You Oughta Know: PGA Championship


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Jim Furyk will take a one-shot lead over Jason Dufner into the final round of the 95th PGA Championship. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the final day at Oak Hill:

• Furyk will need to reverse a recent trend if he’s to hoist the Wanamaker Trophy on Sunday. He failed to convert all four of his leads last year on Tour, including at the U.S. Open, where he eventually tied for fourth. More bad news for Furyk: The third-round leader hasn’t won any of the previous three majors this year.

• Traditionally, Furyk hasn’t fared well in this position. He is just 9-for-21 when holding at least a share of the lead heading into the final day.

• Dufner held a share of the third-round lead at Atlanta Athletic Club in 2011, but he was unable to close the deal. In fact, he was five shots ahead on the back nine, only to lose to Keegan Bradley in a three-hole playoff.

• International players have won four of the past five PGA Championships: Padraig Harrington, Y.E. Yang, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy.

• At 46 years, 5 months and 19 days old, Steve Stricker would become the oldest player to win his first major since 1960. The current record is held by Jerry Barber, who was 45 when he won the 1961 PGA.

• Two shots back, Henrik Stenson is vying to become the first Swedish player to win a men’s major. His only other PGA Tour victories have come in top-tier events: the 2009 Players and ’07 WGC-Match Play.

• There haven’t been back-to-back 40-year-old major winners since 1986, when Jack Nicklaus (46) and Raymond Floyd (43) won two in a row. Furyk and British Open winner Phil Mickelson are both 43.

• If Adam Scott (four shots back) were to win Sunday, it would mark just the second time in his career that he won twice in a season. The other year was 2004, when he captured The Players and the Booz Allen Classic. More important, perhaps, is that he would become the 18th player to win two or more majors in a single season, and just the fourth to win the Masters and PGA (Jack Nicklaus, Jackie Burke Jr., Sam Snead).