PGA of America History | 2010-Present


Samsung becomes an Official Patron of the PGA of America. The three-year, multi-platform agreement spans the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup through 2016.
William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton, 42nd President of the United States of America, receives the PGA Distinguished Service Award, the Association’s highest annual honor.
Colin Montgomerie earns his first major victory, the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
The PGA of America, the LPGA and KPMG partner to create the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the first women's major conducted by the PGA of America. The Championship starts in 2015 at Westchester Country Club in New York.
Michael Block of Aliso Viejo, California, wins the 47th PGA Professional National Championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Karen Paolozzi (Georgia PGA Section) joins Suzy Whaley (Connecticut PGA Section) as the only women PGA Professionals to make the cut at the PGA Professional National Championship. Paolozzi finishes in a tie for 49th place, and her 10-over-par 298 total is lowest ever for a woman Professional in National Championship history.
The PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the City and County of San Francisco partner to bring the 2020 PGA Championship, the 2025 Presidents Cup and 2015 World Golf Championships-Match Play Championship to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
Samuel Henry “Errie” Ball, oldest living PGA member, PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame member, and the only living participant from the first Masters in 1934, passes away at 103.
Lee Trevino, a six-time major champion and 1985 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, receives the 2013 PGA Distinguished Service Award.
Black pioneers William Powell and Jimmie DeVoe and PGA Honorary President Allen Wronowski are among eight inductees into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame. The inductees include Bob Toski, Michael Hebron, Bill Ogden, Jim Mrva and Don “Chip” Essig IV.
Standard Life Investments becomes the first worldwide partner in Ryder Cup history.
PGA of America elects 10-time LPGA major winner, Solheim Cup player and World Golf Hall of Fame member Annika Sorenstam to The PGA of America as a member of the North Florida PGA Section.
Japan's Kohki Idoki wins the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and becomes the first Asian male player to win a senior major championship.
Rod Perry, the 2012 PGA Professional Player of the Year, captures the 46th PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort.
The PGA of America announces its plan to establish a New York Office in preparation for the Centennial Celebration in 2016 and the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in 2016.
For the first time ever, golf fans vote for one of four final-round hole locations in the PGA Championship “Pick the Hole Location Challenge Hosted by Jack Nicklaus,” and directly impact the hole location of a major championship. The 15th hole at Oak Hill Country Club, site of the 95th PGA Championship, is chosen.
Roger Chapman of England cruises to a wire-to-wire triumph in the 74th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., becoming the first Englishman and the first European since Jock Hutchison in 1947 to hoist the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy.
Two-time PGA Champion and 1991 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, Dave Stockton, receives the 2012 PGA Distinguished Service Award.
Matt Dobyns of Sea Cliff, N.Y., making his rookie appearance, completes a record-breaking eight-stroke triumph to shatter Sam Snead’s 41-year victory margin record, and wins the 45th PGA Professional National Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy completes a historic performance at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C., winning the PGA Championship by a record eight strokes, and breaking Jack Nicklaus’s victory margin standard by one stroke.
Sparked by England’s Ian Poulter, Europe rallies from a four-point deficit in the Sunday singles at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club, to stun the United States and retain the Ryder Cup by a 14½ to 13½ margin.
Former PGA Champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland captures his first PGA Grand Slam of Golf title in three attempts, posting a 67 to win by one stroke in Southampton, Bermuda.
Ted Bishop, the PGA general manager of The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., is elected the 38th president of The PGA of America at the 96th PGA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md. 
Peter Bevacqua, a native of Bedford, N.Y., is named as the third chief executive officer in PGA of America history.
PGA Champion Rory McIlroy wins his first PGA of America Player of the Year Award and the Vardon Trophy,
Tom Watson, one of America's greatest performers and the winner of eight major championships, is named captain of the 2014 United States Ryder Cup Team, becoming the seventh U.S. golfer to serve more than one term as Ryder Cup Captain. Watson guided a U.S. Team in 1993 to its last victory overseas.

Davis Love III, a veteran of six Ryder Cup Teams, the winner of the 1997 PGA Championship and son of a PGA teaching legend, is selected to captain the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Team.
Tom Watson became the second oldest Champion when he poured in a 3-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff against David Eger at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., to win the 72nd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.
David Hutsell, PGA director of instruction at The Elkridge Club in Baltimore, Md., earned the biggest victory of his career when he won a sudden-death playoff to claim the 44th PGA Professional National Championship at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club.
OMEGA signs a five-year strategic partnership to become The Official Timekeeper of The PGA of America through the Centennial in 2016.
The PGA of America unveils Golf 2.0, a targeted, focused, long-range strategic plan for the golf industry to substantially increase the number of golfers to 40 million by the year 2020 while growing the relevance of golf in America.
Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner duel through a three-hole aggregate playoff. Bradley makes a birdie on the 16th hole and captures the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Country Club by one stroke, to become only the third player in at least 100 years to win a major championship in his first try. Bradley is also one of six PGA Champions (following Jack Burke Jr., Dave Marr, Raymond Floyd, Davis Love III and Rich Beem) who is the son of a PGA Professional.

RBC becomes an Official Patron of The PGA of America.
WE ARE GOLF, Founded by the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and The PGA of America, was formally announced as an initiative to change the face of golf and to represent the economic, human and environmental benefits of the industry at federal, state and local levels of government.
The PGA of America and United States Golf Association create a centralized repository for artifacts and documents related to the history of African Americans in golf.
Billy Casper, the all-time leading point winner in U.S. Ryder Cup history and a former U.S. Ryder Cup Captain, is named the recipient of 2010 PGA Distinguished Service Award.
KitchenAid, one of America's best known brands of premium kitchen appliances and part of Whirlpool Corporation, is named presenting sponsor of the Senior PGA Championship, beginning in 2011.
Tom Lehman wins his first senior major title in defeating Fred Couples and David Frost on the first playoff hole to capture the 71st Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club.
Mike Small, the University of Illinois men's head golf coach, earns a piece of history with a record-tying third PGA Professional National Championship at French Lick (Ind.) Resort.
Martin Kaymer wins a three-hole playoff to capture the 92nd PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and becomes the first German and third consecutive international player to take home the Wanamaker Trophy.
Jim Mrva, PGA head professional at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y., is named the 2010 PGA Golf Professional of the Year.
Barney Adams, inventor of the Tight Lies® fairway wood, is named the recipient of the 2010 PGA Ernie Sabayrac Award, for lifetime contributions to the golf industry.
Allen Wronowski, PGA director of golf at Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md., was elected the 37th President of The PGA of America at the 93rd PGA Annual Meeting in Boston.