The PGA Championship is right around the corner and fans are getting excited for the final major of the season. This year’s edition will be played for the third time at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester New York. The PGA Championship has a storied history and many great or memorable moments. But very few have broken down the top-10 moments in PGA Championship history. It is time to change that.
In honor of the upcoming event I perused tons of data to break down what I feel are the Top-10. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Remember a memorable moment is not only snatching victory from defeat. It can also be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Review the choices and let’s hear about it. I did my best to provide video footage wherever it was available.
Without further ado here we go.
Gary Player-1972, Oakland Hills CC
The 1972 PGA Championship was not Gary Players first major championship or even his first PGA Championship but it was memorable. It is not the final two stroke margin of victory over Tommy Aaron and Jim Jamieson that made it memorable but rather a now infamous nine iron on the par 4, 16th hole in the final round. Player lost his drive right and it ended “dead” behind a tree. 150 yards out and not view of the green, Player hit a nine iron over the tree, over the water and stuck it four feet from the hole to make birdie all but sealing the title.
10: Bobby Cruickshank-1932, Keller Golf Club
The 1932 PGA is the only moment on my list that does not involve the eventual winner of the event. It is hear due to the sheer magnitude of the moment. The old PGA format was match play and Bobby Cruickshank was nine down with 12 holes to go in the first round to Al Watrous. Watrous conceded a longer than normal putt in the seventh hole. It is debated if he felt bad at the time. From there Cruickshank went on a tear eventually winning on the 41st hole. Cruickshank eventually lost to Frank Walsh but his first round match is infamous.
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9: Shaun Micheel-2003, Oak Hill CC
Nobody knew who Shaun Micheel was heading into the 2003 PGA Championship and Micheel has not done much of anything since. But during that faithful week he made his mark on history as a major champion. It was a battle between Micheel and Chad Campbell (Also winless on tour at the time)that carried on late into the final round.Micheel hit his drive into the rough on the 485 yard, par-4 finishing hole. With the nerves of a steely veteran he hit a 162 yard seven iron to two inches. It sealed the championship for him and his place in history.
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8. Rory McIlroy-2012, Ocean Course at Kiwah Island
The 2012 PGA Championship only had one level of drama, the margin of victory. He was not the only player to open with a 67 but he was the only one still relevant after round two. John Daly did make a surprise appearance on the leaderboard with an opening round 68 but quickly became a non-factor. McIlroy shot a second round 75 which is normally a crippling blow except that the scoring average that day was 78. He played the weekend in pull away fashion recording 67-66 going on to win by eight strokes, a PGA Championship record.
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