KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship R4

Tanigawa completes fairytale comeback to be crowned king of Oak Hill

May 23-26
Oak Hill CC, Rochester, New York
$3,250,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

Ken Tanigawa overturned a three-stroke deficit to win his first Senior Major at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club.

KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship R4 - Tanigawa completes fairytale comeback to overturne a three-stroke deficit and win his first Senior Major Oak Hill, © Getty Images
Ken Tanigawa, © Getty Images

“To say it’s a dream come true may be an understatement to a big level. And to win at Oak Hill on such a storied venue just makes it that much more special, because you know all the great players have hit that tee shot off of one, and then to just be able to play here and compete and to pull off a victory of this magnitude is unbelievable. It’s unreal.

“I played well at Pebble, another incredible venue. Being from California and having the, being fortunate enough to win there is pretty, pretty cool. But to validate it here under the pressure of a major and all the, everything that’s going on around you, all the people in the stands and they’re just hard shots and hard holes. I wish I could have hit some better shots. But it worked out and just try to kind of grit it out. Boy, I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

The American returned to professional golf in 2018 after a 15-year absence. He had his amateur status reinstated in 2003 after quitting the game, but turned professional again after earning his card at PGA Tour Champions Qualifying School last year. That same season he won his first title on the PGA Tour Champions circuit and has now become the second consecutive first-time winner of a Senior Major, following Steve Stricker’s win at the Regions Tradition earlier this month.

The 51-year-old started the day three strokes behind defending champion and last year’s Staysure Tour Number One Paul Broadhurst, who reached a six under par total after three rounds on the formidable East Course.

Both Tanigawa and Broadhurst dropped shots on the par three third hole, with Broadhurst dropping another stroke on the next par three, the sixth hole, as the deficit was cut to two.

Tanigawa then birdied the 15th hole and followed with an incredible 20-foot putt for birdie on the 16th, just before Broadhurst carded a double bogey on the same hole, drawing level with Scott McCarron on two under par.

“We played at UCLA together,” said McCarron. “We play practice rounds just about every Tuesday out here on Tour. I was happy he went through Qualifying School, made it through. Then Kenny to win last year at Pebble Beach was pretty amazing. He’s a great player.

“I told him once he got out here he would be a top 10 player. And he is certainly proving that to me and everyone else. The guy can flat out hit it. Great short game. Really good putter. And you saw him make that putt at 18 to win the tournament. Really happy for him.”

After a bogey on the 17th hole, Tanigawa proceeded down the 18th hole with a one-stroke lead. After finding a fairway bunker with his drive, he laid up and then hit his third shot to eight feet, which he stroked in for par.

KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship R4 - Broadhurst finished third, © Getty Images
Paul Broadhurst, © Getty Images

Broadhurst bogeyed the last, settling for third place on one under par, one stroke behind McCarron.

“I played well the front nine, hit some really good shots in. I knew I was struggling on the greens, didn’t feel good. I was quite negative on the greens. And that cost me today. A poor drive off 16, granted, but if I would have made a few putts when it really mattered, I probably would have been quite a few clear.

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“I knew it was going to be tough. It’s a tough course any day of the week. You can shoot 75 anytime around there. A lead in a major, I knew it was going to be a tough day. This is a really tough course to be out there leading for a long period of time.

“I’m so pleased for him. He’s a cracking guy. I mean, he’s a lovely guy to play with. He’s a great guy off the course. I’m really pleased for him. He’s done really well since he came out on the Champions Tour. And for him to win a major, I’m sure he’ll have a really good evening.”

Fellow Staysure Tour member Retief Goosen finished fourth on level par, while the quartet of David Frost, 2017 champion Bernhard Langer, Jesper Parnevik and Esteban Toledo shared 12th place on seven over par.


