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Woods wins the PGA Championship for 12th major title
August 21, 2006
By SAL JOHNSON
Contributing Writer, GOLFONLINE
Here are the key reasons why Tiger Woods won by five strokes over Shaun Micheel at the PGA Championship, contested August 17-20 at Medinah Country Club's No. 3 Course (7,561 yards, par 72) in Medinah, Illinois:

  • For the second major in a row, Woods played a game that not many have seen. Once again, Ben Hogan would have been proud of the way Woods played because it was a lot like Hogan played in his prime. Just like he did last month at Hoylake, Woods played smart, precise golf at Medinah. Woods choreographed his rounds in advance and basically followed a script in putting his ball in the right place and avoiding trouble.
  • Tiger didn't hit as many fairways as he did at Hoylake, ranking T36th at the PGA compared to 1st in the British Open. But once he got past his tee shots, he was superior in the rest of his game. He tied for first in greens in regulation for the week, missing an average of just four greens per round. But more importantly, he made only three bogeys for the week, tying a mark he accomplished at the 2000 British Open for least amount of bogeys in a major championship. That was accomplished in part because of the 16 greens he failed to hit in regulation he got it up and down for par or better 14 times.
  • Another remarkable stat is the fact that even though he only hit the driver about 25% of the time on 14 driving holes, he was 2nd in driving distance average at 318 yards.
  • Woods made it look easy, starting out with a 69, improving that by a shot and finally grasping control of the tournament with a 65 on Saturday. His 68 on Sunday was just a stroll in the park for him. It was only the second time that he has shot all four rounds in a 60s in a major. The other time was at the 2000 British Open.
  • Woods's stats (with rank in parentheses):

    Fairways hit: 36 of 56     (T36th)
    Driving average: 318.0     (2nd)
    Greens hit: 56 of 72     (T1st)
    Putts: 115 (28.75 a rd)     (T31st)
    Putting breakdown:
    0-putt greens: 1
    1-putt greens: 28
    2-putt greens: 42
    3-putt greens: 1
    Eagles: 0
    Birdies: 21      (T3rd)
    Scrambling: 14 of 16 (87.5%) (1st)
    

    Scrambling measures how many times a player gets up and down for par or better on the holes where he missed the green in regulation.

    What This Win Means

  • Woods now is alone in second place for professional major wins with his 12 being one better than third-place Walter Hagen and just six behind leader Jack Nicklaus.
  • Woods is the first golfer ever to win two majors in a season in two consecutive seasons, and this is the fourth time he's won two or more majors in a year. He won three in 2000, two in '02 and two '05. Nicklaus won two majors in a season five times (1963, '66, '72, '75 and '80).

    Only 16 golfers have won two or more majors in a year, and those 16 have combined to do it 29 times. The last golfer other than Woods to win two in a year was Mark O'Meara in 1998, when he won the Masters and British Open.

    Since 1916, the first year of the PGA Championship, the British Open and the PGA have been won by the same golfer in the same year four times: Walter Hagen in 1924, Nick Price in 1994 and Tiger Woods in 2000 and '06.

  • You can E-mail Sal Johnson at sjohnson@golfonline.com.

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