1972 PGA Championship

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1972 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates August 3–6, 1972
Location Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Course(s) Oakland Hills Country Club,
South Course
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 7,054 yards (6,450 m)
Field 138 players, 73 after cut[1]
Cut 150 (+10)
Prize fund $224,087
Winner's share $45,000
Champion
South Africa Gary Player
281 (+1)

The 1972 PGA Championship was the 54th PGA Championship, played August 3–6 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb northwest of Detroit. Gary Player won his second PGA Championship with a total of 281 (+1), two strokes ahead of runners-up Tommy Aaron and Jim Jamieson.[2] It was the sixth of Player's nine major titles, but his first in over four years.[3][4]

The PGA Championship returned to the month of August in 1972 after being played in late February in 1971 in Florida.

Defending champion Jack Nicklaus, winner of the year's Masters and U.S. Open and runner-up in the British Open, finished six strokes back in a tie for thirteenth place. He regained the title the following year.

It was the fifth major championship held on the South Course, which previously hosted the U.S. Open in 1924, 1937, 1951, and 1961. It later hosted the PGA Championship in 1979 and 2008, the U.S. Open in 1985 and 1996, and the Ryder Cup in 2004.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Oakland Hills Country Club is located in United States
Oakland Hills Country Club
Oakland Hills Country Club
Location in United States

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Gary Player  South Africa 1962 71 71 67 72 281 +1 1
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 70 74 71 69 284 +4 T4
Raymond Floyd  United States 1969 69 71 74 70 284 +4 T4
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963, 1971 72 75 68 72 287 +7 T13
Dave Stockton  United States 1970 74 73 74 74 295 +15 T40
Bob Rosburg  United States 1959 71 79 72 76 296 +16 T53
Dow Finsterwald  United States 1958 75 75 72 77 299 +19 T58
Bobby Nichols  United States 1964 76 74 70 80 300 +20 T62
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 74 72 76 79 301 +21 67
Lionel Hebert  United States 1957 72 76 80 79 307 +27 T74
Julius Boros  United States 1968 74 75 74 WD

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Jerry Barber  United States 1961 75 76 151 +11
Al Geiberger  United States 1966 77 74 151 +11
Don January  United States 1967 75 77 152 +12
Doug Ford  United States 1955 78 76 154 +14
Dave Marr  United States 1965 74 85 159 +19
Jim Ferrier  Australia 1947 81 79 160 +20
Denny Shute  United States 1936, 1937 91 85 176 +36
Gene Sarazen  United States 1922, 1923, 1933 79 WD

Source:[1][5]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, August 6, 1972

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Gary Player  South Africa 71-71-67-72=281 +1 45,000
T2 Tommy Aaron  United States 71-71-70-71=283 +3 20,850
Jim Jamieson  United States 69-72-72-70=283
T4 Billy Casper  United States 73-70-67-74=284 +4 9,275
Raymond Floyd  United States 69-71-74-70=284
Sam Snead  United States 70-74-71-69=284
T7 Gay Brewer  United States 71-70-70-74=285 +5 6,383
Jerry Heard  United States 69-70-72-74=285
Phil Rodgers  United States 71-72-68-74=285
Doug Sanders  United States 72-72-68-73=285

Source:[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1972 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 14, 1972). "No muzzle for the monster". Sports Illustrated: 58. 
  3. ^ "Player recoups faded prestige with win". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 7, 1972. p. 5B. 
  4. ^ a b "Nervy Gary Player takes PGA Crown". Spokesman-Review. August 7, 1972. p. 10. 
  5. ^ a b "1972 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1972 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1973 Masters

Coordinates: 42°32′38″N 83°16′37″W / 42.544°N 83.277°W / 42.544; -83.277