1964 PGA Championship

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1964 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates July 16–19, 1964
Location Columbus, Ohio
Course(s) Columbus Country Club
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 6,851 yards (6,265 m)
Field 162 players,
93 after 1st cut
65 after 2nd cut
Cut 150 (+10) (1st cut)
221 (+11) (2nd cut)
Prize fund $100,000[1]
Winner's share $18,000
Champion
United States Bobby Nichols
271 (−9)
Columbus CC is located in United States
Columbus CC
Columbus CC
Location in the United States

The 1964 PGA Championship was the 46th PGA Championship, played July 16–19 at Columbus Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. Bobby Nichols won his only major title, three strokes ahead of runners-up Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.[2][3] Nichols led wire-to-wire after a first round 64 in the hometown of Nicklaus, who shot a 64 in the final round to gain his third runner-up finish in majors in 1964.[4]

Ben Hogan, age 51, competed at the PGA Championship for the first time since 1960. Tied for fifth place after a third round 68, he finished tied for ninth for his penultimate top ten in a major. His final top ten came at the 1967 Masters.

Nichols' winning score of 271 was the lowest to date at the PGA Championship, the seventh as a 72-hole stroke play championship. It stood as the record for thirty years, until Nick Price's 269 in 1994.

The British Open was played the previous week in St Andrews, Scotland, 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).

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963 67 73 70 64 274 −6 T2
Ben Hogan  United States 1946, 1948 70 72 68 72 282 +2 T9
Gary Player  South Africa 1962 70 71 71 71 283 +3 T13
Walter Burkemo  United States 1953 70 71 72 71 284 +4 T17
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 74 72 73 72 291 +11 T44
Chick Harbert  United States 1954 74 75 68 74 291 +11 T44
Jim Ferrier  Australia 1947 73 72 76 72 293 +13 T56
Bob Rosburg  United States 1959 72 75 71 75 293 +13 T56
Jim Turnesa  United States 1952 76 72 73 74 295 +15 T62

Missed the second cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 Total To par
Jay Hebert  United States 1960 74 76 72 222 +12
Vic Ghezzi  United States 1941 71 73 WD

Missed the first cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Dow Finsterwald  United States 1958 74 78 152 +12
Lionel Hebert  United States 1957 78 74 152 +12
Doug Ford  United States 1955 76 80 156 +16
Denny Shute  United States 1936, 1937 77 82 159 +19
Jerry Barber  United States 1961 80 WD

Source:[1]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, July 16, 1964

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Nichols  United States 64 −6
T2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 67 −3
Mike Souchak  United States
T4 Billy Casper  United States 68 −2
Bob Charles  New Zealand
Paul Haviland  United States
Don January  United States
Tom Nieporte  United States
Arnold Palmer  United States
T10 Joe Conrad  United States 69 −1
Jon Gustin  United States
Bob Keller  United States
Bo Wininger  United States

Second round[edit]

Friday, July 17, 1964

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Nichols  United States 64-71=135 −5
2 Arnold Palmer  United States 68-68=136 −4
T3 Ken Venturi  United States 72-65=137 −3
Bo Wininger  United States 69-68=137
T5 Bob Charles  New Zealand 68-71=139 −1
Tony Lema  United States 71-68=139
Tom Nieporte  United States 68-71=139
Mason Rudolph  United States 73-66=139
T9 Billy Casper  United States 68-72=140 E
Ed Furgol  United States 71-69=140
Jack Nicklaus  United States 67-73=140
Mike Souchak  United States 67-73=140

Third round[edit]

Saturday, July 18, 1964

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Bobby Nichols  United States 64-71-69=204 −6
2 Arnold Palmer  United States 68-68-69=205 −5
T3 Tom Nieporte  United States 68-71-68=207 −3
Mason Rudolph  United States 73-66-68=207
T5 Billy Casper  United States 68-72-70=210 E
Ben Hogan  United States 70-72-68=210
Jack Nicklaus  United States 67-73-70=210
Ken Venturi  United States 72-65-73=210
Bo Wininger  United States 69-68-73=210
T10 Tony Lema  United States 71-68-72=211 +1
Mike Souchak  United States 67-73-71=211

Final round[edit]

Sunday, July 19, 1964

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Bobby Nichols  United States 64-71-69-67=271 −9 18,000
T2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 67-73-70-64=274 −6 9,000
Arnold Palmer  United States 68-68-69-69=274
4 Mason Rudolph  United States 73-66-68-69=276 −4 5,000
T5 Tom Nieporte  United States 68-71-68-72=279 −1 3,850
Ken Venturi  United States 72-65-73-69=279
7 Bo Wininger  United States 69-68-73-70=280 E 3,200
8 Gay Brewer  United States 72-71-71-67=281 +1 2,900
T9 Billy Casper  United States 68-72-70-72=282 +2 2,300
Jon Gustin  United States 69-76-71-66=282
Ben Hogan  United States 70-72-68-72=282
Tony Lema  United States 71-68-72-71=282

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1964 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ Wright, Alfred (July 27, 1964). "'You Aren't Going To Believe This, But...'". Sports Illustrated: 48. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (July 20, 1964). "Nichols PGA Champ With Record 271". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). p. 19. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nichols holds of Nicklaus in PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 20, 1964. p. 3B. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1964 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1965 Masters

Coordinates: 39°58′23″N 82°52′05″W / 39.973°N 82.868°W / 39.973; -82.868