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Five memorable past tournaments ahead of 101st PGA Championship

Bethpage – We look at five memorable past tournaments involving PGA Championship
anniversaries at Bethpage Black, where the 101st PGA will be contested
starting on 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.

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