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Only Jack Nicklaus (above) and Walter Hagen have hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy five times. (Photo: AP)
Only Jack Nicklaus (above) and Walter Hagen have hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy five times. (Photo: AP)

Number Crunch: The 89th PGA Championship

Print News Coordinating Producer Mark Spoor dug into the storied 89-year history of the PGA Championship and uncovered some interesting and little-known facts and figures about the PGA of America's marquee event.

By Mark Spoor, Coordinating Producer

In its 89-year history, the PGA Championship has produced a boatload of interesting numbers. The first PGA Championship was held at Siwanoy CC in Bronxville, N.Y. It, as the next 42 Championships were, was a match-play tournament. It was won by Jim Barnes of Philadelphia, who defeated Jock Hutchinson 1-up in the final.


500 -- In dollars, the amount of money that Barnes pocketed for winning the inaugural PGA Championship. In today's money, that translates to $9,615.54.


94 -- The highest 18-hole score in tournament history. This has been done twice. Gary Campbell did it in the first round of the 1977 Championship at Pebble Beach and Tom Dolby did it in the second round of the 2002 Championship at Hazeltine.


5 -- The number of wire-to-wire winners since the championship went to stroke play in 1958. Bobby Nichols did it in 1964, Raymond Floyd in '69 and again in '82, Hal Sutton in '83 and Tiger Woods in 2000.

5 -- The most times any one player has won the PGA Championship, accomplished by Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus.

14 -- The number of top-five finishes in PGA Championship competition by Jack Nicklaus, the most of any player. Of his 14 top fives, 12 of those were top-three finishes.

16 -- The number of times the PGA Championship was decided in a playoff, most recently in 2004 when Vijay Singh beat Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard in a three-hole aggregate playoff.

16 -- The number of times a player scored all four rounds of a single PGA Championship in the 60s, most recently by Tiger Woods last year.

18 -- The number of strokes under par that Tiger Woods was in winning the 2000 Championship at Valhalla. It's the most strokes under par by any champion in tournament history.

27 -- The number of PGA Championship cuts made by both Jack Nicklaus and Raymond Floyd, tied for tops among active players.

37 -- The number of PGA Championship appearances each by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, tied for the most of any player.

63 -- The best 18-hole score in PGA Championship history, done nine times, most recently by Thomas Bjorn in the third round of the 2005 Championship at Baltusrol.

71.37 -- The lowest PGA Championship scoring average amongst players with at least 75 rounds. It is Jack Nicklaus' average for 128 rounds.

128 -- The most rounds played by a single player in PGA Championship competition. For the holder, see above.

141 -- The lowest 36-hole cut in tournament history, accomplished in 2001 at The Atlanta Athletic Club.

154 -- The highest 36-hole cut in PGA Championship history, done in 1958, the first year the tournament was a stroke-play event.

265 -- The lowest 72-hole stroke total in tournament history, done by David Toms at the 2001 Championship at The Atlanta Athletic Club. He was 15 under par.

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