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Golf Australia Express : Issue 6
INMANY ways, the year’s final major is the black sheep of the four. While the Masters has mystique, the US Open brute difficulty and the British Open the romance of Old Golf, the PGA has, well... the last chance to win a major this season. “Glory’s Last Shot”, as it’s been nicknamed, might not be the most inspirational catchphrase, but the PGA Championship is a real golf spectacle with the majority of the world’s best golfers playing. And its list of winners is a Who’s Who of golf, including Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. To be held at Atlanta Athletic Club for the third time and hosted by the US PGA, this year will be the 93rd staging of the event. AMERICAN WALTER Hagen, a four-time consecutive PGA Championship winner between 1924-27, was asked at the 1926 event why he hadn’t brought the Wanamaker trophy with him, as was the protocol of the time. He cockily replied there was no point as he had no intention of relinquishing it. Fast forward to 1928 and upon losing the title, and again being without the oversize trophy, Hagen was forced to admit he had in fact left the Wanamaker in a cab in1925onhiswaytoa party after winning the event. Walter, you were indeed a man well before your time. You and John Daly would’ve gotten along just fine. THE EVENT LAST TIME AROUND: Watch highlights of the 2010 event below. PGA CHAMPIONSHIP FUN FACT August 11-14, 2011 Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Georgia Purse US$7,500,000 Defending Champ: Martin Kaymer (GER) PGA CHAMPIONSHIP What’s happening on the men’s tour this week PEEK THE