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The Week In Golf August 10-16

Featuring a Golden Bear, a Super Mex and a Zinger.

Posted Aug 10, 2010 by The Week In Golf

Jack Nicklaus

August 10, 1975: Jack Nicklaus secured his fourth PGA Championship title. His 1975 win at Firestone came by virtue of a four-under-par round of 276, enough to defeat Bruce Crampton by two strokes. It was on the same day in 1980 that Nicklaus captured his fifth PGA Championship. His 1980 triumph, a seven-stroke victory over Andy Bean at Oak Hill Country Club, tied Nicklaus with Walter Hagen's record of five USPGA wins.

August 11, 1974: Lee ‘Super Mex’ Trevino finished with a 69 for a 276 total and a one-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus in the PGA Championship at Tanglewood Golf Club in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Trevino would win six majors in total in his career but never got his little arms in the green jacket at Augusta.

August 12, 1990: Wayne Grady won the PGA Championship at Shoal Creek with a 6-under par score of 282, two shots clear of Fred Couples. The Aussie’s victory was overshadowed to a large extent by controversy regarding Shoal Creek membership policy. Club founder Hall Thompson set the clocks back, admitting, 'We don't discriminate in every other area except the black... The country club is our home and we pick and choose who we want.'

August 13, 1950: The amazing Babe Didrikson Zaharias won the LPGA World Golf Championship. 1950 would go on to be Babe's greatest year, winning the Grand Slam, comprising the US Open, the Titleholders Championship  and the Western Open. Babe also went on to top the money list, as well as becoming the fastest LPGA player to ever reach 10 wins.

August 14, 1977: Lanny Wadkins did it the hard way at Pebble Beach, California, capturing the 1977 PGA Championship in a play-off against Gene Littler. That win would go on to be Wadkins' only major championship win, despite three second-place finishes at the PGA Championsip during the 1980s.

August 15, 1993: Paul Azinger the PGA Championship at Inverness Club, Ohio. Having birdied four of the last seven holes to post a 12-under-par 272 (a back-nine Inverness record 30), Azinger forced a play-off with Greg Norman. After losing out in a play-off at Inverness Club in 1986, Norman missed a four-feet par attempt on the second play-off hole to gift Azinger his first, and only, major title.

August 16, 1997: Davis Love III lost the title of the 'best player never to win a major' by winning the PGA Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club's West Course. Love finished on 11-under-par 269, the lowest winning total of any championship at Winged Foot, for a five-stroke victory over Justin Leonard. As Love sank his final birdie putt on the 18th green, a rainbow appeared over the course. Which was nice.

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