1980-1989 PGA Championships
Nicklaus tied Hagen for the most PGA Championships in 1980, winning his fifth crown by a record seven-stroke margin. Nicklaus made one more serious challenge in 1983, losing by one stroke to Hal Sutton. Sutton became the fourth and final PGA Champion to lead wire-to-wire without sharing a lead in any round.
Since then, he has finished no higher than a share of 16th place in 1986. Nicklaus competed in 37 PGA Championships, finishing a record 14 times in the top five and has the best record in the stroke-play portion of the PGA Championship.
Trevino won his sixth major championship in 1984, defeating Player and Wadkins. For the 48-year-old Player, the Championship marked the last regular event in which he would be in contention.
The 1986 PGA Championship will be remembered most for the “shot heard ‘round the world,” as Bob Tway holed his greenside bunker shot on the 18th hole to edge Australian Greg Norman. The momentous shot overshadowed the fact that Norman was the only player in history to have the third-round lead in each of the four major championships in the same year.
Payne Stewart won his first major championship in 1989 at Kemper Lakes in Hawthorn Woods, Ill.