Henrik Stenson made a good run at the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla, but one 3-foot putt late on Sunday gave away one stroke he couldn’t afford to lose.
Ernie Els equaled the best score of the week with a 6-under 65 to finish at 11 under, comfortably inside the top 10 at the PGA Championship.
This is the longest streak of no club professional qualifying to play on the weekend of the PGA Championship since records were kept starting in the early 1980s.
At Valhalla, traditionally benign as a PGA Championship venue, Thursday's lengthy list of players under par included no club professionals. Steve Schneiter came the closest; with a 1-over 72.
It wasn’t a particularly stellar start to the 96th PGA Championship from the 20 club professionals in the field, but there were some highlights.
Brian Norman’s visits back home to Henderson, Ky., normally are quiet, uneventful affairs. This one will be the exception to the rule as he plays in the 96th PGA Championship.
"I honestly believe I can contend," PGA PNC winner Michael Block said Tuesday at Valhalla before the PGA Championship. "That’s how I approach everything. If I don’t, it’s not a good way to go about it."
Jamie Broce came to the realization years ago that he wasn’t going to make a living as a touring professional, so the club pro keeps his 2014 PGA Championship experience in check.
Here are bios for the 20 players who qualified from the PGA Professional National Championship to compete in the 2014 PGA Championship, to be played Aug. 7-10 at Valhalla.
Michael Block erased a four-stroke deficit, caught the leader at the last hole, then made a 3-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole Wednesday to win the 47th PGA Professional National Championship.