Jack Nicklaus won five PGA Championships (photo via golfweek.com)
The PGA Championship is on its 94th edition. Its inaugural year was in 1916 when Jim Barnes won at the Siwanoy Country Club in Eastchester, NY.
The tournament was initially a match play event, but was changed to stroke play in 1958. During the match play era, Walter Hagen won the tournament five times, including four straight from 1924-27.
Since stroke play started, Jack Nicklaus has won the most times, tying Hagen for most all time with five. Nickalus was never able to win in consecutive years though.
In fact, during the stroke play era, only one player has been able to capture the PGA Championship in back-to-back years. That player is Tiger Woods who did twice, in 1999-2000 and 2006-2007.
Woods also has four PGA Championship wins, making him third on the all time victory list, followed by Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen with three.
The record for the lowest absolute 72-hole score is 265 by David Toms in 2001 at the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club, which plays to par-70. That record also happens to be the lowest 72-hole score ever recorded in any major championship.
The record for the lowest 72-hole score in relation to par is 18-under-par and is shared by Tiger Woods and Bob May who did it in 2000 at the Valhalla Golf Club. Woods achieved the feat again in 2006 at Medinah Country Club.
Both the Valhalla Golf Club and Medinah Country Club courses played at par-72.
The PGA Championship has produced many exciting finishes with plenty of drama, especially in extra holes the past two years.
Last year, Keegan Bradley was trailing by five shots after what seemed to be a hope-ending triple bogey at hole No. 15. But he made a furious charge with two late birdies that allowed him to eventually finish in a tie with Jason Dufner who bogeyed three of his final four holes in regulation
Bradley then birdied the first extra hole and extended his lead to two shots after Dufner bogeyed the second extra hole.
With the win, Bradley became just the third man to win his major debut, joining Francis Ouimet (1913 U.S. Open) and Ben Curtis (2003 British Open).
The previous three majors this year followed suit to last year's PGA Championship and have produced exciting finishes where leads have been erased and wins have been achieved in the final holes.
Expect the PGA Championship this year to produce another exciting finish.