A BROADCAST HISTORY OF THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ON CBS
1991 – The 73rd PGA Championship made its debut on CBS Sports and was the first golf event in which the Network featured coverage of all 18 holes, live from Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. Unknown longshot John Daly, a ninth alternate who only qualified after several others pulled out of the tournament, stunned the sports world with his first ever victory at the PGA Championship. His out-going personality and his “grip it and rip it” style of play made him an instant fan-favorite. CBS Sports announcers Pat Summerall, Ken Venturi, Ben Wright, Jim Nantz, Steve Melnyk and Gary McCord provided the commentary.
1992 – Nick Price won his first major championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. Price won by three strokes over a group of four players, which included Nick Faldo, who shot a 67 on the final day, the lowest score of any player. Bobby Clampett joined the CBS Sports announce team.
1993 – At the 75th PGA Championship, Paul Azinger defeated Greg Norman on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff for the victory at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Azinger won his first major championship and shed the label as “best player who never won a major championship.” Greg Norman joined Craig Wood as the only two golfers to lose a playoff in all four majors. CBS Sports added Peter Kostis and Verne Lundquist to the PGA Championship broadcast team.
1994 – Jim Nantz took over as CBS Sports’ golf anchor alongside Ken Venturi in the 18th tower. In one of the most dominating performances of any major championship, Nick Price won his second PGA Championship in three years, his third major championship overall, and his second consecutive major championship following his victory at the 1994 British Open. Price shattered a 30-year-old PGA Championship record with a six-stroke victory over Corey Pavin. The 76th PGA Championship marked the final appearance of Arnold Palmer, who had competed in a record 37 consecutive major championships. Bill Macatee joined the CBS PGA Championship coverage at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
1995 – At Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Steve Elkington shot what he called “the round of my life,” posting a final round 7-under-par 64, only to be tied by Colin Montgomerie moments later. On the first hole of the sudden-death playoff that ensued, Elkington sunk a 25-foot birdie putt to defeat Montgomerie and win his first major championship. This marked the second time in three years that the PGA Championship was decided in a sudden-death playoff. CBS Sports added Jim Nelford and Mary Byran to the PGA Championship announce team.
1996 – David Feherty and Jerry Pate joined the CBS Sports PGA Championship broadcast team. In the 78th PGA Championship, Texan Mark Brooks won his only major championship of his career with a narrow defeat of Kentucky-born favorite, Kenny Perry, in the 14th playoff in PGA Championship history. Brooks birdied the first playoff hole to win, celebrating the PGA Championship’s first visit to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kent.
1997 – Ben Crenshaw, Peter Oosterhuis and Sean McDonough are new additions to the Network’s PGA Championship coverage. At the historic Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Davis Love III won his first and only major sinking the final putt as CBS Sports’ cameras captured a rainbow that shone above him. Love III’s closest competitor was reigning 1997 British Open Champion, Justin Leonard, who finished second, five strokes off the lead. Love III scored the lowest total for 72 holes, 11-under-par, in Winged Foot’s storied 74 years.
1998 – Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash., was the host to the 80th PGA Championship. Vijay Singh won his first major championship and his first of two PGA Championship titles, when he shot a final round 68 for a two-shot victory over Steve Stricker.
1999 – At Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., Tiger Woods won his first PGA Championship, and second major championship, after a one-stroke victory over then 19-year old, Sergio Garcia. Despite what many thought would become a great rivalry between two of golf’s dynamic young players, Garcia would not be competitive in another major championship for nearly a decade, while Woods would win three of four majors in 2000.
2000 – In the most-watched PGA Championship of all-time, Tiger Woods won his second straight PGA Championship after he defeated Bob May in a three-hole playoff at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. It was Woods’ third major championship in 2000, marking the first time since 1953 (Ben Hogan) that a player won three major championships in the same calendar year. Third and final-round coverage in 2000 was seen in all-or-part by an estimated 46.0 million viewers. Sunday’s final round was seen by an estimated 38.5 million viewers, and was the most-watched final round of all time. Dick Enberg provided essays and interviews from the studio.
2001 – At the Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Ga., David Toms won his first major championship with a one-shot victory over his final round pairing, Phil Mickelson. Toms pulled away on the final hole with a clutch par putt to clinch the 83rd PGA Championship. Toms’ 72-hole score was 265, the lowest 72-hole score ever recorded in any major championship.
2002 – Lanny Wadkins took over as CBS Sports lead analyst alongside Jim Nantz as Ken Venturi retired after 35 years. Rich Beem, riding his victory at The International the week before, won his first major championship and second straight PGA tour victory. Tiger Woods birdied his last four holes but finished one shot back of Beem, who shot 10-under-par at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. 40.8 million viewers watched all-or-part of CBS’s third and final-round coverage in 2002 making it the second most-watched PGA Championship of all time, trailing only 2000’s 46.0 million viewers.
2003 – Shaun Micheel defeated fellow American Chad Campbell by two strokes to win his first major championship. The 85th PGA Championship was played at Oak Hills Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. and Sunday’s topsy-turvy final round was seen by an estimated 23.1 million viewers.
2004 – For the first time, CBS Sports broadcast the PGA Championship in HDTV. Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisc., the second longest course in major championship history, hosted the 86th PGA Championship. An exciting final round led to a three-man playoff in which Vijay Singh eventually defeated Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard after a three-hole playoff to win his second PGA Championship.
