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1977 The first sudden-death playoff in a stroke play major championship decides the 59th PGA Championship at Pebble Beach, when Lanny Wadkins beats Gene Littler with a par at the third extra hole. Majors had always been decided by either 36 hole or 18 hole playoffs, with the exception of the PGA, which was contested by match play until 1957. In the 1941 PGA, the 36 hole final had gone to two extra holes when Vic Ghezzi defeated Byron Nelson. Two playoffs in the PGA's stroke play era were decided by 18 hole playoffs in 1961 and 1967. The sudden-death format was later changed to the current three-hole aggregate stroke play playoff which first saw Tiger Woods defeat Bob May in 2000.

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