Our Top 10 PGA Tour Moments
Golf is a sport with a rich history – from underdogs taking titles to hilarious moments witnessed on the course – and we’re hoping for more of what makes this game so special throughout this year. In light of the PGA Championship kicking off today, we’ve picked out some of our favourite PGA tour moments from throughout the years. Come and reminisce with us!
10. The 2000 PGA Championship
While this is not a specific moment, the whole of the PGA Championship tournament back in 2000 was definitely one of the best in all of golfing history. Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus were paired together for the first 2 rounds at Valhalla Golf Course, giving the fans a close game to watch. Tiger managed to claim the lead going into the weekend, finishing the tournament by forcing a playoff – the first 3-hole aggregate playoff in PGA history – that would get him the win. He then went on to complete the Tiger Slam at the Masters the following year.
9. John Daly’s Last Minute Yet Perfect Performance in 1991
In the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Course, not only did Daly hit the longest of long shots, he also claimed the win despite being the ninth alternate to get into the field. Without a practice round, John Daly (and his epic mullet haircut) still managed to dominate the course, field, and even headlines with his show stopping performance, leading to the first of his 2 major tournament wins.
8. Shaun Micheel’s 7-Iron from the Rough
After his ball landing in the rough approximately 175 yards from the flag, Shaun Micheel did the unthinkable. With a 1-shot lead over Chad Campbell, Micheel was looking for his first PGA Tour title. The same motivation driving his performance led to a sensational shot with his 7-iron, hitting the ball from the rough to land a few feet short of the hole, allowing it to roll within tapping in distance.
7. Vijay Singh’s Water Skipping Hole-in-One
While this didn’t happen during the actual tournament, it is still extremely impressive that Vijay Singh was able to make this shot. In the practice round of the 2009 Masters, Vijay skipped the ball at least 3 times across the water to perfectly land on the bank. Just when you think it would stop rolling, the ball kept going right into the hole, leading to the crowd exploding with excitement.
6. First Korean Major Win
At Hazeltine National Golf Course in the 2009 PGA, Y. E. Yang was trailing behind Tiger Woods by 2 shots until his amazing eagle chip, putting him 1 shot in front. Following on from that, Yang hit one of the greatest shots in PGA history with hi hybrid 3-iron, dethroning Woods and taking his rightful place as the first male Korean to win a major.
5. Ollie’s Heart Warming Win
The 1999 Masters tournament was taken home by José Maria Olazabal, also known as Ollie, earning him a second Green Jacket. Now, that may not sound so spectacular (because many golfers have achieved this) but, given his circumstances, his performance and drive is something to admire. Just the year before, Ollie couldn’t even walk, let alone play golf, making this victory one of the best comeback tales ever.
4. Sergio Garcia Finally Claims His First Major
Since starting his career, Sergio Garcia has performed amazingly but has never been quite able to get across the line to claim a major title. That was until the 2017 Masters – his 74th attempt at a Green Jacket – that Garcia finally claimed a very well earned championship win. Starting off it seemed like the victory was just out of reach, but after closing the gap with Justin Rose, the game went to a playoff allowing him to work his magic, winning it with a beautiful birdie shot.
3. The 2020 Masters
2020 was a crazy year all round but what was even crazier were the Masters being held in November rather than their usual April slot. Not only did we see none of the patrons but the flora and fauna was non-existent as we got our first sight of Augusta National in the winter.
2. The 1985 Ryder Cup
It had been almost 30 years since Europe had won a Ryder Cup, but Sam Torrance wanted to change this in the 1985 tournament. He did so by sinking his winning 18-foot putt, putting Europe at 16½ – 11½ over the Americans. From then on, Europe has been dominating the cup, winning 11 cups out of 16.
1. Japan’s First Major Win
The 85th Masters started with all of the focus on one trailblazer and ended up with the spotlight on another. Coming in as an underdog, Hideki Matsuyama took the world by storm as he played some of the best golf he has ever played. Coming in at 10-under 278, Hideki stole the spotlight and claimed not only his first Green Jacket, but also the first Masters and men’s major championship win for Japan.
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