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Hazeltine highlights have been plentiful at a magnificent golf course which has only been on the scene for little more than half a century.

The mission of its founders was to build and maintain a lay-out suitable for hosting national championships.

That ambition has paid off handsomely over those five eventful decades and few golf followers could have imagined this venue would have already created so much magic and excitement.

Unbelievable stories unfolding in such dramatic fashion to create a rich harvest of Hazeltine heroes...

A glorious example came when Y.E. Yang became the first Asian golfer to win a Major at the PGA Championship in 2009.

An historic moment in itself made all the more remarkable by the manner in which victory was achieved.

The most notable aspect was that Tiger Woods surrendered a 54-hole lead in a Major championship for the first time. The man who had so often hunted down his prey was given a taste of his own medicine in one of sport's great upsets.

Seven years earlier Rich Beem held off a famous Woods charge which included four successive closing birdies to clinch the PGA title.

An early Minnesota memory came when Tony Jacklin won the US Open there in 1970, though the difficulty of the course in windy conditions led to high scores and a backlash among players.

That ultimately led to changes at a course designed by Robert Trent Jones and opened in 1962. His son Rees Jones was involved in the alterations to the design, continuing to work with the club to maintain the competitive standard his father set.

The changes resulted in Billy Casper emerging victorious in the US Senior Open in 1983, the success of that tournament paving the way for Hazeltine to return to the international stage.

The culmination of that journey back was Payne Stewart’s celebrated play-off victory over Scott Simpson in the US Open in 1991. In addition to rave reviews for the course, innovations in championship operations and the event's financial results set new standards for Majors.

Other landmarks include the first US Women's Open, won by Sandra Spuzich in 1966, and a win for Hollis Stacy in 1977. Richie Ramsey became the first Scot in more than 100 years to win the US Amateur title in 2006.

Now Hazeltine gets ready to write another thrilling chapter in its illustrious history by staging The Ryder Cup for the first time.