1962 PGA Championship
|Dates||July 19–22, 1962|
|Location||Newtown Square, Pennsylvania|
|Course(s)||Aronimink Golf Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Length||7,045 yards (6,442 m)|
91 after 1st cut
60 after 2nd cut
|Cut||151 (+11) (1st cut)|
222 (+12) (2nd cut)
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, 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.
This championship was originally scheduled for Brentwood Country Club in Los Angeles, 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. 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
Made both cuts
|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|
|Vic Ghezzi||United States||1941||76||69||74||79||298||+18||T57|
Missed the first cut
|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|
Thursday, July 19, 1962
|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|
Friday, July 20, 1962
|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|
Saturday, July 21, 1962
|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|
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|
- "Player strokes way to win". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. July 23, 1962. p. 8.
- "Tournament Info for: 1962 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
- Gundelfinger, Phil (July 23, 1962). "Gary Player Wins PGA; Goalby 2nd". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 1.
- Wright, Alfred (July 30, 1962). "The trouble with leading an army". Sports Illustrated. p. 16.
- "Player, PGA champ, gives credit to Palmer". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. Associated Press. July 23, 1962. p. 14.
- "PGA opens its doors to Negroes, world golfers". Florence Times. Alabama. Associated Press. November 10, 1961. p. 4, section 2.
- "PGA group abolishes 'Caucasian'". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. Associated Press. November 10, 1961. p. 22.
- "Ford tops PGA tourney field". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. UPI. July 21, 1962. p. 6.
- "Barnum's 66 leads PGA". Wilmington Morning Star. North Carolina. UPI. July 20, 1962. p. 12.
- Bartlett, Charles (July 22, 1962). "Player's 208 leads P.G.A. by 2 strokes". Chicago Sunday Tribune. p. 1, part 2.
1962 Open Championship
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