The major history of Southern Hills Country Club
Southern Hills Country Club has hosted more PGA Championships than any other venue in the event’s history and is preparing to host a record fifth when the Championship returns in 2030. But before that historic milestone, Southern Hills is in preparations to host the KitchenAid Sr. PGA Championship for the first time in 2021. Here’s a look back at some of the major moments that took place at the legendary course in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dave Stockton wins inaugural PGA Championship at Southern Hills
In 1970, Southern Hills Country Club hosted its first PGA Championship. Dave Stockton fired a 66 on moving day to take a three-stroke lead into the final round in Oklahoma. Sunday, he held off a charging Bob Murphy and Arnold Palmer, who finished runner-up for the third time. It marked the first of two PGA Championship titles for Stockton, who also won in 1976 at Congressional Country Club.
Raymond Floyd goes low
When the PGA Championship was staged for the second time at Southern Hills in 1982, Raymond Floyd won with a record-breaking performance. Floyd took the lead with an opening round 7-under par, 63 and never looked back, going wire-to-wire for his second PGA Championship victory and third major title. Floyd also set the 36 and 54-hole scoring records in addition to tying the 18-hole record with that opening round, 63. Floyd won by three strokes ahead of Lanny Wadkins.
Nick Price puts on record performance
In 1994, Nick Price captured his second PGA Championship with his victory at Southern Hills. Price won by six-strokes ahead of Corey Pavin at 11-under par, which at the time was the low record in a major championship. The victory was also the second major title of the year for Price, who also won the 1994 Open Championship. Arnold Palmer played his final PGA Championship at Southern Hills in 1994 after a record 37 consecutive appearances.
Tiger Woods wins fourth PGA Championship
In 2007, Tiger Woods successfully defended his title at the PGA Championship when he won by two strokes ahead of Woody Austin. The victory marked the fourth PGA Championship of Woods’ career and 13th major title. Woods fired a second round 63, which is the lowest round Woods has recorded in a major and tied the course record set by Floyd in 1982.