The 11 greatest PGA Championships

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No. 11 | 2001

No. 11 | 2001: Trailing Phil Mickelson by one on Saturday at Atlanta Athletic Club, David Toms knocked a 5-wood over the lake that guarded the right-front of the green at the brutal 243-yard, par-3 15th. The ball took two bounces, hit the stick—and dropped in for an ace. Toms threw his arms skyward, but there was one better thrust to come, on the 72nd hole, when Toms laid up with his second, wedged to 12 feet, then rolled in the par putt for a one-shot win.
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No. 10 | 2005

No. 10 | 2005: Tied for the lead on the 72nd hole at storied Baltusrol, Phil Mickelson center-cut his drive on the 554-yard par-5, leaving 247 yards to the green. Spying a stone plaque 10 yards ahead of him that commemorates a Jack Nicklaus 1-iron in the 1967 U.S. Open, Mickelson tapped on it twice, “for some good karma.” It worked. Lefty’s cut 3-wood found the deep rough, but a perfect sand wedge chip to 2 feet gave him the title.
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No. 9 | 1997

No. 9 | 1997: Davis Love had come close, but hadn’t yet won a major when the PGA arrived at fabled Winged Foot (West). This major meant the world to Love, because his late father had been a legendary PGA professional. Love wouldn’t let this one get away. Outdueling Justin Leonard with a final-round 66, Love poured in a final birdie putt just as a huge rainbow broke through on the horizon. Here’s to you, dad.
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No. 8 | 2009

No. 8 | 2009 Tiger Woods never loses majors when he has a final round lead. He was a perfect 14 for 14 prior to the ’09 PGA at Minnesota’s Hazeltine National. Somebody forgot to tell South Korea’s Y.E. Yang, however. Yang erased a 2-shot deficit after eight holes, then chipped in for eagle at the 14th to grab the lead. After striking a superior hybrid onto the 72nd green, Yang had done the unthinkable: Beating Tiger Woods and becoming the first Asian male to win a major.
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No. 7 | 1961

No. 7 | 1961 Diminutive 45-year-old Jerry Barber stood just 5’ 5”, but he proved that a man with a hot flat stick could compete with any age or size. Seemingly beaten by Don January at Chicago’s Olympia Fields, Barber dropped a 20-foot birdie putt at 16, a 40-foot par-putt at 17 and a 60-footer for birdie at 18 to force a playoff. Barber prevailed, shaving January by one, 67-68.
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No. 6 | 1940

No. 6 | 1940: Golf royalty met in the final, when Byron Nelson and Sam Snead knocked horns at Hershey Country Club. One hole down with three to play, Lord Byron stuck it to two feet at the 34th, wedged it to a foot at the 35th for a second birdie, then parked a syrupy 3-iron to 10 feet at the par-3 finale, a hole that finished at the edge of chocolatier Milton Herhsey’s mansion, to win 1 up.
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No. 5 | 1999

No. 5 | 1999: Golf’s golden child, Tiger Woods, had already wowed the world, but coming into Medinah, had only captured one major, the 1997 Masters. That all changed in a tension-charged duel with Sergio Garcia, the 19-year-old Spaniard. Garcia’s hit-and-pray 6-iron next to an oak at 16 came off miraculously, even as his eyes were closed, but Woods would close him out at the 72nd hole.
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No. 4 | 1923

No. 4 | 1923 Two men with hall-of-fame talent and egos to match, Gene Sarazen (pictured) and Walter Hagen, met in the final. All square on the second hole of sudden death, Sarazen nearly drove it OB, but got a lucky break. Examining his lie, Sarazen told the gallery, 'I’ll put this one up so close to the hole, it will break Walter’s heart.' The Squire made good and captured his second consecutive PGA.
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No. 3 | 1986

No. 3 | 1986: Four shots back to Greg Norman with eight holes to play, Bob Tway caught him on the 14th. They arrived at the short par-4 18th tied, though it looked like Norman had the advantage when Tway bunkered his approach. First to play, Tway popped his sand shot over a steep lip—and holed it. He jumped up and down like a kid in a sandbox. When Norman couldn’t match the birdie, Tway was the winner. Photo by Jacqueline Duvoisin /Sports Illustrated/
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No. 2 | 1991

No. 2 | 1991: After leapfrogging from ninth alternate to next in line, John Daly motored 7 ½ hours from Memphis to Crooked Stick in Indianapolis. When Nick Price withdrew, Daly snagged Price’s caddie, Jeff “Squeaky” Medlin, and was soon smashing the ball -- down the middle -- with his anatomically impossible backswing. Other players were flabbergasted at his power. Daly hammered out a three-shot triumph and golf had a new folk hero.
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No. 1 | 2000

No. 1 | 2000: In a thrilling Valhalla duel with journeyman (and former junior rival) Bob May, Tiger Woods kept his hands on the Wanamaker Trophy that he had won the year before at Medinah. After May canned a brilliant 15-foot putt at the 72nd hole, Woods was forced to sink a 6-foot putt to make the playoff, then edged May by one in a 3-hole playoff to win the crown.