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Friday, 10 August, 2001, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
Six of the best
Trevino surprised everyone with his win in 1984
Trevino surprised everyone with his win in 1984
BBC Sport Online profile six golfers who have truly left their mark on the USPGA.

The tournament that prevented both Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson from winning a full set of Majors is no stranger to drama and excitement.

It may be regarded as the least important Major, but despite that the USPGA has produced some fantastic golf and enjoyed its fair share of great moments.


Sergio Garcia

Garcia delighted spectators at Medinah Country Club, Illinois, in 1999 with some breathtaking golf.

The 19-year-old eventually finished second to Tiger Woods, but the crowd at Medinah took the young Spaniard, with his broad grin and raw enthusiasm, to their heart.

Playing out from the base of a tree at the 16th, he miraculously reached the green and celebrated with a delighted jig across the fairway.

It remains the most vivid image of the tournament that year.


John Daly

Daly only entered the 1991 USPGA at Crooked Stick, Indiana, as a last-minute replacement for Nick Price, who withdrew when his wife entered labour.

Daly shocked the world with his 1991 victory
Daly shocked the world with his 1991 victory

The 25-year-old from Arkansas was a virtual unknown but, with the help of Price's caddie, won the tournament by three strokes to record the most amazing win in golf history.

Daly's long drives were a key factor in taming the 7,200 yard course and his putting held firm under pressure.

Of Price's decision to withdraw and support his wife Daly said: "I hope they have a wonderful baby."


Bob Tway

Greg Norman arrived at Inverness full of confidence in 1986 after winning his first Major, The Open, at Turnberry.

Feeling relaxed and confident, Norman opened the competition with a course-record 65 and held a four-stroke lead going into the final round.

The little-known Tway broke Norman's course record with a third-round 64.

However, he was still four shots behind Norman and no-one particularly rated Tway's chances against the in-form Australian.

But as the fourth round progressed Norman's mood became increasingly tense and mistakes crept into his game.

Level at the 18th, Norman hit two brilliant shots to find the green while Tway found rough and then a bunker.

Norman could only watch in disbelief as Tway chipped in with his third shot and celebrated by dancing in the sand.

Norman missed his putt to tie and Tway was the USPGA champion.


Lee Trevino

Trevino was plagued by chronic back problems and rarely figured at the top of the leaderboard by the time the 1984 USPGA began at Shoal Creek, Alabama.

But the Texan rolled back the years with a superb performance to claim his second USPGA victory.

Remarkably Trevino not only won the tournament but became the first player in USPGA history to shoot all four rounds in the 60s.


Lanny Wadkins

Lanny Wadkins recorded his only Major victory at the 1977 USPGA at Pebble Beach.

The great Jack Nicklaus was red-hot favourite to win, and in doing so equal Walter Hagen's record of five USPGA wins.

Wadkins won the first play-off in Major history
Wadkins won the first play-off in Major history

But Nicklaus shot a disappointing 73 in the final round and Wadkins took Gene Littler to the first-ever play-off in Major championship history.

Wadkins won the sudden-death play-off at the third hole but Nicklaus did eventually equal Hagen's record, winning at Oak Hill in 1980.


Sam Snead

Sam Snead did not win the 1974 USPGA at Tanglewood, North Carolina, but his performance was extraordinary nonetheless.

Playing in his home state, 25 years had elapsed since 62-year-old Snead won his third and final USPGA title.

But with a swing that had lost none of its elegance he recorded four under-par rounds to finish joint third in the tournament.

Only Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino bettered Snead's score.


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