1969 PGA Championship

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1969 PGA Championship
Tournament information
Dates August 14–17, 1969
Location Kettering, Ohio
Course(s) NCR Country Club,
South Course
Organized by PGA of America
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 71
Length 6,915 yards (6,323 m)
Field 139 players, 79 after cut [1]
Cut 149 (+7)
Prize fund $175,000[1]
Winner's share $35,000
Champion
United States Raymond Floyd
276 (−8)
NCR CC is located in the US
NCR CC
NCR CC
Location in United States
NCR CC is located in Ohio
NCR CC
NCR CC
Location in Ohio

The 1969 PGA Championship was the 51st PGA Championship, played August 14–17 at the South Course of NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb south of Dayton. Raymond Floyd, age 26, won the first of his four major titles, one stroke ahead of runner-up Gary Player.[2][3]

Floyd held a five-shot lead after the third round, at 202 (−11),[4] and carded a 74 (+3) on Sunday.[5]

During the tournament's third round, demonstrators tried to disrupt the play of Player and Jack Nicklaus. Ice was thrown in Player's face and one spectator yelled while Nicklaus prepared to putt.[6][7] Security was stepped up for the final round on Sunday.[3][8]

This was the first PGA Championship after the formation of the "Tournament Players Division" in December 1968,[9][10][11] later renamed the PGA Tour. It also marked the permanent move of the PGA Championship to August, excluding 1971, which was played in Florida in February. Except for 1965, it had been played in July in the 1960s; five times during the decade it was held the week immediately after The Open Championship in Britain, including 1968. The new scheduling allowed more players to participate in both majors, cementing the concept of the modern grand slam.

The attendance on Sunday was 23,543 and a new record was set for the four days at 80,847; including practice days, the week's attendance was 106,043.[5]

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Gary Player  South Africa 1962 71 65 71 70 277 −7 2
Jack Nicklaus  United States 1963 70 68 74 71 283 −1 T11
Don January  United States 1967 75 70 70 69 284 E T15
Julius Boros  United States 1968 72 74 70 71 287 +3 T25
Al Geiberger  United States 1966 69 72 77 71 289 +5 T35
Bobby Nichols  United States 1964 74 71 75 71 291 +7 T44
Dave Marr  United States 1965 78 68 71 75 292 +8 T48
Jay Hebert  United States 1960 75 74 73 74 296 +12 T63
Sam Snead  United States 1942, 1949, 1951 75 72 71 78 296 +12 T63
Jack Burke, Jr.  United States 1956 74 75 74 74 297 +13 T69
Dow Finsterwald  United States 1958 75 73 75 76 299 +15 T76
Jim Turnesa  United States 1952 74 74 77 74 299 +15 T76

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 Total To par
Lionel Hebert  United States 1957 76 74 150 +8
Bob Rosburg  United States 1959 72 78 150 +8
Jerry Barber  United States 1961 75 76 151 +9
Jim Ferrier  Australia 1947 74 79 153 +11
Doug Ford  United States 1955 79 74 153 +11
Denny Shute  United States 1936, 1937 85 80 165 +23

Source:[1]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, August 14, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Charles Coody  United States 69 −2
Raymond Floyd  United States
Al Geiberger  United States
Bunky Henry  United States
Bob Lunn  United States
Larry Mowry  United States
Johnny Pott  United States
Tom Shaw  United States
Larry Ziegler  United States
T10 Tommy Aaron  United States 70 −1
Frank Beard  United States
Bruce Crampton  Australia
Jacky Cupit  United States
Bruce Devlin  Australia
George Knudson  Canada
Jack Nicklaus  United States
Phil Rodgers  United States
Tom Weiskopf  United States

Source:[12][13]

Second round[edit]

Friday, August 15, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Raymond Floyd  United States 69-66=135 −7
2 Gary Player  South Africa 71-65=136 −6
3 Bunky Henry  United States 69-68=137 −5
T4 Don Bies  United States 74-64=138 −4
Orville Moody  United States 70-68=138
Jack Nicklaus  United States 70-68=138
T7 Bert Greene  United States 71-68=139 −3
Jimmy Wright  United States 71-68=139
T9 Ron Cerrudo  United States 74-66=140 −2
Charles Coody  United States 69-71=140
Bruce Crampton  Australia 70-70=140
Larry Mowry  United States 69-71=140
Larry Ziegler  United States 69-71=140

Source:[14]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, August 16, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Raymond Floyd  United States 69-66-67=202 −11
T2 Bert Greene  United States 71-68-68=207 −6
Bunky Henry  United States 69-68-70=207
Gary Player  South Africa 71-65-71=207
5 Jimmy Wright  United States 71-68-69=208 −5
T6 Don Bies  United States 74-64-71=209 −4
Orville Moody  United States 70-68-71=209
Larry Mowry  United States 69-71-69=209
T9 Ron Cerrudo  United States 74-66-70=210 −3
Larry Ziegler  United States 69-71-70=210

Source:[15]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, August 17, 1969

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Raymond Floyd  United States 69-66-67-74=276 −8 35,000
2 Gary Player  South Africa 71-65-71-70=277 −7 20,000
3 Bert Greene  United States 71-68-68-71=278 −6 12,400
4 Jimmy Wright  United States 71-68-69-71=279 −5 8,300
T5 Miller Barber  United States 73-75-64-68=280 −4 6,725
Larry Ziegler  United States 69-71-70-70=280
T7 Charles Coody  United States 69-71-72-69=281 −3 5,144
Orville Moody  United States 70-68-71-72=281
Terry Wilcox  United States 72-71-72-66=281
10 Frank Beard  United States 70-75-68-69=282 −2 4,375

Source:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tournament Info for: 1969 PGA Championship". PGA of America. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Jim (August 18, 1969). "Angelic Floyd Holds Off Mob". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. 15. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Jenkins, Dan (August 25, 1969). "Golf gets a look at the real world". Sports Illustrated. p. 24. 
  4. ^ "Floyd holds five-stroke lead after third round of PGA meet". Telegraph-Herald. Dubuque, Iowa. Associated Press. August 17, 1969. p. 24. 
  5. ^ a b Gundelfinger, Phil (August 18, 1969). "Floyd scrambles to one-shot PGA win". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 30. 
  6. ^ "Civil rights demonstrators disrupt PGA championships". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 17, 1969. p. 4B. 
  7. ^ "Gary Player attacked". Telegraph-Herald. Dubuque, Iowa. Associated Press. August 17, 1969. p. 24. 
  8. ^ "Escort new to Floyd". Toledo Blade. Ohio. August 18, 1969. p. 15. 
  9. ^ "Tour golfers, PGA settle fuss over tourney control". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. December 14, 1968. p. 15. 
  10. ^ "Pro golf struggle is settled; PGA forms tourney group". Milwaukee Journal. December 14, 1968. p. 18. 
  11. ^ "Dispute in U.S. settled". Glasgow Herald. Scotland, U.K. December 16, 1968. p. 5. 
  12. ^ Gundelfinger, Phil (August 15, 1969). "Nine deadlock for lead in PGA 1st round". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 17. 
  13. ^ "9 share opening PGA lead at 69". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. August 15, 1969. p. 1, part 2. 
  14. ^ "'Irritable' Ray Floyd starts fire, nabs lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 16, 1969. p. 1B. 
  15. ^ "PGA Championship(s)". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 17, 1969. p. 6B. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1969 Open Championship
Major Championships Succeeded by
1970 Masters

Coordinates: 39°40′48″N 84°11′46″W / 39.680°N 84.196°W / 39.680; -84.196