1969 PGA Championship
|Dates||August 14–17, 1969|
|Course(s)||NCR Country Club,
|Organized by||PGA of America|
|Length||6,915 yards (6,323 m)|
|Field||139 players, 79 after cut |
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.
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. Security was stepped up for the final round on Sunday.
This was the first PGA Championship after the formation of the "Tournament Players Division" in December 1968, 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.
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|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
|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|
|Doug Ford||United States||1955||79||74||153||+11|
|Denny Shute||United States||1936, 1937||85||80||165||+23|
Thursday, August 14, 1969
Friday, August 15, 1969
|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|
|Larry Mowry||United States||69-71=140|
|Larry Ziegler||United States||69-71=140|
Saturday, August 16, 1969
|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|
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|
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- "Pro golf struggle is settled; PGA forms tourney group". Milwaukee Journal. December 14, 1968. p. 18.
- "Dispute in U.S. settled". Glasgow Herald. Scotland, U.K. December 16, 1968. p. 5.
- Gundelfinger, Phil (August 15, 1969). "Nine deadlock for lead in PGA 1st round". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 17.
- "9 share opening PGA lead at 69". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. August 15, 1969. p. 1, part 2.
- "'Irritable' Ray Floyd starts fire, nabs lead". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 16, 1969. p. 1B.
- "PGA Championship(s)". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. August 17, 1969. p. 6B.
1969 Open Championship
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