NCG's Fourball team look back on their favourite PGA Championship. What was yours?
The Fourball team look back on their favourite PGA Championship. What was yours?
What’s your favourite PGA Championship memory and why?
Alex: Plenty from my childhood, mostly involving Tiger (obviously) but I’ll go for two more recent ones: Rory McIlroy blowing away the field in 2012 (I bet you can’t tell me who came 2nd) and then finishing in the dark two years later where he pipped a world-class leaderboard that included Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk and Victor Dubuisson.
Oh, and watching the stars play Bethpage Black a few months after Steve and I had played it.
Steve: John Daly’s win at Crooked Stick in 1991 feels the most obvious but Rory’s unbelievable 3-wood at Valhalla is one of the best shots I’ve ever seen under pressure. I can still trace the arc of the ball from that overhead camera – thinking it’s going out of bounds – and then watching it find the green.
Dan: Long John at Crooked Stick is right up there. I still remember watching that open-mouthed. I never root for the underdog at majors but I was that week. Sergio and Tiger at Medinah in 1999 is another one that sticks in the mind. Whistling Straits in 2004, when Vijay won in a play-off, was a great week at a venue that caught the imagination.
I think Jimmy Walker at a gloomy Baltusrol might be the most forgettable in recent memory. Sorry Jimmy. If not that then Phil’s PGA at the same venue in 2005 was less than thrilling.
Mark: I was island hopping in a transit van in Greece for my first Summer of Love when John Daly won so, for very different reasons, I’ll go with Lee Trevino’s final major win. I have a strange memory of watching him win in 1984 at Shoal Creek and being allowed to stay up late with my dad at my grandma’s in Wales. I’m pretty sure that was the most golf I had ever watched to that point and, although it seemed to be wet, gloomy affair, I loved Trevino from his Pro Celebrity days and he was unstoppable that week.
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