1971 PGA Tour

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The 1971 PGA Tour season was from January 7 to December 12. The season consisted of 44 official money events. Lee Trevino won the most tournaments, six, and there were 10 first-time winners. Trevino won two majors, the U.S. Open and British Open, in a span of three weeks. In between, he also won the Canadian Open to become the first to win all three in the same season. The tournament results and award winners are listed below.

Tournament results[edit]

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1971 season. "Date" is the ending date of the tournament, usually a Sunday. 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.

The PGA Championship was played in February, rather than August.

Date Tournament Location Winner Score Winner's
share ($)
Jan 10 Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open California United States Bob Lunn (5) 274 (–10) 22,000
Jan 17 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am California United States Tom Shaw (3) 278 (–10) 27,000
Jan 24 Phoenix Open Arizona United States Miller Barber (6) 261 (–23) 25,000
Jan 31 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational California United States George Archer (7) 272 (–16) 30,000
Feb 7 Hawaiian Open Hawaii United States Tom Shaw (4) 273 (–15) 40,000
Feb 14 Bob Hope Desert Classic California United States Arnold Palmer (58) 342 (–18) 28,000
Feb 22 Tucson Open Invitational Arizona United States J. C. Snead (1) 273 (–15) 22,000
Feb 28 PGA Championship Florida United States Jack Nicklaus (34) 281 (–7) 40,000
Mar 7 Doral-Eastern Open Invitational Florida United States J. C. Snead (2) 275 (–13) 30,000
Mar 14 Florida Citrus Invitational Florida United States Arnold Palmer (59) 270 (–18) 30,000
Mar 21 Greater Jacksonville Open Florida South Africa Gary Player (14) 281 (–7) 25,000
Mar 28 National Airlines Open Invitational Florida South Africa Gary Player (15) 274 (–14) 40,000
Apr 4 Greater Greensboro Open North Carolina United States Bud Allin (1) 275 (–9) 38,000
Apr 11 Masters Tournament Georgia United States Charles Coody (3) 279 (–9) 25,000
Apr 18 Monsanto Open Florida United States Gene Littler (23) 276 (–8) 30,000
Apr 25 Tournament of Champions California United States Jack Nicklaus (35) 279 (–9) 33,000
Apr 25 Tallahassee Open Invitational Florida United States Lee Trevino (6) 273 (–15) 12,000
May 2 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational Louisiana United States Frank Beard (11) 276 (–12) 25,000
May 6 Byron Nelson Golf Classic Texas United States Jack Nicklaus (36) 274 (–6) 25,000
May 16 Houston Champions International Texas United States Hubert Green (1) 280 (–4) 25,000
May 23 Colonial National Invitation Texas United States Gene Littler (24) 283 (+3) 25,000
May 30 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic Tennessee United States Lee Trevino (7) 268 (–12) 35,000
Jun 6 Atlanta Classic Georgia United States Gardner Dickinson (7) 275 (–13) 25,000
Jun 13 Kemper Open North Carolina United States Tom Weiskopf (3) 277 (–11) 30,000
Jun 21 U.S. Open Pennsylvania United States Lee Trevino (8) 280 (E) 30,000
Jun 27 Cleveland Open Ohio United States Bobby Mitchell (1) 262 (–22) 30,000
Jul 4 Canadian Open Canada United States Lee Trevino (9) 275 (–13) 30,000
Jul 10 British Open England United States Lee Trevino (10) 278 (–14) 13,200
Jul 11 Greater Milwaukee Open Wisconsin United States Dave Eichelberger (1) 270 (–14) 25,000
Jul 18 Western Open Illinois Australia Bruce Crampton (9) 279 (–5) 30,000
Jul 25 Westchester Classic New York United States Arnold Palmer (60) 270 (–18) 50,000
Aug 2 National Team Championship Pennsylvania United States Jack Nicklaus (37)
United States Arnold Palmer (61)
257 (–27) 20,000
each
Aug 8 American Golf Classic Ohio United States Jerry Heard (1) 275 (–5) 30,000
Aug 18 Massachusetts Classic Massachusetts United States Dave Stockton (5) 275 (–13) 33,000
Aug 22 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic Pennsylvania United States Tom Weiskopf (4) 274 (–14) 30,000
Aug 29 Liggett & Myers Open Match Play Championship North Carolina United States DeWitt Weaver (1) 71 to 77 35,000
Sep 6 Greater Hartford Open Invitational Connecticut United States George Archer (8) 268 (–16) 22,000
Sep 12 Southern Open Georgia United States Johnny Miller (1) 267 (–13) 20,000
Sep 26 Robinson Open Golf Classic Illinois United States Labron Harris, Jr. (1) 274 (–10) 20,000
Oct 24 Kaiser International Open Invitational California United States Billy Casper (48) 269 (–19) 30,000
Oct 31 Sahara Invitational Nevada United States Lee Trevino (11) 280 (–8) 27,000
Nov 28 Sea Pines Heritage Classic South Carolina United States Hale Irwin (1) 279 (–5) 22,000
Dec 6 Walt Disney World Open Invitational Florida United States Jack Nicklaus (38) 273 (–15) 30,000
Dec 12 Bahamas National Open Bahamas United States Bob Goalby (11) 275 (–9) 26,000

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Country
Money winner Jack Nicklaus  United States
PGA Player of the Year Lee Trevino  United States
Scoring leader (Vardon Trophy) Lee Trevino  United States

Dave Hill anti-trust lawsuit[edit]

At the Colonial National Invitation, Dave Hill shot rounds of 77-85 to miss the cut. On his last hole, Hill threw a ball out of a sand trap.[1] Hill was disqualified but it was for his signing a scorecard with an incorrect score on it.[2] When Hill went to play in his next tournament, the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, Hill was told he was being fined $500 for conduct unbecoming a professional golfer.[3] Hill was required to pay the fine before teeing it up in the tournament. He did so but less than a week later, Hill filed a one-million dollar anti-trust suit against the PGA Tour.[4] In response, the tour put Hill on probation for one year.[5] Hill then increased the amount of damages he was seeking to three-million dollars.[6] The litigation was resolved out of court in less than a year and Hill was taken off probation.[7]

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