|PGA Museum of Golf Unveils Tribute to the 94th PGA Championship Exhibit|
|Golf enthusiasts are able to get close-up views of Keegan's Bradley's outfit, Dow Finsterwald's Wanamaker Trophy, and memorabilia celebrating the 50th and 40th Anniversaries of Gary Player's two PGA Championships. The PGA Museum of Golf in Port St. Lucie, Fla., is open to the public, Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is complimentary.|
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA Championship is being celebrated at the PGA Museum of Golf, in Port St. Lucie, Fla., with a special "Tribute to the 94th PGA Championship Exhibit" debuting on Fri., Aug 3.
The exhibit honors the "Season's Final Major, Glory's Last Shot" and features rare memorabilia, such as clothing worn in the final round by 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley; a replica Wanamaker Trophy awarded to 1958 PGA Champion Dow Finsterwald; a special boot presented by 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem to each of the past PGA Champions; and a display of the four major Championship trophies in golf, including the actual Wanamaker Trophy, which is awarded annually to the PGA Champion. The exhibit also features photography of The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Golf Resort, site of the 94th PGA Championship, Aug. 6-12.
In addition, the tribute commemorates both the 50th and 40th Anniversaries of Gary Player's two PGA Championship victories. An iconic photograph of Player becoming the first South African to capture the PGA Championship in 1962, at Aronimink Golf Club, where he famously blew a kiss to the Wanamaker Trophy is on exhibit—as well as contestant money clips from both that Championship and the 1972 PGA Championship, which he won at Oakland Hills Country Club. Meanwhile, photographs of Tiger Woods hoisting the Trophy at Medinah Country Club in 2006; Ben Hogan carrying the Trophy in 1948; and Byron Nelson winning the PGA Championship in the midst of "Year of the Streak" in 1945, when Nelson won a record that stands to this day of 11 consecutive PGA Tour events, are also featured.
A simultaneous exhibit of rare Sam Snead memorabilia includes a timeless photo of Snead signing a war bond as a prize for winning the 1942 PGA Championship, personally autographed patented-leather golf shoes and golf balls, and "Slammin' Sammy's" trademark straw hat.
"The PGA Museum of Golf carries a tradition of presenting one-of-a-kind memorabilia that showcases the storied history of The PGA of America and legends from the incredible drama that annually defines the PGA Championship," said PGA President Allen Wronowski. "These rare artifacts trace the annals of golf and express why our game is so beloved by golf fans across the world."
Admission to the PGA Museum of Golf is free and open to the public. The Museum is currently open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fridays-Sundays.
The featured display is a tribute to the storied history of the PGA Championship, which was first contested at Siwanoy Country Club, in Bronxville, N.Y., and won by Jim Barnes in 1916. The Championship was staged at the suggestion of department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker, who also was instrumental in the founding of The PGA of America. Over the years, many of golf's greatest names have captured the PGA Championship's Wanamaker Trophy, including: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bradley.
The PGA Museum of Golf has hosted several special exhibits in recent years including tributes to the Ryder Cup, Senior PGA Championship, PGA Grand Slam of Golf, African-American Golf Pioneers and PGA Honorary Members.
Additional Museum attractions include a workbench used by legendary course architect Donald Ross circa 1900; a tribute to Walter Hagen that includes his original birth certificate; a display honoring PGA member Horton Smith, winner of the first Masters in 1934; and the Probst Library, which features one of the largest periodical collections in golf, including the first known written mention of golf from the Articles of Parliament in the 16th Century.
The 2012 PGA Championship will be televised live by CBS Sports, TNT and PGA.com.
The PGA Museum of Golf is located in PGA Village, which also encompasses the PGA Golf Club's 54 holes of Championship golf by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye; and the adjacent PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance, a state-of-the-art, 35-acre golf learning, instruction, fitness and technology facility.
For more information, please visit PGA.com/museum or call 800-800-GOLF (4653).
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