Date: August 06, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

PGA Championship: Oak Hill the scene of Major moments

The golf world returns to Rochester, New York this week for the year&aposs final Major – the PGA Championship. This year&aposs field will compete on the 7,145-yard, par-70 Oak Hill Country Club East Course which requires accurate driving off the tee and the distance to get the ball past the course&aposs many hazards. Eight Australians make it into the field this week: US Masters champion Adam Scott, Jason Day, John Senden, Marc Leishman, Marcus Fraser, Brett Rumford and Matt Jones. Many of the biggest names and biggest events have played out at Oak Hill. In 1956, former dentist turned pro Cary Middlecoff, held off legend Ben Hogan to win the U.S. Open. Hogan&aposs last win in a major came three years prior at the 1953 Open Championship. Hogan had Middlecoff in his sights, but he could not run him down. Lee Trevino earned the first victory of his career at the U.S. Open in 1968 at Oak Hill while Jack Nicklaus triumphed in the 1980 PGA Championship at Oak Hill. He shot a six-under 274, and that capped a season in which he also won the U.S. Open. The European team rallied to beat the U.S. in the 1995 Ryder Cup at Oak Hill. Sergio Garcia defeated Matt Kuchar in a famous 1998 U.S. Amateur quarterfinal round match at Oak Hill. The course opened in 1926 and was designed by Donald Ross. It has since been re-designed three times.