1963 PGA Championship

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1963 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates July 18–21, 1963
Location Dallas, Texas
Course(s) Dallas Athletic Club
Blue Course
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 7,046 yards (6,443 m)[1]
Field 165 players, 83 after cut
Cut 151 (+9)
Prize fund $80,900[2]
Winner's share $13,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
279 (−5)
Dallas AC is located in United States
Dallas AC
Dallas AC
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Location in the United States

The 1963 PGA Championship was the 45th PGA Championship, played July 18–21 at the Blue Course of Dallas Athletic Club in Dallas, Texas. Jack Nicklaus won the first of his five PGA Championship titles, two strokes ahead of runner-up Dave Ragan. It was the second major win of the year for Nicklaus, and the third of his eighteen major titles.[3]

Nicklaus entered the final round in third place, three shots behind 54-hole leader Bruce Crampton.[1] Nicklaus shot a three-under 68 while Crampton fell back with 74 (+3) in the Texas heat, with temperatures over 100 °F (38 °C).[3][4] At the trophy presentation, Nicklaus grasped the very hot Wanamaker Trophy with the aid of a towel.

With the victory, Nicklaus at age 23 joined Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, and Ben Hogan as the only winners of all three American majors: The Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship.[2][5] Nicklaus completed the first of his three career grand slams three years later at Muirfield in 1966.

The Open Championship was played the previous week in Lytham St Annes, England, one of five times in the 1960s that these two majors were played in consecutive weeks in July. The PGA Championship moved permanently to August in 1969 (except 1971, when it was played in late February). After cool temperatures in Britain, the oppressive July heat in Dallas was difficult for many to adjust to.[3]

Nicklaus won the Masters in April, marking only the third time that the Masters champion won the PGA Championship in the same calendar year. He was preceded by Sam Snead in 1949 and Jack Burke, Jr. in 1956. Through 2013, it has only been accomplished only four times, twice by Nicklaus, and most recently in 1975.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Dow Finsterwald  United States 1958 72 72 66 72 282 −2 T3
Jim Ferrier  Australia 1947 73 73 70 69 285 +1 7
Gary Player  South Africa 1962 75 74 67 70 286 +2 T8
Doug Ford  United States 1955 70 72 71 77 290 +6 T27
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 71 73 70 76 290 +6 T27
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 75 72 73 71 291 +7 T34
Jerry Barber  United States 1961 74 73 72 74 293 +9 T40
Jay Hebert  United States 1960 75 76 73 69 293 +9 T40
Bob Rosburg  United States 1959 72 75 74 72 293 +9 T40

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Walter Burkemo  United States 1953 79 73 152 +10
Lionel Hebert  United States 1957 78 76 154 +12
Chick Harbert  United States 1954 77 78 155 +13
Vic Ghezzi  United States 1941 79 77 156 +14
Jim Turnesa  United States 1952 81 76 157 +15

Source:[2]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, July 18, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Dick Hart  United States 66 −5
T2 Julius Boros  United States 69 −2
Bob Charles  New Zealand
Shelley Mayfield  United States
Jack Nicklaus  United States
Mason Rudolph  United States
T8 Charles Congdon  United States 70 −1
Bruce Crampton  Australia
Doug Ford  United States
Bernie Haas  United States
Tony Lema  United States
Earl Stewart  United States

Source:[6]

Second round[edit]

Friday, July 19, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Dick Hart  United States 66-72=138 −4
T2 Julius Boros  United States 69-72=141 −1
Tony Lema  United States 70-71=141
Shelley Mayfield  United States 69-72=141
T5 Manuel de la Torre  Spain 71-71=142 E
Doug Ford  United States 70-72=142
Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-73=142
T8 Bruce Crampton  Australia 70-73=143 +1
Bill Johnston  United States 71-72=143
Gene Littler  United States 71-72=143
Doug Sanders  United States 74-69=143

Source:[7]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, July 20, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bruce Crampton  Australia 70-73-65=208 −5
2 Dow Finsterwald  United States 72-72-66=210 −3
3 Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-73-69=211 −2
4 Dave Ragan  United States 75-70-67=212 −1
T5 Doug Ford  United States 70-72-71=213 E
Billy Maxwell  United States 73-71-69=213
Doug Sanders  United States 74-69-70=213
T8 Julius Boros  United States 69-72-73=214 +1
Al Geiberger  United States 72-73-69=214
Dick Hart  United States 66-72-76=214
Dave Hill  United States 73-72-69=214
Sam Snead  United States 71-73-70=214

Source:[1]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, July 21, 1963

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 69-73-69-68=279 −5 13,000
2 Dave Ragan  United States 75-70-67-69=281 −3 7,000
T3 Bruce Crampton  Australia 70-73-65-74=282 −2 3,750
Dow Finsterwald  United States 72-72-66-72=282
T5 Al Geiberger  United States 72-73-69-70=284 E 3,125
Billy Maxwell  United States 73-71-69-71=284
7 Jim Ferrier  Australia 73-73-70-69=285 +1 2,750
T8 Gardner Dickinson  United States 72-74-74-66=286 +2 2,090
Tommy Jacobs  United States 74-72-70-70=286
Bill Johnston  United States 71-72-72-71=286
Gary Player  South Africa 74-75-67-70=286
Art Wall, Jr.  United States 73-76-66-71=286

Source:[2][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Crampton snatches PGA lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 21, 1963. p. 1B. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Tournament Info for: 1963 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Wright, Alfred (July 29, 1963). "Hottest Man In A Furnace". Sports Illustrated: 16. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nicklaus fires final round 68, wins PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 22, 1963. p. 21. 
  5. ^ a b "Nicklaus Wins PGA Title". Eugene Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon). Associated Press. July 22, 1963. p. 3B. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Hart takes early lead in PGA, shoots ace, 66". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. July 19, 1963. p. 25. 
  7. ^ "PGA Scores". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. July 20, 1963. p. 14. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1963 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1964 Masters

Coordinates: 32°50′28″N 96°38′42″W / 32.841°N 96.645°W / 32.841; -96.645