1970 PGA Championship
|Dates||August 13–16, 1970|
|Course(s)||Southern Hills Country Club|
|Length||6,962 yards (6,366 m)|
|Field||136 players, 80 after cut|
The 1970 PGA Championship was the 52nd PGA Championship, played August 13–16 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dave Stockton won the first of his two PGA Championships at 279 (−1), two strokes ahead of runners-up Bob Murphy and Arnold Palmer. It was Palmer's third runner-up finish at the only major he never won, and was his last time in contention in the final round of a PGA Championship. Stockton won his second PGA Championship six years later in 1976.
The third round was played in 101 °F (38 °C) heat, and Stockton led by three strokes after 54 holes at 206 (−4). Defending champion Raymond Floyd carded a 65 (−5) on Saturday and was in second place at 209 (−1) entering the final round, and Palmer was alone in third place at 211 (+1).
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963||68||76||73||66||283||+3||T6|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||1969||71||73||65||75||284||+4||T8|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1962||74||68||74||70||286||+6||T12|
|Don January||United States||1967||73||71||73||69||286||+6||T12|
|Sam Snead||United States||1942, 1949, 1951||70||75||68||73||286||+6||T12|
|Al Geiberger||United States||1966||72||74||71||71||288||+8||T16|
|Bobby Nichols||United States||1964||71||76||72||72||291||+11||T26|
|Julius Boros||United States||1968||72||71||72||76||291||+11||T26|
|Dave Marr||United States||1965||76||71||74||72||293||+13||T35|
|Jack Burke, Jr.||United States||1956||74||74||74||73||295||+15||T45|
|Bob Rosburg||United States||1959||72||75||74||81||302||+22||63|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Walter Burkemo||United States||1953||76||75||151||+11|
|Lionel Hebert||United States||1957||76||75||151||+11|
|Doug Ford||United States||1955||78||76||154||+14|
|Dow Finsterwald||United States||1958||73||81||154||+14|
|Jerry Barber||United States||1961||80||79||159||+19|
|Denny Shute||United States||1936, 1937||85||76||161||+21|
|Vic Ghezzi||United States||1941||79||WD|
Sunday, August 16, 1970
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Dave Stockton||United States||70-70-66-73=279||−1||40,000|
|T2||Bob Murphy||United States||71-73-71-66=281||+1||18,500|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||70-72-69-70=281|
|T4||Larry Hinson||United States||69-71-74-68=282||+2||8,800|
|Gene Littler||United States||72-71-69-70=282|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||68-76-73-66=283|
|T8||Raymond Floyd||United States||71-73-65-75=284||+4||5,650|
|Dick Lotz||United States||72-70-75-67=284|
|T10||Billy Maxwell||United States||72-71-73-69=285||+5||4,800|
|Mason Rudolph||United States||71-70-73-71=285|
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- Jenkins, Dan (August 24, 1970). "The one that got away again". Sports Illustrated: 12.
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- PGA Media Guide 2012
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- PGA.com – 1970 PGA Championship
- Southern Hills Country Club official site
1970 Open Championship
|Major Championships||Succeeded by
1971 PGA Championship