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Rex Caldwell had a two-shot lead over Ben Crenshaw going into the final round, with Graham six shots behind.

Graham put together 17 holes of sheer brilliance, 7-under for his round. He made double bogey on the final hole and still had a 65 that matched the best score of the tournament, and the low round of the day by two shots. That double bogey, however, forced him to go overtime with Crenshaw, who had a 67.

Graham missed two more short putts, and then made birdie on the third extra hole to capture his first major.



John Mahaffey had no reason to believe he would win the 1978 PGA Championship at Oakmont when he opened with a 75. Not only was he already eight shots out of the lead, he was eight shots behind Tom Watson, who had won the Masters and British Open a year earlier.

Watson showed no signs of letting up. He followed with a 69 and a 67 to take the 54-hole lead and appeared well on his way to the third leg of the Grand Slam. Instead, Watson had another collapse, similar to his closing 79 at Winged Foot in the 1974 U.S. Open.

Mahaffey, seven shots behind going into Sunday, closed with a 66 for the best score of the final round. That got him into a playoff with Watson and Jerry Pate, and Mahaffey made birdie on the second playoff hole to win his only major. It remains the greatest comeback in PGA history.

Watson would win the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. The PGA Championship ultimately kept him from a career Grand Slam.



Bob Rosburg became famous for his work as a golf analyst on television for saying, “He’s got no shot,” and he was rarely right.

Good thing he never said that about himself.

In the 1959 PGA Championship at Minneapolis Golf Club, Rosburg looked like an also-ran by opening with 71-72 to be nine shots behind Jerry Barber. Rosburg at least cut the deficit in half with a 68 in the third round, and then he came storming back. Rosburg closed with a 66 for the low score of the final 36 holes, and it was enough to beat Barber (73) and Doug Sanders (72) by one shot.


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