled Floridan is the first player to win his first four majors in two years, and the first player in history to win two back-to-back majors simultaneously after landing US Opens in 2017 and 2018 as well.
What Is The Prize For Winning PGA Championship?
The winner gets to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy which was named after Rodman Wanamaker, the funder of the Professional Golfers Association of America. This trophy weighs 27 pounds and is about 28 inches tall, which makes it the largest of the four major championship trophies.
The winner for the PGA Championship also gets prize money of around $2million: $1,980,000. The purse of total $11 million. Both amounts are the same as earlier when Brooks Koepka Won PGA at Bellerive Country Club in 2018.
Players making the cut but finishing below 70th receive a reduction of $ 100 each. Players who miss the cut and finish 36 holes, each receives $ 3,100. Any player making the cut but not submitting at a score of 72-hole also receives $ 3,100.
Some Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know:
- The PGA Championship trophy, one of the largest trophies in the world was actually named after a keen golfer and also the founder of PGA Rodman Wanamaker. Rodman was a department store magnate who owned stores in several places.
- The winner of the championship gets to hold the replica of the actual trophy for one year. The real trophy is safely in the hands of PGA of America, as back in 1928 it went missing by great golfer Walter Hagan.
- America-born players have won a total 77 numbers of PGA Championship. Whereas, South Africa and Australia won four each- followed by Scotland, England, and Fiji with two times.
- Back in 1916, the purse for the first PGA Championship was $2,580, where the winner got $500. The prize money increased to $100,000 in 1983 and hit to $1 million for the first time in 2003.
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