1979 PGA Tour

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The 1979 PGA Tour season was played from January 11 to October 28. The season consisted of 44 official money events. Tom Watson won the most tournaments, five, and there were 11 first-time winners. The tournament results and award winners are listed below.

Tournament results[edit]

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1979 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 14 Bob Hope Desert Classic California United States John Mahaffey (4) 343 (–17) 50,000
Jan 22 Phoenix Open Arizona United States Ben Crenshaw (6) 199 (–14) 33,750
Jan 28 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational California United States Fuzzy Zoeller (1) 282 (–6) 45,000
Feb 4 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am California United States Lon Hinkle (2) 284 (–4) 54,000
Feb 11 Hawaiian Open Hawaii United States Hubert Green (15) 267 (–21) 54,000
Feb 18 Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open Arizona United States Bruce Lietzke (4) 265 (–15) 45,000
Feb 25 Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open California United States Lanny Wadkins (6) 276 (–8) 45,000
Mar 4 Bay Hill Citrus Classic Florida United States Bob Byman (1) 278 (–6) 45,000
Mar 11 Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic Florida United States Larry Nelson (1) 274 (–14) 54,000
Mar 18 Doral-Eastern Open Florida United States Mark McCumber (1) 279 (–9) 45,000
Mar 25 Tournament Players Championship Florida United States Lanny Wadkins (7) 283 (–5) 72,000
Apr 1 Sea Pines Heritage Classic South Carolina United States Tom Watson (14) 270 (–14) 54,000
Apr 8 Greater Greensboro Open North Carolina United States Raymond Floyd (11) 282 (–6) 45,000
Apr 15 Masters Tournament Georgia United States Fuzzy Zoeller (2) 280 (–8) 50,000
Apr 22 Tallahassee Open Florida United States Chi Chi Rodriguez (8) 269 (–19) 18,000
Apr 22 MONY Tournament of Champions California United States Tom Watson (15) 275 (–13) 54,000
Apr 29 First NBC New Orleans Open Louisiana United States Hubert Green (16) 273 (–15) 45,000
May 6 Houston Open Texas United States Wayne Levi (2) 268 (–16) 54,000
May 13 Byron Nelson Golf Classic Texas United States Tom Watson (16) 275 (–5) 54,000
May 20 Colonial National Invitation Texas United States Al Geiberger (11) 274 (–6) 54,000
May 27 Memorial Tournament Ohio United States Tom Watson (17) 285 (–3) 54,000
Jun 3 Kemper Open North Carolina United States Jerry McGee (3) 272 (–16) 63,000
Jun 10 Atlanta Classic Georgia United States Andy Bean (5) 265 (–23) 54,000
Jun 17 U.S. Open Ohio United States Hale Irwin (11) 284 (E) 50,000
Jun 24 Canadian Open Canada United States Lee Trevino (24) 281 (–3) 63,000
Jul 1 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic Tennessee United States Gil Morgan (4) 278 (–10) 54,000
Jul 8 Western Open Illinois United States Larry Nelson (2) 286 (–2) 54,000
Jul 15 Greater Milwaukee Open Wisconsin United States Calvin Peete (1) 269 (–19) 36,000
Jul 21 British Open England Spain Seve Ballesteros (2) 283 (–1) 31,500
Jul 22 Ed McMahon-Jaycees Quad Cities Open Illinois United States D. A. Weibring (1) 266 (–14) 36,000
Jul 29 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic Pennsylvania United States Lou Graham (4) 273 (–11) 45,000
Aug 5 PGA Championship Michigan Australia David Graham (4) 272 (–8) 60,000
Aug 12 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open Connecticut United States Jerry McGee (4) 267 (–17) 54,000
Aug 19 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic New York United States Jack Renner (1) 277 (–7) 72,000
Aug 26 Colgate Hall of Fame Classic North Carolina United States Tom Watson (18) 272 (–12) 45,000
Sep 2 B.C. Open New York United States Howard Twitty (1) 270 (–14) 49,500
Sep 9 American Optical Classic Massachusetts United States Lou Graham (5) 275 (–9) 45,000
Sep 16 Buick-Goodwrench Open Michigan United States John Fought (1) 280 (–8) 27,000
Sep 23 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic California United States John Fought (2) 277 (–11) 54,000
Sep 30 World Series of Golf Ohio United States Lon Hinkle (3) 272 (–8) 100,000
Oct 7 San Antonio Texas Open Texas United States Lou Graham (6) 268 (–12) 45,000
Oct 14 Southern Open Georgia United States Ed Fiori (1) 274 (–6) 36,000
Oct 21 Pensacola Open Florida United States Curtis Strange (1) 271 (–17) 36,000
Oct 28 Walt Disney World National Team Championship Florida United States George Burns (1)
United States Ben Crenshaw (7)
255 (–33) 22,500
(each)

Awards[edit]

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

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