Of the three majors Armour won, he got the least amount of attention for this one. It was overshadowed by Bobby Jones winning the Grand Slam.
Armour remains the last player born in Britain to win the PGA Championship.
3. LITTLE POISON AND THE BLOND BOMBER
Craig Wood was an impressive figure, known as the "Blond Bomber" because of his good looks and his ability to smash the ball a long way. In the final match of the 1934 PGA Championship at Park Club of Buffalo, he had his hands full against a man that seemed half his size — Paul Runyan, who went by the nickname "Little Poison."
Wood built a 1-up lead in the morning round, and he regained the lead in the afternoon with an eagle on the 29th hole. Runyan won back-to-back holes to take the lead, only for Wood to square the match by nearly holing his approach on the 35th hole. With the title on the line, both made birdie putts on the 36th hole to force overtime. Runyan beat him on the 38th hole by making an 8-foot par putt.
It was the first of two PGA Championship titles for Runyan, and it set the tone for Wood's career. He went on to lose the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in extra holes. Greg Norman, another blond bomber of sorts, joined him six decades later by losing all four majors in a playoff in stroke play.
2. SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
Davis Love III was considered the best player to have never won a major when he arrived at Winged Foot for the 1997 PGA Championship.
He was runner-up at the Masters in 1995 by one shot to Ben Crenshaw, and his best shot at a major was a year later at Oakland Hills in the U.S. Open when he three-putted the 18th and finished one back of Steve Jones.
Love shot 66 in the third round and was tied for the 54-hole lead with Justin Leonard, a good friend who had won his first major a month earlier at the British Open. Love was always in control over the final round in what became a two-man race, and he finally pulled away late. It was fitting that Love's major would be the PGA Championship — his father was a popular club pro who died in a plane crash nine years later.
It might not have been a coincidence, then, that when Love holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole of a cloudy Sunday at Winged Foot, the sun had just broken through and a massive rainbow filled the sky. It rained tears that day.
1. THE SQUIRE AND THE HAIG
Gene Sarazen won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in 1922, but the latter might have carried as asterisk — the great Walter Hagen didn't play the 1922 PGA Championship because he had prior engagements.
There was no doubting the Squire in the 1923 PGA Championship at Pelham Golf Club.
Hagen crushed everyone in his path — he won his opening match 10 and 9, and beat George McLean in the semifinals, 12 and 11 — to set up a championship match against Sarazen that lived up to its hype. The match was all square after the morning session, and Sarazen was 2 up late in the match until Hagen won the 34th and 35th holes to square the match again, setting up the first overtime in the PGA's short history.
|Atlanta - LP: A. Wood||0||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo||1|
|Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar||5||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Verlander||7|
|Toronto - LP: R. Dickey||0||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson||7|
|Seattle - LP: J. Beimel||6||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: P. Figueroa||8|
|Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: M. Bumgarner||1|
|Colorado||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|St. Louis||3||Top 1st Inning|
|Milwaukee||1||Top 1st Inning|
|NY Yankees||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Toronto||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Boston - J. Lester||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - C. Sale|
|Kansas City - J. Shields||7:10 PM|
|Houston - S. Feldman|
|Philadelphia||0||1st Prd 14:43|
|Los Angeles||9:30 PM|