1959 PGA Championship

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1959 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates July 30 – August 2, 1959
Location St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Course(s) Minneapolis Golf Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Statistics
Par 70
Length 6,850 yards (6,264 m)
Field 174 players,
99 after 1st cut
63 after 2nd cut
Cut 150 (+10) (1st cut)
221 (+11) (2nd cut)
Prize fund $51,175[1]
Winner's share $8,250
Champion
United States Bob Rosburg
277 (–3)
Minneapolis Golf Club is located in United States
Minneapolis Golf Club
Minneapolis Golf Club
Location in the United States

The 1959 PGA Championship was the 41st PGA Championship played from July 30 to August 2 at Minneapolis Golf Club in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb west of Minneapolis. Six strokes back at the start of the final round, Bob Rosburg shot a 66 (–4) to win his only major championship, one stroke ahead of runners-up Jerry Barber and Doug Sanders.[2][3] This was the second year of stroke play at the PGA Championship, a match play event through 1957.

Barber was the 54-hole leader at 205 (–5), with Sanders a stroke back.[4] Barber won the title two years later, in a Monday playoff in 1961.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Dow Finsterwald  United States 1958 71 68 71 70 280 E 4
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 71 73 68 70 282 +2 T8
Doug Ford  United States 1955 71 73 71 70 285 +5 T11
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 70 73 72 72 287 +7 T17
Walter Burkemo  United States 1953 69 72 73 73 287 +7 T17
Chick Harbert  United States 1954 73 71 71 74 289 +9 T28
Lionel Hebert  United States 1957 71 69 75 75 290 +10 T31
Jim Ferrier  Australia 1947 73 71 72 76 292 +12 T38
Jim Turnesa  United States 1952 73 72 74 73 292 +12 T38
Denny Shute  United States 1936, 1937 75 73 70 75 293 +13 T44

Missed the second cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 Total To par
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923, 1933 73 74 WD 147 +7
Chandler Harper  United States 1950 73 77 WD 150 +10

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, August 2, 1959

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bob Rosburg  United States 71-72-68-66=277 –3 8,250
T2 Jerry Barber  United States 69-65-71-73=278 –2 3,563
Doug Sanders  United States 72-66-68-72=278
4 Dow Finsterwald  United States 71-68-71-70=280 E 2,500
T5 Bob Goalby  United States 72-69-72-68=281 +1 2,000
Mike Souchak  United States 69-67-71-74=281
Ken Venturi  United States 70-72-70-69=281
T8 Cary Middlecoff  United States 72-68-70-72=282 +2 1,600
Sam Snead  United States 71-73-68-70=282
10 Gene Littler  United States 69-70-72-73=284 +4 1,450

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1959 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rosburg Rallies to Win PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). Associated Press. August 3, 1959. pp. 18, 21. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Brown, Gwilym (August 10, 1959). "Drama At Minneapolis In Wind And Rain". Sports Illustrated: 42. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Barber keeps lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 2, 1959. p. 1C. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1959 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1960 Masters

Coordinates: 44°57′50″N 93°23′42″W / 44.964°N 93.395°W / 44.964; -93.395