1967 PGA Championship
|Dates||July 20–24, 1967|
|Location||Columbine Valley, Colorado|
|Course(s)||Columbine Country Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Length||7,436 yards (6,799 m)|
|Field||143 players, 75 after cut|
|281 (−7), playoff|
The 1967 PGA Championship was the 49th PGA Championship, played July 20–24 at Columbine Country Club in Columbine Valley, Colorado, a suburb south of Denver. Don January won his only major title in an 18-hole playoff over Don Massengale (69-71). Both had overtaken the leaders with low scores in the fourth round on Sunday.
Columbine was scheduled to host the championship in 1966, but flooding of the course by the South Platte River caused a postponement of a year. Firestone Country Club in Ohio, scheduled to host in 1967, swapped years with Columbine and was the site of the tournament in 1966.
There was a possibility of a boycott of the championship by the top tournament players, due to grievances with the PGA of America. An understanding was achieved several weeks before and the top players entered.
At the time, Columbine was the longest course in major championship history at 7,436 yards (6,799 m). The elevation of the course is over 5,300 feet (1,620 m) above sea level, additionally dry and fast conditions shortened its effective length. Tommy Aaron carded a course record 65 in the second round to take a four-stroke lead, but a 76 on Saturday dropped him two back and he fell out of contention on Sunday with a 78. The 54-hole leader was Dan Sikes, the chairman of the tournament players committee, who shot a final round 73 and finished a stroke out of the playoff, in a tie for third with Jack Nicklaus.
This was the second and final 18-hole Monday playoff at the PGA Championship, formerly a match play event through 1957. The next playoff was ten years later in 1977 and the format was changed to sudden-death, immediately following the fourth round. It was later changed to a three-hole aggregate format, first used in 2000.
The Open Championship was played the previous week near Liverpool, England, one 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).
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963||67||75||69||71||282||−6||T3|
|Al Geiberger||United States||1966||73||71||69||70||283||−5||T5|
|Lionel Hebert||United States||1957||75||71||70||71||287||−1||T14|
|Bobby Nichols||United States||1964||75||75||67||70||287||−1||T14|
|Dave Marr||United States||1965||75||72||71||75||293||+5||T33|
|Jack Burke, Jr.||United States||1956||73||78||71||73||295||+7||T42|
|Dow Finsterwald||United States||1958||74||75||74||76||299||+11||T64|
|Chick Harbert||United States||1954||73||76||77||76||302||+14||T67|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Doug Ford||United States||1955||78||74||152||+8|
|Jay Hebert||United States||1960||77||75||152||+8|
|Bob Rosburg||United States||1959||79||74||153||+9|
|Jerry Barber||United States||1961||75||80||155||+11|
|Walter Burkemo||United States||1953||81||75||156||+12|
|Chandler Harper||United States||1950||DQ|
Thursday, July 20, 1967
|1||Dave Hill||United States||66||−6|
|2||Jack Nicklaus||United States||67||−5|
|T3||Don Bies||United States||69||−3|
|Julius Boros||United States|
|Davis Love, Jr.||United States|
|Dan Sikes||United States|
|T7||Tommy Aaron||United States||70||−2|
|Rich Bassett||United States|
|Bob Goalby||United States|
|Don Massengale||United States|
|Arnold Palmer||United States|
|Mike Souchak||United States|
Friday, July 21, 1967
|1||Tommy Aaron||United States||70-65=135||−9|
|T2||Don Bies||United States||69-70=139||−5|
|Dave Hill||United States||66-73=139|
|Dan Sikes||United States||69-70=139|
|5||Arnold Palmer||United States||70-71=141||−3|
|6||Jack Nicklaus||United States||67-75=142||−2|
|T7||Bill Biedorf||United States||72-71=143||−1|
|Raymond Floyd||United States||74-69=143|
|Don January||United States||71-72=143|
|R. H. Sikes||United States||72-71=143|
|Mike Souchak||United States||70-73=143|
|Dudley Wysong||United States||73-70=143|
Saturday, July 22, 1967
|1||Dan Sikes||United States||69-70-70=209||−7|
|T2||Tommy Aaron||United States||70-65-76=211||−5|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||67-75-69=211|
|4||Bob Goalby||United States||70-74-68=212||−4|
|T5||Al Geiberger||United States||73-71-69=213||−3|
|Dave Hill||United States||66-73-74=213|
|Don January||United States||71-72-70=213|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||70-71-72=213|
|R. H. Sikes||United States||71-71-71=213|
|Mike Souchak||United States||70-73-70=213|
Sunday, July 23, 1967
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|T1||Don January||United States||71-72-70-68=281||−7||Playoff|
|Don Massengale||United States||70-75-70-66=281|
|T3||Jack Nicklaus||United States||67-75-69-71=282||−6||9,000|
|Dan Sikes||United States||69-70-70-73=282|
|T5||Julius Boros||United States||69-76-70-68=283||−5||6,500|
|Al Geiberger||United States||73-71-69-70=283|
|T7||Frank Beard||United States||71-74-70-70=285||−3||4,750|
|Don Bies||United States||69-70-76-70=285|
|Bob Goalby||United States||70-74-68-73=285|
|Gene Littler||United States||73-72-71-69=285|
Monday, July 24, 1967
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Don January||United States||36-33=69||−3||25,000|
|2||Don Massengale||United States||36-35=71||−1||15,000|
- "Texans Massengale, January tie in down-to-wire PGA final round". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 24, 1967. p. 10.
- "Tournament Info for: 1967 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- "January breaks playoff jinx to win PGA by two strokes". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 25, 1967.
- Wright, Alfred (July 31, 1967). "Two Dons In Quest Of A Title". Sports Illustrated. p. 18. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
- "Pro golfers settle odds with PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 6, 1967. p. 1C.
- "Aaron erases course record". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 22, 1967. p. 1B.
- "PGA rebel grabs lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 23, 1967. p. 1B.
- "January Beats Massengale in PGA Playoff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. July 25, 1967. p. 16. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
1967 Open Championship
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