1962 PGA Championship

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1962 PGA Championship
Tournament information
DatesJuly 19–22, 1962
LocationNewtown Square, Pennsylvania
Course(s)Aronimink Golf Club
Organized byPGA of America
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par70
Length7,045 yards (6,442 m)[1]
Field170 players,
91 after 1st cut
60 after 2nd cut
Cut151 (+11) (1st cut)
222 (+12) (2nd cut)
Prize fund$69,400[2]
Winner's share$13,000
Champion
South Africa Gary Player
278 (−2)
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Aronomink  Golf Club is located in the United States
Aronomink  Golf Club
Aronomink 
Golf Club
Location in the United States
Aronomink GC  is located in Pennsylvania
Aronomink GC 
Aronomink GC 
Location in Pennsylvania

The 1962 PGA Championship was the 44th PGA Championship, played July 19–22 at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, a suburb west of Philadelphia. Gary Player won the first of his two PGA Championships, one stroke ahead of runner-up Bob Goalby,[1][3] for the third of his nine major titles and the third leg of his career grand slam.

The Open Championship was played the previous week in Troon, Scotland, the first of five times in the 1960s that these two majors were played in consecutive weeks in July. The PGA Championship moved permanently to August in 1969 (except 1971, when it was played in late February).

Player missed the 36-hole cut at Troon, the British Open was won by Arnold Palmer for the second straight year. Palmer had also won the Masters in April. Both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship were played in his home state of Pennsylvania in 1962, just five weeks apart. Palmer lost to 22-year-old Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff at the U.S. Open at Oakmont near Pittsburgh, then finished ten strokes back in a tie for 17th at Aronimink.[4]

Jack Nicklaus, age 22, shot a final round 67 to finish in a tie for third in his first PGA Championship.[5]

This championship was originally scheduled for Brentwood Country Club in Los Angeles,[6][7] the first in California since 1929. In November 1960, the PGA of America had voted to retain its "caucasian only" clause, and had gained the ire of California's attorney general Stanley Mosk, who threatened to shut down the PGA in the state until the clause was removed. In response, the championship for 1962 was moved from Los Angeles to Philadelphia. The PGA of America dropped the clause in November 1961 by amending its constitution.[6][7] The championship returned to California in 1977 at Pebble Beach, but was not played in southern California until 1983 at Riviera.

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made both cuts[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Doug Ford  United States 1955 69 69 73 71 282 +2 5
Jay Hebert  United States 1960 73 72 70 70 285 +5 10
Dow Finsterwald  United States 1958 73 70 70 73 286 +6 T11
Chick Harbert  United States 1954 68 76 69 73 286 +6 T11
Jack Burke Jr.  United States 1956 73 69 71 75 288 +8 T17
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 75 70 71 72 288 +8 T17
Walter Burkemo  United States 1953 72 75 72 74 293 +13 T39
Jim Ferrier  Australia 1947 72 71 73 77 293 +13 T39
Vic Ghezzi  United States 1941 76 69 74 79 298 +18 T57

Missed the first cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Jerry Barber  United States 1961 79 73 152 +12
Lionel Hebert  United States 1957 77 75 152 +12
Jim Turnesa  United States 1952 77 77 154 +14

Source:[2][8]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, July 19, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par
1 John Barnum  United States 66 −4
2 Chick Harbert  United States 68 −2
T3 George Bayer  United States 69 −1
Doug Ford  United States
Bob Goalby  United States
Frank Stranahan  United States
T7 Leo Biagetti  United States 70 E
Joe Campbell  United States
Paul Harney  United States
Dick Hart  United States
Don January  United States

Source:[9]

Second round[edit]

Friday, July 20, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Doug Ford  United States 69-69=138 −2
T2 George Bayer  United States 69-70=139 −1
Cary Middlecoff  United States 73-66=139
Gary Player  South Africa 72-67=139
T5 John Barnum  United States 66-74=140 E
Bob McCollister  United States 74-66=140
7 Bob Goalby  United States 69-72=141 +1
T8 Julius Boros  United States 73-69=142 +2
Jack Burke Jr.  United States 73-69=142
Marty Furgol  United States 71-71=142
Bobby Nichols  United States 72-70=142
Frank Stranahan  United States 69-73=142

Source:[8]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, July 21, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Gary Player  South Africa 72-67-69=208 −2
T2 George Bayer  United States 69-70-71=210 E
Bob McCollister  United States 74-66-70=210
4 Doug Ford  United States 69-69-73=211 +1
5 Bob Goalby  United States 69-72-71=212 +2
T6 Jack Burke Jr.  United States 73-69-71=213 +3
Dow Finsterwald  United States 73-70-70=213
Jack Fleck  United States 74-69-70=213
Chick Harbert  United States 68-76-69=213
Cary Middlecoff  United States 73-66-74=213
Bobby Nichols  United States 72-70-71=213

Source:[10]

Final leaderboard[edit]

Sunday, July 22, 1962

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Gary Player  South Africa 72-67-69-70=278 −2 13,000
2 Bob Goalby  United States 69-72-71-67=279 −1 6,700
T3 George Bayer  United States 69-70-71-71=281 +1 3,450
Jack Nicklaus  United States 71-74-69-67=281
5 Doug Ford  United States 69-69-73-71=282 +2 2,900
6 Bobby Nichols  United States 72-70-71-70=283 +3 2,500
T7 Jack Fleck  United States 74-69-70-71=284 +4 2,067
Paul Harney  United States 70-73-72-69=284
Dave Ragan  United States 72-74-70-68=284
10 Jay Hebert  United States 73-72-70-70=285 +5 1,750

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Player strokes way to win". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 23, 1962. p. 8.
  2. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1962 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  3. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (July 23, 1962). "Gary Player Wins PGA; Goalby 2nd". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1.
  4. ^ Wright, Alfred (July 30, 1962). "The trouble with leading an army". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
  5. ^ "Player, PGA champ, gives credit to Palmer". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. Associated Press. July 23, 1962. p. 14.
  6. ^ a b "PGA opens its doors to Negroes, world golfers". Florence Times. Alabama. Associated Press. November 10, 1961. p. 4, section 2.
  7. ^ a b "PGA group abolishes 'Caucasian'". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. Associated Press. November 10, 1961. p. 22.
  8. ^ a b "Ford tops PGA tourney field". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. UPI. July 21, 1962. p. 6.
  9. ^ "Barnum's 66 leads PGA". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. UPI. July 20, 1962. p. 12.
  10. ^ Bartlett, Charles (July 22, 1962). "Player's 208 leads P.G.A. by 2 strokes". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1962 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1963 Masters

Coordinates: 40°00′40″N 75°24′32″W / 40.011°N 75.409°W / 40.011; -75.409