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1997 PGA Championship

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Dates  August 14–17, 1997
Organized by  PGA of America
Par  70
Location  Mamaroneck, New York
Tour(s)  PGA Tour
1997 PGA Championship
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.

Course layout

West Course

Lengths of the course for previous majors:

  • 1984 U.S. Open: 6,930 yards (6,340 m), par 70
  • 1974 U.S. Open: 6,961 yards (6,365 m), par 70
  • 1959 U.S. Open: 6,873 yards (6,285 m), par 70
  • 1929 U.S. Open: 6,786 yards (6,205 m), par 72
  • First round

    Thursday, August 14, 1997

    Second round

    Friday, August 15, 1997

    Third round

    Saturday, August 16, 1997

    Final round

    Sunday, August 17, 1997



    1997 PGA Championship Wikipedia