Shaun Micheel's heroics a decade ago offers hope for PGA Championship underdogs

Golf historians consider Shaun Micheel's

Golf historians consider Shaun Micheel's "7-Iron Heard 'Round The World" as one of the best shots ever made at a major. (Jay Laprete/Reuters/Files)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:01 PM ET

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Walk down the fairway of the devilish 18th at the beautiful Oak Hill Country Club and you'll come to a plaque in the first cut exactly 174 yards from the centre of the lush finishing-hole green.

How do we know it's "exactly" 174 yards out?

Because, 10 years ago, the previous time Oak Hill staged the PGA Championship, Shaun Micheel, a relative unknown who took a one-shot lead into the final hole of the tournament, hit a 7-iron exactly 174 yards.

And two inches.

Two measly inches from the cup. Two measly inches from putting his name in the record book. Two measly inches of finely groomed emerald real estate that Micheel conquered with a tap-in putt that gave him his first major -- heck, the first tour victory of any kind -- of his career.

Golf historians consider Micheel's "7-Iron Heard 'Round The World" as one of the best shots ever made at a major. Certainly one the most clutch ones, to be sure.


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