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1975: Half a slam isn't bad

Champion: Jack Nicklaus, North Palm Beach, Fla.
Site: Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio
Date: Aug. 7-10
Purse: $225,000
Par: 35-35 - 70 (7,180 yards)
Field: 136 Cut at 148 (71 players advanced)

Jack Nicklaus won his fourth PGA Championship, thanks in part to a piece of wizardry on the par-5, 625-yard "monster" 16th hole at Firestone Country Club. Nicklaus arrived at the tee, finding it had been moved forward 30 yards from where he had practiced. Instead of using a 3-wood and calling back his caddie, Angelo Argea, who was walking down the side of the fairway, Nicklaus tried to hit a soft tee shot. Nicklaus drove it hard and left into a hazard, dropped under penalty and hit his third shot through the fairway and into rough and trees. He faced a 137-yard pitch to the pin, and a 30-foot tree directly in front of him and water just beyond. Nicklaus lofted a 9-iron over the tree and onto the green, where he holed a 30-foot par putt. Playing partner Bruce Crampton, destined to finish runner-up to Nicklaus for the fourth time in a major championship, saw a possible two or three stroke swing evaporate. Crampton, whose second-round 63 remains a PGA Championship record, ballooned to a 75 during Nicklaus' remarkable round of recovery. Crampton later said, "Just call it human inefficiency. I'm not a machine. Jack's the closest we have to a machine, and even he makes some mistakes. Not very many, though."

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