1990: A historic precedent

Champion: Wayne Grady, Orlando, Fla.
Site: Shoal Creek Country Club, Birmingham, Ala.
Date: Aug. 9-12
Purse: $1,350,000
Par: 36-36 - 72 (7,145 yards)
Field:152 Cut at 151 (74 players advanced)

A week before Australian Wayne Grady became the seventy foreign-born PGA Champion, the PGA of America instituted a site-selection criterion that required host sites to have open membership policies. This new policy was subsequently followed by the other major golf organizations throughout the country.

Once the competition began, Grady won the Championship over rock-hard greens with six consecutive pars in the final round. Of six players within the range of challenging the lead, only Grady was able to play 72 holes without a double bogey, or worse, during the week. At the awards ceremony, an exhausted Grady said, "If I don't seem too excited, believe me, I am. It was just such a grind. This was the longest day of my life."


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