• Walter Hagen dominated the early years of the USPGA Championship, winning five titles in the 1920s.
  • Byron Nelson is remembered as one of the finest competitors in Championship history, his name was etched on the trophy in 1940 and 1945.
  • Sam Snead began his three title victories in 1942 and completed them in the post-war years of 1949 and 1951.
  • Australian Jim Ferrier became the first non-American winner in 1947 and the first Aussie to win a major.
  • Bantam Ben Hogan took the Championship on two occasions, starting in 1946 at Portland and claiming his second in '48 at Norwood Hills Country Club.
  • After the change of format from match play to stroke play in 1958, a new legend began to emerge.
  • Jack Nicklaus won his first of five record-equalling titles in 1963 at Dallas Athletic Club.
  • At Palm Beach Gardens in 1971, Nicklaus claimed his second USPGA title.
  • He completed his USPGA title haul in 1980 at Oak Hill, Rochester, the home town of fellow five-time winner Hagen.
  • From the shadows emerged a new golfing legend and fifth-youngest USPGA Championship winner in 1999.
  • Tiger Woods outlasted Spain's 19-year-old Sergio Garcia by one stroke to claim the 1999 title at Medinah Country Club.
  • Woods won his second straight PGA Championship and fifth major in a three-hole play-off against Bob May in 2000.
  • The two Americans set a Championship record with their 18-under-par scores.
  • Woods became the first player to successfully defend his title since the change of format in 1958.
  • In 2001, the unheralded David Toms celebrated a hole-in-one on the 15th at the Atlanta Athletic Club...
  • ...as he moved towards a record score of 265 over 72 holes.
  • Rich Beem's impressive back-nine charge lifted him past Woods in 2002 to claim the 84th title at Hazeltine.
  • Shaun Micheel sealed his first career victory at Oak Hill Country Club in 2003.
  • The Championship moved to Wisconsin in 2004 where Vijay Singh battled the Whistling Straits course on the shore of Lake Michigan...
  • ...to get his hands on a second PGA Championship trophy following his 1998 victory at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond.
  • Phil Mickelson won his second major in as many years with the USPGA Championship title at Baltusrol Golf Club in 2005.
  • On the longest course in major championship history at Medinah in 2006, Tiger Woods claimed his third title...
  • ...on the same course that he had won on seven years earlier.
  • During hot conditions in Tulsa on the Southern Hills course, Tiger claimed his fourth USPGA title in 2007.
  • In 2008, Padraig Harrington became the first European-born winner in 78 years with victory at Oakland Hills.
  • In 2009 it was Korea's YE Yang who claimed the trophy, becoming Asia's first major winner.
  • Martin Kaymer won the 2010 tournament with a play-off win at Whistling Straits.
  • Keegan Bradley is the defending champion after a thrilling finish to last year's event which again was decided by extra holes.

USPGA history

Walter Hagen dominated the early years of the USPGA Championship, winning five titles in the 1920s.