A Quick Nine: Greatest PGA Championship moments
We asked our friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation to vote on the top-9 moments in PGA Championship history. Take a look below to which moments received the most of your votes.
By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com Interactive Producer
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- With the 94th PGA Championship set to start at The Ocean Course, we know that plenty of major championship moments will be created this week.
In that spirit, we asked our friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation to vote on the top-9 moments in PGA Championship history. Here's the list, according to you, from least number of votes to most votes.
T9. Shaun Micheel's 7-iron to tap-in distance on final hole in 2003. Surprisingly, this received just two votes. The year was 2003 with the PGA Championship being played at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y. Micheel was the surprise winner, but put an exclamation point on that victory with his incredible approach shot on the 72nd hole.
T9. Davis Love III wins with a rainbow over the green. Also receiving just two votes, who can forget the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot and the way it ended? It was Love's first (and still only) major. The beauty of the win was the surreal moment that happened on the 18th green that Sunday evening as Love putted out. The son of renowned PGA Professional Davis Love Jr., who was lost in a plane crash in 1988, as soon as Davis Love III stepped up to the 18th green on a gloomy, rainy day, the rain stopped briefly. A rainbow hovered above and there wasn't a dry eye around that green. It was almost as if Davis Love Jr. was watching as his son finished off the greatest victory of his career.
7. Jack Nicklaus wins in 1980. The Golden Bear received four votes. The 17th of Nicklaus's 18 major titles, this one was won at Oak Hill Country Club in a rout. Nicklaus finished seven strokes ahead of runner-up Andy Bean, which tied him with Walter Hagen for the all-time mark in PGA Championship victories at five. Each of Hagen's five titles were in match-play competition.
6. Padraig Harrington makes clutch putt on 72nd hole. With five votes, our friends in PGA.com Facebook Nation give the nod to Harrington's incredible 18-foot par save on the 72nd hole in 2008 at Oakland Hills to secure victory and his third major championship.
T5. Phil Mickelson's tap of the plate at Baltusrol on final hole in 2005. Six votes for Mickelson and this cool moment. Mickelson was 247 yards out on the par-5 18th hole at Baltusrol. Before hitting his 4-wood approach, Mickelson walked 10 yards up the fairway to a plaque that commemorates the 1-iron Jack Nicklaus hit to the green in the 1967 U.S. Open. Phil tapped it twice for good luck. His shot came up short of the green, but he managed to get up and down for the win.
T5. Sergio Garcia's shot from behind the tree on No. 16 at Medinah. Also with six votes, that around-the-tree, eyes-closed, run-up-the-hill-and-jump-to-see-where-it-landed shot that the then 19-year-old Garcia pulled off in the 1999 PGA Championship, where he nearly edged out Tiger Woods. To this day, it always makes its way on to lists of top shots in major championship history.
3. Y.E. Yang's chip in to pass Tiger Woods at Hazeltine in 2009. Twenty-three votes for this impressive shot by Yang. Deadlocked with Woods as they teed off on the short par-4 14th, Yang chipped in for eagle from just off the green to take a lead he wouldn't surrender the rest of the day.
2. John Daly's improbable win in 1991. Daly received 46 votes. He was a late entry into the 1991 PGA Championship, getting in off the alternate list and made the most of his opportunity with an unlikely win at Crooked Stick -- the first of his two major titles.
1. Tiger Woods walks in putt vs. Bob May in 2000 at Valhalla. This iconic moment in a career full of them for Woods received 103 of your votes. The confident strut, the stare down and the fingers pointed at the hole were all just vintage Tiger.