1981 PGA Tour

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The 1981 PGA Tour season was played from January 8 to October 25, with 44 official money events. Bill Rogers won the most tournaments, four, and there were five first-time winners. The tournament results, leaders, and award winners are listed below.

The tour changed its name to the "TPA Tour" in late August, for the "Tournament Players Association".[1][2] After less than seven months, it reverted to the "PGA Tour" in mid-March 1982.[3][4]

Tournament results[edit]

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1981 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 11 Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open Arizona United States Johnny Miller (20) 265 (−15) 54,000
Jan 18 Bob Hope Desert Classic California United States Bruce Lietzke (6) 335 (−25) 50,000
Jan 25 Phoenix Open Arizona Australia David Graham (6) 268 (−16) 54,000
Feb 1 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am California United States John Cook (1) 209 (−7) 40,500
Feb 8 Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego Open California United States Bruce Lietzke (7) 278 (−10) 45,000
Feb 14 Hawaiian Open Hawaii United States Hale Irwin (12) 265 (−23) 58,500
Feb 22 Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open California United States Johnny Miller (21) 270 (−14) 54,000
Mar 1 Bay Hill Classic Florida United States Andy Bean (7) 266 (−18) 54,000
Mar 8 American Motors Inverrary Classic Florida United States Tom Kite (3) 274 (−14) 54,000
Mar 15 Doral-Eastern Open Florida United States Raymond Floyd (13) 273 (−15) 45,000
Mar 22 Tournament Players Championship Florida United States Raymond Floyd (14) 285 (−3) 72,000
Mar 29 Sea Pines Heritage South Carolina United States Bill Rogers (2) 278 (−6) 54,000
Apr 5 Greater Greensboro Open North Carolina United States Larry Nelson (4) 281 (−7) 54,000
Apr 12 Masters Tournament Georgia United States Tom Watson (26) 280 (−8) 60,000
Apr 19 Tallahassee Open Florida United States Dave Eichelberger (4) 271 (−17) 18,000
Apr 19 MONY Tournament of Champions California United States Lee Trevino (28) 273 (−15) 54,000
Apr 26 USF&G New Orleans Open Louisiana United States Tom Watson (27) 270 (−18) 63,000
May 2 Michelob-Houston Open Texas United States Ron Streck (2) 198 (−15) 47,250
May 10 Byron Nelson Golf Classic Texas United States Bruce Lietzke (8) 281 (+1) 54,000
May 17 Colonial National Invitation Texas United States Fuzzy Zoeller (3) 274 (−6) 54,000
May 24 Memorial Tournament Ohio United States Keith Fergus (1) 284 (−4) 63,000
May 31 Kemper Open Maryland United States Craig Stadler (3) 270 (−18) 72,000
Jun 7 Atlanta Classic Georgia United States Tom Watson (28) 277 (−11) 54,000
Jun 14 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic New York United States Raymond Floyd (15) 275 (−9) 72,000
Jun 21 U.S. Open Pennsylvania Australia David Graham (7) 273 (−7) 55,000
Jun 28 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic Tennessee United States Jerry Pate (6) 274 (−14) 54,000
Jul 5 Western Open Illinois United States Ed Fiori (2) 277 (−11) 54,000
Jul 12 Greater Milwaukee Open Wisconsin United States Jay Haas (2) 274 (−14) 45,000
Jul 19 British Open England United States Bill Rogers (3) 276 (−4) 50,000
Jul 19 Quad Cities Open Illinois Canada Dave Barr (1) 270 (−10) 36,000
Jul 26 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic Virginia United States John Mahaffey (6) 276 (−8) 54,000
Aug 2 Canadian Open Canada England Peter Oosterhuis (1) 280 (−4) 76,500
Aug 9 PGA Championship Georgia United States Larry Nelson (5) 273 (−7) 60,000
Aug 16 Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open Connecticut United States Hubert Green (17) 264 (−20) 54,000
Aug 23 Buick Open Michigan United States Hale Irwin (13) 277 (−11) 63,000
Aug 30 World Series of Golf Ohio United States Bill Rogers (4) 275 (−5) 100,000
Sep 6 B.C. Open New York United States Jay Haas (3) 270 (−14) 49,500
Sep 13 Pleasant Valley Jimmy Fund Classic Massachusetts United States Jack Renner (2) 273 (−11) 54,000
Sep 20 LaJet Classic Texas United States Tom Weiskopf (15) 278 (−10) 63,000
Sep 27 Hall of Fame North Carolina United States Morris Hatalsky (1) 275 (−9) 45,000
Oct 1 Texas Open Texas United States Bill Rogers (5) 266 (−14) 45,000
Oct 11 Southern Open Georgia United States J. C. Snead (7) 271 (−9) 36,000
Oct 18 Pensacola Open Florida United States Jerry Pate (7) 271 (−17) 36,000
Oct 25 Walt Disney World National Team Championship Florida United States Vance Heafner (1)
United States Mike Holland (1)
246 (−42) 36,000
(each)

Leaders[edit]

Scoring Average leaders

Rank Player Country Average
1 Tom Kite  United States 69.80
2 Bruce Lietzke  United States 70.01
3 Raymond Floyd  United States 70.20
4 Jerry Pate  United States 70.47
5 Curtis Strange  United States 70.60

Full 1981 Scoring Average List

Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Events Wins
1 Tom Kite  United States 375,699 26 1
2 Raymond Floyd  United States 359,360 23 3
3 Tom Watson  United States 347,660 21 3
4 Bruce Lietzke  United States 343,446 24 3
5 Bill Rogers  United States 315,411 26 4

Full 1981 Official Money List

Career Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Wins
1 Jack Nicklaus  United States 3,759,425 70
2 Lee Trevino  United States 2,608,792 28
3 Tom Watson  United States 2,549,900 28
4 Tom Weiskopf  United States 2,006,810 15
5 Hale Irwin  United States 1,966,373 13

Full 1981 Career Official Money List

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Country
Money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) Tom Kite  United States
PGA Player of the Year Bill Rogers  United States
Scoring leader (PGA - Vardon Trophy) Tom Kite  United States
Scoring leader (PGA Tour - Byron Nelson Award) Tom Kite  United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pro golf tour changes name". The New York Times. August 31, 1981. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Touring pros get new name - TPA". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. August 31, 1981. p. 2B. 
  3. ^ "Tour changes its name again". The New York Times. March 20, 1982. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Professional golf gets a new look". Montreal Gazette. Associated Press. March 20, 1982. p. H10. 

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