Golf Compendium

Golf Compendium

The 1993 PGA Championship was the 75th time the tournament was played. It was the winner’s only major trophy, and Paul Azinger got that trophy via a playoff. For that playoff loser, this was the fourth of the four majors at which he lost in extra holes.

Winner: Paul Azinger, 272

Where it was played: Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio

Tournament dates: August 12-15, 1993

Leader after first round: Scott Simpson, 64

Leader after second round: Vijay Singh, 131

Leader after third round: Greg Norman, 203

What Happened in the 1993 PGA Championship

The winner of the 75th anniversary PGA Championship tournament was Paul Azinger in a playoff over Greg Norman. Norman was the third-round leader, with Azinger one stroke behind him. But Azinger made four birdies over the final seven holes of the final round to catch Norman, then beat him in the sudden-death playoff with a par on the second extra hole.

This was Azinger’s 11th career win on the PGA Tour. But at the end of the year, he was diagnosed with cancer. Although he returned to the tour and in 2000 even won another tournament, his victory here proved to be Azinger’s only major championship win.

For Norman, losing in extra holes at a major championship had a familiar ring to it — it had already happened to him at each of the other three majors. Although Norman also won two majors, he lost an 18-hole playoff at the 1984 U.S. Open, a sudden-death playoff at the 1987 Masters and a 4-hole aggregate playoff at the 1989 British Open. When Azinger beat him in sudden death in the 1993 PGA Championship playoff, Norman joined Craig Wood as the only golfers to lose in extra holes at all four professional majors.

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Norman lost three strokes on Holes 6 and 7 in the final round, with a double bogey on the sixth and bogey on the seventh. He birdied the eighth hole and had three birdies on the back nine, so he righted the ship to shoot 69. But Azinger birdied holes 12, 13 and 14, plus the 17th, while shooting a course-record 30 on the back nine. Azinger’s 68 gave him a final score of 12-under 272. The playoff ended when Norman three-putted from 20 feet on the second extra hole.

Tom Watson was one stroke off Norman’s 54-hole lead, and finished in fifth place. The PGA Championship is the only major Watson never won, and he didn’t get this close again. Hubert Green, 1985 PGA Championship winner, tied for 51st place; it was the last time he made the cut in a major.

1993 PGA Championship Final Scores

Paul Azinger 69-66-69-68—272 Greg Norman 68-68-67-69—272 Nick Faldo 68-68-69-68—273 Vijay Singh 68-63-73-70—274 Tom Watson 69-65-70-72—276 John Cook 72-66-68-71—277 Bob Estes 69-66-69-73—277 Dudley Hart 66-68-71-72—277 Nolan Henke 72-70-67-68—277 Scott Hoch 74-68-68-67—277 Hale Irwin 68-69-67-73—277Phil Mickelson 67-71-69-70—277 Scott Simpson 64-70-71-72—277 Steve Elkington 67-66-74-71—278 Brad Faxon 70-70-65-73—278 Bruce Fleisher 69-74-67-68—278 Gary Hallberg 70-69-68-71—278 Lanny Wadkins 65-68-71-74—278 Richard Zokol 66-71-71-70—278 Jay Haas 69-68-70-72—279 Eduardo Romero 67-67-74-71—279 Lee Janzen 70-68-71-72—281 Jim McGovern 71-67-69-74—281 Frank Nobilo 69-66-74-72—281 Gene Sauers 68-74-70-69—281 Greg Twiggs 70-69-70-72—281 Ian Woosnam 70-71-68-72—281 Peter Jacobsen 71-67-74-70—282 Billy Mayfair 68-73-70-71—282 Loren Roberts 67-67-76-72—282Fulton Allem 70-71-70-72—283 Mark Calcavecchia 68-70-77-68—283 Fred Couples 70-68-71-74—283 Mike Hulbert 67-72-72-72—283 Stu Ingraham 74-69-71-69—283 Wayne Levi 69-73-66-75—283Davis Love III 70-72-72-69—283 Mark McCumber 67-72-75-69—283 Craig Parry 70-73-68-72—283 Nick Price 74-66-72-71—283 Hal Sutton 69-72-70-72—283 Tom Wargo 71-70-71-71—283 Fuzzy Zoeller 72-70-71-70—283 Russ Cochran 69-74-70-71—284 Dan Forsman 67-75-70-72—284 Fred Funk 72-66-76-70—284 John Huston 68-69-75-72—284 Joe Ozaki 73-68-66-77—284Payne Stewart 71-70-70-73—284 D.A. Weibring 68-74-72-70—284John Daly 71-68-73-73—285 Hubert Green 70-71-69-75—285 Andrew Magee 71-72-74-68—285 Jeff Maggert 72-69-71-73—285 Peter Senior 69-70-70-76—285 Rick Fehr 70-71-72-73—286 Tom Kite 73-69-71-73—286 Sandy Lyle 69-73-70-74—286Larry Nelson 73-67-74-72—286 Jose Maria Olazabal 73-69-73-71—286 Michael Allen 73-70-75-69—287 Ben Crenshaw 70-70-73-74—287Donnie Hammond 73-70-68-76—287 Jeff Sluman 74-69-72-72—287 Mike Standly 72-71-68-76—287 Ian Baker-Finch 73-69-70-76—288 Mark Wiebe 74-69-73-73—289Bob Ford 70-71-78-71—290 Rocco Mediate 70-73-74-73—290 Steve Pate 73-70-72-77—292Kevin Burton 69-73-76-76—294Barry Lane 67-74-77-76—294Bob Borowicz 72-71-80-72—295John Adams 72-70-76-78—296

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