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A capsule look at majors played at Oak Hill
Question of the Day
Runner-up: United States.
Recap: The tide was turning back toward the Americans, who were poised to win the Ryder Cup for the third straight year when Corey Pavin chipped in on the 18th and the United States built a 9-7 lead going into Sunday singles. Europe staged a mighty rally at Oak Hill, which some referred to as “Choke Hill” when it came to the Americans. Five matches went the distance. Europe won four of them and halved another. Philip Walton won the decisive point, but the key to Europe’s comeback was Nick Faldo. He was 1 down to Curtis Strange with two holes to play and won them both with pars. Faldo got up-and-down from 93 yards below the 18th green, making a 6-foot par putt. The win began a new era of European dominance. It went on to win the Ryder Cup six of the next eight times.
Quote: “That’s probably the best scrambling par I’ve ever made in my life.” _ Nick Faldo.
Event: PGA Championship.
Winner: Shaun Micheel.
Runner-up: Chad Campbell.
Margin: 2 shots.
Earnings: $1.08 million.
Recap: Shaun Micheel had never finished higher than third in his six years on the PGA Tour, and this was only his third major. He was No. 169 in the world and winless in his 163 starts on the PGA Tour. After opening with rounds of 69-68 to take the lead, not many thought he would stay in front. Micheel followed with a 69 in the third round to share the lead with Chad Campbell. It came down to those two players on Sunday. Campbell, three shots behind with four holes to play, cut the deficit to one shot going to the 18th and split the middle of the fairway. Micheel was 175 yards in the first cut of rough when he hit 7-iron that settled 2 inches from the cup to lock up the win. The year ended with four first-time major champions, the first time that had happened since 1969. Ten years later, it remains Micheel’s only PGA Tour win.
Quote: “I really can’t believe this is happening to me. I showed up here on Tuesday to play a practice round and saw how difficult the golf course was. I was just trying to make the cut. I probably would have been happy with that.” _ Shaun Micheel.
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