golf art – week of Aug. 2, 2020

Tiger Woods by Hayo Riemersma 

By Frank Cantrel Jr.

There are multiple opportunities for golf history to be made at the PGA Championship this week at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.  Among other things, Brooks Koepka is trying to achieve a rare three-peat and Jordan Spieth is trying to become only the sixth player in history to accomplish a career Grand Slam.  But perhaps the most interesting story line is Tiger Woods’ opportunity to add to his historic achievements. If he should win here, he would join the elite company of Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen as the only five-time winners of the PGA Championship. On top of that, it would be his 16th major and he’d be just two major wins behind Nicklaus’ record. And there’s more — it would be Woods’ 83rd PGA Tour title, thus surpassing the longstanding record of Sam Snead.

This oil painting of Tiger Woods was done in 1997 by Dutch artist and art historian Hayo Riemersma. That year marked Tiger’s first major championship win when he captured The Masters title by a 12-stroke margin.  This painting was used for a European edition of Playboy magazine.

Painting courtesy of Jim McCormick.