Locked in the jaws of the "Green Monster" — Firestone's par-5, 625-yard 16th — Nicklaus nearly threw away a four-stroke third-round lead with a lousy drive, a drop, and a third shot that found the wrong side of a tree. But the Bear calmly nailed a hard 9-iron over both the tree and the pond — and stopped it 30 feet from the cup. Said Nicklaus, "Just your routine miracle par."
Tied with Walter Hagen on the second hole of sudden death and faced with a horrible lie, Sarazen announced to the gallery, "I'll put this one so close to the hole it'll break Walter's heart." The Squire kept his word, knocking his ball to two feet and capturing his second straight PGA title.
On 16 in the final round, Garcia gouged a blind 6-iron out of the trees to a spot just short of the green. Although Tiger would go on to take the win, Garcia's gleeful gallop-and-kick after the shot gave America its first lasting image of the brash young Spaniard.
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No. 3 -- Gary Player (1972 PGA, Oakland Hills C.C., Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
At the par-4 16th, faced with a 150-yard prayer from behind a willow tree and over a lake, Player calmly grabbed his 9-iron and stiffed the shot to four feet for his sixth major and second PGA title.
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No. 2 -- Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA, Oak Hill C.C., Pittsford, N.Y.)
In a situation that had "choke" written all over it, Micheel hit a 162-yard 7-iron at Oak Hill's 485-yard, par-4 closer that nipped the front of the green and rolled to a stop two inches from the hole — and two minutes from newfound fame for the Orlando native.
For sheer "holy crap" drama, this one tops 'em all. Greg Norman had a four-stroke lead with eight holes to play on a rain-date Monday. It wouldn't last. Bob Tway caught The Shark, and the two arrived at the par-4 18th tied. Tway's approach found the bunker, while Norman's ball sat comfortably at the edge of the green. First to play, Tway blasted his ball over the bunker lip...and into the hole. Twenty years later, the image of an ecstatic Tway leaping up and down like a kid in a sandbox remains one of the PGA Championship's most memorable moments.
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