2005 – At the 87th PGA Championship, the first held at Baltusrol Golf Club, in Springfield, N.J., Phil Mickelson won his second major championship on the first Monday weather-related finish since 1986. Mickelson won by one stroke over Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjorn and became the first wire-to-wire winner of the PGA Championship since Tiger Woods in 2000. The broadcast was seen in all-or-part by an estimated 30.0 million viewers.
2006 – At Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., the longest course in major championship history, Tiger Woods won his third PGA Championship with a five-shot victory over 2003 PGA winner Shaun Micheel. Woods' victory marked his 12th major championship win as he became the first player ever to win the PGA Championship twice on the same course. 2006’s final round earned a 7.0/16 household rating/share and was the third best rating for the final round of the PGA Championship in 27 years when Jack Nicklaus won the event in 1980.
2007 – Six-time major champion Nick Faldo became CBS Sports’ lead analyst for golf, and Ian Baker-Finch joined the team as an analyst. Tiger Woods won his second straight and fourth PGA Championship overall at Southern Hills Country Club, in Tulsa, Okla. He improved to a remarkable 13-0 all-time when holding at least a share of the lead in a major championship after 54 holes.
2008 – Irishman Padraig Harrington won his second consecutive major championship at Oakland Hills Country Club following up his 2008 British Open victory. Harrington was two strokes better than Ben Curtis and Sergio Garcia, becoming the first European-born winner of the PGA Championship in 78 years. The 2008 PGA Championship was contested by the strongest field of any major championship with 93 of the top 100 world-ranked players and featured a Championship-record 64 international players representing 22 countries.
2009 – An estimated 35.7 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ coverage of the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club, making it the most watched in seven years. South Korea’s Y.E. Yang won his first major as he chased down and out-dueled four-time PGA Championship winner Tiger Woods with a record PGA Championship comeback and three-stroke victory. Yang was the first male Asian player to win one of golf’s four major championships.
2010 – Contested at The Straits Course at Whistling Straits, Germany’s Martin Kaymer beat Bubba Watson in a three-hole playoff with a par-birdie-bogey finish in the overtime drama to become his country’s first PGA Champion and second ever to win one of golf’s four majors.
2011 – Keegan Bradley became only the third rookie in nearly 100 years to win one of golf’s four majors with his victory at the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course). Bradley defeated Jason Dufner in a three-hole aggregate score playoff, making a birdie on the 16th hole (first extra-hole), and finishing with pars on 17 and 18. Dufner finished par-bogey-birdie.
2012 – For the first time, CBS Sports Network teed up coverage of the PGA Championship with ON THE RANGE, a live show originating from the Tournament Practice Range of The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C. ON THE RANGE aired each day of the tournament with Grant Boone, Brian Crowell and Bobby Clampett reporting. Rory McIlroy cruised to an eight-stroke victory and broke the PGA record victory margin set by Jack Nicklaus in 1980.
2013 – For the first time, CBS Sports Network aired the PGA CHAMPIONSHIP CLUBHOUSE REPORT live from Oak Hill Country Club after the conclusion of play Thursday through Sunday in Rochester, N.Y. Andrew Catalon, Billy Kratzert and Billy Ray Brown hosted the show each night with highlights, analysis and player interviews. CBS Sports Network’s coverage paired with CBS Sports’ live 18-hole broadcasts of the third and final-round of the 95th PGA Championship as Jason Dufner won his first career major with a two-stroke victory over Jim Furyk.
2014 – Jim Nantz declares, “We have a shining star at sunset” as Rory McIlroy won an epic battle at dusk at Valhalla Golf Club to claim his second Wanamaker Trophy and fourth career major championship. An estimated 30.9 million viewers (Persons 2+) watched all-or-part of CBS Sports’ weekend coverage, up 30% from last year’s 23.8 million; and up 42% from 21.8 million in 2012 when McIlroy won his first PGA Championship. The 30.9 million was the highest number of viewers to watch all-or-part of the Network’s weekend coverage in five years (2009; 35.7 million).
2015 – For the first time, drone cameras were used at a PGA Championship. CBS’s use of drone cameras captured aerial views of Whistling Straits, helping to identify landing areas on the fairways and greens and providing live action of select holes lining Lake Michigan. The unprecedented level of production and technology also included CBS’s Emmy Award-winning SwingVision, ProTracer and GolfTrax. Jason Day won his first major championship with Jordan Spieth, attempting to win his third major of the year, finishing second three strokes behind.
2016 – In one of the longest final days at the PGA Championship, Jimmy Walker closed with a bogey-free 3-under-par 67 for a one shot victory over defending champion Jason Day. For the first time, CBS used Smartcart at Baltusrol Golf Club to complement its cutting edge production and technology, which also included CBS’s Emmy Award-winning SwingVision, Trackman, ProTracer, GolfTrax, 360 Virtual Reality, 4K and Aerial Drone coverage.
2017 – For the first time, CBS used Trackman’s newest broadcast technology on all 18 holes using 3D radar tracking at Quail Hollow Club, expanding on technical enhancements and innovations, which also included ARL Virtual Eye, Toptracer, 4K, CBS’s Emmy Award-winning SwingVision, Smartcart, Fly Cam and Bunker Cams, and Aerial Drone coverage. Justin Thomas won his first major championship at 24-years-old, becoming the eighth PGA Champion who is a son of a PGA Professional.