Milwaukee Championship Golf Champions

4 Sep 1998: Jay Haas hits a shot during the Greater Milwaukee Open at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Harry How /AllsportThe Milwaukee Championship has, over the years, been contested and won by some of the foremost golfers of their time. We look at three men who have been in the top of the Official World Golf Rankings at some point in their illustrious careers – Americans Jay Haas, Mark O’ Meara and Corey Pavin.

Milwaukee Championship Golf Champion: Jay Haas

Winner of the 1981 Milwaukee Championship, Jay Haas has recently taken the Champions Tour by storm. Since 2005 the veteran has won an awesome ten Champions Tour events, including his first senior major, the Senior PGA Championship (2006).

Coupled with his latest wins on the senior tour, he boasts nine PGA Tour wins and four other wins. In 2003 he made a resurgence on the PGA Tour and finished in the top 30 on the money list. His form caught the attention of the powers-to-be and he was chosen for the US Presidents Cup team, this was followed by his third appearance in the Ryder Cup Matches in 2004.

His best results at the majors are:

Milwaukee Championship Golf Champion: Mark O’Meara

Mr Geniality, Mark O’Meara turned professional in 1980, and his debut PGA Tour victory was at the 1984 Milwaukee Championship. He went on to win a further 15 PGA Tour events, and in 1998 he had his most prolific year on tour – he claimed both the US Masters Golf Tournament and the Open Championships.

He peaked at number two on the Official World Golf Ranking, and ended the 1998 season with a triumph at the World Matchplay Championship. His career wins to date are as follows:

He completed his first season on the Champions Tour in 2007, and is yet to win an event. Apart from his two majors crowns he tied third at the US Open and tied 4th at the PGA Championships, both in his most successful year, 1998.

Milwaukee Championship Golf Champion: Corey Pavin

Corey Pavin must cherish the Milwaukee Championship and the Brown Deer Park Golf Course – he broke a ten-year drought on the PGA Tour at Milwaukee in 2006. His victory ended a trying 242 consecutive tournaments without success!

He broke the record for the fewest amount of strokes needed to complete nine holes at a PGA Tour event with an 8-under par score of 26 at Milwaukee! His final 36-hole score of 125 also tied the record for the least shots taken in the first 36 holes of a PGA event, elevating him into the illustrious company of Tiger Woods, Tom Lehman and Mark Calcavecchia.

Pavin turned pro in 1982, and he topped the money list nine years on. He claimed his only major victory in 1995, when he clinched the US Open, and his ranking rose to a career-best 5th. He has appeared in three Ryder Cup teams, and his best results at the majors are: