PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — In being introduced at the podium as the winner of the 80th Senior PGA Championship, Ken Tanigawa blew out a deep breath still attempting to put into perspective what had just happened.
From playing the final round with friend and former UCLA teammate Scott McCarron, to giving up professional golf some 16 years ago before taking a shot at qualifying for the PGA Tour Champions, and then winning a major at Oak Hill Country Club, Tanigawa had difficulty digesting it.
“To say it’s a dream come true may be an understatement. And to win at Oak Hill on such a storied venue makes it that much more special,” the 51-year-old said. “Tomorrow morning I’ll probably wake up in hysterics, right?”
On Sunday, Tanigawa showed only a flair for the dramatic on the 6,800-yard East Course. He shot an even-par 70 to finish at 3-under 277 in rallying from a three-shot deficit over the back nine to pass defending champion Paul Broadhurst.
That was enough to fend off McCarron, the PGA Tour Champions money leader, by one stroke, and two better than Broadhurst.
Ahead by one, Tanigawa scrambled for par on the par-4 18th after hitting his tee shot into a fairway bunker. He knocked…