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John Garrity
June 03, 2013
Even more stunning than Boo Weekley's win at Colonial was Koki Idoki's comeback victory at the Senior PGA Championship. Making his first start in the U.S., Idoki rallied from five back with a final-round 65 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. How big an upset was it? Consider:
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June 03, 2013

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Even more stunning than Boo Weekley's win at Colonial was Koki Idoki's comeback victory at the Senior PGA Championship. Making his first start in the U.S., Idoki rallied from five back with a final-round 65 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. How big an upset was it? Consider:

Idoki, 51, was making his first trip to the U.S. and just his second start on the Champions tour. He finished 65th at last year's Senior British Open.

He became the only player to win his Champions tour debut on U.S. soil without having played on the PGA Tour.

He is the first Asian to win a senior major and only the second to win a Champions tour event, joining Isao Aoki.

By virtue of his victory, Idoki earned a one-year exemption on the Champions tour. Asked if fans might see more of him in the States, he replied, "I prefer to just stay in Japan."

—Sal Johnson

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