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What Is the Name of the PGA Championship Trophy?


PGA Championship - Wanamaker Trophy

The Wanamaker Trophy, awarded to the winner of the PGA Championship.

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Question: What Is the Name of the PGA Championship Trophy?
Answer: The silver cup that is the PGA Championship trophy is called the Wanamaker Trophy. Its namesake is Rodman Wanamaker.

Wanamaker was a businessman and entrepreneur who, through Wanamaker's department stores (which are now part of Macy's) is credited with revolutionizing the department store concept in America.

Wanamaker was also involved in newspapers, aviation, the arts and athletics. He was the founder of the Millrose Games, an indoor track-and-field meet that remains one of the most prestigious in the United States.

Wanamaker was also a driving force behind the creation of the PGA of America, and put up the money to hold the first PGA Championship in 1916, and to create the trophy. That trophy was named in his honor.

The Wanamaker Trophy is a silver cup that measures 28 inches high and 27 inches across at its widest point. It weighs 27 pounds.

And for a couple years in the late 1920s, it was lost. Lost by Walter Hagen, no less.

Hagen was the defending champion at the 1928 PGA Championship, but when Hagen lost in the final to Leo Diegel, the PGA needed the trophy back in order to present it to Diegel. But Hagen didn't have it.

The PGA Championship media guide tells the story like this:

When PGA officials asked Hagen about what had happened to the Trophy ... the five-time PGA Champion declared it was irrevocably lost. Hagen said that he had entrusted the trophy to a taxi driver to take the precious cargo to his hotel. It never arrived.

But, the PGA account continues, the Wanamaker Trophy was found in 1930 in a cellar of the L.A. Young & Company - makers of Walter Hagen-branded golf clubs - building in Detroit. It was in an unmarked case and was discovered by a worker cleaning the cellar.

That original trophy now resides at the PGA Historical Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

At the PGA Championship each year, a replica of the original is presented to the winner, who gets to keep it for a year (returning it at the following year's tournament). But each winner also receives a smaller replica to keep permanently.

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