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The Facts

August 14, 2003

* What: 85th PGA Championship.

* When, where: Today-Sunday at Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y.

* Length: 7,134 yards, par 70.

* Format: 72 holes, stroke play.

* Playoff: Three holes, stroke play.

* Field: 156 professionals (25 club pros).

* Defending champion: Rich Beem.

* Last year: Beem made up a three-stroke deficit against Justin Leonard, then spent the back nine at Hazeltine holding off Tiger Woods. Beem hit a five-wood to within six feet on the par-five 11th and made an eagle to seize control, and he made a 35-foot birdie on the 16th. He needed every stroke; Woods closed with four consecutive birdies to finish one stroke behind.

* Last time at Oak Hill: Europe rallied from a 9-7 deficit to win the 1995 Ryder Cup. Curtis Strange, Brad Faxon and Peter Jacobson all had putts on the 18th hole that ultimately could have won the cup for the United States.

* Past major champions at Oak Hill: Curtis Strange, 1989 U.S. Open; Jack Nicklaus, 1980 PGA Championship; Lee Trevino, 1968 U.S. Open; Cary Middlecoff, 1956 U.S. Open.

* Tiger Tales: Tiger Woods must win to avoid his first season without a major championship since 1998.

* Notable: The last time the four majors were swept by players who had never won a Grand Slam event was in 1969.

* Television: Today-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., TNT. Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., TNT; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Channel 2.

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