What is the PGA Championship play-off format?August 11, 2018 Golf News
What happens if the PGA Championship leaderboard goes to extra holes?
If two or more golfers tie at the top of the leaderboard after 72 holes they will then advance into the PGA Championship play-off.
The current format was first used in 2003 when Tiger Woods defeated Bob May on the East Course at Oak Hill Country Club.
Prior to that, the PGA of America used an 18 hole play-off format but then changed to a sudden death play-off with the first being held in 1977.
This was the first time that the sudden death play-off was used in any of the four majors. Lanny Wadkins defeated Gene Litter on the third extra hole at Pebble Beach.
This format lasted until 1996 with Mark Brooks defeating Kenny Perry, requiring just one extra hole in the final sudden death play-off. After that, the PGA Championship changed to the current format that was first used in 2003.
When was the last PGA Championship play-off?
The last PGA Championship play-off was in 2011 at Atlanta between major debutant Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner after both players finished on eight under par after 72 holes.
Bradley birdied the first extra hole and made par at the second while Dufner slipped up on the par 3 second extra hole with a bogey.
However, Dufner replied with a birdie on the final extra hole but Bradley held his nerve and made par to secure his first major title and become the seventh consecutive maiden major winner.
What is the current format for the PGA Championship play-off?
The format for the PGA Championship play-off is a three hole aggregate strokeplay and is played as soon as the final players finish their fourth round. The player with the lowest score after the three holes is the winner.
In the event that the players still can’t be separated then they will enter a sudden death play-off until a winner can be determined.