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8/19/1984: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd PGA Championship by 4 strokes over Gary Player & Lanny Wadkins
The 1984 PGA Championship: Lee Trevino
By: Claudia Mazzucco – On this day, August 19, 1984, Lee Trevino captured his second PGA Championship at Shoal Creek Country Club, in Birmingham, Alabama. He beat Lanny Wadkins and Gary Player by four strokes. “I am not supposed to beat these ,” he said afterwards, “but I got them today.” Wadkins kept fighting until the end but bogeyed the last two holes for his par 72, his first round in the seventies. Player shot 71.
Trevino played sensational golf in a seven years old golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. He had only two bogeys, and a double bogey in 72 holes. He finished like a champion, sinking an 18-foot putt for a birdie at the last hole for a 3 under par 69 and a 273 total (69, 68, 67, 69), which was a 15-under par record for the championship. It was also the first time any player had played all four rounds under 70. He shattered Hal Sutton’s ten under at Riviera, in Los Angeles, 1983.
It was his first victory in three years, and his sixth major. He had won his first PGA in 1974 at Tanglewood in Clemmons, North Carolina, using a new putter who had found in a widow’s attic. He won this one at Shoal Creek the same way: he had a brand new putter he’d bought for $50 in a Pro Shop during the Dutch Open in Rosendaelsche, Holland, several weeks before the PGA. Since then he’d been 56 under par for the ten rounds before Sunday’s last round in Shoal Creek.
On Sunday, Trevino holed a 60-foot birdie putt on the first hole, birdied the 3rd, and then made his only bogey at the 189-yard 5th, out of a bunker. Meanwhile, Wadkins made three birdies and took the lead. Rain and lightning forced a one-hour delay when Trevino and Wadkins were tied for the lead at 13 under on the 6th hole with Player. Trevino waited it out in a garage, munching on
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