The PGA Championship is one of golf's four major titles each year. The trophy given to the winner of the tournament is the Wanamaker Trophy.
Like the Claret Jug of the British Open, the Wanamaker Trophy is a prize sought by any professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.
Weight: The original Wanamaker Trophy weighs 27 pounds. It's the heaviest of the trophies for the major tournaments. Full-size replicas are said to weigh more, according to the Associated Press. Padraig Harrington said his replica trophy weighs 44 pounds when he won the PGA Championship in 2008. Even the mighty Vijay Singh had trouble hoisting the cup in 2004.
Size: The PGA states the dimensions of the huge trophy are 28 inches high, 27 inches from handle to handle and 10 1/2 inches in diameter. Two anecdotal stories are behind the huge size of the cup. Rich Beem, winner of the 2003 PGA Championship, set his newborn son atop the trophy and snapped a photograph. Beem went so far as to instruct his wife to put his ashes in the trophy as an urn after he dies.
Origin: Rodman Wanamaker created the trophy as a prize for the winner of the PGA Championship. He was the heir to a department store chain in New York in 1916 when Wanamaker put up the money for the trophy.
Original cost: Wanamaker put up $2,500 of his own money to create the silver prize. Cash4Gold, in a PR Newswire release, claimed the 27-pound Sterling silver trophy contains $5,500 of raw precious metals if reproduced at contemporary prices.
First winner: Jim Barnes was the first winner of the Wanamaker Trophy when he won the first two PGA Championships starting in 1916. Barnes was born in Great Britain, an irony since he won the American golf title twice in a row.
Most wins in a row: Walter Hagen most famously won the trophy four years in a row from 1924 to 1927, according to the Golf Channel. In 1928, Hagen was upset in the quarterfinals of the match play event. When asked where the trophy was located, the champ admitted he lost it. Back then, the trophy traveled with each new winner.
Lost and found: Hagen's story of losing the original goes back to 1925 in Chicago. The winner went to a club to party with some friends. He allegedly told a cabbie to deliver it to his hotel and gave the driver an extra $5. Somehow, the Wanamaker Trophy was found in Detroit in 1930 in an unmarked case in the basement of L.A. Young and Company. That particular manufacturer created Hagen's line of golf clubs. Since recovering the original, it normally goes on display at the PGA Historical Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Current location of original trophy: The Sanctuary at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. The host resort for the 2012 PGA Championship has the trophy on display behind the front desk.
Number of players vying for the trophy in 2012: A total of 156 golfers, including the top 108 players in the World Golf Rankings. The 2012 tournament is the first major golf championship in the history of South Carolina.
Number of times Tiger Woods has won the Wanamaker Trophy: Tiger Woods won the trophy four times total. He captured the PGA Championship in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007. Two of those victories (1999 and 2006) were at Medinah Country Club's Course Number Three in Medinah, Ill.
William Browning has covered sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network including golf and local golf courses in southwest Missouri. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.
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