Kaymer wins PGA in playoff; Johnson out on penalty

Posted: 16/08/2010 in PGA

Kaymer wins PGA Championship

KOHLER, WI- AUGUST 15: Martin Kaymer poses

Martin Kaymer defeated Bubba Watson in a playoff Sunday to earn his first major title at the 92nd PGA Championship.

Kaymer,  25, bogeyed the final hole of the playoff to win by a stroke at even- par 11. He and Watson were tied at one-under with the last playoff hole to go, but Kaymer’s bogey was one better than Watson’s double.

“It  feels  great,” Kaymer said in  a television interview. “I get goose bumps just talking about it. It’s fantastic.”

The  German did  collect his  first  major and  first  PGA Tour  win, but  the interesting  story happened before the three-hole aggregate playoff because it looked like there would be three players in the extra session.

Dustin  Johnson  was given a two-stroke  penalty after his round for grounding his club in a bunker on the 18th hole and that knocked him out of a playoff at Whistling Straits.

“I don’t know if I can describe it,” Johnson told CBS’ David Feherty. “Walking up  there,  seeing the  shot, never once  did it  cross my mind  it was a sand trap.”

Johnson  held a one-stroke  lead on the 18th tee and pushed his drive into the gallery  on the right.  His ball landed in a small sandy patch and he grounded his club before pulling his shot well left of the green.

He  pitched to  seven feet  and if  he  would have  made it,  he thought  that would’ve  been  for the title.  Johnson missed and thought  he was headed to a playoff with Watson and Kaymer.

“The  only  worse thing  that could’ve happened  is if I  would have made that putt,” Johnson said.

When  Johnson walked off  the green, he was greeted by a PGA official. Johnson and  playing partner  Nick Watney sat in the scorer’s tent for several minutes before  it  was determined that  Johnson was  getting a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club.

“If  it was up to  me, I wouldn’t have thought I was in a bunker, but it’s not up to me,” Johnson said.

“That  was an area that was designed and built as a bunker,” PGA official Mark Wilson said in a television interview.

Johnson ended up with a one-over 73 and missed the playoff by two strokes.

With  the controversy aside, Kaymer and Watson headed to the 10th tee to begin the two-man extra session.

Watson drove into the right rough near the green, but Kaymer found a bunker in the  middle of  the fairway. Kaymer knocked  his second to 40 feet, but Watson played  a  strong pitch  to three  feet. Kaymer two-putted  for par and Watson drained his birdie effort to take a one-stroke lead.

The  par-three 17th was  next for the pair and Watson came up 45 feet short of the  stick with  his tee ball. Kaymer hit  a beautiful shot 12 feet shy of the hole.  Watson lagged  his  birdie try  close  and tapped  in  for par.  Kaymer converted the birdie putt and the two were knotted with one hole to play.

Both  players drove into  the right rough at the 18th. Watson appeared to have the  better  lie and  tried to go  for the  flag. It didn’t  work and his ball landed in a stream well short of the green.

Kaymer  elected to  pitch  out with  his second  after  his opponent’s  watery mistake. He hit his third 15 feet right of the hole.

“My lie was not very good in the rough,” said Kaymer. “I wanted to give myself a chance for par.”

After  Watson took his penalty drop, he knocked his fourth over the green into a bunker. He blasted out and his ball hit the flagstick, but rolled three feet away.

Kaymer  needed  two putts for the  win and he ran  his par putt about two feet past  the cup. Watson kicked in his short double-bogey putt and Kaymer studied his little winning putt.

Kaymer tapped in for the bogey and the win.

“I was very nervous the last three or four holes, but the playoff was strange. I  was  very calm,  very  confident,”  said  Kaymer, who  pocketed  $1,350,000 for the victory.

Watson  was  in search of  his first major  title as well. While disappointed, Watson  can take  comfort that his runner-up  finish was enough to earn one of the eight automatic American Ryder Cup spots.

“That’s all that matters to me,” said Watson. “The win would be great, but the Ryder Cup was most important.”

Kaymer (70) and Watson (68) finished regulation at 11-under 277.

Zach Johnson (70) and Rory McIlroy (72) tied for third at 10-under 278.

Dustin  Johnson was  joined in  a tie  for fifth  by 1995  PGA Champion  Steve Elkington and Jason Dufner, who both had rounds of one-under 71 on Sunday.

Tiger  Woods  had a  one-over 73  and tied  for 28th  at minus-two, while Phil Mickelson  carded  a five-under 67  to vault into a  tie for 12th at six-under 282.

The ending of regulation was a thriller.

Watson was first in at 11-under par after a bogey at the 17th. He sank a five- footer  for  par at the  last, then  waited for the  rest of the contenders to finish.

Zach  Johnson and  Elkington both  couldn’t get  to 11-under,  so up  next was Kaymer,  who  was at that  number. He came  up well short  of the green with a four-iron  and pitched 15  feet right of the hole. Kaymer drilled the par putt to match Watson in the lead.

McIlroy couldn’t make birdie, but Dustin Johnson made his move.

At  the par-five 16th, Johnson went from a bunker right to the left rough, but hit  a beautiful pitch  inches from the hole. He tapped in to get to 11-under, but took the outright lead with a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 17.

Sadly, his tournament ended with the bogey turned triple-bogey at 18.

Camilo  Villegas (68)  and Wen-Chong Liang (73) tied for eighth at eight-under 280. Matt Kuchar (72) and Jason Day (74) shared 10th at minus-seven.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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