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1990 PGA Championship

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Dates  August 9–12, 1990
Organized by  PGA of America
Par  72
Location  Birmingham, Alabama
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
1990 PGA Championship
Course(s)  Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club

The 1990 PGA Championship was the 72nd PGA Championship, held August 9–12 at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Wayne Grady won his only major championship, three strokes ahead of runner-up Fred Couples.


In the final round, Couples led by a stroke after a birdie at the 12th hole, but then had four consecutive bogeys, while Grady shot par for the rest of the round. Defending champion Payne Stewart was in the final pairing with Grady, but was two-over par on the front nine. On the par-5 11th hole, he put his third shot into the water and fell from contention with a triple bogey.

Grady became the third Australian-born player to win the PGA Championship, preceded by Jim Ferrier in 1947 and David Graham in 1979. It was Grady's second and final win on the PGA Tour.

Concerns about racial discrimination in the club's membership caused many sponsors to pull their network television advertising, including IBM. This was the final year that ABC carried the broadcast, replaced by CBS in 1991.


This was the second PGA Championship at Shoal Creek, which hosted six years earlier in 1984. The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and opened in 1977. It has been the venue for the Regions Tradition, a senior major championship, since 2011.

Course layout


Previous course lengths for major championships

  • 7,145 yards (6,533 m) – par 72, 1984 PGA Championship
  • Missed the cut


    First round

    Thursday, August 9, 1990

    Second round

    Friday, August 10, 1990

    Third round

    Saturday, August 11, 1990

    Final round

    Sunday, August 12, 1990



    Final round

    Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par


    1990 PGA Championship Wikipedia