Memorable Moments in Hazeltine History

By Dan McDonald,
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Hazeltine Women's PGA Champ Trophy

Hazeltine Women's PGA Champ Trophy

Hazeltine National Golf Club, host of the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, is no stranger to major championships and creating a space for some of golf's great moments.

The course opened in 1962 and since then has built an impressive resume of championships with two U.S. Women's Opens (1966, 1977), two PGA Championships (2002, 2009), two U.S. Opens (1970, 1991), a U.S. Senior Open (1983), the U.S. Mid-Amateur (1994), the U.S. Amateur (2006), and the unforgettable 2016 Ryder Cup.
In addition to this year's KPMG Women's PGA Championship being added to the list, the course will also host the 2028 Ryder Cup.

Here are some of the most memorable moments from this storied golf course:

1970 U.S. Open
Tony Jacklin became the first Englishman in 46 years to capture the U.S. Open as he built an impressive seven-shot victory for his second career major win.

1991 U.S. Open
In one of the more dramatic U.S. Opens in history, Payne Stewart won his first career major after defeating Scott Simpson in an 18-hole Monday playoff at Hazeltine. Stewart turned a two-shot deficit into a two-shot victory over the final three holes.

2002 PGA Championship
Rich Beam held off a charging Tiger Woods to win his first and only major championship. Beam delivered a classic Hazeltine moment when he managed to eagle the 11th hole, thanks to an incredible shot from 265 yards out. Tiger also delivered one of the highlight shots of his career when he hit an amazing 3-iron bunker shot over the trees and onto the green. It's a shot that he says was "the greatest feeling shot I've ever hit in my life."

2009 PGA Championship
Tiger Woods had never lost a major championship when holding a 54-hole lead — until the final round of the 2009 PGA Championship. Woods was going for major number 15, but was denied his fifth Wanamaker Trophy at the hands of a charging Y.E. Yang.
2016 Ryder Cup
The U.S. squad delivered a performance for the ages as they defeated the European team 17-11 just days after the passing of Arnold Palmer. The U.S. never trailed during the tournament and denied Europe its fourth-consecutive Ryder Cup victory.
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