August 6 2013
Shaun Micheel celebrates after hitting his approach to two inches on the 72nd hole in 2003. You may be surprised to find where this 7-iron now resides. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The approach shot Shaun Micheel pulled off 10 years ago on the 72nd hole at Oak Hill Country Club, site of this week's PGA Championship, during the 2003 PGA will likely go down as one of the best in tournament history.
Nursing a one-shot lead over Chad Campbell, Micheel pulled a 7-iron from the bag and secured his first, and only, major championship title with a perfect approach shot from 174 yards that landed 15 yards short of the green in the rough and rolled to within 2 inches of the cup.
"It was an absolutely perfect, perfect number," Micheel said after his victory in 2003. "To hit the ball two inches from the hole, I knew it was pretty close. I had asked somebody how close it was and they weren't paying attention or didn't really care to tell me, which is fine with me. I saw it was only two inches; I figured I could make that one."
Considering Micheel has yet to win another PGA TOUR title or major championship, one would assume the Cleveland TA-7 7-iron he used to win the most important tournament of his life would be on display in a mahogany shadowbox in his office.
Micheel confirmed on Tuesday that while he still has the 7-iron in his house, it's not hanging on his wall or sitting in a place of honor in his golf room. The club is currently sitting in a "beat up" box in his golf/guitar room.
"I have [the 7-iron] in an old just beat up, unassuming box in my golf/guitar room," Micheel said. "It's back home. I've been asked for it several times, but if I had done this more than once, you might have been inclined to give it to somebody. But you never know; I'm going to hold on to that one."
Of course, Micheel isn't the first player to put a famous club in the corner. During the 2009 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods told a story about rummaging through his garage and finding the Scotty Cameron TeI3 putter he used to win the 1997 Masters in the corner collecting dust.