|Dates August 14–17, 1997|
Organized by PGA of America
|Location Mamaroneck, New York|
Tour(s) PGA Tour
|Course(s) Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course|
The 1997 PGA Championship was the 79th PGA Championship, held August 14–17 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, a suburb northeast of New York City. Davis Love III won his only major championship, five strokes ahead of runner-up Justin Leonard, winner of the 1997 Open Championship.
The last few holes on Sunday were played in a steady rain. However, when Love reached the final green with the tournament wrapped up, the sun peaked through the clouds and a rainbow appeared in the sky. Many took it as a symbol of Love finally winning his first major after several close calls and of his late father, a PGA professional, approvingly looking down from above.
This was the first PGA Championship at the West Course and the fifth major; it previously hosted four U.S. Opens (1929, 1959, 1974, and 1984), which returned in 2006. The tournament was televised by TBS Sports and CBS Sports.
Lengths of the course for previous majors:
Thursday, August 14, 1997
Friday, August 15, 1997
Saturday, August 16, 1997
Sunday, August 17, 1997