1963 PGA Tour

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The 1963 PGA Tour season was played from January 4 to November 24. The season consisted of 44 official money events. Arnold Palmer won the most tournaments, seven, and there were seven first-time winners. Palmer was the leading money winner with earnings of $128,230. Julius Boros was voted the PGA Player of the Year[1] and Billy Casper won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average.

Tournament results[edit]

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1963 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 7 Los Angeles Open California United States Arnold Palmer (36) 274 (–10) 9,000
Jan 13 San Diego Open Invitational California South Africa Gary Player (7) 270 (–14) 3,500
Jan 20 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am California United States Billy Casper (19) 285 (–3) 5,300
Jan 27 Lucky International Open California United States Jack Burke, Jr. (16) 276 (–8) 9,000
Feb 3 Palm Springs Golf Classic California United States Jack Nicklaus (4) 345 (–13) 9,000
Feb 12 Phoenix Open Invitational Arizona United States Arnold Palmer (37) 273 (–15) 5,300
Feb 17 Tucson Open Invitational Arizona United States Don January (4) 266 (–22) 3,500
Mar 4 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational Louisiana United States Bo Wininger (6) 279 (–9) 6,400
Mar 10 Pensacola Open Invitational Florida United States Arnold Palmer (38) 273 (–15) 3,500
Mar 17 St. Petersburg Open Invitational Florida United States Raymond Floyd (1) 274 (–14) 3,500
Mar 24 Doral C.C. Open Invitational Florida United States Dan Sikes (1) 283 (–5) 9,000
Mar 31 Azalea Open North Carolina United States Jerry Barber (7) 274 (–14) 2,800
Apr 7 Masters Tournament Georgia United States Jack Nicklaus (5) 286 (–2) 20,000
Apr 14 Greater Greensboro Open North Carolina United States Doug Sanders (12) 270 (–10) 5,500
Apr 21 Houston Classic Texas New Zealand Bob Charles (1) 268 (–12) 10,000
Apr 28 Texas Open Invitational Texas United States Phil Rodgers (3) 268 (–12) 4,300
May 5 Tournament of Champions Nevada United States Jack Nicklaus (6) 273 (–15) 13,000
May 5 Waco Turner Open Oklahoma United States Gay Brewer (4) 280 (–8) 2,800
May 12 Colonial National Invitation Texas United States Julius Boros (10) 279 (–1) 12,000
May 19 Oklahoma City Open Invitational Oklahoma United States Don Fairfield (3) 280 (–8) 5,300
May 27 Memphis Open Invitational Tennessee United States Tony Lema (4) 270 (–10) 9,000
Jun 3 500 Festival Open Invitation Indiana United States Dow Finsterwald (11) 268 (–16) 10,000
Jun 9 Buick Open Invitational Michigan United States Julius Boros (11) 274 (–14) 9,000
Jun 16 Thunderbird Classic Invitational New York United States Arnold Palmer (39) 277 (–11) 25,000
Jun 23 U.S. Open Massachusetts United States Julius Boros (12) 293 (+9) 17,500
Jul 1 Cleveland Open Invitational Ohio United States Arnold Palmer (40) 273 (–11) 22,000
Jul 6 Canadian Open Canada United States Doug Ford (19) 280 (–4) 9,000
Jul 13 British Open England New Zealand Bob Charles (2) 277 (–7) 4,200
Jul 14 Hot Springs Open Invitational Arkansas United States Dave Hill (3) 277 (–11) 3,500
Jul 21 PGA Championship Texas United States Jack Nicklaus (7) 279 (–5) 13,000
Jul 29 Western Open Illinois United States Arnold Palmer (41) 280 (–4) 11,000
Aug 4 St. Paul Open Invitational Minnesota United States Jack Rule, Jr. (1) 266 (–22) 5,300
Aug 18 Insurance City Open Invitational Connecticut United States Billy Casper (20) 271 (–13) 6,400
Aug 25 American Golf Classic Ohio United States Johnny Pott (4) 276 (–4) 9,000
Sep 1 Denver Open Invitational Colorado United States Chi-Chi Rodríguez (1) 276 (–4) 5,300
Sep 8 Utah Open Utah United States Tommy Jacobs (3) 272 (–12) 6,500
Sep 15 Seattle Open Invitational Washington United States Bobby Nichols (3) 272 (–16) 5,300
Sep 22 Portland Open Invitational Oregon Canada George Knudson (2) 271 (–17) 4,300
Oct 6 Whitemarsh Open Invitational Pennsylvania United States Arnold Palmer (42) 281 (–7) 26,000
Oct 20 Sahara Invitational Nevada United States Jack Nicklaus (8) 276 (–12) 13,000
Oct 27 Fig Garden Village Open Invitational California United States Mason Rudolph (2) 275 (–13) 3,500
Nov 3 Almaden Open Invitational California United States Al Geiberger (2) 277 (–11) 3,500
Nov 10 Frank Sinatra Open Invitational California United States Frank Beard (1) 278 (–6) 9,000
Nov 24 Cajun Classic Open Invitational Louisiana United States Rex Baxter (1) 275 (–9) 2,800

Source:[2][3]

Money leaders[edit]

Rank Player Country Earnings ($)
1 Arnold Palmer  United States 128,230
2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 100,050
3 Julius Boros  United States 77,357
4 Tony Lema  United States 67,113
5 Gary Player  South Africa 55,455
6 Dow Finsterwald  United States 49,683
7 Mason Rudolph  United States 39,120
8 Al Geiberger  United States 34,126
9 Don January  United States 33,755
10 Bobby Nichols  United States 33,605

Source:[4]

Awards[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boros Is Golf Player Of Year". The Modesto Bee (Modesto, California). AP. November 29, 1963. p. B-8. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "1963 winners sorted by age". PGA Tour. July 9, 2008. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. pp. 637–43. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8. 
  4. ^ "Bill Casper Wins Award". Youngstown Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio). AP. December 8, 1963. p. D3. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 

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