1980 PGA Championship

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1980 PGA Championship
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Tournament information
Dates August 7–10, 1980
Location Rochester, New York
Course(s) Oak Hill Country Club,
East Course
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 70
Length 6,964 yards (6,368 m)
Field 150 players, 77 after cut[1]
Cut 149 (+9)
Prize fund $376,400[1]
Winner's share $60,000
Champion
United States Jack Nicklaus
274 (–6)
Oak Hill CC is located in United States
Oak Hill CC
Oak Hill CC
Location in the United States

The 1980 PGA Championship was the 62nd PGA Championship, held August 7–10 at the East Course of Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Jack Nicklaus won his fifth PGA Championship, seven strokes ahead of runner-up Andy Bean. The victory tied Nicklaus with Walter Hagen, who won five PGA titles in match play competition in the 1920s.[2]

It was the 17th of 18 major titles for the 40-year-old Nicklaus, and his second of the year: he won the U.S. Open two months earlier.[3][4] The previous season in 1979 had been Nicklaus' worst, with no tour wins for the first time in his career. His next and final major title came nearly six years later, at the Masters in 1986.

After 36 holes, Nicklaus was at 139 (–1), a stroke behind leader Gil Morgan.[5] Nicklaus fired a 66 (–4) on Saturday to move to 205 (–5) and a three-shot lead over Lon Hinkle heading into the final round, with Morgan three more back at 211 in third. Nicklaus was as low as six-under for the round through fourteen holes, but struggled on the last four, and alternated bogeys with scrambling pars.[6] Sunday was less eventful as Hinkle and Morgan fell back and Nicklaus carded a one-under 69 for a runaway win, uncommon for a major.[7]

Since changing to stroke play in 1958, the largest victory margin at the PGA Championship had been four strokes, in 1966 and 1973, the latter also won by Nicklaus. His seven stroke margin in 1980 remained the record until 2012, when Rory McIlroy won by eight.

Nicklaus became the third to win both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year, joining Gene Sarazen (1922) and Ben Hogan (1948).[7] Tiger Woods later won both in 2000, part of his "Tiger Slam."

This was the third major championship at the East Course, which previously hosted the U.S. Open in 1956 and 1968, when Nicklaus was the runner-up to Lee Trevino. The U.S. Open later returned in 1989 and the PGA Championship in 2003 and 2013. The course also hosted the Ryder Cup in 1995.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963, 1971,
1973, 1975
70 69 66 69 274 –6 1
Lee Trevino  United States 1974 74 71 71 69 285 +5 7
John Mahaffey  United States 1978 71 77 69 72 289 +9 T15
Raymond Floyd  United States 1969 70 76 71 73 290 +10 T17
Gary Player  South Africa 1962, 1972 72 74 71 75 292 +12 T26
David Graham  Australia 1979 69 75 73 75 292 +12 T26
Lanny Wadkins  United States 1977 76 72 72 73 293 +13 T30

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Doug Ford  United States 1955 74 76 150 +10
Dave Stockton  United States 1970, 1976 73 81 154 +14
Julius Boros  United States 1968 79 75 154 +14
Don January  United States 1967 82 72 154 +14
Dow Finsterwald  United States 1958 76 79 154 +14
Bobby Nichols  United States 1964 78 77 155 +15
Jerry Barber  United States 1961 80 WD
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 82 WD

Source[8]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, August 10, 1980

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-69-66-69=274 –6 60,000
2 Andy Bean  United States 72-71-68-70=281 +1 40,000
T3 Lon Hinkle  United States 70-69-69-75=283 +3 22,500
Gil Morgan  United States 68-70-73-72=283
T5 Curtis Strange  United States 68-72-72-72=284 +4 14,500
Howard Twitty  United States 68-74-71-71=284
7 Lee Trevino  United States 74-71-71-69=285 +5 11,000
T8 Bill Rogers  United States 71-71-72-72=286 +6 8,500
Bobby Walzel  United States 68-76-71-71=286
T10 Terry Diehl  United States 72-72-68-76=288 +8 6,000
Peter Jacobsen  United States 71-73-74-70=288
Jerry Pate  United States 72-73-70-73=288
Tom Watson  United States 75-74-72-67=288
Tom Weiskopf  United States 71-73-72-72=288

Source:[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1980 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "PGA title added to Jack's display". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. August 11, 1980. p. 17. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 18, 1980). "Jack, this is getting ridiculous". Sports Illustrated: 18. 
  4. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (August 11, 1980). "Nicklaus' 5th PGA victory no mortal feat". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 9. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (August 9, 1980). "Morgan takes halfway lead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 9. 
  6. ^ "Jack loses his big lead at the end". Eugene Register-Guard. wire services. August 10, 1980. p. 1B. 
  7. ^ a b "Nicklaus spells GREAT with runaway PGA". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. August 11, 1980. p. 1-part 2. 
  8. ^ a b "1980 PGA Championship". databasegolf.com. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Golf: PGA scores". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. August 11, 1980. p. 18. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 

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Preceded by
1980 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1981 Masters

Coordinates: 43°06′47″N 77°31′59″W / 43.113°N 77.533°W / 43.113; -77.533