85th PGA Championship
In a year when unknowns became stars, Shaun Micheel fit well into the landscape when he made his way to Oak Hill Country Club, Aug. 14, to compete in the 85th PGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y. Playing on the outskirts of a city renowned for its inventiveness - in optical science, photocopiers and photo processing, Micheel capped the week by producing his own Kodak moment. Micheel’s 7-iron approach to within two inches of the 72nd hole - a shot which he and caddie Bob Szczesny judged to be 175 yards - left an indelible stamp on a topsy turvy Championship. The season’s final major featured the year’s strongest field - 96 of the top 100 ranked players, just two players shy of the 2002 all-time record. The Championship also yielded the largest international contingent in PGA Championship history - 60 players representing 20 countries - which also was the most for any U.S. major championship this year.
Chad Campbell of Lewisville, Texas, who began the final round tied with Micheel at 4-under-par, dueled the final 18 holes, coming within a stroke after a Micheel bogey on the 17th hole. Campbell finished with a 72 and 278, while South Africa’s Tim Clark was third at 279 after a 69. Alex Cejka of the Czech Republic ended fourth at 280 after a 69.