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1979 PGA Championship
Recap and Scores for the 1979 PGA Championship Golf Tournament

Australian David Graham won the 1979 PGA Championship the old-fashioned way: He earned it. And he earned it despite recording a double-bogey on the 72nd hole.

Graham began the final round four strokes off the lead of Rex Caldwell, with Ben Crenshaw in second, two behind Caldwell. Crenshaw was one of the most popular players in golf and the big fan favorite, but he was still looking for his first major. Three weeks earlier, Crenshaw had finished second in the 1979 British Open.

Caldwell didn't play poorly in the final round, carding a 71, but both Graham and Crenshaw zipped past him, Crenshaw with a 67 that got him in the clubhouse at 8-under 272.

Graham, who had four PGA Tour wins entering the tournament, reached the 72nd hole with a two-stroke lead. And promptly blew it, recording a double-bogey. He had been having one of the all-time great closing rounds in major championship history up to that point. How good? Despite the double-bogey, Graham still shot 65.

But with the double-bogey, he fell into a tie with Crenshaw and the two headed into a playoff. Crenshaw ended his career with one of the worst playoff records in PGA Tour history - zero wins in eight playoffs. And he lost this one, too. But as noted above, he made Graham earn the win.

On the first extra hole, Crenshaw sank a 50-foot par putt. Graham then made his own 25-footer for par. On the second extra hole, Crenshaw sank a mid-range birdie putt. Graham than made his own 10-footer for birdie. Graham won the trophy with a birdie on the third extra hole.

It was the first of two major championship wins for Graham, who also won the 1981 U.S. Open. Crenshaw later won a pair of Masters titles.

The 1979 PGA Championship also was the site of Sam Snead's last cut made in a major. Snead, 67 years old at the time, finished 42nd.

1979 PGA Championship Scores
Results from the 1979 PGA Championship golf tournament played at the par-70 Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Michigan (x-won playoff):

x-David Graham 69-68-70-65--272 $60,000
Ben Crenshaw 69-67-69-67--272 $40,000
Rex Caldwell 67-70-66-71--274 $25,000
Ron Streck 68-71-69-68--276 $20,000
Jerry Pate 69-69-69-71--278 $14,500
Gibby Gilbert 69-72-68-69--278 $14,500
Don January 69-70-71-69--279 $9,200
Jay Haas 68-69-73-69--279 $9,200
Howard Twitty 70-73-69-67--279 $9,200
Gary Koch 71-71-71-67--280 $6,750
Lou Graham 69-74-68-69--280 $6,750
Jerry McGee 73-69-71-68--281 $5,250
Tom Watson 66-72-69-74--281 $5,250
Jack Renner 71-74-66-70--281 $5,250
Andy Bean 76-69-68-68--281 $5,250
Graham Marsh 69-70-71-72--282 $3,780
Hubert Green 69-70-72-71--282 $3,780
Bruce Lietzke 69-69-71-73--282 $3,780
Gene Littler 71-71-67-73--282 $3,780
Bob Gilder 73-71-68-70--282 $3,780
John Schroeder 72-72-70-69--283 $3,250
Bob Byman 73-72-69-69--283 $3,250
Frank Conner 70-73-69-72--284 $2,900
Gary Player 73-70-70-71--284 $2,900
Peter Jacobsen 70-74-67-73--284 $2,900
Rod Funseth 70-69-76-69--284 $2,900
Alan Tapie 73-65-76-70--284 $2,900
Gil Morgan 72-73-70-70--285 $2,300
Miller Barber 73-72-69-71--285 $2,300
Artie McNickle 69-70-72-74--285 $2,300
George Burns 71-74-67-73--285 $2,300
Larry Nelson 70-75-70-70--285 $2,300
Mark McCumber 75-68-70-72--285 $2,300
Ed Sneed 77-67-70-71--285 $2,300
Lee Elder 70-71-73-73--287 $1,600
Bill Rogers 70-72-73-72--287 $1,600
Lee Trevino 70-73-72-72--287 $1,600
Lynn Janson 73-71-72-71--287 $1,600
Jim Masserio 69-73-71-74--287 $1,600
Tom Kite 72-72-69-74--287 $1,600
Dave Stockton 70-75-72-70--287 $1,600
Sam Snead 73-71-71-73--288 $1,050
Jimmy Wright 72-69-72-75--288 $1,050
Kermit Zarley 73-69-71-75--288 $1,050
Calvin Peete 75-71-70-72--288 $1,050
Jim Colbert 73-73-72-71--289 $704
Chi Chi Rodriguez 71-72-72-74--289 $704
Tommy Aaron 73-73-69-74--289 $704
Don Padgett 71-75-73-70--289 $704
Jim Simons 76-68-73-72--289 $704
Rod Curl 72-72-73-73--290 $600
John Mahaffey 72-74-71-73--290 $600
Bob Mann 71-73-71-75--290 $600
Dewitt Weaver 73-73-71-74--291 $567
Wally Armstrong 74-71-73-73--291 $567
Fuzzy Zoeller 70-75-75-71--291 $567
Jim Dent 70-72-76-73--291 $567
Dave Barber 74-69-71-77--291 $567
Leonard Thompson 72-67-78-74--291 $567
Barry Jaeckel 71-73-75-73--292 $547
Keith Fergus 73-70-73-76--292 $547
Rocky Thompson 72-72-73-76--293 $535
Mark Hayes 71-73-77-72--293 $535
Raymond Floyd 74-70-77-72--293 $535
Scott Bess 73-72-75-74--294 $515
Al Geiberger 76-70-73-75--294 $515
Lon Hinkle 73-72-71-78--294 $515
Jack Nicklaus 73-72-78-71--294 $515
Austin Straub 73-70-72-79--294 $515
Lanny Wadkins 71-75-73-76--295 $500
Bobby Wadkins 77-68-75-76--296 $500
Dean Refram 75-69-79-75--298 $500
Ronald Smoak 72-74-78-79--303 $500
Dennis Coscina 76-70-74-83--303 $500

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