PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Extremely rare personal artifacts of two-time PGA Champion Jim Barnes will be among the showcase displays at The PGA Championship History Exhibit -- A History of the Season's Final Major, which opened May 12 at The Shops at Woodlake Kohler, in Kohler, Wis. The exhibit celebrates the PGA Championship's return to Whistling Straits, Aug. 9-15.
Through Aug. 22, golf enthusiasts and history lovers can enjoy a free tour of some of the rarest artifacts and memorabilia that celebrate the tradition of the PGA Championship and its Champions, including Barnes, who captured the first two PGA Championships in 1916 and 1919 (pre-empted by World War I). Items of Barnes on loan from the World Golf Hall of Fame include:
-- 3 patented golf clubs he designed including: "The Jimmy" Driver akin to the one Barnes used to win the 1916 PGA Championship; a Jim Barnes Spalding Forged 1-iron; and the Jim Barnes Special Mid-Iron
-- 1965 PGA Championship Dinner Gift pocket knife
-- Barnes' personal Pocket Watch
-- A Spalding Olympic long-sleeve shirt that Barnes wore in competition
-- A money clip recognizing Barnes' service as the first PGA Professional at Pelham C.C. in New York
The PGA Championship History Exhibit will also feature a walking stick once used by the legendary Walter Hagen; Gene Sarazen's niblick (today's 9-iron); Jack Nicklaus' wedge, which he used as he captured the 1980 PGA Championship; the wedge that Phil Mickelson's used to clinched his 2005 victory; and Y.E. Yang's 3-hybrid that sealed his historic 2009 triumph.
The exhibit will be open daily from noon-4 p.m. CDT. Hours of operation during PGA Championship week are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. CDT, Aug. 9-14, and noon-5 p.m. CDT on Aug. 15. For questions on the golf exhibit, please call (920) 457-4447, extension 55186. Destination Kohler is located in the Village of Kohler, Wis., 55 miles north of Milwaukee and 2½ hours north of Chicago. For more information, visit www.DestinationKohler.com
The 92nd PGA Championship will be conducted Aug. 9-15, at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here
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