Pos.
Player To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1
Ken Tanigawa -3 67 74 66 70 277
2
Scott McCarron -2 72 69 67 70 278
3
Paul Broadhurst -1 70 67 67 75 279
4
Retief Goosen E 67 72 67 74 280
5
Jerry Kelly 1 70 70 72 69 281
6
Scott Parel 2 66 73 74 69 282
7
John Riegger 3 69 71 69 74 283
T8
Billy Andrade 4 72 75 71 66 284
T8
Duffy Waldorf 4 69 74 71 70 284
T8
Corey Pavin 4 69 74 66 75 284
11
Woody Austin 6 74 75 70 67 286
T12
Bernhard Langer 7 72 74 72 69 287
T12
David Frost 7 72 71 73 71 287
T12
Tommy Armour III 7 70 73 72 72 287
T12
Rocco Mediate 7 71 71 72 73 287
T12
Esteban Toledo 7 70 67 74 76 287
T12
Jesper Parnevik 7 68 74 70 75 287
T18
Brandt Jobe 8 71 72 74 71 288
T18
Taichi Teshima 8 69 77 69 73 288
T18
Mike Goodes 8 72 69 71 76 288
T21
Jeff Maggert 9 68 78 74 69 289
T21
Colin Montgomerie 9 74 75 70 70 289
T21
Lee Janzen 9 73 75 71 70 289
T21
Mark Brown 9 74 72 72 71 289
T21
Paul Lawrie 9 69 72 74 74 289
T21
Bob Sowards 9 71 73 71 74 289
T21
Vijay Singh 9 72 73 70 74 289
T28
Thaworn Wiratchant 10 73 74 73 70 290
T28
Carlos Franco 10 73 74 72 71 290
T28
Stephen Leaney 10 74 72 73 71 290
T28
Steve Flesch 10 78 70 70 72 290
T28
Bart Bryant 10 74 70 74 72 290
T28
Tom Lehman 10 75 73 69 73 290
T28
Kirk Triplett 10 70 71 72 77 290
T35
Rafael Gómez 11 71 75 73 72 291
T35
Stephen Ames 11 73 72 74 72 291
T35
Marco Dawson 11 67 74 77 73 291
T35
Doug Garwood 11 70 73 75 73 291
T35
Peter Baker 11 72 72 74 73 291
T35
Darren Clarke 11 68 74 74 75 291
T41
Cliff Kresge 12 73 75 72 72 292
T41
Steve Stricker 12 76 72 72 72 292
T41
Peter Fowler 12 71 74 75 72 292
T44
Shaun Micheel 13 74 74 72 73 293
T44
Scott Dunlap 13 72 74 73 74 293
T44
Gregory Meyer 13 71 72 75 75 293
T44
Wes Short, Jr. 13 72 73 72 76 293
T48
Dan Forsman 14 72 75 77 70 294
T48
Billy Mayfair 14 75 74 73 72 294
T48
Tim Petrovic 14 71 73 77 73 294
T48
David McKenzie 14 73 71 76 74 294
T52
Chad Proehl 15 76 71 74 74 295
T52
Mark Brooks 15 71 76 74 74 295
T52
Toru Suzuki 15 77 70 74 74 295
T52
Paul Goydos 15 72 74 73 76 295
T52
Prayad Marksaeng 15 71 74 71 79 295
T57
Tom Pernice Jr. 16 76 72 72 76 296
T57
Steve Pate 16 74 72 72 78 296
T57
Jerry Smith 16 71 74 72 79 296
T60
Bob May 17 71 71 81 74 297
T60
Scott Hoch 17 70 77 74 76 297
T60
Olin Browne 17 73 75 73 76 297
T63
Paul Eales 18 76 73 75 74 298
T63
Jay Haas 18 74 74 75 75 298
T63
Gibby Gilbert III 18 69 76 76 77 298
T66
Stuart Smith 19 74 75 74 76 299
T66
Steve Jones 19 77 71 72 79 299
T68
Larry Mize 20 76 73 76 75 300
T68
Mike Miles 20 69 75 74 82 300
T70
Mark Mielke 21 73 76 77 75 301
T70
