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Japan's Idoki sneaks up on surprised field

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Kohki Idoki displays the trophy after winning the 74th Senior PGA Championship on Sunday in St. Louis.

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Three of the top stars in American golf were in position to win the 74th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on Sunday. None did. The first major title of the year on the Champions Tour instead went to Kohki Idoki, a 5-foot-5, 136-pound Japanese golfer whose professional record was as unimpressive as England's Roger Chapman -- who came out of similar oblivion to win both the Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open last year. Idoki, 51, won two Japan PGA Tour events -- in 1990 and 1993 -- and took his first win on his country's Senior Tour last year. Those credentials barely got him into the Senior PGA field for the first time, and his play was too good for perennial contenders Kenny Perry, Jay Haas and Mark O'Meara. All had shortcomings of one sort or another.
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