In celebration of the 100th PGA Championship that takes place this year at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, we’ve unveiled the PGA 100 – a bracket-style competition to determine which year’s championship was the greatest in PGA Championship history. Over the course of six weeks, you can help us identify the greatest championship in the tournament’s history by voting once a day as the field is narrowed from 16 championships on July 8 to the single greatest championship on August 12.
You can vote and join the conversation here. In this matchup, the No. 1-seeded 2000 PGA Championship faces the No.-16 seeded 2005 PGA Championship.
No. 1 seed: 2000 PGA Championship
Contested at Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club, which previously played host to the 1996 PGA Championship won by Mark Brooks, the 2000 edition was one for the ages.
In one corner, you had a 24-year-old Tiger Woods in his absolute prime, looking for his third consecutive major win and fourth out of the last five.
In the other corner, you had little-known Bob May, a 31-year-old journeyman, whose lone career win came at the European Tour’s Victor Chandler British Masters In 1999.
In terms of mismatches, this was very much a David vs. Goliath match up. But did May ever put up a fight.
May began the final round trailing Woods by one shot. But on that Sunday, May fired his third consecutive round of 66 – while playing alongside Tiger – and then watched as Tiger birdied the final two holes to force a playoff.
In the three-hole, aggregate score playoff, Woods made one of his career, highlight-reel, birdies on the 16th – the first hole of the playoff – walking it in and pointing his finger at the hole the whole way. He would par in from there. May, meanwhile, parred all three playoff holes.
With that, Woods became the first player to win three majors in a calendar year since Ben Hogan in 1953.
No. 16 seed: 2005 PGA Championship
For the first time since 1986, weather forced the final round to a Monday finish in the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.
That was no problem for Phil Mickelson. Lefty, with a world-class up and down for birdie from the rough on the 72nd hole, edged runners-up Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjorn by one stroke.
Mickelson was behind the green at the 18th in two shots. He hit an amazing flop shot to 2 feet and rolled in the winning birdie for his second overall major win.
The victory also made Mickelson the first wire-to-wire PGA Champion since Tiger Woods turned the trick in 2000 (Woods won that PGA in a playoff over Bob May at Valhalla).