PGA Championship week is here, and we're starting it by introducing our 2011 Commemorative PGA Championship logo, created by the fine designers here at TaylorMade Golf. Here's the specifics:
The four-leaf clover symbolizes the birthday of one of golf’s most revered figures, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia on St. Patrick’s Day, 1902.
A legendary amateur, he won 13 of the 20 major championships he entered, each one symbolized by the 13 rays surrounding the clover.
The style and shapes that characterize the logo are reminiscent of the Art Nouveau movement popular at the turn of the 20th century, when the Atlanta Athletic Club was founded (1898).
A decade ago, the last time the PGA Championship was hosted by Atlanta Athletic Club, the winner recorded the lowest 72-hole total — 265 — in major championship history.
Another Georgia native made major championship history at Atlanta Athletic Club almost 30 years ago by winning the 1976 U.S. Open while playing an orange golf ball.
The aforementioned amateur made his living primarily by practicing law, at which he excelled, passing the Georgia Bar Exam after just one year in law school at Emory University. He retired from competitive golf at 28.