It was the first PGA Championship held at Whistling Straits. Vijay Singh earned his third major win in a three hole playoff defeating Justin Leonard and Chris DiMarco. The purse was $6.25 million and Singh took home $1.125 million.
An excited final round filled with missed opportunities led to a three man playoff between Vijay Singh, Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard. Ernie Els missed the playoff by one stroke, thanks to a bogey at No. 18, and completed a disheartening season of near-misses in majors. He finished fourth, tied with Chris Riley who also bogeyed No. 18. Els finished second in The Masters, second in the British Open and ninth in the U.S. Open.
Phil Mickelson also had a chance to get into the playoff, needing a birdie at 72nd hole. Michelson however took bogey and added a sixth-place finish to his memorable run at majors in 2004. Michelson won The Masters, took second in the U.S. Open and placed third in the British Open. Tiger Woods bogeyed two of the first four holes and wound up with a 73, his worst finish in the majors this year. This extended his streak to 10 majors without winning, that's the longest drought of his career.
Leonard, playing in the final group at the PGA Championship for the third time, took a two-shot lead with five holes to play with an 18-foot birdie putt. Leonard missed four putts inside 12 feet down the stretch including a 12 foot par putt on No. 18 which would have given him his second major championship. DiMarco, the only player in the final nine groups to break par, had an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th that he left short that would have given him his first major.