Key moments in PGA Championship history

A look back at key anniversary dates for the PGA


5 years ago (2006): Tied for the lead with Luke Donald going

into the final round at Medinah, Tiger Woods birdied his first hole

and sailed to a 4-under 68 to win his second straight major with a

five-shot win. It was his 12th career major, second on the list

behind only Jack Nicklaus and his 18. Woods became the first player

in history to win multiple majors in back-to-back years, a feat not

even Nicklaus achieved.

10 years ago (2001): David Toms took the lead with a hole-in-one

on the 243-yard 15th hole with a 5-wood in the third round at

Atlanta Athletic Club, then never flinched on Sunday playing in the

final group with crowd favorite Phil Mickelson. Despite the ace,

this major will be remembered most for Toms’ decision on the final

hole. With a one-shot lead, he chose to play short of the water in

front of the 18th green, then hit sand wedge to 12 feet. Mickelson

narrowly missed his 35-foot birdie attempt, and Toms made the putt

for par to win. Toms closed with a 1-under 69 and set the major

championship scoring record at 265.

20 years ago (1991): John Daly was a PGA Tour rookie and the

ninth alternate, but enough players withdrew – including Nick Price

to be with his wife for the birth of their first child – that Daly

drove through the night to Indiana and got into the PGA

Championship. The rest is history. He introduced his ”grip it and

rip it” style to the world and overwhelmed Crooked Stick with raw

power and amazing accuracy. He took the lead with a 67 in the

second round, added a 69 on Saturday and closed with a 71 for a

three-shot lead over Bruce Lietzke.

25 years ago (1986): Greg Norman was famous in 1986 for his

”Saturday Slam,” leading all four majors after the third round.

He had his largest lead of the year at the PGA Championship, by

four shots over Bob Tway. Norman began dropping shots on the back

nine at Inverness as Tway hung on long enough to catch him going to

the 18th hole. From a greenside bunker, Tway holed out his shot for

birdie and leapt in the air. Norman failed to hole his pitch. For

all his history of hard luck, Norman blew this one. He had a

four-shot lead and shot 76 in the final round.

50 years ago (1961): Jerry Barber trailed by four shots with

only three holes to play at Olympia Fields before one of the most

stunning turnarounds in a major. Barber holed a 20-foot birdie putt

on the 16th, a 40-foot par putt on the 17th and a 60-foot birdie

putt on the final hole for a 70. That forced a playoff with Don

January, who bogeyed two of his last three holes. Barber shot 67 in

the Monday playoff for a one-shot victory, and at age 45, became

the oldest PGA champion (later surpassed by Julius Boros at


75 years ago (1936) Denny Shute won the first of his

back-to-back PGA Championship titles at Pinehurst No. 2. He

defeated Jimmy Thomson, 3 and 2, in the championship match.

Five-time champion Walter Hagen failed to qualify, while Gene

Sarazen, Tommy Armour and Paul Runyan were eliminated in the first

round. Shute was 2 down with four to play when he rallied to beat

Bill Mehlhorn in the semifinals. In the final, Shute gave up some

50 yards off the tee to the big-hitting Thomson, but he relied on

his superior short game. Leading by two holes, Shute hit his second

shot on the par-3 16th to 3 feet for an eagle. The referee for the

final match was Donald Ross, the course architect.