1968 PGA Championship
|Dates||July 18–21, 1968|
|Location||San Antonio, Texas|
|Course(s)||Pecan Valley Golf Club|
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Length||7,096 yards (6,489 m)|
|Field||165 players, 75 after cut|
The 1968 PGA Championship was the 50th PGA Championship played July 18–21 at Pecan Valley Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas. Julius Boros, age 48, won the third of his three major titles, one stroke ahead of runners-up Bob Charles and Arnold Palmer. Through 2015, Boros remains the oldest winner of a major championship. The tournament was played in very hot conditions. Palmer had an 8-foot (2.4 m) putt to tie on the 72nd green, but it missed on the high side of the hole. It was the second of his three runner-up finishes at the only major he never won; he also tied for second in 1964 and 1970.
This was the final major before the formation of the Tournament Players Division, later renamed the PGA Tour. The tour pros broke away from the PGA of America in August and formed an independent tour, the American Professional Golfers, Inc. (APG). A compromise was reached in December which brought the tournament players back to the PGA in a separate division with its own policy board and commissioner.
In his seventh PGA Championship, Jack Nicklaus missed his first cut in the event by a stroke; five of his six previous finishes were in the top three, with a victory in 1963 in Dallas. He made the next nine cuts at the PGA Championship and won four more times (1971, 1973, 1975, 1980).
This PGA Championship was played immediately after the Open Championship in Scotland, the fifth time during the 1960s which the final two majors were played in consecutive weeks. This PGA Championship was also the last held in July (until 2016); it moved permanently to August in 1969 (except 1971 when it was played in February in Florida).
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Al Geiberger||United States||1966||70||73||71||71||285||+5||T8|
|Lionel Hebert||United States||1957||75||71||70||74||290||+10||T30|
|Sam Snead||United States||1942, 1949, 1951||75||71||72||73||291||+11||T34|
|Dow Finsterwald||United States||1958||71||75||75||74||295||+15||T48|
|Don January||United States||1967||78||71||75||72||296||+16||T51|
|Bobby Nichols||United States||1964||75||72||76||75||298||+18||T57|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Jack Nicklaus||United States||1963||71||79||150||+10|
|Bob Rosburg||United States||1959||75||75||150||+10|
|Jerry Barber||United States||1961||77||74||151||+11|
|Walter Burkemo||United States||1953||74||78||152||+12|
|Dave Marr||United States||1965||77||76||153||+13|
|Paul Runyan||United States||1934, 1938||79||74||153||+13|
|Doug Ford||United States||1955||77||77||154||+14|
|Jay Hebert||United States||1960||74||80||154||+14|
|Jim Turnesa||United States||1952||78||78||156||+16|
Thursday, July 18, 1968
|1||Marty Fleckman||United States||66||−4|
|2||Frank Beard||United States||68||−2|
|T3||Don Bies||United States||69||−1|
|Mason Rudolph||United States|
|Lee Trevino||United States|
|T6||Miller Barber||United States||70||E|
|Frank Boynton||United States|
|Charles Coody||United States|
|Al Geiberger||United States|
|Laurie Hammer||United States|
|Johnny Pott||United States|
|Dan Sikes||United States|
Friday, July 19, 1968
|T1||Frank Beard||United States||68-70=138||−2|
|Marty Fleckman||United States||66-72=138|
|3||Doug Sanders||United States||72-67=139||−1|
|T4||George Archer||United States||71-69=140||E|
|Miller Barber||United States||70-70=140|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||71-69=140|
|Johnny Pott||United States||70-70=140|
|Lee Trevino||United States||69-71=140|
|T9||Don Bies||United States||69-73=142||+2|
|Julius Boros||United States||71-71=142|
|Bob Charles||New Zealand||72-70=142|
|Dan Sikes||United States||70-72=142|
Saturday, July 20, 1968
|T1||Frank Beard||United States||68-70-72=210||E|
|Marty Fleckman||United States||66-72-72=210|
|T3||Miller Barber||United States||70-70-72=212||+2|
|Julius Boros||United States||71-71-70=212|
|Bob Charles||New Zealand||72-70-70=212|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||71-69-72=212|
|Dick Rhyan||United States||72-72-68=212|
|Doug Sanders||United States||72-67-73=212|
|Lee Trevino||United States||69-71-72=212|
|10||Lou Graham||United States||73-70-70=213||+3|
Sunday, July 21, 1968
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|1||Julius Boros||United States||71-71-70-69=281||+1||25,000|
|T2||Bob Charles||New Zealand||72-70-70-70=282||+2||12,500|
|Arnold Palmer||United States||71-69-72-70=282|
|T4||George Archer||United States||71-69-74-69=283||+3||7,500|
|Marty Fleckman||United States||66-72-72-73=283|
|T6||Frank Beard||United States||68-70-72-74=284||+4||5,750|
|Billy Casper||United States||74-70-70-70=284|
|T8||Miller Barber||United States||70-70-72-73=285||+5||3,406|
|Frank Boynton||United States||70-73-72-70=285|
|Charles Coody||United States||70-77-70-68=285|
|Al Geiberger||United States||70-73-71-71=285|
|Bob Goalby||United States||73-72-70-70=285|
|Lou Graham||United States||73-70-70-72=285|
|Doug Sanders||United States||72-67-73-73=285|
|Dan Sikes||United States||70-72-73-70=285|
|Kermit Zarley||United States||72-75-68-70=285|
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- "Fleckman leads PGA on hot 66". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 19, 1968. p. 16.
- "Beard, Fleckman tie for PGA lead". Toled Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. July 21, 1968. p. F-1.
- "Bad news for young pros: vet PGA king to play on". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. July 22, 1968. p. 13.
1968 Open Championship
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