Yong-Eun Yang of South Korea on his way to beating tiger Woods at 2009 PGA Championship
Bethpage (United States) (AFP) - Five memorable past tournaments involving PGA Championship anniversaries at Bethpage Black, where the 101st PGA will be contested starting Thursday:
- 2009 PGA at Hazeltine -
Ten years ago, Tiger Woods lost for the first time at a major event when he was leading after 54 holes as South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun beat him for the PGA Championship crown. Yang held off his final-round playing partner to become the first Asian-born man to win a major title, a chip-in eagle at 14 giving him the lead for good. The loss dented the unbeatable aura Woods had achieved in going 14-for-14 at majors when ahead after three rounds. Three months later came the sex scandal revelation that ruined Woods as a pitchman and knee and back injuries followed that kept Woods winless in majors until last month’s Masters.
- 2009 US Open at Bethpage -
Heavy rains allowed leaders to finish only two holes of the last round at swamped Bethpage, where a TV scene of a hole flag flying on an underwater green became the event’s enduring image. American Lucas Glover won his only major title, with Phil Mickelson stumbling late to the fifth of his record six US Open runner-up results. He eagled 13 to match Glover for the lead but missed a short birdie putt on 14 and made bogeys at 15 and 17 to seal his fate. Glover birdied 16 and closed with two pars for the win.
- 2002 US Open at Bethpage -
In the first major tournament to be staged on the Long island public course layout, Tiger Woods won after having captured the Masters earlier in the year. Woods beat Mickelson by three strokes for his eighth career major title and second US Open crown. Woods became the first player since Jack Nicklaus 30 years earlier to win the first two majors in a year, a feat also accomplished by Ben Hogan, Craig Wood and Arnold Palmer. At 3-under par 277, Woods was the only player to crack par for 72 holes at Bethpage Black.
- 1999 PGA at Medinah -
Tiger Woods won his second major title by holding off Spanish 19-year-old Sergio Garcia in the final round. It was to launch a run of seven wins in 11 majors by Woods that included the Tiger Slam of four in a row in 2000-01. Woods, 23, won by a stroke.
- 1919 PGA at Engineers -
Resuming after World War I, the second PGA Championship was staged at Engineers Country club on Long Island, just down the road from Bethpage. England’s Jim Barnes, who had to wait three years to defend his victory in the inaugural 1916 PGA, defeated Fred McLeod 6&5 in the match-play final.