The Wanamaker, the PGA Championship trophy, weighs a lot
Golf Culture PGA Championship

The Wanamaker, the PGA Championship trophy, weighs a lot

Wanamaker Trophy

The Wanamaker trophy is probably the heaviest trophy in golf, coming in at an estimated 25 lbs.

Davis Love III, the 1997 champion at Winged Foot, marveled Tuesday at its weight.

"Surprisingly heavy," Love said, later adding, "It's one of those you have to think about it when you pick it up and hold it up and kiss it. It's very large."


A year ago at Valhalla, then PGA of America president Ted Bishop lost control of the heavy Wanamaker as he was presenting it to champion Rory McIlroy. The top fell off in the transfer.

It's also a trophy the PGA can't let bake in the sun. When Jack Nicklaus won at Dallas Athletic Club in 1963, officials had let the trophy sit out in the scorching heat, forcing Nicklaus to pick up the trophy with a towel and skip the traditional kiss.


The PGA Championship winner gets to keep the Wanamaker for a year, but it wasn't always that way. In the past, a winner had to hand the real trophy back to the PGA and take home a smaller replica. Starting with Padraig Harrington after his 2008 win at Oakland Hills, the winner now gets a 90-percent replica of the biggest trophy in the sport.

About the author


Golf News Net

We use the Golf News Net byline sometimes just to change things up. But, it's one of us humans writing the story, we promise.

Sometimes we post sponsored content from this account, and it is labeled as such.

We also occasionally include links to products and services from merchants of our choice. GNN may earn a commission from sales generated by those links. See more in GNN's affiliate disclosure.

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment