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1986 PGA Championship
Champion: Bob Tway, Edmond, Okla.
Date: Aug. 7-10
Purse: $801,100
Cut: 146 (73 players advanced)

Some golfers are remembered for a single, historic shot. Most golf fans would agree that Bob Tway will forever be known for the shot from the greenside bunker in the 68th PGA Championship. The smooth-swinging Tway had stripped playing partner Greg Norman of a four stroke lead in the previous eight holes, and drove into heavy rough on the par-4, 354-yard 18th hole. Tway's 9-iron approach from a downhill lie caught the right-front greenside bunker. Norman, meanwhile, lofted a 123-yard wedge approach to the fringe of the green.

The green sloped away from Tway, who stepped into the bunker, swung and floated the ball about a foot onto the putting surface. The ball rolled into the cup. Tway leaped up and down in the sand like a schoolboy, pumping his fists. Norman, trying to regain his composure, chipped 10 feet past the hole. He finished two strokes behind. Tway became the first player in modern history to win the PGA Championship with a birdie on the 72nd hole. His 8-under-par 276 also made him the first to post a sub-par 72-hole total in a major championship at Inverness Club. Tway went on to be named the PGA Player of the Year, finishing the season with four victories.

1986 PGA Championship Results
Bob Tway 72-70-64-70 276 $140,000
Greg Norman 65-68-69-76 278 $80,000

1993 PGA Championship
Champion: Paul Azinger, Bradenton, Fla.
Date: Aug. 12-15
Purse: $1,700,000
Cut: 143 (74 players advanced)

Historic Inverness Club offered a leader board that became a "who's who?" of golf in the final two rounds of the 75th PGA Championship. While some players, particularly long-driving 1991 PGA Champion John Daly complained of tight fairways and tiny greens, Paul Azinger paid attention to former PGA Champion Byron Nelson's advice earlier in the week--when at Inverness, play for the middle of the greens. Azinger strung together four birdies in a row in the final round, shooting a 12-under-par 272, tying him with Australian Greg Norman, the hard-luck runner-up at Inverness in 1986.

Norman had a chance to avoid the tie in the regulation 72 holes, but his 10-foot birdie attempt grazed the hole. The twelfth playoff in Championship history began on Inverness's signature 357-yard, par-4 18th hole. Again, Norman missed the birdie putt. This time, the ball spun around and away from the cup. Moving to the par-4 10th hole, Norman fired a wedge 20 feet above the cup and Azinger pitched to within eight feet. Norman left his birdie attempt four feet above the cup and Azinger missed, grazing the cup with his putt before tapping in for par. Norman carefully studied his par putt, but again the ball grazed the cup and spun out. The Australian-born Norman became the second player in history to lose playoffs in all four major championships. For Azinger, it was his first major championship.

1993 PGA Championship Results
Paul Azinger 68-66-69-68 273 $300,000
Greg Norman 68-68-67-69 272 $155,000
Paul Azinger beat Greg Norman in a playoff