In being introduced at the podium as the winner of the 80th Senior PGA Championship, Ken Tanigawa blew out a deep breath still attempting to put into perspective what had just happened.
From playing the final round with friend and former UCLA teammate Scott McCarron, to giving up professional golf some 16 years ago before taking a shot at qualifying for the PGA Tour Champions, and then winning a major at Oak Hill Country Club, Tanigawa had difficulty digesting it.
“To say it’s a dream come true may be an understatement. And to win at Oak Hill on such a storied venue makes it that much more special,” the 51-year-old said. “Tomorrow morning I’ll probably wake up in hysterics, right?”
On Sunday, Tanigawa showed only a flair for the dramatic on the 6,800-yard East Course. He shot an even-par 70 to finish at 3-under 277 in rallying from a three-shot deficit over the back nine to pass defending champion Paul Broadhurst.
– Ken Tanigawa Wins Senior PGA Championship (Spectrum News)
– Did a cellphone spoil Paul Broadhurst’s chance to win Senior PGA? (Golfweek)
– Tanigawa rallies from three shots back to win Senior PGA Championship (Golf Channel)
– Roth: Another badge of honor for Oak Hill, on and off the storied course (D&C)
King of Oak Hill. 🏆
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