1966 PGA Tour

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The 1966 PGA Tour season was played from January 6 to November 27. The season consisted of 40 official money events. Billy Casper won the most tournaments, four, and there were six first-time winners. Casper was the leading money winner with earnings of $121,945. He 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 1966 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 9 Los Angeles Open California United States Arnold Palmer (46) 273 (–11) 11,000
Jan 16 San Diego Open Invitational California United States Billy Casper (29) 268 (–16) 5,800
Jan 23 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am California United States Don Massengale (1) 283 (–5) 11,000
Jan 31 Lucky International Open California United States Ken Venturi (14) 273 (–11) 8,500
Feb 6 Bob Hope Desert Classic California United States Doug Sanders (15) 349 (–11) 15,000
Feb 14 Phoenix Open Invitational Arizona United States Dudley Wysong (1) 278 (–6) 9,000
Feb 20 Tucson Open Invitational Arizona United States Joe Campbell (3) 278 (–10) 9,000
Mar 7 Pensacola Open Invitational Florida United States Gay Brewer (7) 272 (–16) 10,000
Mar 13 Doral Open Invitational Florida United States Phil Rodgers (4) 278 (–10) 20,000
Mar 20 Florida Citrus Open Invitational Florida United States Lionel Hebert (5) 279 (–5) 21,000
Mar 27 Jacksonville Open Florida United States Doug Sanders (16) 273 (–15) 13,500
Apr 3 Greater Greensboro Open North Carolina United States Doug Sanders (17) 276 (–8) 20,000
Apr 11 Masters Tournament Georgia United States Jack Nicklaus (18) 288 (E) 20,000
Apr 17 Azalea Open Invitational North Carolina United States Bert Yancey (1) 278 (–10) 3,200
Apr 18 Tournament of Champions Nevada United States Arnold Palmer (47) 283 (–5) 20,000
Apr 26 Dallas Open Invitational Texas Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo (5) 276 (–8) 15,000
May 1 Texas Open Invitational Texas South Africa Harold Henning (1) 272 (–8) 13,000
May 16 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational Louisiana United States Frank Beard (3) 276 (–12) 20,000
May 22 Colonial National Invitation Texas Australia Bruce Devlin (2) 280 (E) 22,000
May 29 Oklahoma City Open Invitational Oklahoma United States Tony Lema (12) 271 (–17) 8,500
Jun 5 Memphis Open Invitational Tennessee United States Bert Yancey (2) 265 (–15) 20,000
Jun 12 Buick Open Invitational Michigan United States Phil Rodgers (5) 284 (–4) 20,000
Jun 20 U.S. Open California United States Billy Casper (30) 278 (–2) 26,500
Jun 26 Western Open Illinois United States Billy Casper (31) 283 (–1) 20,000
Jul 9 British Open Scotland United States Jack Nicklaus (19) 282 (–2) 5,880
Jul 17 Minnesota Golf Classic Minnesota United States Bobby Nichols (7) 270 (–14) 20,000
Jul 24 PGA Championship Ohio United States Al Geiberger (4) 280 (E) 25,000
Jul 31 500 Festival Open Invitation Indiana United States Billy Casper (32) 277 (–11) 16,400
Aug 7 Cleveland Open Ohio United States R. H. Sikes (2) 268 (–16) 20,000
Aug 15 Thunderbird Classic New Jersey United States Mason Rudolph (4) 278 (–10) 20,000
Aug 21 Insurance City Open Invitational Connecticut United States Art Wall, Jr. (13) 266 (–18) 20,000
Aug 28 Philadelphia Golf Classic Pennsylvania United States Don January (5) 278 (–10) 21,000
Sep 3 Carling World Open England Australia Bruce Devlin (3) 286 (–6) 35,000
Sep 18 Portland Open Invitational Oregon United States Bert Yancey (3) 271 (–17) 6,800
Sep 25 Greater Seattle-Everett Classic Washington United States Homero Blancas (1) 266 (–18) 6,600
Oct 2 Canadian Open Canada United States Don Massengale (2) 280 (–4) 20,000
Oct 15 Sahara Invitational Nevada United States Jack Nicklaus (20) 282 (–2) 20,000
Oct 30 Hawaiian Open Hawaii United States Ted Makalena (1) 271 (–17) 8,500
Nov 20 Houston Champions International Texas United States Arnold Palmer (48) 275 (–9) 21,000
Nov 27 Cajun Classic Louisiana United States Jacky Cupit (4) 271 (–17) 4,850

Source:[2][3]

Money leaders[edit]

Rank Player Country Earnings ($)
1 Billy Casper  United States 121,945
2 Jack Nicklaus  United States 111,419
3 Arnold Palmer  United States 110,468
4 Doug Sanders  United States 80,096
5 Gay Brewer  United States 75,688
6 Phil Rodgers  United States 68,360
7 Gene Littler  United States 68,345
8 R. H. Sikes  United States 67,349
9 Frank Beard  United States 66,041
10 Al Geiberger  United States 63,220

Source:[4]

Awards[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Casper Is Named Golfer Of Year; Billy Burke is Selected for Hall of Fame by P.G.A.". The New York Times. UPI. November 2, 1966. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "1966 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. 656–62. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8. 
  4. ^ "Casper Leads Golf Earnings". Playground Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Florida). AP. November 29, 1966. p. 7. 

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