PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament and the second of the four major championships in men's professional golf. It is one of the four major championships that comprise the Grand Slam of Golf. It was initially known as the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Championship but has been officially called the PGA Championship since 1968, when it became part of the Open Era.
The PGA Championship was established by the PGA of America in 1916 and was initially intended to be played concurrently with the U.S. Open, which had been played since 1895. The tournament was created to respond to a proposal from the United States Golf Association that the game of golf should move away from a match-play competition toward a stroke play format. The USGA's proposal would have allowed each player two shots per hole with no more than two players competing against each other at any given time.
The PGA Championship was first held in October 1916 at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, New York, just north of New York City. It was initially scheduled for September 1917 but was postponed due to World War I until October 1918. The winner of the PGA Championship receives membership on the PGA Tour for the following five seasons and invitations to The Players Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and Masters Tournament. From 1916 to 1934, the PGA made several rule changes that altered how it operated to date.
Its Prize fund is currently estimated to be US$12,000,000. On July 21, 1968, Arnold Palmer and Johnny Miller tied for the second place position at the PGA Championship. Arnold Palmer was the first golfer to earn a million dollars in career earnings.
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