History

1993: A-Zinger of a finish

Champion: Paul Azinger, Bradenton, Fla.
Site: Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio
Date: Aug. 12-15
Purse: $1,700,000
Par: 35-36 - 71 (7,024 Yards)
Field: 151 Cut at 143 (74 players advanced)

Historic Inverness Club housed 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 - play for the middle of the greens. Azinger strung together four birdies in a row in the final round and landed in a tie with Australian Greg Norman, a hard-luck runner-up at Inverness in 1986.

Norman had a chance to break the 12-under-par 272 tie in the regulation 72 holes, but his 10-foot birdie attempt grazed the hole. The 12th playoff in Championship history began on Inverness's signature 357-yard, par-4 18th hole, and again, Norman missed a birdie attempt. This time, the ball spun around and off the cup. The players moved to the par-4 10th hole, with Norman firing a wedge 20 feet above the cup and Azinger pitching 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.

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