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1978 PGA Championship
Recap and Scores for the 1978 PGA Championship Golf Tournament

By the time of the 1978 PGA Championship, Tom Watson was a 3-time major winner. He'd go on from here to win five more majors over the course of his career. In total, Watson won five British Opens, two Masters and one U.S. Open. The only major preventing Watson from claiming the career Grand Slam was the PGA Championship.

Watson never won the PGA Championship, so of course you know he didn't win this one. But the 1978 PGA Championship was his best chance at winning, and was a tournament he should have won.

Watson opened 67-69-67. He was the first-round leader, the second-round leader and the third-round leader. Watson had a five-stroke lead over Jerry Pate entering the final round.

And he blew it. Watson carded a 73 in that final round, while Pate shot 68 to tie Watson atop the leaderboard. The really big mover, however, was John Mahaffey, whose 66 propelled him from seven shots behind Watson into a 3-way tie for the lead at the end of 72 holes.

Watson, Pate and Mahaffey entered a sudden-death playoff. All three parred the first extra hole, then Mahaffey won it with a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole.

Watson never again came as close to winning a PGA Championship. For Mahaffey, it was his first PGA Tour win in five years, just the second PGA Tour win of his career. He went on to win 10 times total on the PGA Tour, and came close in a couple other majors, but the 1978 PGA Championship was Mahaffey's only win in a major.

1978 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1978 PGA Championship golf tournament played at the par-71 Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania (x-won playoff):

x-John Mahaffey 75-67-68-66--276 $50,000
Jerry Pate 72-70-66-68--276 $25,000
Tom Watson 67-69-67-73--276 $25,000
Tom Weiskopf 73-67-69-71--280 $14,500
Gil Morgan 76-71-66-67--280 $14,500
Craig Stadler 70-74-67-71--282 $10,000
Andy Bean 72-72-70-70--284 $8,000
Lee Trevino 69-73-70-72--284 $8,000
Graham Marsh 72-74-68-70--284 $8,000
Fuzzy Zoeller 75-69-73-68--285 $6,500
Joe Inman 72-68-69-77--286 $6,000
Hale Irwin 73-71-73-70--287 $4,812
John Schroeder 76-69-70-72--287 $4,812
Larry Nelson 76-71-70-70--287 $4,812
Billy Kratzert 70-77-73-67--287 $4,812
Grier Jones 70-73-71-74--288 $3,766
Ben Crenshaw 69-71-75-73--288 $3,766
Phil Hancock 70-73-70-75--288 $3,766
Bob Gilder 74-71-70-74--289 $3,100
Dave Stockton 68-75-74-72--289 $3,100
Wally Armstrong 71-73-75-70--289 $3,100
Don January 73-72-75-69--289 $3,100
Bobby Nichols 75-67-73-74--289 $3,100
Kermit Zarley 75-71-67-76--289 $3,100
George Burns 79-68-70-72--289 $3,100
Peter Oosterhuis 73-72-72-73--290 $2,350
Bob Shearer 73-73-71-73--290 $2,350
Hubert Green 71-71-74-74--290 $2,350
Bob Zender 73-69-74-74--290 $2,350
George Cadle 74-74-74-68--290 $2,350
Greg Powers 75-70-75-70--290 $2,350
Gary Player 76-72-71-71--290 $2,350
Rod Curl 76-71-73-70--290 $2,350
Jim Dent 74-74-70-73--291 $1,750
Mike Sullivan 70-75-73-73--291 $1,750
Lanny Wadkins 70-73-72-76--291 $1,750
Victor Regalado 76-71-70-74--291 $1,750
Keith Fergus 71-74-72-75--292 $1,350
Danny Edwards 74-73-70-75--292 $1,350
Morris Hatalsky 77-71-69-75--292 $1,350
Johnny Miller 69-72-72-79--292 $1,350
Bill Rogers 72-74-73-74--293 $812
Dave Eichelberger 74-73-74-72--293 $812
Lee Elder 71-76-73-73--293 $812
Leonard Thompson 72-76-74-71--293 $812
Andy North 76-71-73-73--293 $812
Mike Morley 70-73-73-77--293 $812
Dewitt Weaver 75-69-72-77--293 $812
Rod Funseth 70-73-72-78--293 $812
Tommy Aycock 74-72-75-73--294 $512
Dave Hill 69-76-75-74--294 $512
Raymond Floyd 76-72-73-73--294 $512
Jack Newton 73-71-71-79--294 $512
Bobby Cole 75-73-73-74--295 $500
Bobby Wadkins 74-74-71-76--295 $500
Bob Murphy 71-75-71-78--295 $500
Tom Purtzer 72-70-78-75--295 $500
Mike McCullough 76-71-75-74--296 $500
Jay Haas 73-71-77-75--296 $500
Curtis Strange 72-74-71-79--296 $500
George Archer 76-67-77-77--297 $500
Bruce Lietzke 75-72-73-78--298 $500
Lon Hinkle 73-73-74-79--299 $500
Laurie Hammer 74-72-77-77--300 $500
Gary Koch 74-72-77-77--300 $500
Howard Twitty 75-72-77-76--300 $500
Ed Sneed 76-72-73-79--300 $500
Jerry Heard 76-71-72-81--300 $500
Jim Colbert 74-74-73-80--301 $500
Bill Hall 76-72-77-78--303 $500

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