PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Micheel completes first-timers' sweep of majors

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It feels like the first time.


Relative unknown Shaun Micheel held off equally obscure Chad Campbell and Alex Cejka to win the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. In doing so, Micheel became the fourth player this season to win the first major championship of his career ¿ the first time that has happened since 1969.

While the big names behind him floundered, Micheel didn¿t play like a player in contention for a major for the first time. After sharing the third-round lead with Campbell, Micheel birdied the first hole to take the outright lead.

Then coming down the stretch, Micheel birdied both 14 and 16 ¿ the latter after driving the ball into the rough ¿ to take a two-stroke lead over Campbell.

After bogeying 17 to allow Campbell to pull back within one, Micheel hit his approach shot on the 72nd and final hole of the tournament to within inches to assure himself of his first career PGA win.

Three-time major champion Ernie Els had three birdies and four bogeys in his first twelve holes and never made a charge from his starting point of 1-over.

Masters champion Mike Weir started the day at 1-under, but bogeyed his first five holes to fall to 4-over. He gained two shots back with consecutive birdies to finish his front nine, but also didn't make a charge for his second major of the season.

The leaders never had to worry about Woods.

Tiger finished off a 3-over 73 final round with birdies at two of the last three holes for a 12-over 292 total.

"I'm so happy right now I'm done," said Woods, who managed just six birdies on the week.

Woods started the day at 9-over and bogeyed Nos. 2 and 3. He made the turn at 2-over and added three back-nine bogeys before dialing on No. 16 and 18 with approach shots close to the pin to set up short birdie putts. It will be the first time he has ever finished outside the top 30 at a major as a professional, and it completes his first season without a major title since 1998.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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