Tom Watson won it in 1987 when it was known as The Nabisco Championship. But Craig Stadler won it in 1991 when it was known as The Tour Championship. To improve on the answer to this question, we have to clarify the question. The PGA of America runs the PGA Championship which is the final of four "major" championships held each year. The PGA Tour Championship does not exist. There is, however, a PGA Tour Player's Championship. It was formerly known as "The Nabisco" which was won in 1987 by Tom Watson. The first ever PGA Championship was played in 1916 and was won by Jim Barnes. Jim won $500. Lastly, if the questioner meant, "who won the first ever PGA Tour event?", that would be a tuff one to answer. The PGA was formed in 1968 when some of the touring players broke off from the PGA of America to create their own association. Since that happened mid-season, I can't answer specifically. But I do know that Lee Trevino won his first Major Championship, The U.S. Open...and Roberto De Vicenzo lost his only Major, The Masters, by signing an incorrect score card...and Julius Boros won The PGA Championship in my home town of San Antonio, Texas, at the Pecan Valley Golf Club (my dad took me to see it), all in 1968.
Bobby Nichols won the 1964 PGA Championship.
John Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship.
Bob Tway won the 1986 PGA Championship.
He has won the a championship 100 times, 74 of them on the PGA tour.
As of June 2008 he had won a total of $81,004,376 on the PGA tour. This is only tournament proceeds and does not include any endorsements.
Rory Mcllroy won the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Arjun Atwal won the 2010 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina to become the first Indian player to win a U.S. PGA Tour title. He also has several title wins on the European and Asian Tours, and he is the first Indian to win a European Tour championship.
As of the 2008 season, that would be Sam Snead with 82.
Once he won his first PGA Tour event in 1996 he got a two year PGA Tour exemption.
They usually get trophies and in some events such as the BMW Championship and Mercedes-Benz Championship get a car. ANSWER: Last year, the PGA champion Rory McIlroy won $1,445,000 plus a trpohy!