Kohki Idoki, from Japan, on his first ever event in America, unbelievably won the Senior PGA Championship, with a final flawless bogey free round of -6 under par 65 to finish the tournament at -11 under par at Bellerive Country Club.
Kohki, who does not speak English, conveyed his feelings through an interpreter;
” It is one of the greatest things to win in this game, so I cannot imagine more, I can’t believe that I am the champion.”
Kohki’s win shocked the leading American players Kenny Perry and Jay Hass who vied for the top position for the first 12 holes of the final round.
Kenny walked off the last green wondering what happened;
” Well, it was going good for the first 13 holes or whatever.”
Jay said he had never heard of the man from Japan;
” I’ve never seen Idoki hit a shot or anything, so I don’t know much about him, but obviously he’s a hell of a player. A great round, and he did what he had to do.”
Kohki, won once on the Japan Senior Tour last year and won two titles on the Japan PGA Tour, in 1990 and 1993, on Sunday he received a beer shower from fellow Japanese players Joe Ozaki and Kiyoshi Murota after finishing ahead of Kenny Perry’s final group.