PGA TOUR Destinations


PGA Championship


August 2009



August begins to wrap up the season with The PGA Championship as the last major of the year. The PGA Championship is always played on one of America's greatest venues and  provides an environment for the best championship golf has to offer. Owned and operated by the PGA of America, The PGA Championship provides a course setup that is tough but fair, and the winner is required to play without any major mistakes if he plans to have his name engraved on the Wanamaker TrophyHazeltine National Golf Club, in Chaska, Minnesota has been chosen as this year’s site and has proven over the years to be a wonderful test of golf. The last time the PGA Championship was played at Hazeltine National Golf Club in 2002, Rich Beem won in a race to the finish with Tiger Woods. This is one of the few times Tiger has lost coming down the stretch. Hazeltine National Golf Club provides a great layout that demands the ability to work the ball and to have distance control with the irons. The greens are sloped, with varying levels, leaving difficult approach putts if the ball ends up on the wrong tier of the green. 

As a PGA of America member and  a former PGA Club Professional, I am proud of this event and the prestige it holds as one of golf’s greatest championships. The PGA of America is the foremost golf organization in the world. The growth of the game is largely due to the efforts of the PGA of America and its members. Junior programs, including The First Tee, PGA Junior Series, and many others are supported by the efforts of PGA Club professionals around the country. The PGA Club Professional is responsible for providing members and guests with quality instruction, outstanding events, merchandise, management of golf operations, and public relations, among many other duties. For this reason, the PGA Championship holds an important connection to the custodians of the game of golf, the PGA Club Professionals. 

The PGA Championship honors and rewards PGA Members for their continual effort to make golf a better game for everyone. Every player in the PGA Championship was taught the game by someone and most likely their local Club Professional. No matter who prevails as this year’s PGA champion, you can be assured that they are grateful to the Club Professional who introduced them to the game and who continues to help and support their golf careers.



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