1962 PGA Tour

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The 1962 PGA Tour season was played from January 5 to December 9. The season consisted of 50 official money events. Arnold Palmer won the most tournaments, eight, and there were seven first-time winners. Palmer was the leading money winner with earnings of $81,448. Palmer was voted the PGA Player of the Year[1] and also won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average.

Tournament results[edit]

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1962 season. "Date" is the ending date of the tournament. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on the tour up to and including that event. Majors are shown in bold.

Date Tournament Location Winner Score 1st prize ($)
Jan 8 Los Angeles Open California United States Phil Rodgers (1) 268 (–16) 7,500
Jan 14 San Diego Open Invitational California United States Tommy Jacobs (2) 277 (–7) 3,500
Jan 20 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am California United States Doug Ford (17) 286 (–2) 5,300
Jan 28 Lucky International Open California United States Gene Littler (18) 274 (–10) 9,000
Feb 4 Palm Springs Golf Classic California United States Arnold Palmer (28) 342 (–17) 5,300
Feb 11 Phoenix Open Invitational Arizona United States Arnold Palmer (29) 269 (–15) 5,300
Feb 18 Tucson Open Invitational Arizona United States Phil Rodgers (2) 263 (–17) 5,300
Feb 25 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational Louisiana United States Bo Wininger (4) 281 (–7) 4,300
Mar 4 Baton Rouge Open Invitational Louisiana United States Joe Campbell (2) 274 (–14) 2,800
Mar 11 Pensacola Open Invitational Florida United States Doug Sanders (9) 270 (–18) 2,800
Mar 18 St. Petersburg Open Invitational Florida United States Bobby Nichols (1) 272 (–16) 2,800
Mar 25 Doral C.C. Open Invitational Florida United States Billy Casper (15) 283 (–5) 9,000
Apr 1 Azalea Open North Carolina United States Dave Marr (2) 281 (–7) 2,800
Apr 9 Masters Tournament Georgia United States Arnold Palmer (30) 280 (–8) 20,000
Apr 15 Greater Greensboro Open North Carolina United States Billy Casper (16) 275 (–5) 5,300
Apr 22 Houston Classic Texas United States Bobby Nichols (2) 278 (–2) 9,000
Apr 29 Texas Open Invitational Texas United States Arnold Palmer (31) 273 (–11) 4,300
May 6 Tournament of Champions Nevada United States Arnold Palmer (32) 276 (–12) 11,000
May 6 Waco Turner Open Oklahoma United States Johnny Pott (3) 276 (–12) 2,800
May 13 Colonial National Invitation Texas United States Arnold Palmer (33) 281 (+1) 7,000
May 20 Hot Springs Open Invitational Arkansas Canada Al Johnston (1) 273 (–15) 2,800
May 27 500 Festival Open Invitation Indiana United States Billy Casper (17) 264 (–20) 9,000
Jun 3 Memphis Open Invitational Tennessee United States Lionel Hebert (4) 267 (–13) 6,400
Jun 10 Thunderbird Classic Invitational New Jersey United States Gene Littler (19) 275 (–9) 25,000
Jun 17 U.S. Open Pennsylvania United States Jack Nicklaus (1) 283 (–1) 17,500
Jun 24 Eastern Open Invitational Maryland United States Doug Ford (18) 279 (–9) 5,300
Jul 1 Western Open Illinois United States Jacky Cupit (2) 281 (–3) 11,000
Jul 8 Buick Open Invitational Michigan United States Bill Collins (4) 284 (–4) 9,000
Jul 13 British Open Scotland United States Arnold Palmer (34) 276 (–12) 3,920
Jul 15 Motor City Open Michigan Australia Bruce Crampton (2) 267 (–17) 5,300
Jul 22 PGA Championship Pennsylvania South Africa Gary Player (6) 278 (–2) 13,000
Jul 29 Canadian Open Canada United States Ted Kroll (8) 278 (–10) 4,300
Aug 5 Insurance City Open Invitational Connecticut United States Bob Goalby (5) 271 (–13) 5,300
Aug 12 American Golf Classic Ohio United States Arnold Palmer (35) 276 (–4) 9,000
Aug 19 St. Paul Open Invitational Minnesota United States Doug Sanders (10) 269 (–19) 4,300
Aug 26 Oklahoma City Open Invitational Oklahoma United States Doug Sanders (11) 280 (–8) 5,300
Sep 3 Dallas Open Invitational Texas United States Billy Maxwell (7) 277 (–7) 5,300
Sep 9 Denver Open Invitational Colorado United States Bob Goalby (6) 277 (–3) 4,300
Sep 16 Seattle World's Fair Open Invitational Washington United States Jack Nicklaus (2) 265 (–15) 4,300
Sep 23 Portland Open Invitational Oregon United States Jack Nicklaus (3) 269 (–19) 3,500
Sep 30 Sahara Invitational Nevada United States Tony Lema (1) 270 (–14) 2,800
Oct 14 Bakersfield Open Invitational California United States Billy Casper (18) 272 (–16) 6,400
Oct 21 Ontario Open Invitational California United States Al Geiberger (1) 276 (–8) 3,500
Oct 28 Orange County Open Invitational California United States Tony Lema (2) 267 (–17) 2,800
Nov 4 Beaumont Open Invitational Texas United States Dave Ragan (2) 283 (–5) 2,800
Nov 11 Cajun Classic Open Invitational Louisiana United States John Barnum (1) 270 (–14) 2,400
Nov 18 Mobile Sertoma Open Invitational Alabama United States Tony Lema (3) 273 (–15) 2,000
Nov 25 Carling Open Invitational Florida United States Bo Wininger (5) 274 (–10) 5,300
Dec 2 West Palm Beach Open Invitational Florida United States Dave Ragan (3) 277 (–11) 2,800
Dec 9 Coral Gables Open Invitational Florida United States Gardner Dickinson (3) 274 (–10) 2,800

Source:[2][3]

Money leaders[edit]

Rank Player Country Earnings ($)
1 Arnold Palmer  United States 81,448
2 Gene Littler  United States 66,201
3 Jack Nicklaus  United States 61,869
4 Billy Casper  United States 61,842
5 Bob Goalby  United States 46,241
6 Gary Player  South Africa 45,838
7 Doug Sanders  United States 43,340
8 Dave Ragan  United States 37,327
9 Bobby Nichols  United States 34,312
10 Phil Rodgers  United States 32,182

Source:[4]

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Country
Money winner Arnold Palmer  United States
PGA Player of the Year Arnold Palmer  United States
Scoring leader (Vardon Trophy) Arnold Palmer  United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palmer Tops PGA Ranks Second Time". The Daily Courier (Connellsville, Pennsylvania). UPI. October 4, 1962. p. 6. "For the first time, the award was open to PGA members only, so Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, both approved tournament players, were not eligible." 
  2. ^ "1962 winners sorted by age". PGA Tour. July 9, 2008. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Seanor, Dave, ed. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. pp. 630–7. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8. 
  4. ^ "Arnie Again Pro Golf's Top Winner". Beaver County Times (Beaver, Pennsylvania). UPI. December 11, 1962. p. 14. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 

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