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PGA Championship Trivia

This year’s PGA Championship is held in Springfield, NJ at Baltusrol Golf Club from July 25th through July 31st. Baltusrol Golf Club was established over 120 years ago, founded in 1895, meaning the 2016 PGA Championship will be played on a course with plenty of history. Without a doubt, Baltusrol is an iconic choice for this year’s Championship.

As we approach the final major weekend of 2016, join us as we take a look back at some of our favorite PGA Championship trivia.

Did you know:

The Wanamaker Trophy, the silver cup that is awarded to the winner of the PGA Championship, is named after sportsman Rodman Wanamaker, a wealthy and influential department store owner who ran multiple stores in New York and Philadelphia. Wanamaker donated the trophy to the PGA in 1916. He also offered a prize fund of $2,500, trophies, and medals.

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The name of the PGA champion will be inscribed on the Wanamaker Trophy and kept at The PGA Historical Center in Port St. Lucie, FL. The champ won’t walk away empty-handed, however. In addition to his winnings, the winner will also receive a replica of the trophy to take home.

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - JULY 28: The Wanamaker Trophy during the first round of the 98th PGA Championship held at the Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Scott Halleran/The PGA of America)
SPRINGFIELD, NJ – JULY 28: The Wanamaker Trophy during the first round of the 98th PGA Championship held at the Baltusrol Golf Club on July 28, 2016 in Springfield, New Jersey. (Photo by Scott Halleran/The PGA of America)

Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for most PGA Championship victories, each winning the tournament five times. Hagen won in 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, and 1927. Nicklaus landed his victories in 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, one last time in 1980.

The oldest player to ever win the PGA Championship is the Hungarian-American golfer Julius Boros at 48 years, 4 months, and 18 days in 1968 in Pecan Valley, TX.

Perhaps best known for the historical “shot heard ‘round the world” (a magnificent double eagle on a Par-5 during the 1935 Masters) Gene Sarazen is the youngest player to ever win the PGA Championship. When Sarazen won in 1922, he was 20 years, 5 months, and 22 days.

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The first PGA Championship was played at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, NY in January 1916. The champion of this inaugural tournament was Jim Barnes from Lelant, England.

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Five time PGA Championship winner, Walter Hagen, lost his Wanamaker trophy following his final win in 1927 after giving it to his taxi driver to transport to his hotel. Fortunately, the trophy was recovered three years later in a cellar owned by the company who made Hagen’s clubs.

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2015 PGA Championship winner, Jason Day, logged a winning score of 20-under par. Not only did he win the tournament; Day also broke a record, hitting the lowest score ever in a major pro golf championship.

Much like the Masters, the PGA Championship has a Champion’s Dinner the week of the tournament. During this event, the defending champion chooses the menu and provides a gift for everyone attending the dinner. After Keegan Bradley’s win in 2011, Bradley presented all attendees with a Boston Red Sox baseball jersey with the year of their win as the number.
Do you know any other cool facts about the PGA Championship we may have missed? Let us know in the comments!

 

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