Paul McGinley 21 73 72 81 75 301
T72
Jared Melson 22 76 73 75 78 302
T72
Omar Uresti 22 70 76 78 78 302
T74
Thomas Levet 23 70 78 79 76 303
T74
John Huston 23 69 77 78 79 303
76
Gary Hallberg 24 72 74 79 79 304
CUT
James Mason 10 79 71 150
CUT
Jeff Brehaut 10 77 73 150
CUT
Kohki Idoki 10 75 75 150
CUT
Tom Byrum 10 72 78 150
CUT
Mark Tucker 10 77 73 150
CUT
Mike Genovese 10 76 74 150
CUT
Rob Moss 10 73 77 150
CUT
Miguel Angel Jiménez 10 73 77 150
CUT
Mark O’Meara 10 74 76 150
CUT
Tommy Tolles 11 73 78 151
CUT
Ken Duke 11 70 81 151
CUT
Scott Verplank 11 79 72 151
CUT
Jim Estes 11 77 74 151
CUT
Glen Day 11 78 73 151
CUT
Dave McNabb 11 74 77 151
CUT
Chris Kaufman 11 76 75 151
CUT
Gus Ulrich 11 76 75 151
CUT
Miguel Angel Martin 11 74 77 151
CUT
Santiago Luna 11 70 81 151
CUT
Willie Wood 12 76 76 152
CUT
Frank Esposito Jr 12 71 81 152
CUT
Fred Funk 12 72 80 152
CUT
James Kingston 12 76 76 152
CUT
Joe Durant 13 74 79 153
CUT
Chris Williams 13 74 79 153
CUT
John Daly 13 79 74 153
CUT
Fran Quinn 13 79 74 153
CUT
Gene Fieger 13 81 72 153
CUT
Joey Sindelar 13 73 80 153
CUT
Mark Calcavecchia 13 74 79 153
CUT
Kevin Baker 13 74 79 153
CUT
Jarmo Sandelin 13 71 82 153
CUT
Markus Brier 13 79 74 153
CUT
Craig Bowden 14 77 77 154
CUT
Gene Sauers 14 74 80 154
CUT
Jeffrey Schmid 14 77 77 154
CUT
Jeff Sluman 14 74 80 154
CUT
Roger Chapman 14 73 81 154
CUT
Greg Kraft 14 78 76 154
CUT
Brad Lardon 14 79 75 154
CUT
Russ Cochran 14 77 77 154
CUT
Paul Streeter 14 71 83 154
CUT
Brian Kelly 14 78 76 154
CUT
Mauricio Molina 14 79 75 154
CUT
Frank Bensel Jr 14 80 74 154
CUT
Henrik Simonsen 15 76 79 155
CUT
Todd Hamilton 15 77 78 155
CUT
Michael Allen 15 78 77 155
CUT
Magnus Atlevi 15 75 80 155
CUT
Walt Chapman 16 78 78 156
CUT
Rick Morton 16 79 77 156
CUT
Rich Gilkey 16 77 79 156
CUT
Dan Olsen 16 75 81 156
CUT
Dave Bahr 17 79 78 157
CUT
Philip Golding 17 82 75 157
CUT
Jeff Hart 17 79 78 157
CUT
Clark Dennis 17 77 80 157
CUT
Phillip Price 17 80 77 157
CUT
Barry Lane 17 76 81 157
CUT
Stephen Dodd 18 78 80 158
CUT
Skip Kendall 18 77 81 158
CUT
Brent Studer 18 83 75 158
CUT
Dudley Hart 18 77 81 158
CUT
Bob Tway 19 76 83 159
CUT
Brian Cairns 19 83 76 159
CUT
Michael Campbell 20 81 79 160
CUT
Sandy Lyle 20 79 81 160
CUT
Jean-Francois Remesy 21 84 77 161
CUT
Bob Gilder 22 79 83 162
CUT
Chris DiMarco 22 83 79 162
CUT
Mike Reid 22 82 80 162
CUT
David Shacklady 22 83 79 162
CUT
Ken Green 22 83 79 162
CUT
Charlie Bolling 23 77 86 163
CUT
Thomas Vizina 23 80 83 163
WD
Tom Gillis 74 75 149
WD
Michael Bradley 70 79 149
WD
Paul Claxton 75 13 88
WD
Peter Jacobsen 80 80
WD
Christopher Perry 86 86