Date: July 26, 2012

Our last time: Elk’s Riviera triumph in 1995

Steve Elkington&aposs 1995 victory at Riviera Country Club remains the last time an Australian lifted the Wanamaker Trophy. South African Ernie Els lead outright and had a share of the lead at the 1995 Championship after 36 holes and after 54. Following the tournament&aposs third round, Els led Jeff Maggert by three strokes but the lead didn&apost last in the final round as Els finished with a 1 over par 72 and Maggert a 2-under 69. Elkington and Scot Colin Montgomerie overtook Els and Maggert with rounds of 64 (-7) and 65 (-6) Elkington started the final round six strokes behind Els, while Montgomerie was five back. Elkington&aposs blistering 64 saw him tied with Montgomerie on a 17-under 267 total. On the first playoff hole, Elkington rolled in a 25-foot putt for birdie, then Montgomerie missed a 20-footer, handing Elkington victory and saw him follow in the footsteps of Wayne Grady (1990), David Graham (1979) and Jim Ferrier (1947). Elkington&aposs comeback from six behind was the second-best final-round comeback in tournament history. Elkington and Montgomerie set a new tournament scoring record (later bettered) at 267, and tied what was then the lowest stroke total in any major (set by Greg Norman but since bettered). The victory was Elkington&aposs sixth on the PGA Tour, and his first major. It remained his only major, although he did also win twice at the prestigious Players Championship.