1965 PGA Championship

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1965 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates August 12–15, 1965
Location Ligonier, Pennsylvania
Course(s) Laurel Valley Golf Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 7,090 yards (6,483 m)
Field 165 players, 77 after cut
Cut 151 (+9)
Prize fund $149,700[1]
Winner's share $25,000
Champion
United States Dave Marr
280 (−4)
Laurel Valley Golf Club is located in the US
Laurel Valley Golf Club
Laurel Valley Golf Club
Location in United States
Laurel Valley Golf Club is located in Pennsylvania
Laurel Valley Golf Club
Laurel Valley Golf Club
Location in Pennsylvania

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.[2][3][4]

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.[5] Aaron shot 78 and Dickinson 74 on Sunday, while Marr matched an even-par 71 with Nicklaus and Casper.[6]

Not far from his hometown of Latrobe, Laurel Valley was co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1959,[7][8] who had another disappointing major in his home state and finished 14 strokes back, tied for 33rd.[9] 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.[9][10][11][12]

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.[12]

A decade later, Laurel Valley hosted the Ryder Cup in 1975, the last Ryder Cup held in the U.S. without players from continental Europe.

Course layout[edit]

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 440 400 540 431 216 505 375 238 455 3,600 412 535 433 397 190 375 448 230 470 3,490 7,090
Par 4 4 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 36 4 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 35 71

Source:[13]

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 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[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Jim Ferrier  Australia 1947 79 73 152 +10
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

Source:[1]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 12, 1965

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Tommy Aaron  United States 66 –5
T2 Gardner Dickinson  United States 67 –4
Mason Rudolph  United States
T4 Bruce Devlin  Australia 68 –3
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

Source:[14]

Second round[edit]

Friday, August 13, 1965

Place Player Country Score To par
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
T10 Bruce Devlin  Australia 68-75=143 +2
Doug Ford  United States 73-70=143
Mason Rudolph  United States 67-76=143
Sam Snead  United States 68-75=143

Source:[12]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, August 14, 1965

Place Player Country Score To par
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
10 Bruce Devlin  Australia 68-75-72=215 +2

Source:[5]

Final round[edit]

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
T6 Bruce Devlin  Australia 68-75-72-70=285 +1 5,750
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

Source:[2][3]

Television[edit]

This was the first PGA Championship televised by the ABC network, which retained the broadcast rights through 1990, when it was succeeded by CBS.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tournament Info for: 1965 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Gundelfinger, Phil (August 16, 1965). "Dave Marr wins PGA with 280". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. pp. 1, 30. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Kienzl, Ray (August 16, 1965). "Marr bulldogs way to PGA title". Pittsburgh Press. p. 28. 
  4. ^ Wright, Alfred (August 23, 1965). "Diary of a career in turmoil". Sports Illustrated. p. 24. 
  5. ^ a b "Dapper David ties tiring Tom as PGA leader". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 15, 1965. p. 3B. 
  6. ^ "Confidence top prize". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 16, 1965. p. 3B. 
  7. ^ Bires, Mike (July 9, 2004). "Big time: Laurel Valley stands out". Beaver County Times. Pennsylvania. p. C8. 
  8. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (August 12, 1965). "Jack Nicklaus PGA 'Pick' in Palmerland". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 28. 
  9. ^ a b Parascenzo, Marino (June 23, 1989). "A place in the world of golf". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 23. 
  10. ^ "Laurel Valley prexy discounts Erath move". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 14, 2016. p. 12. 
  11. ^ "Tree grows, Laruel feud flares". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. August 15, 1965. p. 1, section 4. 
  12. ^ a b c "Aaron leads by 2; Palmer in rhubarb". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. August 14, 1965. p. 2, part 2. 
  13. ^ "Laurel Valley". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (yardages). August 12, 1965. p. 28. 
  14. ^ "Aaron's 66 leads PGA". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. August 13, 1965. p. 2, part 2. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1965 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1966 Masters

Coordinates: 40°13′44″N 79°14′10″W / 40.229°N 79.236°W / 40.229; -79.236