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Senior PGA Championship: Broadhurst had a Chance to Tie but Missed a Long Birdie Attempt from the Back of the Green

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During the 80th Senior PGA Championship, Historic Oak Hill Country Club got ringing support from players. Broadhurst was clinging to a one-shot lead over Ken Tanigawa with four holes to play. At the par-4, 439-yard 16th hole, Broadhurst found the right rough with his tee shot, and music began playing from a spectator’s cellphone right at the ropes as he set up for his second shot, forcing him to step away.

Broadhurst hit his second shot-far left into even thicker grass near a set of bunkers. With the ball buried, his third shot hopped the green. He chipped to 4 feet, but two-putted for his first and only double-bogey of the tournament. Tanigawa, playing a group ahead, had birdied 16. Just like that, Broadhurst’s one-shot lead had become a two-shot deficit.

Tanigawa, 51, last year’s Champions Tour rookie of the year, went on to shoot even-par 70 for a one-shot win over Scott McCarron (70) and two shots over Broadhurst, who needed to sink a long miracle birdie putt at 18 to force a playoff, but wound up with a bogey for a final-round 75. Tanigawa bogeyed the 17th then drove into a bunker at 18, but after a layup to the fairway, he hit a superb third shot to 10 feet and made that putt to save par for a 3-under score of 277.

Broadhurst had a chance to tie but missed a long birdie attempt from the back of the green. He also missed his par putt and finished third after a 75. Scott McCarron finished second at 2-under 278.

The champion will receive $585,000 and have their name engraved on the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy, which was donated to the PGA of America in 1937. They will also receive a lifetime exemption into the Senior PGA Championship, an exemption into the 2020 PGA Championship, an exemption into the 2019 Senior British Open and an exemption into the 2019 U.S. Senior Open.

The next major golf tournament at Oak Hill for the PGA Championship will be in May of 2023.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/golf/did-a-cellphone-spoil-paul-broadhursts-chance-to-win-senior-pga/ar-AABYeNV#page=2

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