In the annals of professional golf, the short-lived Pennsylvania Classic was barely a blip on the radar, existing for only seven years with a series of title sponsors, held at several venues and largely won by a roster of passersby among the PGA Tour ranks. Except for one year—and we are not talking about the 2006 edition featuring Michelle Wie—the tournament was forgettable.
But that one year is crucially important. In fact, it could be argued that the edition in question holds a special place in the history of golf and the tour.
The 2001 Marconi Pennsylvania Classic at Laurel