6 youngest players to win the PGA Championship
Over the years, the PGA Championship has seen its fair share of younger players hoist the Wanamaker Trophy.
Here's an age breakdown of the 100 PGA Champions:
-- 9 between 20 and 24 years old
-- 24 between 25 and 29 years old
-- 40 between 30 and 34 years old
-- 22 between 35 and 39 years old
-- 3 between 40 and 44 years old
-- 2 between 45 and 50 years old
Thirty-three players under the age of 30 as PGA Champions? That's pretty good.
Here's a look at the six youngest players ever to win the PGA Championship:
6. Tiger Woods. Born Dec. 30, 1975, Woods won the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah -- his second major -- at 23 years, 7 months old. It was the second of Tiger's 14 major titles and the first of four in the PGA Championship. He also won the 2006 PGA when it went back to Medinah. Woods was one-shot better than a 19-year-old Sergio Garcia in 1999. Had Garcia won, he would have been the tournament's youngest champion. Tiger's win at Medinah was also the start of a mind-blowing run in which he won five out of six majors played.
5. Jack Nicklaus. Born Jan. 21, 1940, Nicklaus was 23 years, 6 months old when he won the 1963 PGA Championship -- the first of his five PGA titles -- at Dallas Athletic Club in Dallas, Texas, by two strokes over runner-up Dave Ragan. It was Nicklaus' second major win of the season after having previously won the Masters, and the third of his record 18.
4. Rory McIlroy. Born May 4, 1989, McIlroy was just 23 years, 3 months, 8 days old at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course when he blew the field away to the tune of an eight-stroke victory in 2012. It was the second of McIlroy's four major wins, his first PGA. In 2014, he would win both the Open Championship and the PGA Championship.
3. Gene Sarazen. Born Feb. 27, 1902, the Squire was 21 years, 7 months, 2 days old when he claimed the 1923 PGA Championship at Pelham Country Club in Pelham Manor, N.Y. Back then (1916-1957, in fact), the PGA Championship was a match-play tournament. Sarazen competed in six rounds of match play, all at 36 holes, in the single-elimination tournament. It was Sarazen's third major win overall, having won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in 1922... which means you're going to see him on this list again shortly.
2. Tom Creavy. Born Feb. 3, 1911, Creavy was 20 years, 7 months, 17 days old in 1931 when he won the PGA Championship at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I. Creavy defeated Gene Sarazen 5 & 3 in the semifinals and Denny Shute 2 & 1 in the finals for his lone major championship victory.
1. Gene Sarazen. The year before he became the third-youngest PGA Champion in history, Sarazen set the mark as the youngest PGA Champion when he won in 1922 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. Sarazen was 20 years, 5 months, 22 days old at that time, defeating Emmet French, 4 & 3, in the final. Coupled with his win in 1923, Sarazen became the first player in PGA Championship history to win the tournament in consecutive years. Jim Barnes won the first two PGA Championships played, but they were three years apart in 1916 and 1919, respectively.