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Golf – 1986 PGA Championship – 3rd Round – With Jim McKay


The 1986 PGA Championship was the 68th PGA Championship…which was held August 7–11 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio….where Bob Tway won his only major championship….two strokes ahead of runner-up Greg Norman, the 54-hole leader….after Tway made an incredible sand trap shot that went in the hole….and basically won him the championship. Heavy rains on Sunday stopped play for the day in mid-afternoon….so, being in the final group….Norman and Tway completed just one hole of their final round and resumed play on Monday afternoon.

Norman started the round with a four-shot lead and held that margin through the front nine….but after a double bogey at 11 and a bogey at 14….the two were tied….then they halved the next three holes at par…thus being tied at the 72nd tee….when Tway put his approach shot in a greenside bunker….while Norman was just off the green on the fringe some 25 feet (8 m) out. Tway improbably holed out for birdie and Norman’s attempt to tie missed….and so did his par-saving putt. Greg Norman was the best golfer of 1986….leading all four majors after the third round…. but he won only the Open.  Entering this PGA Championship….Norman was the leading money winner on the PGA Tour with Tway in second place.

This was the fifth major championship at Inverness….which hosted the U.S. Open in 1920, 1931, 1957, and 1979….and was the first in which the winning score was under-par….as the previous best was even-par in 1979 by Hale Irwin….and The PGA Championship returned to Inverness in 1993.

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