1965 PGA Championship
|Dates||August 12–15, 1965|
|Course(s)||Laurel Valley Golf Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Length||7,090 yards (6,483 m)|
|Field||165 players, 77 after cut|
The 1965 PGA Championship was the 47th PGA Championship, played August 12–15 at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, a suburb southeast of Pittsburgh. Dave Marr won his only major championship, two strokes ahead of runners-up Billy Casper and Jack Nicklaus.
Marr was the co-leader after 54 holes with Tommy Aaron, a stroke ahead of Gardner Dickinson and two shots ahead of major champions Nicklaus and Casper. Aaron shot 78 and Dickinson 74 on Sunday, while Marr matched an even-par 71 with Nicklaus and Casper.
Not far from his hometown of Latrobe, Laurel Valley was co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1959, who had another disappointing major in his home state and finished 14 strokes back, tied for 33rd. Three years earlier, he lost an 18-hole playoff to Nicklaus in the U.S. Open at Oakmont near Pittsburgh, then finished tied for 17th five weeks later at the PGA Championship at Aronimink, outside Philadelphia. (Palmer won the other two majors of 1962, the Masters and the Open Championship, but never won the PGA Championship for a career grand slam.)
After the practice rounds, a 60-foot (18 m) fir tree was installed on the par-5 third hole to prevent corner-cutting from the tee to an adjacent fairway, over the objections of the club professional.
This was the final PGA Championship appearance for two-time champion Ben Hogan, age 53, who tied for 15th place. After his near-fatal auto accident in early 1949, Hogan's legs could not withstand the grueling match play schedule and he did not play again in the championship until it became a stroke play event. He missed the 54-hole cut by a stroke in 1960 and tied for ninth place in 1964. Hogan won the title as a match play event in 1946 and 1948. Twenty former champions were in the field and twelve made the cut. Palmer was assessed a two-stroke penalty in both of the first two rounds and was at 147 (+5), ten shots back.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963||69||70||72||71||282||−2||T2|
|Sam Snead||United States||1942, 1949, 1951||68||75||70||72||285||+1||T6|
|Jack Burke, Jr.||United States||1956||75||71||72||69||287||+3||T8|
|Ben Hogan||United States||1946, 1948||72||75||70||72||289||+5||T15|
|Doug Ford||United States||1955||73||70||77||72||292||+8||T20|
|Gary Player||South Africa||1962||74||72||74||74||294||+10||T33|
|Walter Burkemo||United States||1953||72||77||73||73||295||+11||T41|
|Vic Ghezzi||United States||1941||73||77||74||74||298||+14||T49|
|Lionel Hebert||United States||1957||73||73||76||76||298||+14||T49|
|Jay Hebert||United States||1960||72||73||78||77||300||+16||T54|
|Bobby Nichols||United States||1964||74||75||77||74||300||+16||T54|
|Dow Finsterwald||United States||1958||73||78||77||75||303||+19||T63|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Chick Harbert||United States||1954||76||76||152||+10|
|Jim Turnesa||United States||1952||74||78||152||+10|
|Jerry Barber||United States||1961||76||77||153||+11|
|Henry Picard||United States||1939||75||81||156||+14|
|Bob Rosburg||United States||1959||78||79||157||+15|
|Denny Shute||United States||1936, 1937||82||81||163||+21|
|Paul Runyan||United States||1934, 1938||84||WD|
Thursday, August 12, 1965
|1||Tommy Aaron||United States||66||–5|
|T2||Gardner Dickinson||United States||67||–4|
|Mason Rudolph||United States|
|Raymond Floyd||United States|
|Sam Snead||United States|
|7||Jack Nicklaus||United States||69||–2|
|T8||Billy Casper||United States||70||−1|
|Dave Marr||United States|
|Mike Souchak||United States|
|Wynsol Spencer||United States|
Friday, August 13, 1965
|1||Tommy Aaron||United States||66-71=137||–5|
|T2||Dave Marr||United States||70-69=139||–3|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||69-70=139|
|4||Billy Casper||United States||70-70=140||−2|
|T5||Gardner Dickinson||United States||67-74=141||–1|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||68-73=141|
|T7||Don Bies||United States||71-71=142||E|
|R. H. Sikes||United States||71-71=142|
|Mike Souchak||United States||70-72=142|
|Doug Ford||United States||73-70=143|
|Mason Rudolph||United States||67-76=143|
|Sam Snead||United States||68-75=143|
Saturday, August 14, 1965
|T1||Tommy Aaron||United States||66-71-72=209||–4|
|Dave Marr||United States||70-69-70=209|
|3||Gardner Dickinson||United States||67-74-69=210||–3|
|T4||Billy Casper||United States||70-70-71=211||−2|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||69-70-72=211|
|T6||Raymond Floyd||United States||68-73-72=213||E|
|R. H. Sikes||United States||71-71-71=213|
|Sam Snead||United States||68-75-70=213|
|9||Bob McCallister||United States||76-68-70=214||+1|
Sunday, August 15, 1965
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Dave Marr||United States||70-69-70-71=280||−4||25,000|
|T2||Billy Casper||United States||70-70-71-71=282||−2||12,500|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||69-70-72-71=282|
|4||Bo Wininger||United States||73-72-72-66=283||−1||8,000|
|5||Gardner Dickinson||United States||67-74-69-74=284||E||7,000|
|Sam Snead||United States||68-75-70-72=285|
|T8||Tommy Aaron||United States||66-71-72-78=287||+3||4,040|
|Jack Burke, Jr.||United States||75-71-72-69=287|
|Jacky Cupit||United States||72-76-70-69=287|
|Rod Funseth||United States||75-72-69-71=287|
|Bob McCallister||United States||76-68-70-73=287|
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1965 Open Championship
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