Lee Trevino outlasts Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins for his 2nd PGA Championship
Published: August 19th, 2016 – The 66th Annual PGA Championship held at Shoal Creel Country Club and was entertaining as ever as three former champions duked it out for the Wanamaker trophy. Lee Trevino had won his first PGA Championship in 1972 at the age of 34. Gary Player had first won it in 1962 only to hoist the trophy again ten years later in 1972 at Oakland Hills. Lanny Wadkins had won it in 1977 over Gene Littler in a playoff for his sole major championship. All three men were equal after 36 holes at 7 under play which includes Gary Player’s magnificent -63-.
The Final Round…
At the start of the fourth and final round both Trevino and Player made birdie at the first hole while Wadkins made bogey. After that birdie, Trevino stayed even throughout the first nine at -13. Player would make bogey on the second hole but would catch fire at the end of the nine getting birdies at the 8th and 9th leaving him a stroke behind Trevino at -12. The man to watch though was Wadkins who snuck up on Trevino by making birdies at the 2nd, 6th, & 9th holes leaving him making the turn at -14.
As Wadkins and Player struggled with bogey’s on the back, Trevino maintained his form. He led the duo all the way to the climax where he finished it in style with a birdie. With nerves of steel, Trevino sank his putt on the right edge cementing the victory for the “Merry Mex”. Trevino, known for his wits turned to the crown and kissed his putter multiple times before shaking Player’s hand. It was Trevino’s first victory in nearly three seasons. He also set a new record with his -15 under par -273-, later broken by Steve Elkington in 1995.