History

1986: Out of a bunker and into history

Champion: Bob Tway, Edmond, Okla.
Site: Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
Date: Aug. 7-10
Purse: $801,100
Par: 35-36 - 71 (6,982 yards)
Field: 150 Cut at 146 (73 players advanced)

If golfers are known by a trademark swing, then most golf fans would agree Bob Tway of Edmond, Oklahoma will forever be known for how tall he stood in a 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 didn't stop rolling until it fell 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 after a round of 76. 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.

For Norman, the British Open Champion that year, it was a script too much for words. He was the only golfer in history to lead four modern Grand Slam events after three rounds in the same year.

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