Rochester, New York: Clinging to a one-shot lead, Shaun Micheel hit a 7-iron from the first cut of rough that stopped three inches from the cup for a tap-in birdie and a two-stroke victory at the US PGA - the most surprising season of major championships in 34 years. Winless in 163 previous starts on the PGA Tour, ranked No. 169 in the world when he arrived at Oak Hill for the final major of the year, Micheel closed with an even-par 70 and won $1.08 million. It was a fitting end to a wild summer. Just a month ago, 26-year-old rookie Ben Curtis, ranked 396th in the world and playing in his first major, captured the British Open. The victory by Micheel is the first time since 1969 that the four majors were swept by players who had never won a Grand Slam event.
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