5 Things to Know about Oak Hill Country Club
As we look forward to the 2023 PGA Championship, here are five things you should know about Oak Hill Country Club.
1) It Has Hosted Six Major Championships
Oak Hill has been part of the roots of recent PGA Championship history, serving as the home of the 1980, 2003, and 2013 PGA Championships. It also held the 2008 and 2019 Senior PGA Championships. However, Oak Hill's major past began before the PGA Championship arrived, as the storied course held the U.S. Open in 1956, 1968, and 1989.
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2) Jack Nicklaus' 7-shot Win in 1980 was the Largest Margin of Victory in PGA Championship History for 32 Years
Nicklaus earned his penultimate major title with a seven-stroke victory over Andy Bean 43 years ago. It was not a wire-to-wire victory, as Nicklaus sat three strokes off of Craig Stadler's first-round lead. The Golden Bear held a three-stroke lead going into the final round, with a closing 69, one of four scores in the 60s on Sunday to finish off his 17th major title.
3) It's Oak Trees Are From All Around The World
When Donald Ross first came on in 1922 to design the East Course, he charged Dr. John Ralston Williams, the first practitioner to successfully administer penicillin to a patient, as the person to plant trees around the course. Williams delivered a historic effort, contacting arborists around the world.
Trees that dot the course today come from Sherwood Forest, the Cedars of Lebanon, the Kew Gardens of England, and the gardens of Shakespeare and President George Washington.
4) This Week Will Be The Fourth Time The Club Has Hosted The PGA Championship.
Holding the 105th PGA Championship puts Oak Hill in second place for the most PGA Championships ever hosted. It trails only Southern Hills five times, most recently in 2022, for the honors of most ever.
After this week, the Rochester, N.Y. course will break away from a seven-way tie for second. Whistling Straits, Valhalla Golf Club, Atlanta Athletic Club, Oakmont Country Club, and Firestone Country Club have hosted three times each.
5) Jason Dufner Set The Course Record During the 2013 PGA Championship
A seven-under-par scorecard is excellent any day. But a seven-under 63 to take the lead at a major? That's what Jason Dufner did to set Oak Hill's course record at the 95th PGA Championship during the second round. His 63 tied for the lowest score in PGA Championship history, one of 17 ever posted.
Dufner went on to win his first major championship, besting Jim Furyk by two strokes.