We all knew that something special might happen at the 2000 PGA Championship. Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus were paired together for the opening two rounds, the older legend waving goodbye to a golf tournament he won five times with Tiger going for a second-straight Wanamaker Trophy.
The setting was Valhalla Golf Club, a golf course Nicklaus designed and opened the same year he famously won that last green jacket, and a golf course that was now hosting a second PGA Championship.
Nicklaus picked Valhalla as his goodbye to this major championship, something he had done earlier that year at the U.S. Open and something he would do in 2005 at both the Masters and the British Open.
An opening 77 left Nicklaus well down the leaderboard, but he battled back on Friday alongside the eventual champion in Tiger and was two shots from the cut line as he walked up 18th hole needing an eagle to make the weekend.
Nicklaus, a man known for nothing more than his heroics and clutch golf shots, nearly jarred his third shot for the cut-making eagle, seeing the ball just roll the lip, settling for a final birdie as he waved goodbye to the PGA Championship on his own golf course.
While the shot didn't go, it is still one of the best memories from Valhalla, and a fitting end to an incredible career at the PGA from Jack Nicklaus.
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