1967 PGA Championship

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1967 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates July 20–24, 1967
Location Columbine Valley, Colorado
Course(s) Columbine Country Club
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 7,436 yards (6,799 m)[1]
Field 143 players, 75 after cut
Cut 151 (+7)
Prize fund $148,200[2]
Winner's share $25,000
Champion
United States Don January
281 (−7), playoff
Columbine CC is located in the US
Columbine CC
Columbine CC
Location in United States

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).[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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,[6] 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,[7] who shot a final round 73 and finished a stroke out of the playoff, in a tie for third with Jack Nicklaus.[1]

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[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

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
Jim Ferrier  Australia 1947 74 75 75 77 301 +13 T64
Chick Harbert  United States 1954 73 76 77 76 302 +14 T67

Missed the cut[edit]

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

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, July 20, 1967

Place Player Country Score To par
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

Second round[edit]

Friday, July 21, 1967

Place Player Country Score To par
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

Source:[6]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, July 22, 1967

Place Player Country Score To par
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

Source:[7]

Final round[edit]

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

Source:[1]

Playoff[edit]

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

Scorecard[edit]

Birdie Bogey
Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 5 4 4 3 4 4
United States January E E E +1 +1 +1 +1 E E −1 −1 −2 −2 −3 −4 −4 −3 −3
United States Massengale E E E E −1 −1 E E E E E −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −1 −1

Source:[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Texans Massengale, January tie in down-to-wire PGA final round". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 24, 1967. p. 10. 
  2. ^ "Tournament Info for: 1967 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved July 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "January breaks playoff jinx to win PGA by two strokes". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. July 25, 1967. 
  4. ^ Wright, Alfred (July 31, 1967). "Two Dons In Quest Of A Title". Sports Illustrated. p. 18. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Pro golfers settle odds with PGA". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 6, 1967. p. 1C. 
  6. ^ a b "Aaron erases course record". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 22, 1967. p. 1B. 
  7. ^ a b "PGA rebel grabs lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. July 23, 1967. p. 1B. 
  8. ^ "January Beats Massengale in PGA Playoff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. July 25, 1967. p. 16. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1967 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1968 Masters

Coordinates: 39°36′00″N 105°02′10″W / 39.60°N 105.036°W / 39.60; -105.036