1987 PGA Championship Tournament Results

The 1987 PGA Championship was the 69th edition of the tournament. It ended with a sudden-death playoff and the highest winning score in tournament history.

Winner: Larry Nelson, 287

Where it was played: PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Tournament dates: August 6-9, 1987

Leader after first round: Bobby Wadkins, 68

Leader after second round: Lanny Wadkins and Raymond Floyd, 140

Leader after third round: D.A. Weibring and Mark McCumber, 212

What Happened at the 1987 PGA Championship

The final round was a high-scoring day, a day of struggles for many of the contenders. Ray Floyd, one stroke off the lead after three rounds, shot an 80. Bobby Wadkins, also one behind beginning the day, had 77. Third-round co-leaders Mark McCumber and D.A. Weibring shot 77 and 76, respectively. (High winds and temperatures that peaked near 100F were the problem.) Only two golfers, Scott Hoch and Dan Pohl, broke 70 in Round 4.

Larry Nelson and Lanny Wadkins, each seeking his second PGA Championship win, posted the relatively "low" rounds of 72 and 73 to tie at 287, forcing a sudden-death playoff. Nelson ended the playoff quickly, winning with a par on the first extra hole. Both players missed the green on the playoff hole. Wadkins got his chip closer, to four feet, while Nelson's chip stopped six feet from the hole. But then Nelson rolled his par putt in. Wadkins missed his four-footer, and the tournament was over.

Nelson's 287 was the highest winning score in PGA Championship history to this point, breaking the previous record by five strokes. The record that was broken? Lanny Wadkins' 282 at the 1977 PGA Championship (which he won in a playoff).

That score, though, was good enough to make Nelson the 15th multiple PGA winner in tournament history (he earlier won the 1981 PGA Championship). And it was his third win overall in a major championship. Wadkins finished second in a major for the fourth time, and it was his last time finishing inside the Top 20 in a PGA Championship. Wadkins got to share a Top 10 finish here with his brother: Bobby, despite that final-round 77, tied for seventh place for his only Top 10 in a PGA Championship.

1987 PGA Championship Final Scores

Larry Nelson70-72-73-72—287
Lanny Wadkins70-70-74-73—287
Scott Hoch 74-74-71-69—288
D.A. Weibring 73-72-67-76—288
Don Pooley 73-71-73-72—289
Mark McCumber 74-69-69-77—289
Ben Crenshaw 72-70-74-74—290
Bobby Wadkins 68-74-71-77—290
Curtis Strange 70-76-71-74—291
David Frost 75-70-71-76—292
Nick Price 76-71-70-75—292
Tom Kite 72-77-71-72—292
Seve Ballesteros 72-70-72-78—292
Curt Byrum 74-75-68-76—293
David Edwards 69-75-77-72—293
Dan Pohl 71-78-75-69—293
Jeff Sluman 72-69-78-74—293
Tom Watson 70-79-73-71—293
Raymond Floyd 70-70-73-80—293
Peter Jacobsen 73-75-73-73—294
Gil Morgan 75-74-70-76—295
Bernhard Langer 70-78-77-70—295
Jim Hallet 73-78-73-71—295
Payne Stewart 72-75-75-74—296
Ken Brown 73-74-73-76—296
Jack Nicklaus 76-73-74-73—296
Gene Sauers 76-74-68-78—296
Craig Stadler 75-72-75-75—297
Chris Perry 75-75-74-73—297
Hal Sutton 73-74-74-76—297
Roger Maltbie 74-72-75-76—297
Bruce Lietzke 75-76-74-72—297
Ronnie Black 76-70-76-75—297
Bobby Clampett 71-72-77-77—297
Nick Faldo 73-73-77-74—297
Brad Fabel 73-73-77-74—297
Jay Haas 74-70-76-77—297
Russ Cochran 73-76-69-79—297
John Cook 76-70-72-79—297
Robert Wrenn 75-72-76-75—298
Denis Watson 76-75-72-75—298
Phil Blackmar 74-72-80-72—298
Bobby Cole 71-74-75-79—299
Buddy Gardner 75-74-79-71—299
Mac O'Grady 78-70-71-80—299
Tim Simpson 71-70-81-77—299
T.C. Chen 76-75-76-73—300
Bob Tway 78-71-76-75—300
Scott Simpson 78-73-76-73—300
Fred Funk 69-79-79-73—300
Mike Reid 71-79-74-76—300
Bob Betley 72-79-77-72—300
Donnie Hammond 76-74-79-71—300
Tom Byrum 79-72-76-73—300
Tom Purtzer 75-73-81-71—300
Morris Hatalsky 76-75-75-75—301
Lonnie Nielsen 78-73-74-76—301
Hubert Green 74-73-80-74—301
Chip Beck 75-74-72-80—301
Mike Sullivan 73-72-74-82—301
Steve Pate 76-73-76-77—302
Steve Jones 72-75-74-81—302
Jim Woodward 79-72-69-82—302
Fuzzy Zoeller 76-71-76-80—303
Andy Bean 73-78-76-79—306
Arnold Palmer 76-75-79-76—306
John Mahaffey 77-72-77-80—306
Mark Wiebe 78-73-75-80—306
Ray Freeman 71-77-74-85—307
Greg Norman 73-78-79-79—309
Lindy Miller 73-78-82-78—311
John Jackson 77-74-84-78—313
Lon Hinkle 74-76-79-89—318

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