As Hazeltine prepares to host the 2016 Ryder Cup, our members are looking back at their favorite memories from the major championships we hosted in the past.
Scott Muschewske's Major Moment come from the 2nd round of the 2002 PGA Championship, standing side-by-side with Tiger Woods for one of the best shots of his career — an amazing 3-iron from the fairway bunker to the 18th green.
"I was volunteering as an area captain for the 2002 PGA Championship and it was a right place, right time scenario where Tiger Woods was finishing up his round from Friday on Saturday morning.
On that particular day, it was thousands of people up the right side of the fairway, no gallery between 9 and 18, and Tiger hit a shot and it went left into the bunker. So I proceeded to walk off the tee with Tiger and I believe Ernie Els, and before I knew it, I was in the middle of the fairway and we were debating whether to open the crosswalk or keep it down until after Tiger had hit.
So, before I knew it, I was standing by myself in the middle of the fairway with Tiger Woods, (caddie) Steve Williams, and the CBS camera. I walked up, and I saw where Tiger had hit it in the bunker, and really couldn't believe the lie he had. And the wind was blowing, probably 20 miles per hour, left to right, and he took a stance and hit a shot and it landed about 20 feet from the pin.
I ran out to the middle of the fairway to see where it went and I couldn't believe the shot, number 1, and the sound it made, number 2, and the fact he hit a 3-iron from that stance, number three. But once the shot was done and he made the putt for birdie, I find out later, years later, Tiger Woods admits that might have been one of the best shots he's ever hit.
So I feel really grateful to have been there firsthand, with just Steve Williams, CBS camera, Tiger Woods, and myself, basically on an island, watching that shot. I feel really grateful to have the chance to have been there."
Hazeltine National Golf Club is a private golf club located in Chaska, Minn., about 30 minutes southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The club opened in 1962 with a mission to build and maintain a golf course suitable for the conduct of national championships. Hazeltine is one of only two courses in the United States to have hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur, and Ryder Cup. Hazeltine’s meeting and event space, golf shop and specified services in the learning center are open to the public. More information about becoming a member at Hazeltine is available at www.hazeltinenational.com.