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Heritage Shore’s Zac Oakley Wins Second PGA Tournament Series Event

Tournament Scores

By CRAIG DOLCH
Special to PGA of America

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Zac Oakley’s second swing of the day turned out to be an omen – even if he didn’t see the result.

Oakley holed a 110-yard wedge on the first hole for eagle Tuesday and added a traditional eagle four holes later, jump-starting a 6-under 66 that enabled him to win Event No. 2 of the PGA Tournament Series at PGA Golf Club.

“The first hole I didn’t see it land,” Oakley said. “My partner said it went in the hole. I went up there and it was in the hole. I felt good after that.”

Oakley felt even better when he eagled the par-5 fifth hole on the Dye Course, making a 20-footer. He clinched the victory with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 17th, finishing at 8-under 136, two shots ahead of Danny Balin (68) and Brett Walker (68).

“This is definitely my biggest PGA win since I’ve been in the program,” said Oakley, a part-time Palm City resident who caddies at famed Seminole Golf Club. Oakley was congratulated after the victory by his father, former Senior British Open champion Pete Oakley.

Balin was bidding to win his second consecutive PGA Tournament Series event. The Rockville, Md., native had four birdies in a five-hole stretch after the turn to move into a tie for the lead.

But Balin three-putted the 17th hole from 15 feet, and when Oakley birdied the hole, the two-shot swing left Balin tied for second with Walker of Jupiter.

“I thought I needed to make the putt on 17 and I just misjudged the speed,” Balin said. “I was playing catchup with Zac all day.”

Oakley earned $5,000 for the victory.

Marc Issler of Jupiter was alone in fourth with a 67-139. Three players tied for fifth at 3-under 141: Omar Uresti (69), Andy Hansen (71) and Jonathan Mansfield (71).

The PGA Tournament Series is presented by Golf Advisor.

PGA to Conduct KPMG Women’s PGA Championship & PGA Championship at Aronimink

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA of America announced today that Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, will host the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the 2027 PGA Championship.

Founded in 1896, Aronimink has hosted a number of significant golf events during its storied history, including the 1962 PGA Championship (won by Gary Player), the 1977 U.S. Amateur (John Fought) and the 2003 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship (John Jacobs). Aronimink was also the site of the PGA TOUR’s AT&T National in 2010 (Justin Rose) and ’11 (Nick Watney). The BMW Championship will be staged there in ‘18.

With this announcement, Aronimink becomes the first venue to stage each of the PGA of America’s three rotating major championships (PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship).

“The PGA of America is thrilled to return major championship golf to Aronimink Golf Club,” said PGA of America President Paul Levy. “We’re certain that the best players in the world – both men and women – will be pleased, and, when the time comes, sufficiently challenged by one of America’s special layouts. We’re excited to twice celebrate golf and to plug into the enthusiasm for sport that Philadelphia is famous for.”

The KPMG Women’s Championship is a collaboration between the PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG, and focuses on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. Formerly known as the LPGA Championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship includes a women’s leadership summit (KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit) and an ongoing charitable initiative (KPMG Future Leaders Program) designed to inspire and develop new generations of women leaders.

“Through the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, we continue to elevate women on and off the golf course. Aronimink Golf Club will provide another top caliber course on which the world’s best women golfers can compete,” said Lynne Doughtie, KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO. “To help more women in business advance to the C-suite, the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit provides next-generation women leaders with high-impact leadership development content, networking, and access to inspirational leaders.”

“We couldn’t be happier to take the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to the great state of Pennsylvania and the storied Aronimink Golf Club,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This Championship continues to elevate the stage for women’s golf and we are very pleased to provide the best players in the world the opportunity to compete at a distinguished venue with an established, rich history of hosting golf championships at the highest levels.”

The PGA Championship is the only all-professional major in men’s golf. It began in 1916, just months after the birth of the PGA of America, and today features one of the deepest international fields in golf. Since 1994, it has perennially featured the most top-100 players in the Official World Golf Rankings of all golf Championships.

During the 1962 PGA Championship at Aronimink, Gary Player claimed the third of his nine career majors as he held off a late charge from Bob Goalby to win by one shot. Jack Nicklaus finished in a tie for third place – two behind Player – in his PGA Championship debut.

Aronimink’s golf course was designed by Donald Ross in 1926. During the Club’s Centennial Year in 1996, a plaque was unveiled behind the first tee, sharing a 1948 quote from Ross pertaining to his work at Aronimink: “I intended to make this my masterpiece, but not until today did I realize that I built better than I knew.”

“The membership of Aronimink welcomes the PGA of America back to the site of Gary Player’s 1962 PGA Championship,” said Joe Fabrizio, Aronimink President. “We are very excited to be the host venue for these two great championship events. Our golf course, recently restored to Donald Ross’ original design, will be a true test of golf for both the women and men.”

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FUTURE SITES (as of Fall 2017)

KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

2018 – Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Kildeer, Illinois
2019 – Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota
2020 – Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

2018 – Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
2019 – Bethpage Black, Farmingdale, New York
2020 – Harding Park, San Francisco, California
2021 – The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island (South Carolina) Golf Resort
2022 – Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, New Jersey
2023 – Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York
2027 – Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
2028 – The Olympic Club, San Francisco, California
2024-30* – Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma
* Date to be announced

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